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 online:
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.
- Students are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated prior to the fall semester. The vaccines are the best way to protect yourself and your community from COVID-19. Students are not required to get vaccinated for COVID-19.
- Questions or fears about the vaccines? Learn more about them.
- Students who get fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to record their vaccination in Med+Proctor. There is no cost to upload vaccination documentation to this platform. We have provided step-by-step instructions, including screenshots. The purpose for reporting this information is so that we can make decisions about University policy and plans based on the prevalence of vaccination on campus.
- Faculty and staff are required to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more about the vaccine policy and how to report your vaccination.
- 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 should 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Residential Life accommodation requests will be facilitated through the Medical Housing Accommodations process, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Academic accommodation requests will go through the Disability Support Services accommodations process. Please email email@example.com.
For faculty and staff:
- Contact the Office of People & Culture at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
- Faculty or staff who test positive for COVID must isolate at home and report their positive results to the Office of People and Culture.
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.
- 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.
- Symptomatic faculty and staff should contact their healthcare provider immediately and also report to the Office of People and Culture at email@example.com. Do not come to campus, and isolate at home until you have received test results.