Campus Protocols

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • We want to operate as normally as possible;

  • The well-being of our residential community must be a high priority; and

  • We will continually evaluate and update our campus protocols based on the emerging evidence


Campus Mitigation Protocols

  • Face masks are required in all public buildings and in all classrooms
    (same as the campus protocols in place September through November 2021)
  • Students / employees who are not vaccinated and have not provided documentation of a previous COVID infection will (continue to) test twice a week
  • Students / employees who are vaccinated (but not boosted) or have had COVID but are not vaccinated will test every other week on a rotating basis
    • At this time, an individual is considered fully vaccinated if it has been at least 14 days (2 weeks) since the completion of the COVID-19 vaccination series (two doses in a two-dose series OR one dose in a one-dose series)
  • Students / employees who are boosted may be tested occasionally depending on circumstances.

ISOLATION (means a person has received a positive COVID test result and needs to refrain from interacting with others)

  • Please contact the Berry College Health Center (students) as soon as you receive a positive test result 706.236.2267. 
  • Anyone who tests positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, must isolate.  
    • You will isolate for 5 days and then wear a mask for an additional 5 days, as long as you remain without symptoms.  
    • If you develop symptoms: You will need to remain in isolation until your symptoms have resolved and you are cleared by the Berry College Health Center (students). 
  • We continue to encourage students to go home to isolate as we have limited space on campus and prioritize the use of those spaces for students who live a significant distance from home. For students who feel like they have extenuating circumstances that necessitates they remain on campus, please work with Residence Life 706.236.2209. 
  • Students isolating on campus will receive a link to a food delivery preference form. https://www.berry.edu/student-life/_assets/Isolating-at-Home.pdf

QUARANTINE (means a person has been identified as a close contact to a person who has tested positive and needs to refrain from interaction with others)

  • Our Health Center contact tracers will notify students when they have been exposed and need to quarantine. We are prohibited by health privacy laws to tell you the name of the person who has identified you as a contact. 
  • Criteria set by the CDC to determine who quarantines: 
    • If unvaccinated or more than 6 months out from your second vaccine (or 2 months from the J&J vaccine), you will quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for another 5. You will be required to get a COVID test on day 5.  
    • If vaccinated with a subsequent booster, you will not need to quarantine but will need to wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure and get a COVID test on day 5. 
  • We continue to encourage students to go home to quarantine as we have limited space on campus and prioritize the use of those spaces for students who live a significant distance from home. For students who feel like they have extenuating circumstances that necessitates they remain on campus, please work with Residence Life 706.236.2209. 
  • Students quarantining on campus will receive a link to a food delivery preference form.  
  • Information on ways to safely and effectively quarantine can be found at https://www.berry.edu/student-life/_assets/Quarantining-at-Home.pdf



Dining Services

Berry has added new outdoor seating options for students, capitalizing on the popularity of dining outside. Be sure to visit Berry.campusdish.com for meal plan information, location and hours updates along with COVID-19 protocols and procedures for Fall 2021. Follow @berrydining on Instagram to stay up to date!


TRAVEL

Berry will continue to monitor each location as well as CDC and State Department guidelines. Please contact the Director of International Experiences, Dr. Elizabeth Davis, edavis@berry.edu with any questions, and to plan study abroad.

Students and employees who are within six months of their second vaccine shot or have received a booster or are participating regularly in weekly testing may travel on college-related business. Employees should review CDC and State Department guidelines for personal travel.


EVENTS AND VISITORS

The Office of Admission is open for prospective students and parents to visit by appointment. Go to berry.edu/visit to schedule an on-campus visit or learn more about virtual options. If you have questions about your scheduled visit, feel free to contact us at admissions@berry.edu or 800.237.7942.


HEALTH AND WELLNESS RESOURCES

Director of Counseling Becca Smith and two counselors are available to students on campus. In addition, Berry offers tele-counseling services through Virtual Care. 

Thevirtualcaregroup.com/berry/ - free counseling services 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Berry employees who may need help with feelings of stress or anxiety during this unprecedented time are encouraged to utilize our Employee Assistance Program

through Unum. Details about that program can be found at unum.com/employees/services/life-balance or by calling 800.854.1446.

The Georgia COVID-19 Emotional Support Line provides 24/7 free and confidential assistance to callers needing emotional support or resource information as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emotional Support Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals and others who have received training in crisis counseling. The phone number to call is 866.399.8938.


RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Georgia Department of Public Health

U.S. Department of State

World Health Organization (WHO)

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