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AUM COVID-Back to Campus

COVID-19 Campus Guide & Updates

CAMPUS UPDATE

As the COVID-19 pandemic transitions to an endemic, Auburn University at Montgomery is adjusting its approach to this next phase of the virus in our campus community.

As AUM begins the 2022-2023 academic year, it will follow the newly updated COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

As the new academic year begins, individual actions and personal responsibility will continue to be important. The university encourages students and employees to get vaccinated and boosted. Warhawk Health Services will continue to offer Pfizer vaccinations.

While the university does not require face masks to be worn indoors, students should pay close attention to course syllabi since faculty can require that masks be worn in classroom settings.

If you feel sick, please stay home. COVID-19 testing is widely available locally as well as through free at-home tests through the U.S. Postal Service.

AUM will continue to monitor public health conditions and will make adjustments based on guidance from the CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health.

 

COVID-19 Reporting & Response

Employees

If you are an employee and test positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, use the CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine protocol.

  • Supervisors made aware of positive cases in the work area should work with the employee to ensure proper leave policies are followed, as appropriate.  Employees who must miss work due to COVID-19 exposure or illness may utilize their sick leave or vacation leave.  
  • For additional employment related COVID-19 guidance, employees should contact their supervisor or the Office of Human Resources.

Students

If you are a student and test positive or have been exposed to COVID-19, use the CDC guidance for isolation and quarantine protocol.

  • Faculty notifications triggered by positive self-reports and exposure self-reports will no longer occur.
  • It is the responsibility of students who test positive to contact their instructors to discuss missed classes, assignments, tests, etc.
  • Students are responsible for notifying faculty members of the reason for their absences in a timely manner. Students who miss class for any medical reason (COVID-related or otherwise) must obtain official documentation to have the absence counted as an excused absence.
  • Faculty will NOT be notified of students in their class who test positive. Faculty made aware of a positive case in their classroom or work area should not share this information with others.
  • Students may be directed by health officials to enter isolation or quarantine for health reasons and must follow that guidance before returning to in-person university programs or activities.
  • Faculty will work with students to address homework or class activities that may be missed. Faculty are not required to offer remote access to courses when the course is intended for face-to-face instruction.

Vaccinations and Testing

Warhawk Health Services offers Pfizer vaccinations and booster shots Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. and 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.,  on a walk-in basis.

Vaccines administered by Warhawk Health Services are free, and no insurance is required. 

COVID PCR testing and rapid testing is available through Warhawk Health Services Monday – Friday by appointment only during regular business hours. PCR and rapid tests administered by Warhawk Health Services require an office visit copay of $5 for students and $15 for faculty, staff and their dependents. Appointments can be made by phone at 334-244-3281.

Additionally, the Alabama Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard and COVID-19 Table provides a list of testing sites in Alabama.

 

STAYING SAFE ON CAMPUS

Do Your Part! Being part of the AUM Family means taking steps to keep ourselves safe, look out for one another and keep our campus community strong.

The obligation falls on each of us to take personal responsibility for our actions and do our part to help keep our community safe from the spread of COVID-19. Please continue to make well-informed decisions about protecting your own personal safety and the health and safety of others.  Practicing safe hygiene, wearing masks, and staying up-to-date on vaccines all play a role in reducing the transmission of viruses.

 

COVID-19 REPORTING, AND CONTACT TRACING

  • COVID-19 Self-Reporting: With the start of the fall semester, the university will no longer require self-reports or offer contact tracing for positive test cases. Additionally, testing data will no longer be published on the COVID-19 dashboard. Individuals who test positive should follow current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for quarantine/isolation and follow the treatment advice of their primary care physician. Students, faculty and staff should handle COVID-19-related absences the same way they handle any other health-related absence. Students who test positive or need to quarantine should contact their instructors to discuss missed classes, assignments, and exams. Employees who test positive and need to quarantine should contact their supervisor prior to the start of the workday, and can utilize sick leave or vacation leave during their absence.

 

PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES

  • COVID-19 Vaccine: At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is not required, but is strongly recommended, for students, faculty and staff. Vaccinations are available through the Warhawk Health Services clinic. The COVID-19 vaccine is also available through numerous pharmacies and health care providers in our community.
  • Isolation and Quarantine: Quarantine and isolation housing will no longer be offered. 
  • Campus Cleaning Measures and Building Readiness:  Based on the most current CDC guidance, Campus Services has transitioned away from the modified cleaning services that were introduced at the beginning of the pandemic back to traditional cleaning services.  At this time, disinfection cleaning chemicals are still being used in lieu of traditional cleaning solvents.  Enhanced disinfection services are still available in instances of positive cases of COVID-19 being reported.  Campus Services will also continue to provide disposable sanitizing wipe stations in classrooms, and hand sanitizer stands throughout campus buildings. Additionally, Campus Services continues to take multiple actions in campus buildings related to air quality and ventilation including: ensuring ventilation systems are operating properly, upgraded air filters are installed, and outdoor air circulation is increased.

 

ACADEMICS

  • Classrooms:  Classrooms will continue to operate at normal capacities and configurations. Physical distancing is not required in classrooms or common areas. Masks may be required in some classes; refer to the course syllabus for specific information.

ATHLETICS AND EVENTS

  • Athletic Venues: All athletic venues will continue to operate at full capacity.
  • Campus Events: There is no limit to the number of attendees at campus events.

 

TRAVEL

  • Domestic Travel: Domestic travel restrictions are no longer in place.
  • International Travel: Requests for international travel are limited and restricted to recruiting initiatives only. Regardless of vaccination status, faculty, staff and students traveling internationally (both personal and university-sponsored) must quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus OR must have two negative Covid-19 tests.
  • Study Abroad: Study Abroad programs are currently closed and will be re-evaluated soon.

 

CAMPUS HOUSING, DINING AND TRANSPORTATION

  • Quarantine & Isolation Housing will no longer be available.
  • Campus dining operations will continue to operate.
  • All university transportation services, including Warhawk Transit, will continue to operate at normal capacity.

 

The top priority of the university in all decisions is the health, safety and well-being of the campus community. As scientific knowledge of the coronavirus continues to evolve, the COVID-19 pandemic changes over time, and government and public health officials issue new orders and guidance, the university will update procedures and plans as needed. The university will follow all state and federal orders and will adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health in order to ensure the safest possible on-campus environment.

Last updated: August 11, 2022

 

 

COVID-19 Policy & Reporting

We are excited to welcome students back to campus!

If you have any questions or concerns, please see more information below. 

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