Dear Georgia State student:
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.
1. Get vaccinated. 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/.
2. Mask up. 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 up your mask through the Student Center East Information Center on the Atlanta Campus and through the Student Life offices on each Perimeter campus.
3. 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.
4. Quarantine if necessary. Georgia State will continue to provide contact tracing to let you know if you have been in close contact with someone on campus who has reported a positive COVID-19 test. Contact tracers will identify and contact those who have been in close contact (within six feet for 15 minutes or more) with a 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. Vigorous testing and quarantining when necessary are critical to minimizing the spread of the virus. Information about testing and quarantining can be found at https://covidinfo.gsu.edu/covid-19-resources/report-a-case/#students.
5. Work with the Dean of Students Office. If you are going to miss class and need an excused absence because of illness or quarantine you MUST submit documentation of medical need to the Office of the Dean of Students through the online form at: https://deanofstudents.gsu.edu/student-assistance/professor-absence-notification/ . Professors will be notified by the Dean of Students office staff. You will not need to send any paperwork to individual professors. Faculty will be prepared to accommodate those who are required to go into quarantine or isolation but you must submit all the necessary details through the online form to the Office of the Dean of Students.
6. Ask for assistance. Georgia State will help you if you need assistance or have questions related to COVID-19, advising, financial management, counseling or other matters necessary to support you this fall. In-person and online assistance is available. Please look for information here: https://engagement.gsu.edu/help/.
If you have Americans with Disabilities Act-related conditions that might impact your classes or related university activities, contact the Access and Accommodations Center at https://access.gsu.edu/.
If you have questions about COVID-19 reporting issues, email email@example.com or call 404-900-0203.
Please do your part to contribute to the well-being of our university community. Working together, we will have a rewarding and successful semester. Attached to this email are Frequently Asked Questions to help you plan for the fall term. For additional information about Georgia State’s policies and procedures, go to the COVID Resources page at covidinfo.gsu.edu or refer to the FAQ page here.
Allison Calhoun-Brown, Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President for Student Success