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Columbus State University

Latest COVID-19 Guidance

Latest Guidance (as of May 18, 2021)

Effective immediately, fully vaccinated individuals may now attend class, perform workplace duties and participate in university activities without wearing a face covering or physically distancing. This applies to both indoor and outdoor situations.

Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to get a vaccine, to continue wearing a face covering, and to continue physically distancing from others when possible. The vaccines are safe and effective; however, obtaining one is a personal decision and vaccinations will not be required to study on, work at or visit our campuses. Vaccinations continue to be administered throughout Georgia for those wishing to be vaccinated.

The university is not empowered to inquire into or require documentation of one's vaccination status. Furthermore, the USG has affirmed that full vaccination is not required or expected to be required for return to studies or return to work now or in the fall. Therefore, adherence to this guidance is based on personal responsibility.

As a reminder, the CDC notes that someone is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving their second dose of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Classrooms and other physical spaces are in the process of being reset to their pre-pandemic configurations and capacities.

All alternate educational arrangements, or accommodations granted to students for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 due to increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19, concluded on May 17 with the start of the summer term. Per the USG, lack of vaccination is not grounds for a request for an accommodation.

All alternate work arrangements, or accommodations granted to employees for Fall 2020 or Spring 2021 due to increased risk for severe illness with COVID-19, concluded on May 17 with our full return-to-campus staffing. Per the USG, lack of vaccination is not grounds for a request for an accommodation.

CSU's summer camps and outreach centers serve a wide variety of individuals - including those who are not yet eligible to be vaccinated. For those reasons, face coverings will be expected of those participants. Leaders and counselors for these programs should continue wearing masks indoors per CDC recommendations and in deference to the health of our youth participants. Likewise, physical distancing will continue to be employed by these programs where required for participants' safety.

CSU continues to encourage students, faculty, staff and visitors to self-report positive cases, possible exposures and COVID-related symptoms until further notice. The COVID-19 Response Team will continue to provide guidance on the need to self-quarantine and self-isolate in reply to those reports.