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

In line with CDC recommendations, everyone on campus is expected to wear face coverings in all indoor spaces except students' own residential rooms, and in outdoor spaces where physical distance cannot be maintained. We will share more details later this summer about new signage on campus that identifies mask-required areas. 

Note: The City of Jacksonville requires wearing a mask in indoor areas and public areas where you cannot socially distance. Jacksonville University is subject to this order.

The University will provide every student, faculty and staff member a JU-branded, reusable face mask that can be washed. Students should plan to bring additional face coverings as a backup. Look for more details on how the University is distributing these masks as we approach the start of the fall semester.

N95 masks, surgical masks, gloves, shoe covers, and gowns are not recommended for general academic use and should be reserved for emergency responders and healthcare professionals. In applied academic settings where students and/or faculty may be working in close proximity for an extended period of time (for periods of up to 15 minutes), plastic face shields may be recommended in addition to face coverings. Faculty will use their discretion in determining whether this additional measure is necessary as a class PPE requirement.

It’s also recommended that you wear face coverings in any scenario where you will be interacting with others, even if you can maintain 6 feet of physical space. Research shows face coverings, when combined with hand washing and physical distance, are extremely effective in preventing the spread of the virus. 

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 fall, 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.

All students, faculty, staff, and visitors must complete a daily health screening before coming to campus. Each day, employees and students will receive an email from healthscreening@ju.edu with a link to complete a series of health questions focusing on symptoms and exposure risk. Campus Security staff will provide visitors and guests access to this digital screening tool at the front gate, where they must complete it before entry to campus. This secure, automated technology will provide clear next steps based on each individual's response. Anyone experiencing one or more symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be asked to stay in their rooms or off campus that day. In serious cases, individuals will be urged to seek medical assistance or evaluation. Only select members of Jacksonville University's COVID Response Team will have access to the information gathered during these digital screenings, and the information is protected according to FERPA and HIPPA standards.

Note: Please complete the screening daily. You will be asked if you plan to come to campus that particular day. If you do not plan to be on campus, please select “no” where prompted. This will end the screening.

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

Testing is an important and effective element of our plan for maintaining a healthy campus this fall.

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. Faculty and staff experiencing these symptoms should call their health care provider about being tested, or if still available, visit one of the testing sites operated by the city of Jacksonville. Test results for faculty and staff should be reported to hr@ju.edu with your name, department, and the name of your direct supervisor.

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.

Under our response plan for positive cases on campus, faculty and staff who test positive must isolate themselves off campus. We will work closely with students who test positive to isolate them and ensure they are getting the care they need. Individuals who were exposed and can self-quarantine off campus must do so. Those who cannot quarantine off campus may quarantine on campus in spaces we have specifically designated for that purpose.

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.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, 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.