COVID-19 related student policies

The following policies are in place at the start of the 2020-2021 academic year and may be modified or added to throughout the year in response to current events and recommendations from health and governmental officials. Students will be notified of changes to the policies via email. Noncompliance can result in documentation and possible sanctions through the student judicial code, including fines, removal from campus, hearing, and up to suspension. 

  1. Residential visitation policies
    • Hall and campus visitation may be restricted based on recommendations from health and governmental officials and in reaction to campus and community health status. The Fall 2020 semester will begin with visitation restricted to those students who live within the same residence hall. Visitation in residence halls in which you do not live is not allowed. Visitation in any residence halls by non-students is not allowed. These policies will be reevaluated, in conjunction with administrators and the Student Government Association, after the first three weeks of classes and may be updated throughout the semester as needed.
  2. Residential room capacities

    • Maximum capacity of residential rooms is limited to one guest per room resident. ​​​​​​​

  3. Daily Health Check

    • All students, faculty, and staff will be required to take a daily self-administered health check each day that they are on campus. Failure to complete the health check may result in students being unable to enter the Caf, attend class, or access other buildings. The results of the health check will be confidential, but will be used for monitoring and for contact tracing. As part of the process, students will need to take their temperature daily and should bring a thermometer with them for this purpose.​​​​​​​

  4. Event safety plans

    • All campus sponsored in-person events, whether organized by students, faculty, or staff, must submit a safety plan for approval prior the event. This plan will include the number of people expected to attend the event, where the event will be held, the capacity of the space, and why the event needs to be in-person versus online. ​​​​​​​

  5. Masks

    • Masks or face shields are required inside all buildings, in all classrooms, and when students are within six feet of others outside on College property. Masks must be worn correctly covering both the individual’s mouth and nose.​​​​​​​
    • While the College will provide one reusable mask, students are expected to provide their own appropriate masks. Students will also be permitted to wear face shields correctly over their entire faces.
  6. Social Distancing and Limit Face-to-Face Interaction

    • Everyone is expected to maintain a six-foot distance from other students, faculty, staff, and guests whenever possible. Most building stairways and entrances/exits should be one directional with related signage that must be followed.

  7. COVID-19 Testing

    • All students are required to present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to campus for the start of the semester. Students test results will be submitted to HealthForms@georgetowncollege.edu or brought with them to campus at move-in. If possible, the test should be within 7 days of arrival. Students also agree by their presence on campus and residing in the halls/participating in class to participate in ongoing testing as directed through the course of the term.​​​​​​​
    • Failure to submit test results may result in the student not being allowed to move into College housing, fines, or to be enrolled for the term.
  8. Contact Tracing

    • If a student tests positive for COVID-19 and has been on campus within the past 14 days, they must notify the institution. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
    • If a student is determined to have been exposed to the coronavirus or tests positive for COVID-19, they must cooperate with appropriate local health officials and College officials to assist in contact tracing. Students are expected to truthfully answer questions about where they have been and whom they may have been in contact with during the relevant time period.
    • In these instances, judicial amnesty may be granted for situations during the relevant time period where the student was present/participatory to a policy violation, such as visitation or alcohol use, for the purposes of contact tracing.
  9. Quarantine/Isolation 

    • Students who are infected or known to have been exposed to someone who is infected, agree that they will follow all health directives to quarantine or enter isolation as necessary. 
    • When possible, students will quarantine or enter isolation at their own home, but when this is not possible the College will provide a living space where the student must quarantine until they test negative for COVID-19. 
  10. COVID-19 Related Assistance Requests

    • In order for students to receive exceptions to these policies or to request modifications to their academic or living experience for COVID-19 related reasons, they must first contact Tiera Mason, Assistant Dean of Students. Decisions on these matters will be made based on the policy designed by several members of the College leadership. ​​​​​​​

  11. Off-Campus travel

    • Students are requested to limit travel off campus as much as possible, especially to areas currently designated by the Kentucky State Government as ‘hot spots.’ If a student does voluntarily travel to a ‘hot spot’ area, they may be asked to quarantine for a full 14 days after their voluntary travel before returning to campus. ​​​​​​​

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