Fall 2020 COVID-19 Plans
As we prepare for the Fall 2020 semester, Judson College continues to evaluate and respond to our nation’s current public health crisis. In consultation with local and state officials, medical professionals, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Judson seeks to make informed decisions to promote the health and safety of our campus community. Although we cannot guarantee a student’s safety from COVID-19, we are working diligently to mitigate risks to our campus community related to the virus. The following precautionary procedures will be in place for the fall semester.
Tuition and Financial Aid
While Judson seeks to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, students who choose to attend classes on campus must assume the risk of being exposed to the virus. If students are unwilling to assume this risk, then they may choose to pursue their Judson education through dual delivery methods. These methods will run concurrently with the on-campus schedule for each class and will be taught by the same professors of the classes offered on campus.
Accordingly, there will be no discounting or refunding of tuition charges. All financial aid, including institutional support and scholarships, will be honored for residential and commuter students regardless of the student’s chosen mode of curriculum delivery or change in mode of delivery. If a student withdraws from all enrolled classes during the fall semester, the college’s published refund policy will be followed.
Face Covering Policy
All students, faculty, administrators, staff, and guests of the College are required to wear face coverings that always cover both the nose and mouth. Face coverings should be worn in classrooms, labs, communal office spaces, at gatherings, and in any campus setting where physical distancing of six feet between persons is difficult to maintain. Facial coverings will need to be worn in all indoor classroom and lab spaces, even when students are seated or distanced six feet from one another.
Face coverings are not required in the following locations: in one’s dorm room or suite, in one’s enclosed office, in one’s library study carrel, in one’s personal vehicle, in the dining hall when one is eating, or in outdoor settings where physical distancing of six feet between persons can be achieved. Exceptions to this policy may be considered by the Vice President for Student Life.
Modifications to the Academic Calendar
Fall semester classes will begin on Thursday, August 13, and end on Tuesday, November 24, 2020.
The College is adjusting the seating of classrooms to allow for six feet between persons. Some classes with higher enrollments are being moved to larger spaces to accommodate for improved physical distancing of six feet between persons.
Judson College has partnered with Sage Dining, its food service provider, to offer meals in a safe and healthy manner. Accommodations in dining services include the following:
- Sage staff will greet and serve students from behind glass barriers and will wear appropriate PPE.
- Plexiglas shields will be in place at cash registers, and check-in and payments will be contactless.
- Sage staff will serve all food, eliminating self-service (with the exception of prepackaged items).
- Dining areas will be staged for physical distancing of six feet between persons with signage reinforcing physical distancing and appropriate traffic patterns.
- All students, faculty, administrators, staff, and guests of the college are required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth while entering, being served, and exiting the dining hall. Facial coverings should be removed in the dining hall only during the time when a person is eating his/her meal.
- Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the dining hall.
- All condiments will be in individual packaging.
- No personally refillable containers will be used.
- Rigorous sanitation protocols will be in place between each meal/event.
- Doors to the dining hall will be locked between food service periods, and no visitors will be allowed to enter the dining hall between food service periods.
Resident students will receive information concerning COVID-19 precautions and guidelines prior to move-in and will undergo symptom screenings and non-contact temperature checks prior to moving into residence halls.
Personal and Work Spaces
Students are encouraged to take personal responsibility for sanitation of personal living spaces as well as classroom spaces. This effort includes frequent disinfecting of commonly touched surfaces such as light switches, doorknobs, and bathroom fixtures.
Students and employees are encouraged to develop the following habits to reduce exposure and exposing others to COVID-19:
- Practice good hygiene: cover coughs and sneezes, don’t touch face, and wash hands often.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside living spaces.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others.
- Wear face covering when outside of living space.
- Clean and disinfect frequently used items and touched surfaces often.
- Avoid the use of shared objects – computers, writing utensils, phones, etc.
- Monitor symptoms closely.
- Report symptoms to Resident Assistant, Director of Residence Life, or Vice President for Student Life.
- Limit trips off campus and wear face masks when out in the Marion community and beyond.
Students are encouraged to self-monitor by taking their own temperature daily. Additionally, the College will randomly conduct non-contact temperature checks at various times and locations around campus. Students are asked to report any symptoms, which may indicate COVID-19, to their Resident Assistant, Director of Residence Life, or Vice President of Student Life.
Information regarding required testing provided by GuideSafe will be sent to your Judson email account.
During the semester, students showing symptoms will be referred for testing at a local health facility.
Isolation for Students Diagnosed with COVID-19
Following CDC Guidelines students will be asked to return home for the duration of isolation. If unable to return home due to extenuating circumstances, students will be assigned to designated isolation rooms. Courses will be delivered remotely for students diagnosed with COVID-19.
Quarantine for Students in Close Contact with Someone Diagnosed with COVID-19
Following CDC Guidelines, students who have been in close contact or have been sharing a room or suite with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 will be asked to return home for the duration of quarantine. If unable to return home due to extenuating circumstances, students must quarantine in room/suite. Courses will be delivered remotely for students in quarantine.
Isolation and Quarantine for Employees Diagnosed or Who Have Come in Close Contact with Someone Diagnosed with COVID-19
Following CDC Guidelines, employees are asked to report any symptoms related to COVID-19 to their supervisor. Employees with personal health concerns or risk factors should also consult their supervisor.
Move-in Day for New Students on Sunday, August 9
Move-in times have been staggered to accommodate for improved physical distancing with one student per suite moving in per hour. Assigned times have been sent to new students.
Move-in Day for Returning Students on Wednesday, August 12
Students living in odd numbered rooms will move in from 1 – 3, and students living in even numbered rooms will move in from 3 – 5.
Judson College is a member of the USCAA who has postponed all post-season championship games for fall semester intercollegiate athletics until January 2021. Judson’s soccer and volleyball will not compete during the fall semester. These teams will practice and condition for limited competition in the spring semester. The start date for the winter basketball season will be determined at a later date.
Chapels and Assemblies
Chapel services and other large group assemblies will be held in Alumnae Auditorium to allow for appropriate physical distancing of six feet between persons.
Personal Wellness Assembly
Judson College will have an assembly to address wellness and safety issues including COVID-19 mitigation precautions. This is an Attendance Expected (AE) event for the entire College community, including faculty, staff, administrators, as well as residential and commuter students, to be held on Thursday, August 13 at 11:00 a.m. in Alumnae Auditorium.
These precautionary procedures are subject to change as we respond to the latest information from local and state officials, medical professionals, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).