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In a changing world, our mission remains the same

 

We are committed to inspire the pursuit of Knowledge, Faith and Service. As we continue to monitor and respond to the pandemic, providing a safe and healthy campus environment is a top priority.

Plans for Fall 2021

Current local and national indicators show a flattening trend in infection rates and widely available vaccine access. We will open our campus on implementation level green: prepared. Campus activities will be in-person and our focus will be on practices that promote overall prevention of infectious disease. Please note that community trends will be monitored and if indicators change, our practices and protocols may also change.  
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

Masks are optional outdoors and indoors. Individual use of masks is encouraged for anyone who is not vaccinated.

What if COVID-19 gets worse, will SWAU still remain open?

Administration regularly monitors  community spread of COVID-19. If the county or state issues an order or if community spread rises to a point that is deemed unsafe, then we will consider moving to LEVEL-YELLOW or LEVEL-RED in our implementation plan. This could include partial or full online instruction.

I'm an International student, my country is affected by COVID-19, can I still enroll at SWAU?

International students are welcome to enroll.  However, travel restrictions are in place for certain countries and the future of travel restrictions is uncertain.  It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of any restrictions from their country of origin.  All students will be screened and monitored by Student Health Services.

When do you decide to send a student to be tested for COVID-19?

The sickness protocol states that anyone who “suspects that they have been in direct contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 or who develop any new symptoms of illness including fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea and/or sore throat” should immediately self-isolate and report to Student Health Services. They will then be referred for testing. Patients may be tested for a range of illnesses (flu, strep throat…) in addition to COVID-19.

What happens if a residence hall student is put under quarantine? Do they stay in their room? Do they have to find somewhere else to stay?

The university has designated quarantine/isolation areas on campus . All meals and any necessary items will be delivered  to the individual. Once they report to Student Health Services, then they will receive further instructions and assistance.

Will nurses and education majors still be able to do their clinicals or student teaching?

The nursing and education departments will work closely with schools and hospitals to follow all guidelines they have established. Any changes to these programs will be communicated to students from their respective departments.

If a student is quarantined, will there be accommodations for classwork?

If a student is placed inquarantine or isolation, accommodations will be made for class attendance. Communication with professors is critical to ensure that a student stays up to date with any coursework.

What if my roommate gets sick? Who moves out? Or do we both quarantine?

If a student  tests positive for COVID-19, they will immediately be isolated. Anyone who has been in close contact with a positive person, such as a roommate or household member, should quarantine for the recommended amount of time designated by the CDC. Anyone experiencing symptoms, or suspecting close contact, should report to Student Health Services to be tested.

When visiting the SWAU campus as a guest do I need to check in?

All guests are asked to check-in upon arrival at one of the following locations: Findley Hall, Men’s and Women’s Residence Halls, Cafeteria, Library or Gymnasium.

What about cleaning shared desks in classrooms and shared computers in the labs?

Each individual (faculty, staff and students) is asked to wipe down any areas before and after use. Sanitizing wipes will be provided by the university in all classrooms and computer labs. Disposable keyboard and mouse sleeves will be used in computer labs. Our janitorial staff will be increasing cleaning frequency to all areas and this is one way we can each work together to keep our areas clean.

Will students have access to the library, The Write Spot and CASA?

Yes, the library, the Write Spot and CASA will be open (limited capacity) and online resources are also available. Common areas and high touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly. For more information on how to access library resources online and library updates visit https://library.swau.edu/.

Will students be able to meet with professors in person during office hours?

Yes, Please contact individual professors to set an appointment.  Meetings may occur in larger venues such as classrooms or conference rooms to ensure that physical distancing is maintained.  

Who can I contact if I have another question relating to COVID-19?

For any additional questions, please email the COVID-19 Taskforce Team at COVID@swau.edu and your question will be routed to the appropriate department.

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