Student Information & Policies

We are excited to welcome you back to campus. The fall semester is in your hands.

In order to stay safe whie we live, study, work, and play on campus, we've developed detailed procedures and policies for everything from classroom expectations to housing and dining practices. We are committed to your health and safety, and we need your help to continue to maintain a healthy campus.

If You Feel Sick

If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, headache, or fever, please stay home or in your room and contact your health care provider. It is strongly recommended that you get tested for COVID-19 immediately.

Plan Details

Health & Wellness

Anyone who: tests positive for COVID, is exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID, or has been tested for COVID and is waiting for results must report that information.

A member of the COVID Response Team will follow up with respondents to provide guidance and to serve as a resource to the affected individual.

  • All individuals (students, faculty, staff, and guests), regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear a face mask while indoors on campus at Jacksonville University or at any learning site or facility operated by Jacksonville University. This policy will remain in effect for the first thirty days of the semester (through September 15), at which point we will re-evaluate to see if this policy can be lifted safely.
  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, should continue to wear a face mask when preparing, cooking, handling, or serving food.
  • All vendors and contractors should abide by either the University’s policy or their company’s policy, whichever is the more stringent.
  • Social distancing will not be required on campus. All COVID capacity restrictions have been lifted.
  • In-person meetings may resume without restrictions; however, a virtual meeting link is recommended to accommodate individuals who have COVID concerns.
  • Anyone who is not fully vaccinated is strongly recommended to get tested for COVID 3-5 days prior to their arrival on campus.
    • International students returning to or arriving on campus from outside of the United States should get tested 3-5 days prior to their arrival. This test must be a PCR test, which can be performed at the Student Health Center for $80. Testing is required regardless of vaccination status.
      • Positive results must be reported immediately. Negative test results do not need to be reported.
      • While waiting for a test to be administered or while waiting for test results, students should: report to their residential housing assignment, wear a face mask at all times when around others, take food “to go” only when dining on campus, and socially distance from others as much as possible until test results return.
      • After being tested, and for one week after returning to the United States, students should continue to monitor their health for symptom development.
  • Students can contact the Student Health Center for free antigen testing throughout the fall semester, while supplies last. A $30 test charge will be applied for antigen tests once the free testing allotment has run out.
  • The SHC healthcare provider will determine whether a student should get a PCR test, regardless of whether the antigen test is negative. This decision will be based on any symptoms currently present and any possible known exposure to the virus. If the healthcare provider deems a PCR test necessary, this test can be done on-site at a cost of $80. Students who take the PCR test should then temporarily isolate in their room until (1) test results are returned and (2) the healthcare provider releases them from temporary isolation.
  • If a COVID outbreak occurs or is suspected, a PCR test will be recommended for all unvaccinated members of that cohort. All members of the cohort will be advised to monitor themselves for symptoms. Temporary isolation will not be required while test results are pending unless one of the tested individuals is symptomatic.
  • All individuals should continue to monitor their own health daily. Anyone who does not feel well should stay home and contact their healthcare provider (students may contact the Student Health Center).
  • Anyone who experiences even minor cold and allergy symptoms should be evaluated immediately. Congestion, headache, and runny nose are all common COVID symptoms.

COVID accommodations will not be granted unless the circumstances that necessitate accommodations are: (1) covered by the ADA, or (2) of a personal medical nature and are supported by appropriate medical documentation.

Positive Test Results
  • Residential students who test positive for COVID will be provided an on-campus isolation space as available. Meals will be delivered to their door. Contact tracing will occur to determine community risk and notify anyone who may have had close and prolonged exposure.
  • Any student who tests positive for COVID should not attend in-person class or events. Students who test positive must report this. Based on that report, the Dean of Students will send faculty a notification of absence from class. Students must contact faculty members to plan make-up opportunities, which may be determined at the discretion of the faculty.
Exposure to a Positive Individual
  • Quarantine procedures for individuals exposed to COVID depend on whether the exposed individuals have been fully vaccinated with a CDC-approved vaccine (one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines).
  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated with a CDC-approved vaccine will be asked to provide documentation of their vaccination. Once documentation is verified, they will be instructed to monitor their health for symptoms, then permitted to continue normal activities without need for quarantine.
  • Individuals who are not fully vaccinated with a CDC-approved vaccine will be required to quarantine at home or in their assigned residential space with instructions to stay in their room, stay away from roommates, wear a face mask when leaving the bedroom, etc.
  • If they live on campus and require access to the dining hall, they must wear a face mask, keep their distance from others, and take their food ‘to go’ only, then return to their room.
  • Students may not attend in-person classes. The Dean of Students will send faculty a notification of absence from class. Students must contact faculty members to plan make-up opportunities, which may be determined at the discretion of the faculty.
  • Student-athletes may not participate in team activities until cleared from quarantine.
  • Students who work on campus may not work and must alert their employer of this.
  • On day 5 of quarantine (starting from last known exposure), the student will be advised to take a PCR test. If the PCR test is negative, and the student is experiencing no symptoms, they may be released from quarantine. They will need to continue to wear a mask around others and monitor themselves for symptoms through day 14.
  • Students who are not tested on day 5 must wait until day 11 to be released from quarantine. They will need to continue to wear a mask around others and monitor themselves for symptoms through day 14.
Experiencing Symptoms
  • Symptomatic students who are awaiting a test or the results of a test must report their symptoms to the Student Health Center and isolate themselves at home or in their assigned residential space. This includes not interacting with others, including roommates; wearing a mask when leaving the room (such as to access the bathroom or kitchen); abstaining from attending in-person classes, events, on-campus employment, or athletics team activities; and taking only ‘to go’ food from the dining hall.

Academics & Classrooms

  • Courses that are traditionally delivered face-to-face will resume face-to-face instruction at standard pre-COVID capacity.
    • Enrollment caps that were reduced to accommodate social distancing have been lifted.
  • Students who are symptomatic, who are in quarantine due to exposure, or who are in isolation due to a positive COVID test may not attend class. These students should work directly with faculty to arrange remote engagement or make-up sessions. The method for delivering make-up content is up to the faculty member.
  • The academic calendar will follow the same model it did last year, with the fall semester ending before Thanksgiving, a winter term, and the spring semester beginning in January.
    • The fall semester will start on August 16, 2021, and end on November 18, 2021, with finals to be held November 19-23.
    • In the event of a significant disruption of coursework for the student body, the fall semester could be extended, or Saturday classes could be held.
    • Winter term will start November 29, 2021, and end on January 9, 2022.
    • The spring semester will begin January 10, 2022, and end April 22, 2022, with finals to be held April 25-29.

Housing

  • Space has been set aside on campus for quarantine and isolation.
  • The COVID guest policy has been lifted for our residential communities.
  • Any student who needs medical housing accommodations may apply for those through the Medical Housing Accommodations process.
  • Residential students had the opportunity to purchase single-occupancy rooms. A handful of these rooms are still available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Campus Life & Activities

In consideration for all of our community members, students are accountable for upholding the JU Code of Conduct. The code states students should contribute to the development and sustenance of a community characterized by respect, caring and honesty. This expectation calls for behavior which demonstrates the five principles of student conduct: respect for oneself, respect for others, respect for property, respect for authority, and honesty.

Events

  • Matriculation has been cancelled this year.
  • Tailgating will not be permitted until Homecoming & Family Weekend.

Travel

  • Domestic travel for personal reasons is not subject to any testing or quarantine restrictions.
  • International travel for personal reasons is subject to testing and quarantine restrictions based on your vaccination status according to the CDC’s guidelines.
  • Domestic travel for business purposes must be approved by a senior vice president. There are currently no testing or quarantine restrictions for domestic travel.
  • International travel for business purposes must be approved by a senior vice president. Testing and/or quarantine may be required prior to return to campus depending on your vaccination status as advised by the CDC.
  • International students returning to or arriving on campus from outside of the United States should get tested 3-5 days prior to their arrival. This test must be a PCR test, which can be performed at the Student Health Center for $80. Testing is required regardless of vaccination status.
    • Positive results must be reported immediately. Negative test results do not need to be reported.
    • While waiting for a test to be administered or while waiting for test results, students should: report to their residential housing assignment, wear a face mask at all times when around others, take food “to go” only when dining on campus, and socially distance from others as much as possible until test results return.
    • After being tested, and for one week after returning to the United States, students should continue to monitor their health for symptom development.

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