Health & Wellness

Maintaining a healthy campus and safe learning environment is rooted in three critical habits:

  • Keeping 6 feet of physical distance between yourself and others
  • Wearing face coverings
  • Washing your hands frequently

Research shows these three daily practices, performed together, are a highly effective way to protect your health and that of everyone around you. 

While the University continues to closely monitor guidance and recommendations from public health experts at the CDC and our partners at the Mayo Clinic and the DOH, currently we plan to designate areas of campus where masks will be required, such as academic and administrative buildings, residential hall common areas, and dining facilities. There will be many areas of campus where you are free to remove your mask if you like, such as outdoor areas where it’s easier to keep a 6-foot distance from others. For this reason, the University is enhancing and adding more of these outdoor spaces around campus.

Plan Details

  • Multi-layer cloth face coverings (must be made with at least two layers of breathable material) are required indoors and in any space where social distancing is not possible (including outdoors).
  • Masks must be worn over your nose and mouth and secured under your chin.
  • Masks with exhalation valves or vents are not permitted on-campus.
  • Open chin triangle bandanas are not permitted on-campus.
  • Masks with holes or mesh material are not permitted on-campus.
  • Neck gaiter style face coverings are currently permitted, but should not be worn unless no other face covering is available. Neck gaiters worn must be multi-layered. This style of face covering is currently under review by the CDC.

Students who have financial limitations and are in need of an approved face covering should send an email to CareTeam@ju.edu so we can assist you in complying with these policies.

  • N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, shoe covers, and gowns are not for general academic use.
    • N95 masks are required for Student Health Center and Orthodontics program use.
    • Procedure masks will be available for Student Health Center, Orthodontics, and Athletic Training program use.
    • Gloves will be available as a regular operating expense of the Student Health Center and Orthodontics program.
      • Applied programs can require students to wash hands prior to entering class if there are concerns with passing equipment between students.
    • Orthodontics will use additional PPE when dictated by the American Dental Association.
  • Plastic face shields
    • In applied academic settings where activities are conducted within 6’ of each other for at least 5 minutes, it is recommended faculty and students wear a plastic face shield over their required cloth face covering.
    • It will be the faculty member’s discretion to implement this recommendation based on the specifics of their applied academic environment.

Our partners at Aramark have adjusted their cleaning protocols on campus to align with expert guidance and federal recommendations. They will increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-traffic, high-touch common areas, including bathrooms, classrooms, lounges, and dining areas.  

It’s important to note: the best way to prevent the spread of germs is to wash your hands frequently, wear a face covering, and keep your distance from others.

The University is also installing more hand sanitizing stations and disinfectant surface wipe dispensers throughout campus buildings for students, faculty, and staff to use. Every member of our campus is expected to do their part to maintain a healthy campus by wiping down high-touch surfaces such as desks, keyboards, keys, cell phones, and classroom tools or instruments. 

Maintaining at least 6 feet of physical space from others is an important element of illness prevention, along with washing hands and wearing face coverings. And in our new reality, it’s an important sign of your respect for those around you.

This spring, living, learning, and working together in our campus community will require a greater awareness of those around us and respect for their wishes. Social distancing is about others, more than it is about ourselves. You may feel comfortable standing within 6 feet of a friend or professor, but they may not.  

The University is also adjusting seating areas and classroom layouts to ensure enough physical space can be maintained. You will notice floor decals and signs reminding you to maintain your distance from others, as well as clear shields in reception and office areas. Those who are able should use the stairs as we work to limit elevators to just two people.

We have enhanced and expanded outdoor seating areas to encourage everyone to meet and interact with each other outside where there is more space and fresh air. The University will adhere to current recommendations for limiting the number of people in a gathering, which is currently 10 people. This is subject to change as recommendations are updated.

  • Students and employees must utilize the digital health screening (emailed to them daily) to self-monitor their health. Based on the responses given to the prompted questions, the digital health screening will provide guidance on whether they can proceed to campus or stay home and seek further evaluation.
  • If anyone feels sick or “off” they should stay home and contact their healthcare provider (students can contact the Student Health Center at (904) 256-8080) immediately to make an appointment. Students should default to their professor’s instructions on reporting an absence due to COVID symptoms.
  • Signage throughout campus will reflect social distancing guidelines.

A screenshot of the self-health check app, which asks the user what exposure to COVID they may have had in the last week.

Pre-Return Testing

All students taking in-person classes or living on campus and any student who plans to come to campus for work, study groups, library access, etc. must participate in the Spring Return to Campus Testing protocol.

  • Tests should be administered 4-5 days prior to their return to campus, and results must be uploaded to the Patient Portal.
  • Students requesting an exemption from this testing mandate can apply for one online. Documentation must support the request.
  • Any individual testing positive should isolate immediately and await further instruction from the University. This instruction may include starting the semester remotely prior to returning to campus.

Testing During the Semester

During the semester, our Student Health Center will offer diagnostic COVID-19 testing (antigen and PCR testing) to students who report symptoms or those identified through contact tracing as having had close, prolonged contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. Students who experience symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should immediately call the Student Health Center at (904) 256-8080 or their personal health care provider. Students who choose to get tested outside of the Student Health Center should inform the University about their testing as soon as possible.

Faculty and staff who experience symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should contact their personal health care provider and get tested. Report positive test results as soon as possible.

The University anticipates individuals on our campus will test positive for COVID-19. Our goal is to contain them, ensure they get the care they need, and minimize the risk to others. We developed a robust quarantine and isolation plan and contact tracing protocol, which we will activate along with the rigorous cleaning and sanitizing of impacted areas once a positive case is reported. Learn more about our quarantine and isolation policies and procedures.

For privacy reasons, the University is unable to share specific information about individuals who test positive, but we will update the campus regularly about active cases at JU and how they impact our operations, if at all. In coordination with the Florida Department of Health and our partners at regional providers such as the Mayo Clinic, the University is constantly evaluating all of the variables that determine how we work, teach, and house our campus community. We look at the current rate of positive cases in our city, the rate of positive cases on campus, available quarantine space on campus, local hospital capacity, and more. As these variables change, the University may adjust operations accordingly as we prioritize the safety of everyone on our campus. Information about the number of cases that have impacted campus is available online.

Students or parents/guardians with requests for or questions about accommodations and/or supportive services should email Disability Support Services Office at dss@ju.edu.

Any student who needs medical housing accommodations may apply for those through the Medical Housing Accommodations process.

Employees who need accommodations should contact Human Resources at hr@ju.edu