COVID-19 FAQ

Based on trends in the community and state, Brenau University has decided to delay on-ground classes for the spring semester until Wednesday, Jan. 12, and temporarily move the majority of these courses online. We believe taking this proactive measure at the beginning of the semester will help Brenau fulfill its mission to educate students, with as few disruptions as possible.

Brenau’s campuses remain open. All in-person classes will be held virtually from Jan. 12-30, and the expectation is that in-person classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 31. Classes already scheduled to be online will start on Monday, Jan. 10.

Details still are being finalized regarding residential move-in dates, in-person educational experiences, and the levels of faculty and staff required to be on campus. Please monitor your Brenau email and the website for additional information.

According to health care experts, the nationwide increase in cases is expected to be short-lived, and we appreciate your cooperation and adaptability during this fluid situation.

We encourage faculty, staff and students to assist our efforts to keep Brenau’s campus communities healthy and safe by following the latest CDC guidelines whether you are on campus or away from campus.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide information and guidance if circumstances change.

Experiencing symptoms?

If you are faculty, staff or a student and are experiencing COVID symptoms please visit our COVID Reporting Form.

Mask Protocol

Brenau University requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations. It is not necessary to wear a mask while in a dorm room or office unless others are present. Masks are not required outdoors.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are in the process of updating our FAQs. Thank you for your patience.

We are committed to keeping you informed with up-to-date information about university policy and how we’re adjusting to the current outbreak of coronavirus. Below are a list of frequently asked questions organized into sections. Some questions will appear in multiple sections to aid discovery.

Brenau University works to follow best practices and CDC guidelines. The content of these FAQs is subject to change and information changes. Your individual experience may differ from the information presented based on your unique circumstances.

Recently Updated

What do I do if I have coronavirus/flu symptoms?

If you are experiencing COVID or flu-like symptoms please quarantine and fill out the COVID Reporting Form. You will receive an email with guidance for your situation. Do not return to campus until symptoms have resolved.

Updated:

Can I visit/tour campus?

Due to the COVID-19 trends in the community and state, Brenau isn’t accepting visitors on campus at this time. Instead, we are offering personal, flexible, guided virtual tours and online events. Contact us at admissions@brenau.edu to learn more. We hope to welcome you back to campus in person soon.

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What happens if I have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
COVID-like symptoms
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form
  • Remain off-campus or in current housing location until symptoms resolve
COVID Exposure
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days.
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test
Test Positive for COVID
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
Living with a COVID-positive person
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from testing positive
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test

All positive cases of COVID-19 are reported on the COVID-19 Reporting and Cases page and are updated daily.

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What are the COVID-19 reporting requirements for students and employees?

Any COVID-like symptoms need to be reported to the COVID team. The COVID Reporting Form is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage. The COVID team will immediately be notified of your case and you will receive education materials after submitting the form. Someone from the COVID team will contact you in less than 24 hours to start the quarantine/isolation process.

If a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the student or employee to self-isolate.
  • Notify the campus of the confirmed case and restrict access to the area occupied by that student or employee until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom the student or employee has had close contact and instruct them to self-quarantine.

If a family member residing with a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, the student or employee must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the employee to self-quarantine.

If a Brenau student or employee exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call a health care provider and follow the instructions received. If they test positive they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the person to self-isolate.
  • Restrict access to the area occupied by that person until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom that person has had close contact and recommend they self-quarantine.

Updated:

How will Brenau test for COVID-19?

Brenau offers rapid antigen testing on campus and has contracted off campus PCR testing. The type of test used will be determined by vaccination status, exposure risk and symptoms.

Updated:

Will clinics on campus be open to community patients (Psychology, OT, PT)?

Yes, community patients will be allowed on campus.

Brenau University requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations and to fill out our COVID Screening Checklist prior to coming to arrival. Masks are not required outdoors.

Updated:

What are the guidelines for student gatherings, events, activities?

Any gatherings on campus will be in compliance with state and local regulations. The appropriate vice president and a representative from the COVID-19 Task Force will oversee the approval process for all events.

Brenau University requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations and to fill out our COVID Screening Checklist prior to coming to arrival. Masks are not required outdoors.

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If visitors show up unannounced and haven’t filled out the self-assessment or don’t have a mask, what do we do?

You are to ask them to fill out the self-assessment and wear a mask if entering a building. If they do not have a mask, offer them one. If they refuse to comply with these requests, ask them to leave campus.

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How will the policy of self-assessment be administered for visitors?

It is the host of visitors’ responsibility to ensure that visitors fill out the self-assessment form prior to coming to campus. Brenau University also requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations. Masks are not required outdoors.

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I was exposed to COVID or tested positive. Should I take wellness time?

In all of the situations listed below, you must complete the online COVID Reporting Form if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, have tested positive for COVID or have been exposed to someone with COVID. After completing the form, someone from the COVID team will reach out to you to discuss next steps.

  • If you’re feeling unwell
    • Stay at home
    • take a wellness day
  • If you’re COVID positive
    • Stay at home.
    • If you don’t have symptoms, you may work remotely until quarantine is completed.
    • If you develop symptoms, stop working and take wellness time.
  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID and have symptoms
    • Stay home.
    • Do not work.
    • Take wellness time.
  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID and do not have symptoms
    • Stay home.
    • Work remotely.

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Campus-wide

What happens if I have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
COVID-like symptoms
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form
  • Remain off-campus or in current housing location until symptoms resolve
COVID Exposure
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days.
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test
Test Positive for COVID
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
Living with a COVID-positive person
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from testing positive
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test

All positive cases of COVID-19 are reported on the COVID-19 Reporting and Cases page and are updated daily.

Updated:

What are the COVID-19 reporting requirements for students and employees?

Any COVID-like symptoms need to be reported to the COVID team. The COVID Reporting Form is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage. The COVID team will immediately be notified of your case and you will receive education materials after submitting the form. Someone from the COVID team will contact you in less than 24 hours to start the quarantine/isolation process.

If a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the student or employee to self-isolate.
  • Notify the campus of the confirmed case and restrict access to the area occupied by that student or employee until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom the student or employee has had close contact and instruct them to self-quarantine.

If a family member residing with a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, the student or employee must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the employee to self-quarantine.

If a Brenau student or employee exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call a health care provider and follow the instructions received. If they test positive they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the person to self-isolate.
  • Restrict access to the area occupied by that person until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom that person has had close contact and recommend they self-quarantine.

Updated:

What counseling and mental health support services are available?
Counseling & Support Services

This is a stressful time. We understand some Brenau community members may feel anxious about this evolving public health situation, and you may have concerns about friends and family living in areas currently experiencing the outbreak. Students are encouraged to contact any or all of the following resources:

Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

The Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS), with campus locations both in Gainesville and North Atlanta (see below), provides the following services to Brenau students, staff, faculty, and alums as well as individuals in the community:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Child counseling
  • Psychological assessment and testing for all ages
  • Stress management
  • Group therapy

Learn more about the BCCPS on their webpage.

Mental Health Resources

Updated:

If visitors show up unannounced and haven’t filled out the self-assessment or don’t have a mask, what do we do?

You are to ask them to fill out the self-assessment and wear a mask if entering a building. If they do not have a mask, offer them one. If they refuse to comply with these requests, ask them to leave campus.

Updated:

How will the policy of self-assessment be administered for visitors?

It is the host of visitors’ responsibility to ensure that visitors fill out the self-assessment form prior to coming to campus. Brenau University also requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations. Masks are not required outdoors.

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Do I have to complete the daily screening checklist before engaging campus life each day?

Yes. In light of the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases in our community, and as part of our commitment to a culture of prevention, students and employees are required to complete a daily screening checklist prior to engaging campus life each day. Employees and students are expected to take their temperature as a part of the daily screening checklist. If you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms or awaiting testing results for COVID-19, please do not come to campus. If you are faculty, staff or a student and are experiencing COVID symptoms, please visit our COVID Reporting Form.

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What is the plan for studio and computer lab time?

Computer labs and studios will resume their normal schedule. 

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What are the best types of masks?

Currently the CDC recommends cloth masks. In terms of which masks to choose, the best choice in decreasing protective order:

  1. N95
  2. Surgical masks
  3. 3-layer cloth
  4. 2-layer cloth
  5. 1-layer cloth (not recommended)

If you make your masks yourself, studies indicate that higher thread cotton is the best material, especially when combined with an electrostatic material such as spandex or polyester. Plexiglass is not a substitute for face masks.

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How can I make a payment?

You can make payments online through CampusWeb or by mailing a check to:

Brenau University
Attn: Business Office
500 Washington St. SE
Gainesville, GA 30501

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Coronavirus Testing and Reporting

What happens if I have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
COVID-like symptoms
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form
  • Remain off-campus or in current housing location until symptoms resolve
COVID Exposure
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days.
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test
Test Positive for COVID
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
Living with a COVID-positive person
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from testing positive
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test

All positive cases of COVID-19 are reported on the COVID-19 Reporting and Cases page and are updated daily.

Updated:

What are the COVID-19 reporting requirements for students and employees?

Any COVID-like symptoms need to be reported to the COVID team. The COVID Reporting Form is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage. The COVID team will immediately be notified of your case and you will receive education materials after submitting the form. Someone from the COVID team will contact you in less than 24 hours to start the quarantine/isolation process.

If a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the student or employee to self-isolate.
  • Notify the campus of the confirmed case and restrict access to the area occupied by that student or employee until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom the student or employee has had close contact and instruct them to self-quarantine.

If a family member residing with a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, the student or employee must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the employee to self-quarantine.

If a Brenau student or employee exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call a health care provider and follow the instructions received. If they test positive they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the person to self-isolate.
  • Restrict access to the area occupied by that person until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom that person has had close contact and recommend they self-quarantine.

Updated:

How will Brenau test for COVID-19?

Brenau offers rapid antigen testing on campus and has contracted off campus PCR testing. The type of test used will be determined by vaccination status, exposure risk and symptoms.

Updated:

What do I do if I have coronavirus/flu symptoms?

If you are experiencing COVID or flu-like symptoms please quarantine and fill out the COVID Reporting Form. You will receive an email with guidance for your situation. Do not return to campus until symptoms have resolved.

Updated:

I was exposed to COVID or tested positive. Should I take wellness time?

In all of the situations listed below, you must complete the online COVID Reporting Form if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, have tested positive for COVID or have been exposed to someone with COVID. After completing the form, someone from the COVID team will reach out to you to discuss next steps.

  • If you’re feeling unwell
    • Stay at home
    • take a wellness day
  • If you’re COVID positive
    • Stay at home.
    • If you don’t have symptoms, you may work remotely until quarantine is completed.
    • If you develop symptoms, stop working and take wellness time.
  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID and have symptoms
    • Stay home.
    • Do not work.
    • Take wellness time.
  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID and do not have symptoms
    • Stay home.
    • Work remotely.

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How will I know if a student, colleague or teacher is in quarantine?

As per HIPAA guidelines, Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis will not discuss the details of COVID exposure with anyone other than the patient and contact tracers. Faculty, staff or students considered exposed will be contacted by contact tracers. Notification of faculty, staff or students who are not considered exposed will come directly from the patient themselves.

HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) was created to provide privacy standards to protect patients’ health information possessed by health insurance plans, doctors, hospitals and other health care providers. It limits who may share health information and whom it can be shared with.

Notification Procedure for Faculty/Staff/Students reporting COVID-19 cases, exposure and symptoms

  1. Complete the COVID Reporting Form on the Brenau App.
    1. Upon submission you will receive an email containing instructions for your situation and a member of the contact tracing team will reach out to you.
  2. Faculty/staff/student is to remain off campus or confined to student housing room until cleared by the COVID team.
  • If a positive case is identified
    1. That person will begin isolation immediately
    2. A notification of that person’s COVID status and release date will be sent to the patient by their contact tracer. It is then the responsibility of the patient to forward the notification with expected release date to their faculty, staff, supervisor, professors, athletics, coach, etc
    3. The person will be contact traced per Brenau policy
    4. Upon release of isolation, a notification for Return to Normal Activity will be sent to the patient and they will forward it to individuals who need this release.
  • If an exposure has been identified
    1. That person will begin quarantine immediately
      1. The COVID team will review each case and decide the best course of action based on vaccination status and symptoms reported.
    2. A notification of that person’s COVID status and release date will be sent to the patient by their contact tracer.  It is then the responsibility of the patient to forward the notification with expected release date to their faculty, staff, supervisor, professors, athletics, coach, etc
    3. The person will be contact traced per Brenau policy
    4. Upon release of isolation, a notification for Return to Normal Activity will be sent to the patient and they will forward it to individuals who need this release.
  • If someone is experiencing symptoms
    1. That person will begin quarantine immediately
      1. The COVID team will review each case and decide the best course of action based on vaccination status and symptoms reported.
    2. A notification of that person’s COVID status and release date will be sent to the patient by their contact tracer.  It is then the responsibility of the patient to forward the notification with expected release date to their faculty, staff, supervisor, professors, athletics, coach, etc
    3. The person will be contact traced per Brenau policy
    4. Upon release from quarantine, a notification for Return to Normal Activity will be sent to the patient and they will forward it to individuals who need this release.

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Information for Parents/Guardians of Students Experiencing COVID-19 Circumstances

What happens if I have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
COVID-like symptoms
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form
  • Remain off-campus or in current housing location until symptoms resolve
COVID Exposure
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days.
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test
Test Positive for COVID
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
Living with a COVID-positive person
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from testing positive
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test

All positive cases of COVID-19 are reported on the COVID-19 Reporting and Cases page and are updated daily.

Updated:

What counseling and mental health support services are available?
Counseling & Support Services

This is a stressful time. We understand some Brenau community members may feel anxious about this evolving public health situation, and you may have concerns about friends and family living in areas currently experiencing the outbreak. Students are encouraged to contact any or all of the following resources:

Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

The Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS), with campus locations both in Gainesville and North Atlanta (see below), provides the following services to Brenau students, staff, faculty, and alums as well as individuals in the community:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Child counseling
  • Psychological assessment and testing for all ages
  • Stress management
  • Group therapy

Learn more about the BCCPS on their webpage.

Mental Health Resources

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Admissions

Can I visit/tour campus?

Due to the COVID-19 trends in the community and state, Brenau isn’t accepting visitors on campus at this time. Instead, we are offering personal, flexible, guided virtual tours and online events. Contact us at admissions@brenau.edu to learn more. We hope to welcome you back to campus in person soon.

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Activites

What are the guidelines for student gatherings, events, activities?

Any gatherings on campus will be in compliance with state and local regulations. The appropriate vice president and a representative from the COVID-19 Task Force will oversee the approval process for all events.

Brenau University requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations and to fill out our COVID Screening Checklist prior to coming to arrival. Masks are not required outdoors.

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Academics

Will clinics on campus be open to community patients (Psychology, OT, PT)?

Yes, community patients will be allowed on campus.

Brenau University requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations and to fill out our COVID Screening Checklist prior to coming to arrival. Masks are not required outdoors.

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If I need accommodations, how do I register and receive my accommodations?

Please visit the Brenau University Learning Center website for detailed information related to accommodations. Director Jennifer Loggins is available to assist you in securing accommodations, learning support, and more. You can contact her at jloggins@brenau.edu.

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I require tutoring support. Is this available remotely?

Yes, Brenau University has many options for remote academic support. While most tutoring will take place face-to-face, online tutoring will be available. For assistance on writing related assignments, visit our Writing Center.

For support in a math or science class, contact the Study Place for Achievement (AKA Math & Science SPA)

If you need assistance conducting research or accessing library materials, you can meet with a library faculty member. Visit the Trustee Library’s website.

The Learning Center also provides tutoring assistance.

Remember that each of your professors also have published office hours and can meet with you remotely. Each instructor’s contact information is available on your syllabi and in Canvas.

Updated:

What is the plan for studio and computer lab time?

Computer labs and studios will resume their normal schedule. 

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Online Learning

If I need accommodations, how do I register and receive my accommodations?

Please visit the Brenau University Learning Center website for detailed information related to accommodations. Director Jennifer Loggins is available to assist you in securing accommodations, learning support, and more. You can contact her at jloggins@brenau.edu.

Updated:

I require tutoring support. Is this available remotely?

Yes, Brenau University has many options for remote academic support. While most tutoring will take place face-to-face, online tutoring will be available. For assistance on writing related assignments, visit our Writing Center.

For support in a math or science class, contact the Study Place for Achievement (AKA Math & Science SPA)

If you need assistance conducting research or accessing library materials, you can meet with a library faculty member. Visit the Trustee Library’s website.

The Learning Center also provides tutoring assistance.

Remember that each of your professors also have published office hours and can meet with you remotely. Each instructor’s contact information is available on your syllabi and in Canvas.

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These are great online-learning resources, but I’m still having a hard time figuring out what to do. Who can help me?

For additional assistance, feel free to email helpdesk@brenau.edu or call 770-538-4774 for help.

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I don’t know the first thing about Canvas. Can I get some help?

Here are the basic technology requirements for Canvas and some hints about using Canvas from your mobile device. These resources will help you be successful by ensuring you understand the technology expectations for online courses:

The video, Canvas Overview (Students) (4:21) will give you some practical tips for navigating in Canvas.  This is a tutorial provided by the LMS so it won’t look exactly like Brenau’s version, but it is a great, quick guide for getting around.

We also have a growing Canvas for Students Playlist in YouTube.

This has information on submitting various types of assignments and accessing course conferences for synchronous sessions.

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I’m in my course, but now what?

Each professor may take a bit of a different approach to ensure continuity of learning. Be prepared to navigate your course site using the menu options on the left side of your screen to find content your professor has posted to share with you, to submit assignments in the dropboxes, and in some cases, to engage in threaded discussions.

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Where do I find my courses?

Log in to your Brenau self-service portal at my.brenau.edu.

my.brenau.edu login screen

Select Canvas.

My Brenau dashboard with arrow pointing to Canvas login

Once inside Canvas, you’ll see a list of courses.

Canvas dashboard showing classes

This video may also help you in locating your classes: Where to find your course in Canvas 2020 (YouTube)

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Student Services

What counseling and mental health support services are available?
Counseling & Support Services

This is a stressful time. We understand some Brenau community members may feel anxious about this evolving public health situation, and you may have concerns about friends and family living in areas currently experiencing the outbreak. Students are encouraged to contact any or all of the following resources:

Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

The Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS), with campus locations both in Gainesville and North Atlanta (see below), provides the following services to Brenau students, staff, faculty, and alums as well as individuals in the community:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Child counseling
  • Psychological assessment and testing for all ages
  • Stress management
  • Group therapy

Learn more about the BCCPS on their webpage.

Mental Health Resources

Updated:

What are the guidelines for student gatherings, events, activities?

Any gatherings on campus will be in compliance with state and local regulations. The appropriate vice president and a representative from the COVID-19 Task Force will oversee the approval process for all events.

Brenau University requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations and to fill out our COVID Screening Checklist prior to coming to arrival. Masks are not required outdoors.

Updated:

I require tutoring support. Is this available remotely?

Yes, Brenau University has many options for remote academic support. While most tutoring will take place face-to-face, online tutoring will be available. For assistance on writing related assignments, visit our Writing Center.

For support in a math or science class, contact the Study Place for Achievement (AKA Math & Science SPA)

If you need assistance conducting research or accessing library materials, you can meet with a library faculty member. Visit the Trustee Library’s website.

The Learning Center also provides tutoring assistance.

Remember that each of your professors also have published office hours and can meet with you remotely. Each instructor’s contact information is available on your syllabi and in Canvas.

Updated:

Health Services

What are the COVID-19 reporting requirements for students and employees?

Any COVID-like symptoms need to be reported to the COVID team. The COVID Reporting Form is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage. The COVID team will immediately be notified of your case and you will receive education materials after submitting the form. Someone from the COVID team will contact you in less than 24 hours to start the quarantine/isolation process.

If a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the student or employee to self-isolate.
  • Notify the campus of the confirmed case and restrict access to the area occupied by that student or employee until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom the student or employee has had close contact and instruct them to self-quarantine.

If a family member residing with a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, the student or employee must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the employee to self-quarantine.

If a Brenau student or employee exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call a health care provider and follow the instructions received. If they test positive they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the person to self-isolate.
  • Restrict access to the area occupied by that person until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom that person has had close contact and recommend they self-quarantine.

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What counseling and mental health support services are available?
Counseling & Support Services

This is a stressful time. We understand some Brenau community members may feel anxious about this evolving public health situation, and you may have concerns about friends and family living in areas currently experiencing the outbreak. Students are encouraged to contact any or all of the following resources:

Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

The Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS), with campus locations both in Gainesville and North Atlanta (see below), provides the following services to Brenau students, staff, faculty, and alums as well as individuals in the community:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Child counseling
  • Psychological assessment and testing for all ages
  • Stress management
  • Group therapy

Learn more about the BCCPS on their webpage.

Mental Health Resources

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What are the best types of masks?

Currently the CDC recommends cloth masks. In terms of which masks to choose, the best choice in decreasing protective order:

  1. N95
  2. Surgical masks
  3. 3-layer cloth
  4. 2-layer cloth
  5. 1-layer cloth (not recommended)

If you make your masks yourself, studies indicate that higher thread cotton is the best material, especially when combined with an electrostatic material such as spandex or polyester. Plexiglass is not a substitute for face masks.

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Library

Will reference help be available?

Zoom/phone reference support can be scheduled via LibCal, or the contact info on each LibGuide. Email reference is available to students at Ask A Librarian.

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Will Library instruction be available for my classes?

Faculty should request synchronous and asynchronous library instruction via the usual form on the Library website; instruction will be delivered via Zoom. If you want to flip the instruction, we will prepare asynchronous tutorials for your students; you can monitor their completion.

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Visitors

Can I visit/tour campus?

Due to the COVID-19 trends in the community and state, Brenau isn’t accepting visitors on campus at this time. Instead, we are offering personal, flexible, guided virtual tours and online events. Contact us at admissions@brenau.edu to learn more. We hope to welcome you back to campus in person soon.

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What are the guidelines for student gatherings, events, activities?

Any gatherings on campus will be in compliance with state and local regulations. The appropriate vice president and a representative from the COVID-19 Task Force will oversee the approval process for all events.

Brenau University requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations and to fill out our COVID Screening Checklist prior to coming to arrival. Masks are not required outdoors.

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If visitors show up unannounced and haven’t filled out the self-assessment or don’t have a mask, what do we do?

You are to ask them to fill out the self-assessment and wear a mask if entering a building. If they do not have a mask, offer them one. If they refuse to comply with these requests, ask them to leave campus.

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How will the policy of self-assessment be administered for visitors?

It is the host of visitors’ responsibility to ensure that visitors fill out the self-assessment form prior to coming to campus. Brenau University also requires all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons to wear a mask while in all indoor facilities at any of our campus locations. Masks are not required outdoors.

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Employees

What happens if I have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
COVID-like symptoms
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form
  • Remain off-campus or in current housing location until symptoms resolve
COVID Exposure
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days.
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test
Test Positive for COVID
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Regardless of vaccination status you must quarantine for 7 days
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from the onset of symptoms
    • Symptoms have resolved
Living with a COVID-positive person
  • Notify COVID team via COVID Reporting Form.
  • Vaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • After 7 days from testing positive
    • Symptoms have resolved
  • Unvaccinated individuals may return to campus after both of the following
    • If no symptoms develop after 7 days
    • You must submit a negative test

All positive cases of COVID-19 are reported on the COVID-19 Reporting and Cases page and are updated daily.

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What are the COVID-19 reporting requirements for students and employees?

Any COVID-like symptoms need to be reported to the COVID team. The COVID Reporting Form is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage. The COVID team will immediately be notified of your case and you will receive education materials after submitting the form. Someone from the COVID team will contact you in less than 24 hours to start the quarantine/isolation process.

If a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the student or employee to self-isolate.
  • Notify the campus of the confirmed case and restrict access to the area occupied by that student or employee until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom the student or employee has had close contact and instruct them to self-quarantine.

If a family member residing with a Brenau student or employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, the student or employee must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the employee to self-quarantine.

If a Brenau student or employee exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call a health care provider and follow the instructions received. If they test positive they must inform the COVID team using the online COVID Reporting Form. The university will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the person to self-isolate.
  • Restrict access to the area occupied by that person until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom that person has had close contact and recommend they self-quarantine.

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What counseling and mental health support services are available?
Counseling & Support Services

This is a stressful time. We understand some Brenau community members may feel anxious about this evolving public health situation, and you may have concerns about friends and family living in areas currently experiencing the outbreak. Students are encouraged to contact any or all of the following resources:

Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services

The Brenau Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (BCCPS), with campus locations both in Gainesville and North Atlanta (see below), provides the following services to Brenau students, staff, faculty, and alums as well as individuals in the community:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Couples counseling
  • Child counseling
  • Psychological assessment and testing for all ages
  • Stress management
  • Group therapy

Learn more about the BCCPS on their webpage.

Mental Health Resources

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I was exposed to COVID or tested positive. Should I take wellness time?

In all of the situations listed below, you must complete the online COVID Reporting Form if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, have tested positive for COVID or have been exposed to someone with COVID. After completing the form, someone from the COVID team will reach out to you to discuss next steps.

  • If you’re feeling unwell
    • Stay at home
    • take a wellness day
  • If you’re COVID positive
    • Stay at home.
    • If you don’t have symptoms, you may work remotely until quarantine is completed.
    • If you develop symptoms, stop working and take wellness time.
  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID and have symptoms
    • Stay home.
    • Do not work.
    • Take wellness time.
  • If you’ve been exposed to COVID and do not have symptoms
    • Stay home.
    • Work remotely.

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Do I have to complete the daily screening checklist before engaging campus life each day?

Yes. In light of the ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases in our community, and as part of our commitment to a culture of prevention, students and employees are required to complete a daily screening checklist prior to engaging campus life each day. Employees and students are expected to take their temperature as a part of the daily screening checklist. If you or anyone in your household is experiencing symptoms or awaiting testing results for COVID-19, please do not come to campus. If you are faculty, staff or a student and are experiencing COVID symptoms, please visit our COVID Reporting Form.

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