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Masking is an effective mitigation measure, but not nearly as powerful as wide-spread vaccinations. All major health organizations agree that vaccinations are the way to defeat this (or any) pandemic and offer the surest path back to normal.

We continue to strongly encourage vaccination against COVID-19. We encourage employees and students, in consultation with their health professionals, to be fully vaccinated.

Updated November 9, 2021

Face masks are required in all public buildings and in all classrooms.

Updated December 30, 2021

All students (commuter and residential) and employees must have a negative COVID test when they return to campus. We strongly encourage everyone to get a test 2-3 days BEFORE your arrival back, but we will also provide testing here on campus when you first return.

Updated December 30, 2021

TESTING, QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION

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.

Updated December 30, 2021

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.  
  • Information on ways to safely and effectively isolate can be found at 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. https://www.berry.edu/student-life/_assets/Quarantining-at-Home.pdf


Updated Jan 26, 2022

If there are positive cases on campus, any infected students will need to isolate off campus. Exposed students who have not been vaccinated will need to quarantine off campus as well. Because the college is full, rooms will not be available for isolation and quarantine and students will need to make arrangements.


Updated December 30, 2021

Academics

With the college back in regular session, classes will not routinely be available via remote learning (e.g., Zoom).

Updated May 12, 2021

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

Updated November 9, 2021

Students and employees who are fully vaccinated (two weeks past their final dose) may travel on college-related business. Employees should review CDC and State Department guidelines for personal travel.

Updated August 17, 2021

COUNSELING

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.

Updated August 17, 2021

Berry employees who may need help with feelings of stress or anxiety 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.

Updated August 17, 2021

Dining

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!

Updated August 17, 2021

CAMPUS ACCESS

The campus is open to the public for outdoor recreation.

Updated October 7, 2021

Yes. 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.

Updated November 9, 2021

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