Dear New and Returning Reinhardt Students and Families:
Welcome to Fall 2021 at Reinhardt University!
As we enter this new academic year of learning together, Reinhardt sustains our commitment to creating an environment where all students thrive and to educating the whole person. Our intention is to achieve our vision and mission, even as new pandemic challenges continue to threaten our wellbeing. The University continues to create a healthy and safe environment for everyone - students, faculty, staff and our greater community.
To do your part and support a healthy environment, I encourage you to join us in protecting the safety of others and our campus by following the Reinhardt University COVID-19 protocols. The Reinhardt COVID Task Force continues to monitor our campus, community, region and state data, and CDC recommendations for how best to adjust throughout the semester. We will notify the community of any changes through our University website.
Thank you for being part of our vibrant community. We look forward to an exciting academic year!
Mark A. Roberts, Ph.D.
Campus Plan Reinhardt University COVID-19 Protocols
This plan serves as guidance for campus operations for Fall 2021. Reinhardt University COVID-19 Protocols are based on guidance from the CDC, the Georgia Department of Public Health and Georgia Governor’s Executive Orders which are subject to change as guidance may change from these institutions.
While on campus, individuals are expected to follow the COVID-19 University Protocols and take reasonable measures to safeguard the health of the campus community. We appreciate your commitment to ensuring that Reinhardt remains a healthy and vibrant living-learning community by following these COVID-19 protocols.
Stay Healthy Eagles!
Reinhardt University strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination is a critical component to protect the University community and help end the pandemic.
We encourage you to consult with your primary care physician about the benefits and risks of vaccination.
Individuals who have previously tested positive are still encouraged to be vaccinated unless they are currently ill. If you are not already vaccinated, go to https://www.vaccinespotter.org/ to schedule a vaccination appointment today.
Please Note: Certain educational programs and other activities might require students to be fully vaccinated to participate in their program/activity based on partnership agreements or health concerns. Please see your school dean and/or program coordinator regarding specific requirements
FLIGHT READY – VACCINATION STATUS
- Reinhardt’s confidential process for declaring vaccine status will be through Student Health Center’s Medicat platform.
- There are two ways to complete the vaccine status requirement (1) Proof of Vaccination or (2) Vaccination Exemption [medical, religious or other personal reasons].
- You may log into Medicat using your Reinhardt credentials. The deadline to complete the vaccine requirement process is August 13.
- This information, in whole, will inform the Student Health Center to what degree Reinhardt’s student body is vaccinated, which indicates the degree to which we may need to respond to COVID-19 health issues on campus.
- For individuals, this medical information will only be used (1) to create generalized data reporting on how many students on campus are vaccinated and (2) by the Campus Nurse or other need-to-know University officials in the event a student needs medical attention.
- For those who will not be vaccinated for medical, religious or other personal reasons, the University’s Student Health Center will require information on a student’s vaccination status on a case-by-case basis to ensure their safety on campus either in the residence halls, athletics activities, classroom or workplace.
COVID AWARENESS COURSE
As part of Reinhardt’s comprehensive approach and response to COVID-19, all new and returning students are REQUIRED to annually complete an asynchronously (self-paced, independent) online course - includes different modules (units) to explore and quizzes to assure you’ve learned key information.
EXPOSURE NOTIFICATION, QUARANTINE, ISOLATION
Reinhardt University will continue to administer COVID-19 testing, follow quarantine/isolation procedures and conduct contact tracing. If a member of the University (faculty, staff or student) is exposed, develops COVID-19-like symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, or tests positive for COVID-19, they are to contact the Campus Nurse within the Student Health Center immediately at (770) 720-5542 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exposure to COVID-19 – A person who is found to be in direct contact with a laboratory tested positive person or who has pending test results will be placed in quarantine on campus or at their permanent residence. Note: Students, faculty, and staff who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms.
COVID-19 Positive – A laboratory tested positive person for COVID-19 will be placed in isolation on campus in Smith-Johnston Hall or at their permanent residence.
COVID-19 Testing – Testing will be available on campus for students, faculty and staff through the Student Health Center and the Athletic Training Office. Reinhardt University has partnered with Priority Laboratories (PL) to provide on-campus COVID-19/SARS 2 testing. This program will utilize Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing to provide a more precise result. It is viewed as the preferred testing method for infection disease programs. To schedule a test please contact the Student Health Center or the Athletic Training Office.
Reinhardt expects to resume pre-COVID-19 academic experience beginning Fall 2021. Classroom seating will be returned to near normal, pre-COVID-19 spacing. Faculty will be prepared to provide accommodations for students who have COVID or are in quarantine. Academic instructors can elect to require face coverings/masks to be worn in their offices, classrooms, laboratories, studios and performing arts settings as an element of their classroom management and policy.
RESIDENT LIFE - Residence halls will operate within the normal capacity and with the regular visitation policy. Guests may visit other residence halls and rooms within a residence hall during established visitation hours.
STUDENT LIFE - Reinhardt expects to resume traditional student life activities beginning Fall 2021. Mitigation practices as recommended by the CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health should be practiced and observed during these activities.
EVENTS - All on or off-campus events and social gatherings involving and/or sponsored by the University must comply with public health orders in place at that time (federal, state, county, city) as well as in compliance with CDC, State of Georgia and University COVID-19 Protocols.
Reinhardt University Athletics expects to resume traditional athletic experiences for athletes and spectators and will follow University and athletic conference protocols (NAIA) for COVID-19. All student-athletes will be monitored for COVID-19 symptoms before and after practice and play.
STAY HEALTHY, EAGLES
- Practice good hygiene
All persons on campus are expected to wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom or touching their face; wipe down commonly touched surfaces in their work areas periodically. To assist with this effort, hand sanitizer stations have been installed at the entrance of each building.
- Daily Self-Monitoring and Screening
All persons are expected to self-monitor and screen their health daily to limit the spread of the virus. Individuals should self-screen for COVID-19 and consult the Student Health Center or a doctor if showing symptoms.
- Bring a Health Kit
Students are expected to bring their personal health kit to campus which is beyond a basic first aid kit and should include a thermometer, masks, gloves and personal hand sanitizers.
A HEALTHY CAMPUS
- Continued partnership with National Management Resources to provide cleaning agents in classrooms and meeting spaces for cleaning before and after gatherings.
- Foodservice provider, Metz Culinary Management, modified dining arrangements to follow cleaning protocols and enable compliance with University COVID-19 Protocols for masks/face coverings and social distancing.
- Installed hand sanitizer dispensers inside each campus building.
- Developed a robust public health awareness and outreach program, which includes increasing the visibility of signage to remind the campus community of University COVID-19 Protocols.
- Providing guidelines and social expectations for students, faculty and staff to self-monitor for fever or COVID-19 symptoms.
- Established rapid response procedures for tracking and notification in the event a campus community member contracts COVID-19, as well as reserving residence hall space for self-isolation or quarantine.
We strongly encourage everyone to be fully vaccinated. The bottom line is that being vaccinated matters. It is the best way to protect our Reinhardt Eagle community and find our way “back to normal.” Take this important step and get vaccinated. If you are not already vaccinated, go to https://www.vaccinespotter.org/ to schedule a vaccination appointment today.