COVID-19 FAQ

Experiencing Symptoms?

COVID-like symptoms

  • Complete the COVID Reporting Form
  • Follow CDC recommendations regarding your specific situation. Employees who need to miss work for illness, whether or not it is COVID-related, should take wellness time.

COVID Exposure or Testing Positive for COVID

  • Complete the COVID Reporting Form.
  • Use the CDC COVID Calculator on this page or on the CDC’s website to determine protocols for your specific situation. Employees who need to miss work for illness, whether or not it is COVID-related, should take wellness time.
 

Mask Protocol

As of Wednesday, March 9, Brenau University no longer will require masks to be worn indoors at any of our campus locations. 

While masks no longer will be required, those who medically need or feel more comfortable wearing masks may continue to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

Because of the changing environment regarding COVID, Brenau University has decided to align more closely with CDC best practices and guidelines. This has resulted in a number of changes to the FAQs listed below.

The content of these FAQs is subject to change as new information arises from the CDC. Your individual experience may differ from the information presented based on your unique circumstances.

Can I visit/tour campus?

Yes! We are excited to offer in-person appointments and campus visits.

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

Yes, community patients will be allowed on campus.

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What counseling and mental health support services are available?

Counseling & Support Services

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

Learn more about the BCCPS on their webpage.

Mental Health Resources

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Is COVID-19 Vaccination Required?

At this time vaccination is only required for students in clinicals programs in the Ivester College of Health Sciences. This requirement is due to many of Brenau University’s partners, including the Northeast Georgia Health System, establishing new vaccine requirements for students who participate in clinical experiences.

The vaccine requirement applies to all students in the programs listed below. Brenau students subject to this requirement must either be fully vaccinated or have received an approved exemption by the Sept. 5, 2022 deadline to continue in their academic program. Fully vaccinated means two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson, plus at least one booster dose.

Programs requiring vaccination:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing
  • Master of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Post-Masters Certificate in Nursing
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Master of Science Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Doctorate
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Master of Science in Clinical Counseling Psychology
  • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Other health science programs that do not have clinical experiences are not subject to the requirement.

Brenau’s exemption process will be overseen by the Brenau Institutional Review Board (IRB) c/o the Graduate Dean for evaluation and decision. Failure to follow the specified procedures will lead to a denial or termination of the exemption. If you wish to seek exemption please fill out our vaccine waiver form.

Please contact Dr. Gale Starich at gstarich@brenau.edu with questions.

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What happens if I have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?

COVID-like symptoms
  • Complete the COVID Reporting Form
  • Follow CDC recommendations regarding your specific situation. Employees who need to miss work for illness, whether or not it is COVID-related, should take wellness time.
COVID Exposure or Testing Positive for COVID
  • Complete the COVID Reporting Form.
  • Use the CDC COVID Calculator above on this page or on the CDC’s website to determine protocols for your specific situation. Employees who need to miss work for illness, whether or not it is COVID-related, should take wellness time.

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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 Brenau Clinic will immediately be notified of your case and may provide additional instruction.

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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.

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Still have questions or concerns? Talk to us.