Brenau Moving Forward Fall 2020

Brenau University is excited to announce our plans for re-opening campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Please check back here often, as new information will become available frequently.

 

Returning to Campus with Care

We are pleased to announce that Brenau University is planning to begin fall classes at all locations on Monday, Aug. 24, as originally scheduled. Fall semester will include a combination of face-to-face, remote and hybrid courses as needed, as well as residential student living. We will end semester instruction and final examinations by Wednesday, Nov. 25, Thanksgiving week. All fully online programs will start and end as scheduled. Detailed information will be provided by each department.

In order to ensure we have an appropriate schedule for classes and to reduce health risks, the fall 2020 semester time frame will be condensed. This will be accomplished through conducting classes and following regular staff schedules on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7, as well as the previously planned Fall Break, Oct. 15-16. Residential students will move in on an assigned staggered schedule between Aug. 2-23. Likewise, faculty and staff will begin working on campus on a staggered schedule beginning July 15. This schedule will take into consideration existing vacation plans and individual faculty and staff circumstances. Details for faculty and staff will be communicated by area vice presidents.

Off-campus placements (fieldwork, clinical experiences) are being planned by faculty at this time, and are impacted by the situations at various healthcare facilities and individual programs. More information will be sent directly to students later this month.

Brenau’s Scenario Planning Group, COVID-19 Task Force and Leadership Team studied the situation carefully, including current health trends and most recently the Centers for Disease Control Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education (May 30).

Three primary factors shaped our decision making:

  • Prioritizing face-to-face teaching, learning and support.
  • Being mindful of possible additional waves of the virus, which many health experts warn is a possibility. By foregoing some traditional breaks, the likelihood of completing the semester uninterrupted is increased.
  • Lessening the potential of infection by ending the semester early for on-ground classes.

Please know that with these initial decisions in place, various teams are working on the details of class formats, housing, signage, mask distribution, staff working arrangements, food distribution and meeting formats within the distancing regulations. As decisions and protocols are finalized, you will be updated. I encourage you to check in regularly on this webpage.

Campus health and safety is paramount for all we do. A key to a successful fall semester experience resides in a community commitment from each of us to do our part in practicing good health habits everyday. The entire Brenau community must commit to monitor our own health honestly and mindfully as only we know when we are truly not well or may have been exposed to someone with the virus. Individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or knowledge of exposure must not report to class or work. Residential students exhibiting symptoms must contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447. Reminders regarding these practices will be available on our website and posted throughout the university community.

We will be introducing COVID-19 protocols throughout the semester. The most important step we each can take is to assess our health every day through a daily self-screening checklist. We will make testing available for students who exhibit symptoms. Procedures are in place for students to isolate themselves if they are awaiting test results or if they have tested positive. Faculty and staff will follow appropriate procedures if awaiting test results or diagnosed.

Our facilities colleagues will utilize Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended cleaning protocols throughout the campus, particularly on high-contact surfaces. We also will control the flow of individuals in high-traffic areas with designated entrances and exits and single-direction stairwells where available. Specific policies and procedures are under development, and our comprehensive health and safety plan will be shared with the campus community prior to resuming in-person instruction and operations.

I trust that you are practicing these reminders as we prepare for the fall, as it’s especially imperative that we remain vigilant as we follow the advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
  • Stay home when you are sick and seek medical attention if symptoms worsen.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces.

This is our plan, but we must remain flexible. Even with our best planning and efforts, we do not control the world health situation. Unexpected developments and new regulations and guidance may require us to change our thinking and, therefore, our approach. If a new outbreak occurs, we will take all the necessary steps to protect the health and well-being of our campus community, which may include the use of remote learning and support for a period of time. Our faculty are ready to pivot to a change in the health situation for the benefit of our students.

Please know this is a summary of where we are now, and there are very detailed plans in development. We remain committed to transparency as we move forward together. We will provide more information in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, I wish you continued good health and a good summer.

Anne A. Skleder, President

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Campus-wide

Will the Tea Room be open to Faculty, Students, and Staff?

Yes. Beginning on Aug. 24, the Tea Room will be open 7:30 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tea Room will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

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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:

Mental Health Resources

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What is the plan for studio and computer lab time?

Some labs are for specific programs and therefore may allow some ad hoc access. For example, the SVAC Mac lab and the Fashion Design lab in Redwine 107 both have keypunch locks so that only students in those programs can access those. However, Redwine 106/108 will have multiple classes and have no controlled access so it was decided that they will not be available for general use.

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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 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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Will faculty and staff be able to eat in the dining facilities?

Faculty, staff and visitors will only be able to participate in take out/pick up for dining hall food

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Will work study students work on campus this fall?

Work study students are allowed to work this fall. They will be expected to follow all the protocols in place.

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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.

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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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What is the COVID-19 reporting requirement for students?

If a Brenau student (on-campus) exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person MUST contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447 and follow the instructions received. Should a case be positively identified, appropriate communications will go into effect as guided by the Georgia Department of Public Health.
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.
  • Administrators will work with faculty to make accommodations for extended student absences.

If a Brenau student has been residing with a family member who is confirmed to have COVID-19, that student must inform Ms. Davis. The college will then:

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

If you are concerned about a student, please contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447.

If a Brenau student (on-campus) feels sick but does not appear to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, that person should call Ms. Davis and follow the instructions received.

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Are students and employees required to wear a mask or face covering?

Masks or face coverings are required in any public context including classrooms, academic and administrative buildings, Trustee Library, residence hall common areas and hallways, and campus offices. Face coverings are also required in open air areas. Face coverings may be removed in personal settings (offices, residence hall rooms) if no one else is present. Face coverings may be removed for dining, personal hygiene and personal recreation, but with a required six feet of separation.

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Must I complete the daily screening checklist before engaging campus life each day?

Yes. 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. Also, you must notify University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447 in order for appropriate contact tracing to be conducted.

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Coronavirus Testing and Reporting

What is the COVID-19 reporting requirement for employees?

If a Brenau employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, that employee must inform University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447. The university will then:

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

If a family member residing with a Brenau employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, that employee must inform University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447. The college will then:

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

If a Brenau employee exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call a health care provider and follow the instructions received. They should also contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447.  The college 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.

If you are concerned about a faculty or staff member, please contact HR (Kelley Maddox or Hannah Ivester).

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What is the COVID-19 reporting requirement for students?

If a Brenau student (on-campus) exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person MUST contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447 and follow the instructions received. Should a case be positively identified, appropriate communications will go into effect as guided by the Georgia Department of Public Health.
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.
  • Administrators will work with faculty to make accommodations for extended student absences.

If a Brenau student has been residing with a family member who is confirmed to have COVID-19, that student must inform Ms. Davis. The college will then:

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

If you are concerned about a student, please contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447.

If a Brenau student (on-campus) feels sick but does not appear to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, that person should call Ms. Davis and follow the instructions received.

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Will the clinic provide testing? What are the associated costs, and when can we get tested?

Health Services is working closely with the Department of Public Health to set up a partnership and is looking at other resources for testing. More information will be distributed as decisions are made.

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Will a confirmed COVID case on campus automatically require a campus evacuation of all students, faculty and staff?

No. Health Services will be conducting contact tracing to help mitigate the spread. Those who are positive will be isolated on campus or at home for 14 days. The spaces where the positive person spent a lot of time will be shut down for 24-72 hours to allow for deep cleaning. Contacts of the case will be asked to quarantine in their room or home for 14 days with a symptom check 1-2 times per day. If an “outbreak” were to happen on campus, the campus would be closed for 14 days to mitigate risk, and employees would be asked to work from home.

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Admissions

Can I visit/tour campus?
QR Code for Daily Health Checklist
QR code for the Daily Health Screening Checklist

Yes! We are excited to offer in-person appointments and campus visits. Please review and follow policies below before coming to campus.

  1. Only three (3) visitors per tour/appointment per family.
  2. All visitors must complete the daily screening checklist to receive approval to visit campus.
  3. Visitors should arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the appointment.
  4. Masks are required on all Brenau campuses. All visitors must wear a mask. If you forget to bring a mask, one will be provided during your appointment check in. If you are unable to wear a mask due to health reasons, please contact the Office of Admissions at +1-770-534-6100.
  5. Maintain proper social distancing of six feet between you and others.
  6. Use hand sanitizer upon entry to the Wheeler House.

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Academics

Is the bookstore open? How can I order books?

Starting July 27, the bookstore is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Online Delivery Encouraged and Available with Free Shipping
All textbooks can be purchased online through the campus bookstore website.
Free ground shipping is available on all orders of course materials and general merchandise.

Please remember that you may experience significantly longer shipping times than usual based on local conditions. To avoid any shipping delays that may occur with printed course materials, we recommend that you select available digital formats for any course materials you choose to purchase so that you have immediate access and are ready for the start of class.

Questions? Let us know!
Contact: Store Manager Dustin Corbin
Phone: 770-534-6208
Website: http://brenau.bncollege.com
Facebook: @brenaubookstore
Twitter: @brenaubookstore

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I require tutoring support. Is this available remotely?

Yes, Brenau University has many options for remote academic support. 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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If I have concerns or questions about transitioning to a virtual format, what should I do?

We  realize that taking online classes for the first time can be scary, but everyone at Brenau is here to help you!  First, please contact your advisor and share your specific concerns.  He or she can help you devise a schedule for your online work, learn to access and navigate Canvas (our learning management system), and identify a network of supportive resources for you so that you feel prepared for this new experience.  However, please remember that Brenau faculty are teaching the online courses and are available to support you to the same extent as you would experience in an in-person class.

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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 accomodations. 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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How can I get information about the HESI exam?

In many instances, your faculty will provide alternative ways for you to satisfy these requirements.

For more information regarding the HESI exams in Gainesville please contact Sandra Benson at sbenson2@brenau.edu. For information regarding HESI exams in Norcross please contact Laura Hart at lhart2@brenau.edu.

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

Community patients will not be allowed on campus. Students/faculty may have opportunities to interact with patients through off-campus fieldwork experiences. Virtual interactions (e.g., tele-mental health) may also be possible.

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Will there be an absolute shut down time for all academic spaces?

As part of our culture of prevention, all academic buildings will close each evening by 9 p.m. to allow for thorough cleaning.

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What is the plan for studio and computer lab time?

The studios and computer labs will remain open until 9 p.m. Students are required to practice social distancing and wear masks when utilizing the interior design studios and labs.

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Will BULLI/The Center for Lifetime Study operate in the Fall?

The Center for Lifetime Study, including its signature programming BULLI, is prepared for an engaging, fully-online experience for fall 2020. Online courses were piloted with resounding success during summer 2020. Special interest groups have continued online as well, and electronic communication and resources for members has increased in regularity. Continuing education opportunities, especially those in collaboration with psychology, are now planned for online. Currently the Center is in the final stages of offering an expanded array of professional and personal development resources online for the surrounding community as well as the University community.

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Online Learning

I require tutoring support. Is this available remotely?

Yes, Brenau University has many options for remote academic support. 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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If I have concerns or questions about transitioning to a virtual format, what should I do?

We  realize that taking online classes for the first time can be scary, but everyone at Brenau is here to help you!  First, please contact your advisor and share your specific concerns.  He or she can help you devise a schedule for your online work, learn to access and navigate Canvas (our learning management system), and identify a network of supportive resources for you so that you feel prepared for this new experience.  However, please remember that Brenau faculty are teaching the online courses and are available to support you to the same extent as you would experience in an in-person class.

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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 accomodations. 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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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:

Mental Health Resources

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Will students return to campus housing for the Fall 2020 semester?

At this time the University is anticipating the return of students in campus housing for the Fall 2020 Semester. Any updates will be communicated to you via your official Brenau email. Students with questions or issues related to obtaining fall housing should email studentservices@brenau.edu or call (770) 534-6299.

Find out more about housing, do’s and don’t’s on our Housing FAQ.

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Will student travel be restricted this fall?

Routine student travel will not be restricted this fall. Students are requested to limit their travel as we seek to foster a culture of prevention. Please be aware that the required daily checklist that must be completed before engaging in campus life includes a question about out of state travel that may require a 10-day isolation.

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I require tutoring support. Is this available remotely?

Yes, Brenau University has many options for remote academic support. 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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What are the guidelines for student gatherings, events, activities?

Any gatherings on campus will be in compliance with state and local regulations, enforce social distancing, and require masks. All gatherings must comply with room capacity guidelines, and gatherings of more than 20 people are highly discouraged. Larger gatherings will be permitted outdoors as long as social distancing is practiced.

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Will spectators be allowed at Brenau sporting events this fall?

Indoor sports spectators will not be allowed for basketball, volleyball and swim. Livestreaming will be available for volleyball and basketball.

Outdoor sports spectators will be allowed for those who agree to wear face masks and practice social distancing while on our campus or attending campus-sponsored events.

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Health 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:

Mental Health Resources

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What is the COVID-19 reporting requirement for students?

If a Brenau student (on-campus) exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person MUST contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447 and follow the instructions received. Should a case be positively identified, appropriate communications will go into effect as guided by the Georgia Department of Public Health.
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.
  • Administrators will work with faculty to make accommodations for extended student absences.

If a Brenau student has been residing with a family member who is confirmed to have COVID-19, that student must inform Ms. Davis. The college will then:

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

If you are concerned about a student, please contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447.

If a Brenau student (on-campus) feels sick but does not appear to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, that person should call Ms. Davis and follow the instructions received.

Updated:

Will the clinic provide testing? What are the associated costs, and when can we get tested?

Health Services is working closely with the Department of Public Health to set up a partnership and is looking at other resources for testing. More information will be distributed as decisions are made.

Updated:

Will a confirmed COVID case on campus automatically require a campus evacuation of all students, faculty and staff?

No. Health Services will be conducting contact tracing to help mitigate the spread. Those who are positive will be isolated on campus or at home for 14 days. The spaces where the positive person spent a lot of time will be shut down for 24-72 hours to allow for deep cleaning. Contacts of the case will be asked to quarantine in their room or home for 14 days with a symptom check 1-2 times per day. If an “outbreak” were to happen on campus, the campus would be closed for 14 days to mitigate risk, and employees would be asked to work from home.

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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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What will the Library do this fall? Will curbside pick-up be available?

Access to physical materials and the building will be phased in beginning Monday Aug. 17 with the addition of curbside pickup at the Library and the North Atlanta campus. On Aug. 24 the two classrooms will be opened to scheduled courses. Phase 2 (mid-Sept. if feasible) will add browsing the stacks by appointment. Phase 3 (date TBD) will add study appointments for students. ILL of physical materials will return as our partner institutions resume this service

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Did the Library close when the building closed?

The Library has delivered services through spring and summer, including

  • access to a collection of over a half million online books and 36,000 full text journals.
  • course and class instruction
  • reference support
  • interlibrary loan (ILL) of electronic materials.

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Visitors

Can I visit/tour campus?
QR Code for Daily Health Checklist
QR code for the Daily Health Screening Checklist

Yes! We are excited to offer in-person appointments and campus visits. Please review and follow policies below before coming to campus.

  1. Only three (3) visitors per tour/appointment per family.
  2. All visitors must complete the daily screening checklist to receive approval to visit campus.
  3. Visitors should arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the appointment.
  4. Masks are required on all Brenau campuses. All visitors must wear a mask. If you forget to bring a mask, one will be provided during your appointment check in. If you are unable to wear a mask due to health reasons, please contact the Office of Admissions at +1-770-534-6100.
  5. Maintain proper social distancing of six feet between you and others.
  6. Use hand sanitizer upon entry to the Wheeler House.

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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 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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Will faculty and staff be able to eat in the dining facilities?

Faculty, staff and visitors will only be able to participate in take out/pick up for dining hall food

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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.

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Employees

Will the Tea Room be open to Faculty, Students, and Staff?

Yes. Beginning on Aug. 24, the Tea Room will be open 7:30 a.m to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Tea Room will be closed Saturday and Sunday.

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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:

Mental Health Resources

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When will full employee on campus capacity be reached?

Until the virus is no longer a public health threat, we will function with various levels of staffing.

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Will faculty and staff be able to eat in the dining facilities?

Faculty, staff and visitors will only be able to participate in take out/pick up for dining hall food

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What job protections do employees have if they decide to enroll their children in virtual learning and they must be home?

We are looking to accommodate as many individual situations as possible. We have been able to do so to date, and anticipate doing so moving forward.

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What is the COVID-19 reporting requirement for employees?

If a Brenau employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, that employee must inform University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447. The university will then:

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

If a family member residing with a Brenau employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, that employee must inform University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447. The college will then:

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

If a Brenau employee exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call a health care provider and follow the instructions received. They should also contact University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447.  The college 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.

If you are concerned about a faculty or staff member, please contact HR (Kelley Maddox or Hannah Ivester).

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Are students and employees required to wear a mask or face covering?

Masks or face coverings are required in any public context including classrooms, academic and administrative buildings, Trustee Library, residence hall common areas and hallways, and campus offices. Face coverings are also required in open air areas. Face coverings may be removed in personal settings (offices, residence hall rooms) if no one else is present. Face coverings may be removed for dining, personal hygiene and personal recreation, but with a required six feet of separation.

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Must I complete the daily screening checklist before engaging campus life each day?

Yes. 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. Also, you must notify University Nurse Practitioner Sarah Davis at sdavis8@brenau.edu or 770-538-4447 in order for appropriate contact tracing to be conducted.

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Still have questions or concerns? Talk to us.

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