Fall 2020 at Jacksonville UniversityDetermined to Stay

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Jacksonville University is excited to welcome students back to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. In order to keep our community safe and healthy, every member of our campus community must do their part. Living, learning, and working together this fall will require more respect and responsibility from each of us.

This webpage is designed to help you understand your role in maintaining a healthy campus. This information is fluid and subject to change as we learn new information about COVID-19 and adjust to updated guidance. We will update this site and add new announcements as decisions are made.

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How to Wear a Mask


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How to Stay on Campus

What You Need to Do

  • Wear a face covering in all indoor spaces, except your own residential rooms.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Stay 6 feet away from anyone you do not share a living space with.
  • Check your health daily and stay home if you’re sick.
  • Meet virtually as much as possible. No large gatherings, and no parties.
  • Avoid crowded places or places where social distancing is not being observed. If you leave campus, wear a mask while you are out, and maintain 6 feet of space away from anyone you don't live with.
  • Disinfect your personal space regularly.
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you have chosen to get tested somewhere off campus, let us know.

What We're Doing

  • Fall semester started Aug. 17 and ends Nov. 24 for traditional undergraduate students.
  • Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces and any time 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
  • Facilities team is cleaning & disinfecting more frequently.
  • Campus Safety and Security are conducting temperature checks and asking health screening questions before allowing visitors on campus.
  • Many faculty and staff are on campus in staggered or adjusted schedules to minimize traffic on campus.

If You Feel Sick

  1. Stay home.
  2. Call your health provider.
  3. Report positive test results:

All students, faculty, and staff should perform daily self-checks and watch for COVID symptoms.

How did we come up with this plan? The Planning Process

The health and safety of every member of our campus remains at the forefront of every decision the University makes. The information found here reflects months worth of collaborative discussions with senior leaders, consultation with outside experts, evaluation of best practices across higher education, and careful consideration of the overall JU experience. These important discussions are ongoing and fluid, as is the COVID-19 public health crisis and global response.

The policies on this website have been developed by a broad committee including senior leadership and faculty experts based on a close review of published guidelines and recommendations produced by the CDC, OSHA, WHO, ACHA, and the FDOH, in addition to outside consultation with our legal counsel, Public Health experts from Mayo Clinic’s Infectious Disease Unit, and the Duval County Department of Health.

The task force that developed this plan continues to meet weekly to review the latest developments so that we can adapt swiftly to the changes in our environment. This website will be updated regularly to reflect any adjustments to the plan.