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Covid Guidelines

Covid Guidelines

Campus Living and Housing Response


Campus Living and Housing recommendations are based on guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Association of College and University Housing Officers International (ACUHO-I), the American College Health Association (ACHA) and the COVID-19 Vaccine | Department of Health | State of Louisiana (la.gov) and University of Louisiana School System Guiding Principles.   Unvaccinated and vaccinated individuals must wear face coverings/masks at all times indoors when on campus in all living/learning areas, including all residence hall common spaces, including but not limited to hallways, laundry rooms, study lounges and lobbies. The exception to this rule is if a student is in their residence hall room alone with limited likelihood of others passing through.

 

MOVE IN POLICY

Anyone assisting students during move-in/out are required to wear a mask while on campus, indoors and in all living/learning areas.

Helpers should review the below questions prior to assisting students moving into campus living: 

  1. In the past 3 days have you experienced any flu-like or respiratory symptoms?
  2. In the past 3 days have you experienced a fever greater than 100.4 degrees?
  3. In the past 3 days have you been presumed or confirmed positive for COVID-19?
  4. In the past 3 days have you been in isolation or quarantined for COVID-19?
  5. If you are unvaccinated, in the past 14 days have you had contact with anyone with the above symptoms or circumstances?

If you or anyone planning to help you move-in/out have answered “Yes” to any of the above questions, remain home and contact the Department of Campus Living gsuhousing@gram.edu  to discuss your options.

Moving into your residence Hall:

  • At the designated check in location, you will receive your room key and welcome package. To help reduce traffic congestion each floor is given a specific time range each day. Please adhere to the check in time.
  • Once at the hall, pull up to your designated unloading area, unload your belongings, and move your vehicle to the parking location.
  • Please have one person stay with your belongings while you are unloading. The University is not responsible for any items damaged or stolen during move in.
  • PLEASE REMOVE ALL TRASH FROM THE HALLWAYS AND PLACE IN DUMPSTERS.
  • Please have a valid Picture ID, Vaccination card or Negative COVID Test Result that is taken within 72 hours before arriving.

Move in Safety Guidelines

  • Students are allowed to have 5 persons at move in.
  • Face coverings are required for all persons.
  • Students who test positive are not to check into residence halls unless they can show proof of a negative test.

 

Check in Locations

Fall 2021 Campus Check-In Dates and Locations

Student Affairs and Campus Living will continue to monitor changes made by the Health Experts and keep students informed about changes made to our return to campus plan.

  • Campus Living and Housing Staff may conduct Health and Safety Inspections of the Living Space to ensure the space is being maintained in a safe manner.
  • Any student meeting with a staff member will be required to wear a mask throughout the meeting.
  • Student are discouraged from gathering in groups larger than the posted occupancy of the space of CDC guidelines.
  • Student must practice both social and physical distancing when in the hallways.
  • Alcohol will not be allowed within the Residence Halls, regardless of the age of the residents or non-residents.
  • Social gatherings and “Kickbacks” are not allowed in the residence halls.
  • Regular cleaning of the Halls and sanitizing of public areas such as lobbies, lounges, service rooms, computer labs and public and community restrooms.
  • Programming and support for student success will be within the guidelines of CDC group sizes and events. If indoors all students will be required to wear masks. 

The following measures have been put into place to promote a safe move-in environment:

  • For your convenience, we are providing a limited amount of trash bins. Please ensure you do not leave trash on the hallways or within the buildings.  This alleviates us having large numbers walking the residence halls for cleaning.

 

Visitation policy

  • There will be no visitation from Non- Students. Those found in violation will be removed from on campus housing.
  • Visitation Hours are from 12:00 pm to 12:00 am.
  • Residents will be responsible to sign in guest to their residence hall provided that guests adhere to all COVID-19 guidelines, residence hall policies, and wear a mask indoors. Overnight guests are still prohibited at this time.

Community bathrooms (Jewett Residence Hall)

  • Community bathrooms in Jewett Residence Hall will be cleaned at least twice daily using EPA-registered disinfectants.
  • Bathrooms will be stocked with soap and paper towels. Trash cans will be emptied regularly.
  • Particles can survive on surfaces of sinks and faucets. Students should use shower caddies/totes or other containers to avoid having toothbrushes and other personal items rest directly on these surfaces.

 

Isolation/quarantine of residential students infected or exposed to COVID-19

The following outline provides the current isolation/quarantine process as developed by Student Health, Campus Living/Housing, and Public Safety to address asymptomatic/symptomatic residential students with recent known or suspected exposure to COVID-19, those who become symptomatic, and those who test positive in order to control transmission. This process is consistent with CDC recommendations

 

Testing and quarantine process

  • Fully vaccinated students who have been exposed to a known positive COVID case but do not exhibit symptoms do not need to quarantine or test for COVID. They should, however, self-monitor for symptoms daily. If symptoms develop, please visit the Foster Johnson Health Center to be tested.
  • Unvaccinated students who have been exposed to a known positive COVID case must complete a COVID-19 Screening Form immediately, quarantine for 14 days either at home or at the designated area on campus, and obtain testing from a Foster Johnson clinician, testing site on campus or testing site at home.
  • Any students (vaccinated or not) who report symptoms of COVID-19 must complete a COVID-19 Screening Form immediately, isolate for 10 days either at home or at the designated area on campus, and obtain testing from a Foster Johnson clinician, testing site on campus or at a testing site at home. COVID-19 testing will be offered Monday through Friday by the Foster Johnson Health Center and the Army National Guard.
  • Students requiring isolation or quarantine will immediately do so in adherence to CDC guidelines either at home or at the designated area on campus.

Students will be required to quarantine/isolate according to the following updated current CDC recommendations:

  • Vaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic:
    • If no symptoms develop, testing and quarantine are required for vaccinated individuals. Person should continue with daily health checks/monitoring. Monitoring of symptoms should be continued for 14 days.
    • If symptoms develop during the self-monitoring period, please contact the Foster Johnson Health Center immediately, self-isolate, and contact your professors.
  • Unvaccinated students who are exposed to COVID-19 and remain asymptomatic:
    • Please contact the Foster Johnson Health Center clinician for guided directives.
    • Notify your primary care provider of your symptoms.
    • Notify your professor immediately.
    • Start the 14-day quarantine protocol and do not come to campus until cleared to do so by your PCP and Foster Johnson Heath Center clinician.
    • Quarantine may be ended after 14 days providing you remain asymptomatic.  The student in quarantine may return to campus once cleared by their primary care provider or Foster Johnson Health Center.
    • Note: If symptoms develop or one tests positive during the quarantine period, the student should immediately self-isolate and contact Foster Johnson Health Center.
    • COVID-19 PCR testing is recommended on day 5-7 after the date of initial exposure.
  • Vaccinated and Unvaccinated students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 or diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, and/or tests positive for COVID-19:
    • Notify Foster Johnson Health Center and your primary care provider of your symptoms.
    • Notify your professors immediately.
    • Start 10-day isolation protocol and do not come to campus until cleared to do so by your PCP and Foster Johnson Health Center.  
    • Obtain a COVID-19 PCR test. Rapid tests are not recommended.
      • If the test is positive, isolation may be ended after 10 days if at least 24 hours have passed without a fever of 100.4 or greater (without use of fever-reducing medications), and other symptoms are improving. If severe illness occurs, isolation should continue until symptoms have improved and the individual is cleared by their primary care provider and a Foster Johnson Health Center clinician to return to campus.
      • If the test is negative: individuals must continue to isolate for 10 days. Isolation may be ended after 10 days if at least 24 hours have passed without a fever of 100.4 or greater (without use of fever-reducing medications).
  • Students needing quarantine or isolation may do so either at home or at the designated area on campus.
  • Students residing on campus for quarantine or isolation who experience worsening symptoms will be sent to the Regional Hospital for evaluation and treatment.
  • All students in quarantine and isolation must adhere to the CDC guidelines for quarantine/isolation and must check and report temperature and symptoms daily to the Foster Johnson Health Center.
  • Students in quarantine who remain on campus will be provided a single bedroom with necessary support services provided such as daily meal delivery, internet access, and Foster Johnson Telehealth checkups.

 

Contact Tracing and Additional Testing

  • Further testing will be recommended for all unvaccinated close contacts of students diagnosed with or symptomatic for COVID-19. It is critical for all individuals to cooperate with the contact tracing process, in order to assure notification of potentially exposed individuals and reduce the likelihood of spread of the illness.

 

Students Living Off Campus

Students who are living off-campus are strongly encouraged to provide their local residential address and phone number to Student Affairs and update your Banner Web account with your accurate numbers in order to facilitate contact tracing and accurate case reporting, if needed, to the Louisiana Department of Public Health.  This information will be gathered through the fall 2021 semester. Off campus students are also strongly encouraged to take their COVID 19 tests every 10 to 14 days to protect themselves and others.