Brenau Moving Forward Fall 2021

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

What happens if I (faculty or staff) have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
Faculty and Staff

 

COVID-like symptoms

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Must remain off campus until cleared by the COVID team
    • Testing and contact tracing will be started if needed
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • Brenau is asking ALL affiliates who are sick to stay off campus.
    • Remain off campus until a negative antigen test is completed at Health Services and symptoms have resolved
    • Employees will be using sick time per HR policy

 

COVID exposures

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • NO quarantine but self monitor for symptoms for 7 days.
    • COVID team must be notified of the exposure
    • Off campus until a negative Antigen test is completed by Health Services
  • Partially Vaccinated
    • 7 day quarantine with a negative test on day 7.
    • If they do not test, they will be mandated to do a 10 days quarantine

 

Living with a COVID positive person

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
  • Quarantine will start immediately
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Continue with limited work activities and self monitor while increasing prevention methods while on campus
    • Mask
    • Distancing when possible
    • Cleaning work areas frequently
    • Antigen testing around day 3-5
    • Limit time on campus as much as possible for the first 7 days
      • May teach class or complete on-campus daily activities
      • No closed door meeting or large gatherings

 

Notification process for COVID positive cases and exposures on campus

Students who are positive or have had exposures to COVID:

  • Professors, athletics and Brenau organizations will be notified of the student’s COVID status and date of possible return to campus with an email that is forwarded by the student to all parties that need to be notified.
  • First degree contacts will be contacted via telephone and quarantined per CDC guidelines
  • Second degree exposures/classmates will receive a courtesy email notifying them of the possible exposure but will not need to quarantine
  • Areas that the student was in, for extended periods of time without masks will be closed until cleaning has been completed

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

Updated:

What happens if I (student) have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
Students

 

COVID-like symptoms

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Must remain off campus or in current housing location until cleared by the COVID team or assigned to an isolation/quarantine space
    • Testing and contact tracing will be started if needed
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • Remain off campus until a negative Antigen test is completed at Health Services and symptoms have resolved
    • COVID team will be providing excuses from classes ONLY for COVID related illnesses.

 

COVID Exposure

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form.
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately.
    • Must remain off campus or in current housing location until cleared by the COVID team or assigned to an isolation/quarantine space
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • NO quarantine but self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days.
    • COVID team must be notified of the exposure.
    • Remain off campus or in current housing location until a negative antigen test is completed by Health Services
  • Partially Vaccinated
    • Remain off campus or in your current housing location until you are moved into quarantine/isolation housing
    • 7 day quarantine with a negative test on day 7.
    • If they do not test, they will be mandated to do a 10 days quarantine.

 

Living with a COVID-positive person

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately
    • Remain off campus or in your current housing location.until you are assigned to an isolation/quarantine location
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Continue with limited campus activities and self monitor while increasing prevention methods while on campus
    • Mask while on campus
    • Distancing when possible
    • Cleaning commonly touched areas frequently
    • Antigen testing around day 3-5 from diagnosis – completed at Health Services
    • Limit time on campus as much as possible for the first 7 days
      • May only come to campus to attend scheduled classes, labs
      • No participation in extra- curricular activities including, but not limited to sorority events, athletics, convocations etc.

 

Notification process for COVID positive cases and exposures on campus

Students who are positive or have had exposures to COVID:

  • Professors, athletics and Brenau organizations will be notified of the student’s COVID status and date of possible return to campus with an email that is forwarded by the student to all parties that need to be notified.
  • First degree contacts will be contacted via telephone and quarantined per CDC guidelines
  • Second degree exposures/classmates will receive a courtesy email notifying them of the possible exposure but will not need to quarantine
  • Areas that the student was in, for extended periods of time without masks will be closed until cleaning has been completed

All positive cases of COVID-19 are reported on the our 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 the the COVID team.  COVID Reporting Formstack is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage.  This 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 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 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 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 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 then 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:

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

No. Brenau is no longer requiring a daily screening checklist. However, reporting any COVID or COVID-like symptoms will be very important and this can be completed via the Brenau app using the COVID Reporting option or the link is available on our website.

Updated:

What is the plan for studio and computer lab time?

Computer labs and studios will resume their normal schedule. 

Updated:

Will students, faculty and staff members need to quarantine for 14 days if they reside in another state and come to campus or after traveling out of state including before and during the semester?

No. The COVID-19 Task Force decided that students, faculty and staff do not need to quarantine after traveling out of state or if they reside in another state and come to campus. While the self check screening includes a question about out of state travel, those who complete the COVID-19 Screening Checklist and receive an approval are allowed to come to campus. The university is asking those who travel out of state to practice the culture of prevention while off campus. We also ask that everyone try to minimize travel. Brenau-related travel should be at a bare minimum, by exception, and must be approved by the appropriate area vice president.

Updated:

When should we anticipate a return to full staffing on campus?

We anticipate full staffing on Aug. 2, 2021.

Updated:

What procedures does Brenau follow for isolating people after positive diagnosis or exposure to COVID?

Health Services will be following the CDC guidelines for isolating positive cases and quarantining exposures. Once Health Services is notified of a positive case, that person will be contacted via phone. After assessing that person’s health and well being, contact tracing and isolation will begin. All individuals who are named as first degree exposures (someone who has been less than 6 feet away from the case without a mask on and for longer than 15 minutes) will be contacted by the Brenau’s COVID team and quarantine will begin. We are encouraging all students who are positive or exposed to go home if possible. If they can not go home, we will relocate them into our designated Isolation and Quarantine spaces. For others who may be 2nd or 3rd degree exposures will be notified via email. All areas that were heavily used by the positive case will be shut down and cleaned according to CDC guidelines.

Updated:

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

Brenau will no longer have a mask mandate however we strongly encourage those who are unvaccinated to continue wearing a mask while indoors.

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:

What are Brenau’s cleaning/disinfecting protocols?

There are three levels of cleaning and disinfecting:

  1. Faculty/staff will wipe frequently touched surfaces (keyboards, technology etc.) following each class and after all students leave the classroom.
  2. Each evening Aramark/housekeeping will clean classrooms and high traffic areas including all surfaces.
  3. If there is a COVID positive case, there will be a deep cleaning per CDC guidelines in that area.

Updated:

Is there a specific trigger event that would cause the campus to close down again?

In such a complex situation there is not one “trigger.” Rather, we have a number of variables we are tracking and monitoring. Among them would be: Government (local, state or national) mandate, Northeast Georgia Medical Center that reviewed our plan recommending it and/or judgment from the COVID Task Force that a mix of the number of cases/quarantine needs exceeds our capacity to manage the numbers. We are constantly evaluating and consulting. Information will be provided as decisions are made.

Updated:

Will the Fitness Center be available for extracurricular use?

Aug. 31 is our goal for use other than for classes and athletics. The Fitness Center will be open for students, faculty and staff. It will remain closed to the general public.

Updated:

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.

Updated:

What is the protocol if a student in our class tests positive for COVID?

The university Nurse Practitioner will ensure that an immediate follow up occurs with every report and that any necessary notifications of potential exposure are communicated and applicable public health guidance is followed. Areas known to be used by an individual infected with COVID-19 will be isolated. Facilities staff will use the most readily available and efficient methods for individual space decontamination.

Updated:

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.

Updated:

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 (faculty or staff) have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
Faculty and Staff

 

COVID-like symptoms

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Must remain off campus until cleared by the COVID team
    • Testing and contact tracing will be started if needed
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • Brenau is asking ALL affiliates who are sick to stay off campus.
    • Remain off campus until a negative antigen test is completed at Health Services and symptoms have resolved
    • Employees will be using sick time per HR policy

 

COVID exposures

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • NO quarantine but self monitor for symptoms for 7 days.
    • COVID team must be notified of the exposure
    • Off campus until a negative Antigen test is completed by Health Services
  • Partially Vaccinated
    • 7 day quarantine with a negative test on day 7.
    • If they do not test, they will be mandated to do a 10 days quarantine

 

Living with a COVID positive person

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
  • Quarantine will start immediately
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Continue with limited work activities and self monitor while increasing prevention methods while on campus
    • Mask
    • Distancing when possible
    • Cleaning work areas frequently
    • Antigen testing around day 3-5
    • Limit time on campus as much as possible for the first 7 days
      • May teach class or complete on-campus daily activities
      • No closed door meeting or large gatherings

 

Notification process for COVID positive cases and exposures on campus

Students who are positive or have had exposures to COVID:

  • Professors, athletics and Brenau organizations will be notified of the student’s COVID status and date of possible return to campus with an email that is forwarded by the student to all parties that need to be notified.
  • First degree contacts will be contacted via telephone and quarantined per CDC guidelines
  • Second degree exposures/classmates will receive a courtesy email notifying them of the possible exposure but will not need to quarantine
  • Areas that the student was in, for extended periods of time without masks will be closed until cleaning has been completed

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

Updated:

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

If a Brenau student exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19 or flu, that person must complete the COVID Reporting form found on the Brenau app and website and follow the instructions received.

During this time we ask that you self-quarantine. If you are off-campus we ask that you do not come to campus. If you are on-campus we ask that you remain in your room, wear a mask and avoid contact with anyone until directed otherwise.

Updated:

What happens if I (student) have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
Students

 

COVID-like symptoms

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Must remain off campus or in current housing location until cleared by the COVID team or assigned to an isolation/quarantine space
    • Testing and contact tracing will be started if needed
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • Remain off campus until a negative Antigen test is completed at Health Services and symptoms have resolved
    • COVID team will be providing excuses from classes ONLY for COVID related illnesses.

 

COVID Exposure

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form.
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately.
    • Must remain off campus or in current housing location until cleared by the COVID team or assigned to an isolation/quarantine space
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • NO quarantine but self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days.
    • COVID team must be notified of the exposure.
    • Remain off campus or in current housing location until a negative antigen test is completed by Health Services
  • Partially Vaccinated
    • Remain off campus or in your current housing location until you are moved into quarantine/isolation housing
    • 7 day quarantine with a negative test on day 7.
    • If they do not test, they will be mandated to do a 10 days quarantine.

 

Living with a COVID-positive person

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately
    • Remain off campus or in your current housing location.until you are assigned to an isolation/quarantine location
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Continue with limited campus activities and self monitor while increasing prevention methods while on campus
    • Mask while on campus
    • Distancing when possible
    • Cleaning commonly touched areas frequently
    • Antigen testing around day 3-5 from diagnosis – completed at Health Services
    • Limit time on campus as much as possible for the first 7 days
      • May only come to campus to attend scheduled classes, labs
      • No participation in extra- curricular activities including, but not limited to sorority events, athletics, convocations etc.

 

Notification process for COVID positive cases and exposures on campus

Students who are positive or have had exposures to COVID:

  • Professors, athletics and Brenau organizations will be notified of the student’s COVID status and date of possible return to campus with an email that is forwarded by the student to all parties that need to be notified.
  • First degree contacts will be contacted via telephone and quarantined per CDC guidelines
  • Second degree exposures/classmates will receive a courtesy email notifying them of the possible exposure but will not need to quarantine
  • Areas that the student was in, for extended periods of time without masks will be closed until cleaning has been completed

All positive cases of COVID-19 are reported on the our 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 the the COVID team.  COVID Reporting Formstack is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage.  This 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 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 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 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 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 then 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 procedures does Brenau follow for isolating people after positive diagnosis or exposure to COVID?

Health Services will be following the CDC guidelines for isolating positive cases and quarantining exposures. Once Health Services is notified of a positive case, that person will be contacted via phone. After assessing that person’s health and well being, contact tracing and isolation will begin. All individuals who are named as first degree exposures (someone who has been less than 6 feet away from the case without a mask on and for longer than 15 minutes) will be contacted by the Brenau’s COVID team and quarantine will begin. We are encouraging all students who are positive or exposed to go home if possible. If they can not go home, we will relocate them into our designated Isolation and Quarantine spaces. For others who may be 2nd or 3rd degree exposures will be notified via email. All areas that were heavily used by the positive case will be shut down and cleaned according to CDC guidelines.

Updated:

How will Brenau test for COVID-19?

Those who are vaccinated will receive an antigen test at the Center for Health and Well-being on the Gainesville campus.

Unvaccinated individuals will receive a PCR test

Updated:

What are Brenau’s cleaning/disinfecting protocols?

There are three levels of cleaning and disinfecting:

  1. Faculty/staff will wipe frequently touched surfaces (keyboards, technology etc.) following each class and after all students leave the classroom.
  2. Each evening Aramark/housekeeping will clean classrooms and high traffic areas including all surfaces.
  3. If there is a COVID positive case, there will be a deep cleaning per CDC guidelines in that area.

Updated:

What is the protocol if a student in our class tests positive for COVID?

The university Nurse Practitioner will ensure that an immediate follow up occurs with every report and that any necessary notifications of potential exposure are communicated and applicable public health guidance is followed. Areas known to be used by an individual infected with COVID-19 will be isolated. Facilities staff will use the most readily available and efficient methods for individual space decontamination.

Updated:

What happens when a positive test is reported?

The University Nurse Practitioner will ensure that an immediate follow up occurs with every report and that any necessary notifications of potential exposure are communicated and applicable public health guidance is followed.

Areas known to be used by an individual infected with COVID-19 will be isolated. Facilities staff will use most readily available and efficient methods for individual space decontamination.

The university will report student and employee cases on our COVID-19 Reporting and Cases webpage.

Updated:

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

What happens if I (student) have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
Students

 

COVID-like symptoms

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Must remain off campus or in current housing location until cleared by the COVID team or assigned to an isolation/quarantine space
    • Testing and contact tracing will be started if needed
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • Remain off campus until a negative Antigen test is completed at Health Services and symptoms have resolved
    • COVID team will be providing excuses from classes ONLY for COVID related illnesses.

 

COVID Exposure

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form.
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately.
    • Must remain off campus or in current housing location until cleared by the COVID team or assigned to an isolation/quarantine space
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • NO quarantine but self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days.
    • COVID team must be notified of the exposure.
    • Remain off campus or in current housing location until a negative antigen test is completed by Health Services
  • Partially Vaccinated
    • Remain off campus or in your current housing location until you are moved into quarantine/isolation housing
    • 7 day quarantine with a negative test on day 7.
    • If they do not test, they will be mandated to do a 10 days quarantine.

 

Living with a COVID-positive person

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately
    • Remain off campus or in your current housing location.until you are assigned to an isolation/quarantine location
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Continue with limited campus activities and self monitor while increasing prevention methods while on campus
    • Mask while on campus
    • Distancing when possible
    • Cleaning commonly touched areas frequently
    • Antigen testing around day 3-5 from diagnosis – completed at Health Services
    • Limit time on campus as much as possible for the first 7 days
      • May only come to campus to attend scheduled classes, labs
      • No participation in extra- curricular activities including, but not limited to sorority events, athletics, convocations etc.

 

Notification process for COVID positive cases and exposures on campus

Students who are positive or have had exposures to COVID:

  • Professors, athletics and Brenau organizations will be notified of the student’s COVID status and date of possible return to campus with an email that is forwarded by the student to all parties that need to be notified.
  • First degree contacts will be contacted via telephone and quarantined per CDC guidelines
  • Second degree exposures/classmates will receive a courtesy email notifying them of the possible exposure but will not need to quarantine
  • Areas that the student was in, for extended periods of time without masks will be closed until cleaning has been completed

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

Updated:

What procedures does Brenau follow for isolating people after positive diagnosis or exposure to COVID?

Health Services will be following the CDC guidelines for isolating positive cases and quarantining exposures. Once Health Services is notified of a positive case, that person will be contacted via phone. After assessing that person’s health and well being, contact tracing and isolation will begin. All individuals who are named as first degree exposures (someone who has been less than 6 feet away from the case without a mask on and for longer than 15 minutes) will be contacted by the Brenau’s COVID team and quarantine will begin. We are encouraging all students who are positive or exposed to go home if possible. If they can not go home, we will relocate them into our designated Isolation and Quarantine spaces. For others who may be 2nd or 3rd degree exposures will be notified via email. All areas that were heavily used by the positive case will be shut down and cleaned according to CDC guidelines.

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:

What are Brenau’s cleaning/disinfecting protocols?

There are three levels of cleaning and disinfecting:

  1. Faculty/staff will wipe frequently touched surfaces (keyboards, technology etc.) following each class and after all students leave the classroom.
  2. Each evening Aramark/housekeeping will clean classrooms and high traffic areas including all surfaces.
  3. If there is a COVID positive case, there will be a deep cleaning per CDC guidelines in that area.

Updated:

Is there a specific trigger event that would cause the campus to close down again?

In such a complex situation there is not one “trigger.” Rather, we have a number of variables we are tracking and monitoring. Among them would be: Government (local, state or national) mandate, Northeast Georgia Medical Center that reviewed our plan recommending it and/or judgment from the COVID Task Force that a mix of the number of cases/quarantine needs exceeds our capacity to manage the numbers. We are constantly evaluating and consulting. Information will be provided as decisions are made.

Updated:

Admissions

Can I visit/tour campus?

Yes! We are excited to offer in-person appointments and campus visits.  Brenau strongly encourages those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask while indoors on campus. We are not requiring masks for vaccinated individuals.

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Activites

Will spectators be allowed at Brenau sporting events this fall?

Brenau is excited to welcome back spectators at both indoor and outdoor sports.

Brenau strongly encourages those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask while indoors on campus. We are not requiring masks for vaccinated individuals.

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Will student travel be restricted this fall?

Routine student travel will not be restricted this fall. Only international travel that needs to be reported to the COVID Task Force.

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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. For the beginning of fall semester, most gatherings will need to be approved by a member of the COVID Task Force.

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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 strongly encourages those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask while indoors on campus. We are not requiring masks for vaccinated individuals.

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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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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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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 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

Will spectators be allowed at Brenau sporting events this fall?

Brenau is excited to welcome back spectators at both indoor and outdoor sports.

Brenau strongly encourages those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask while indoors on campus. We are not requiring masks for vaccinated individuals.

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Will student travel be restricted this fall?

Routine student travel will not be restricted this fall. Only international travel that needs to be reported to the COVID Task Force.

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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. For the beginning of fall semester, most gatherings will need to be approved by a member of the COVID Task Force.

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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 Brenau’s cleaning/disinfecting protocols?

There are three levels of cleaning and disinfecting:

  1. Faculty/staff will wipe frequently touched surfaces (keyboards, technology etc.) following each class and after all students leave the classroom.
  2. Each evening Aramark/housekeeping will clean classrooms and high traffic areas including all surfaces.
  3. If there is a COVID positive case, there will be a deep cleaning per CDC guidelines in that area.

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Health Services

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

Any COVID-like symptoms need to be reported the the COVID team.  COVID Reporting Formstack is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage.  This 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 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 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 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 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 then 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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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?

Yes! We are excited to offer in-person appointments and campus visits.  Brenau strongly encourages those who are unvaccinated to wear a mask while indoors on campus. We are not requiring masks for vaccinated individuals.

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Will the Fitness Center be available for extracurricular use?

Aug. 31 is our goal for use other than for classes and athletics. The Fitness Center will be open for students, faculty and staff. It will remain closed to the general public.

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Employees

What happens if I (faculty or staff) have symptoms, am exposed or test positive for COVID?
Faculty and Staff

 

COVID-like symptoms

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Must remain off campus until cleared by the COVID team
    • Testing and contact tracing will be started if needed
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • Brenau is asking ALL affiliates who are sick to stay off campus.
    • Remain off campus until a negative antigen test is completed at Health Services and symptoms have resolved
    • Employees will be using sick time per HR policy

 

COVID exposures

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
    • Quarantine will start immediately
  • Fully Vaccinated
    • NO quarantine but self monitor for symptoms for 7 days.
    • COVID team must be notified of the exposure
    • Off campus until a negative Antigen test is completed by Health Services
  • Partially Vaccinated
    • 7 day quarantine with a negative test on day 7.
    • If they do not test, they will be mandated to do a 10 days quarantine

 

Living with a COVID positive person

  • Notify COVID team via COVID reporting form
  • Unvaccinated
  • Quarantine will start immediately
  • Fully Vaccinated
  • Continue with limited work activities and self monitor while increasing prevention methods while on campus
    • Mask
    • Distancing when possible
    • Cleaning work areas frequently
    • Antigen testing around day 3-5
    • Limit time on campus as much as possible for the first 7 days
      • May teach class or complete on-campus daily activities
      • No closed door meeting or large gatherings

 

Notification process for COVID positive cases and exposures on campus

Students who are positive or have had exposures to COVID:

  • Professors, athletics and Brenau organizations will be notified of the student’s COVID status and date of possible return to campus with an email that is forwarded by the student to all parties that need to be notified.
  • First degree contacts will be contacted via telephone and quarantined per CDC guidelines
  • Second degree exposures/classmates will receive a courtesy email notifying them of the possible exposure but will not need to quarantine
  • Areas that the student was in, for extended periods of time without masks will be closed until cleaning has been completed

All positive cases of COVID-19 are reported on the our 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 the the COVID team.  COVID Reporting Formstack is found on the Brenau App or on our webpage.  This 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 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 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 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 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 then 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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Must I complete the daily screening checklist before engaging campus life each day?

No. Brenau is no longer requiring a daily screening checklist. However, reporting any COVID or COVID-like symptoms will be very important and this can be completed via the Brenau app using the COVID Reporting option or the link is available on our website.

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Will students, faculty and staff members need to quarantine for 14 days if they reside in another state and come to campus or after traveling out of state including before and during the semester?

No. The COVID-19 Task Force decided that students, faculty and staff do not need to quarantine after traveling out of state or if they reside in another state and come to campus. While the self check screening includes a question about out of state travel, those who complete the COVID-19 Screening Checklist and receive an approval are allowed to come to campus. The university is asking those who travel out of state to practice the culture of prevention while off campus. We also ask that everyone try to minimize travel. Brenau-related travel should be at a bare minimum, by exception, and must be approved by the appropriate area vice president.

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When should we anticipate a return to full staffing on campus?

We anticipate full staffing on Aug. 2, 2021.

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What procedures does Brenau follow for isolating people after positive diagnosis or exposure to COVID?

Health Services will be following the CDC guidelines for isolating positive cases and quarantining exposures. Once Health Services is notified of a positive case, that person will be contacted via phone. After assessing that person’s health and well being, contact tracing and isolation will begin. All individuals who are named as first degree exposures (someone who has been less than 6 feet away from the case without a mask on and for longer than 15 minutes) will be contacted by the Brenau’s COVID team and quarantine will begin. We are encouraging all students who are positive or exposed to go home if possible. If they can not go home, we will relocate them into our designated Isolation and Quarantine spaces. For others who may be 2nd or 3rd degree exposures will be notified via email. All areas that were heavily used by the positive case will be shut down and cleaned according to CDC guidelines.

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

Brenau will no longer have a mask mandate however we strongly encourage those who are unvaccinated to continue wearing a mask while indoors.

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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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Will the Fitness Center be available for extracurricular use?

Aug. 31 is our goal for use other than for classes and athletics. The Fitness Center will be open for students, faculty and staff. It will remain closed to the general public.

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What is the protocol if a student in our class tests positive for COVID?

The university Nurse Practitioner will ensure that an immediate follow up occurs with every report and that any necessary notifications of potential exposure are communicated and applicable public health guidance is followed. Areas known to be used by an individual infected with COVID-19 will be isolated. Facilities staff will use the most readily available and efficient methods for individual space decontamination.

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