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, currently we plan to designate areas of campus where masks will be required, such as academic buildings 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.
At least two weeks before returning to campus, all students and University employees will be asked to closely monitor their health and look for COVID-19 symptoms, especially fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Anyone experiencing symptoms should be tested for the virus before returning to campus. Further instructions will be shared later this summer regarding the process for anyone who tests positive during this 2-week period before the semester begins.
Students are encouraged to complete a medical history form within the Student Health Center’s Electronic Medical Records to help the SHC better support any students with high-risk factors. More information about this is coming soon.
Guests and visitors to campus must review a medical disclosure statement acknowledging that they have followed a series of steps to check their health and that they will comply with University policies, including bringing a mask to wear on campus.
In line with CDC recommendations, everyone on campus is expected to wear face coverings in buildings that are clearly marked as mask-required areas, and in classrooms, labs and experiential learning settings. We will share more details later this summer about new signage on campus that identifies mask-required areas.
Note: As of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, 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, 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, is 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.
Every member of our campus bears a personal responsibility to closely monitor their own health and stay aware of how they’re feeling. This means self-health checks should become part of our daily routine. If you aren’t feeling well and have a fever, you should stay home or in your room. Please do not come to campus or go to class, and contact the Student Health Center at (904) 256-8080 immediately to make an appointment. Students should work directly with their professors to report absences due to illness.
COVID-19 testing is available through the Student Health Center located on the first floor of the Health Sciences Complex. Fees may apply. The Student Health Center is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Students should call (904) 256-8080 to make an appointment or seek urgent advice if they are having symptoms for recommendations on evaluation and testing. The City of Jacksonville offers multiple other testing locations that can be viewed online.
The University has developed a detailed plan to assist students who test positive for COVID-19 and to minimize the risk to others on our campus. Working with our new Student Health Center, we are prepared to test individuals for the virus if they are experiencing symptoms, and to develop an immediate response plan to ensure they are isolated off-campus and have access to the care they need. We have designated space on campus to quickly quarantine anyone who cannot isolate themselves off-campus and who may have been exposed. We will guide students who must isolate on campus through daily health checks and also work with JU Dining Services to ensure meals are delivered to them.