We look forward to welcoming you to the campuses of Georgia State for the start of the fall semester. We are excited to have the Georgia State community together again and anticipate a dynamic and productive year for the Panther family. As we prepare to return to campus, our highest priority is protecting the health of our students, faculty and staff. By taking a few proactive steps we can significantly lower the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and help keep ourselves and our campus community safer.
We strongly urge all members of our community to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccination has proven to be the most effective protection against COVID-19 and is the best way to prevent severe illness, hospitalization and death, and stop the spread of the virus. By getting vaccinated, you will not only be providing a crucial safeguard for yourself, but you will be contributing to the wellness of everyone else. Based on University System of Georgia guidelines, only health officials can ask about your vaccination status and vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals will not be treated differently. COVID-19 vaccinations are available on all campuses. See information at https://covidinfo.gsu.edu/.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone—whether vaccinated or not—wear face coverings while on our campuses. We have ordered a new shipment of Georgia State face masks. Students may receive one mask each. You can pick your mask up through the Student Center East Information Center on the Atlanta Campus and through the Student Life offices on each Perimeter campus.
Test when needed
We strongly encourage testing for anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 and especially for unvaccinated people who may attend classes or events where they can not practice social distancing. Georgia State will continue to offer testing on each of our campuses. Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 should report at https://cc-gsu.force.com/s/ and take steps to isolate to minimize the risk of transmission.
In accordance with state and University System of Georgia rules, it is not permissible to ask anyone on campus whether they are vaccinated. In addition, vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals cannot be treated differently.
The University will continue to conduct contact tracing as it did last year. Individuals who have a positive COVID-19 test should report their result through the online reporting system here. Supervisors who know of an employee with a positive test result should also report the individual through the online reporting system. Contact tracers will identify and contact those who have been in close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or more) with the person who tested positive to provide quarantine instructions. Individuals who are fully vaccinated or who have had COVID-19 within the past three months and recovered do not need to quarantine. Unvaccinated individuals who have been in close contact with an individual infected with COVID-19 must quarantine. Employees who are required to quarantine must take appropriate leave unless their job responsibilities allow them to work remotely and their supervisor approves.
Requests for Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations will be reviewed in accordance with pre-pandemic guidelines. Please contact Benefits at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or assistance. If you are interested in working remotely, please speak to your manager about your position’s eligibility for remote work and the number of remote days permitted by your unit. You may find the remote work policy and the remote work agreement request form here.
Employees may take up to eight hours of non-closure emergency leave for the purpose of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, an employee may take up to 16 hours of non-closure emergency leave if they receive a COVID-19 vaccine and experience negative side effects. This leave is available until the Governor’s State of Emergency ends, which is August 29.
For more comprehensive information about policies and procedures, and frequently asked questions, please go to the COVID Resources page covidinfo.gsu.edu. Let’s all do our part to contribute to the well-being of our university community. Working together, we will have a rewarding and successful semester.
Associate Vice President for Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer