Ready to return? Get vaccinated. Email to Students on August 3, 2021
Greetings from the campus of Jacksonville University as we continue getting ready for your arrival in the coming weeks. We’ve prepared this note to share important news and developments to help keep you safe and healthy this coming fall.
Our leaders and experts here at the University are intensely focused on the rising rates of new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in northeast Florida due to the Delta variant, which has proven to be a powerful, highly transmissible strain of the virus affecting nations around the globe. There’s a clear and concerning trend locally: more than 97% of hospitalized individuals have NOT been vaccinated, and the average age of those hospitalized is decreasing.
We are also studying the latest guidance issued this week by the Centers for Disease Control, which recommends masks for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals in high-transmission areas.
Weighing the local conditions, guidance from the CDC and experienced state and local health officials, and our commitment to the health and safety of our campus community, Jacksonville University will require all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear face masks while indoors on campus or at any learning site or facility operated by JU.
This policy is effective immediately and will remain in place through the first 30 days of the fall semester (through September 15). At that time, we will re-evaluate to determine if this requirement can be lifted. As students, you can help us achieve that goal by taking two important steps:
- Get vaccinated.
- Report your vaccination status to the University for free via Med+Proctor. Step-by-step instructions are available online.
A growing body of scientific literature shows all three vaccines are safe and effective -- even against the Delta variant. We urge you: do your part to protect our campus by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already done so.
Vaccine Clinics On Campus
While the vaccines are free and readily available, the University is committed to removing any barriers to getting the vaccine. Our partners at Publix are offering the Moderna vaccine on campus this fall at no cost to students, faculty and staff.
The first shot will be offered at the following times and locations:
- August 11, 1-5 p.m. -- Davis Student Commons room 207
- August 18 and 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Davis Student Commons room 207
Plans for Fall
Vaccinations are the key to restoring normal in-person activities on our campus this fall and enjoying the face-to-face campus experience that makes Jacksonville University such a special place.
With these safety policies in place, we are moving forward with plans to return to normal operations with traditional course offerings. Given the rapidly changing environment, we will continue to closely monitor local conditions and public health recommendations, and we will adjust policies as necessary.
The best way to ensure we can all enjoy our favorite campus activities and traditions this fall is to get vaccinated.
As of today, here are the latest policy updates for fall which can be found on the university’s website:
- The University will return to a traditional mix of in-person and online courses. We will no longer go to great lengths to offer remote-access to every class.
- Capacity limits and social distancing precautions inside classrooms and other facilities are lifted.
- Masks are required for all individuals, vaccinated and unvaccinated, while indoors on campus or at any learning site or facility operated by JU.
- Fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 and are asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine at home or in their assigned residential space.
- Any student who experiences symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, should report it to the University using this form and should not attend in-person class or events.
Even after you are fully vaccinated, continue to monitor your health closely and stay home if you feel sick.
The University will continue to monitor the latest developments related to the virus and will communicate updates to our policies as those decisions are made this fall. Please regularly check your email and be on the lookout for text alerts from the University.