Frequently Asked Questions for Students

The Fall 2020 semester is here! The university has complied the following list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to help students settle into campus. It is updated often as new questions arise. If you have specific questions about COVID-19 not addressed in the FAQs, please email covidquestions@jsu.edu for assistance. Have a great fall semester!

Faculty/Staff: Please review the FAQs specific to faculty/staff.

Deans and department heads have developed course delivery plans for fall. Classrooms are set up for social distancing, masks will be available for students in classroom buildings (should they forget their mask) and technologies have been implemented to facilitate synchronous virtual lectures while some students attend class in person and others attend virtually in certain courses and programs.

Given the complexities of academics and the types of courses offered with varying enrollment, each academic program or area has evaluated the best way to offer courses. Some faculty have chosen to deliver video lectures to students while having small groups attend class, in a socially distanced classroom, for discussion and/or group work. Some have chosen to hold their class at full capacity (especially those with an average class size of 20-25) in a larger classroom to allow for appropriate social distancing, with all students attending on regular schedule. All options have been considered for fall course delivery so that a quality educational delivery plan can be maintained.

Students who wish to choose online courses for fall based on concerns of exposure, pre-existing health conditions, etc., should consult with their advisor. All courses may not have an in-person, hybrid, and an online option due to the number of faculty needed to provide such options. JSU has always had a selection of courses in-person or online, including many of the general education courses such as English, Math, and History. While some courses may not be offered online, should a student wish to take only online courses this fall, a consultation with his/her/their advisor may help identify appropriate online courses. It is the desire of the JSU administration as well as the advisors to work with students, so they have the most appropriate schedule to meet their academic needs and, most importantly, their health and safety needs.

Additionally, faculty have been busy this summer preparing web-enhanced courses for the fall. This means that all courses, especially those listed as hybrid, will be housed in the Canvas Learning Management System. At a minimum, the syllabus, gradebook, and some of the assignments will be available so that students can remain connected to class activities and information throughout the semester. Should we have to convert quickly to an online method of delivery, these preparations will provide a more seamless approach.

Because of the unpredictable nature and uncertainties of the COVID-19 virus, students and instructors must be prepared for much flexibility in their courses this fall. For example, in order to comply with social distancing requirements, students may be asked in some classes to alternate between on-campus and online participation from week to week or to participate in lab experiences on campus and in class lectures and discussions online. In short, regardless of the type of classes taken this fall, students should assume that some activities and assignments will be online.

With that in mind, it is important that students have access to the technology necessary to participate in fall classes. Campus computer labs and other learning spaces will be available to all students, however - in the event that the virus disrupts campus access or you or a family member become ill and temporarily cannot make it to campus - we highly recommend that you plan for home or remote access to the appropriate technology. Please review the Technical Requirements for details on the recommended minimum computer and other technology requirements.

Masks will continue to be required of all faculty, staff, students and visitors throughout the JSU campus this fall. Masks should always be worn properly and will be required indoors, as well as outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained. Students will receive one free mask in their Cocky Cares Kit upon arriving on campus this fall. Learn more about JSU’s mask requirement.

There are three testing programs associated with JSU for Fall 2020: Re-entry Testing for students, Sentinel Testing for employees and students, and Rapid Testing for sick employees and students. Re-entry and Sentinel Testing are administered through GuideSafe using the less invasive nasal swab, which collects the specimen at the front of the nostril and produces results within a few days. Rapid Testing is administered by the Student Health Center to sick employees and students. While it utilizes the more invasive swab, results are ready in 15 minutes.

Reentry Testing for Students
JSU students who will be attending classes in-person or residing on campus this fall must be tested for COVID-19 prior to the start of the semester through Alabama’s GuideSafe system. Students taking all classes 100 percent online do not have to be tested. An email with testing instructions has been sent directly from testing@staysafetogether.org to those students who must be tested. Faculty and staff are not required to complete Re-entry Testing.

Sentinel Testing for Employees and Students
Additionally, periodic, random “Sentinel Testing" will be conducted throughout the fall semester among 2-5 percent of all faculty, staff and students through GuideSafe. This process will allow GuideSafe to better understand how the virus is circulating among our population. If you are selected for Sentinel Testing, you will receive an email with specific instructions, including testing dates and locations.

Rapid Testing for Employees and Students with Symptoms
The Student Health Center also conducts COVID-19 testing for all current faculty, staff and students presenting COVID-19 symptoms. This rapid test utilizes the more invasive nasopharyngeal swab, but results are available within 15 minutes. The center will administer this test by request for free to all employees (full-time, part-time, adjunct, auxiliary services, working retirees) and all students (full-time, part-time, dual enrollment) who are presenting COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact the Student Health Center for details.

 
 

FAQs


  1. How do I sign up for testing?
    To sign up for a test you will need to visit https://healthy.verily.com and register your account using your school email address. Once you request a test, you should receive your assigned appointment time and location by the next day. Please look out for email notifications from healthy@verily.com.

  2. Is there any way for a student to submit to be tested at a specific GuideSafe testing location, if they weren't originally assigned there? 
    Students are able to schedule their own testing appointment – location, date, and time. For those who participated in the pilot testing, locations were pre-assigned. To change your scheduled appointment, contact Verily User Support at healthyatwork@verily.com.

  3. Do students have to go to the testing site indicated in email or can they choose a family doctor to conduct their re-entry COVID-19 test?
    In order to meet the requirements that have been issued in the GuideSafe guidelines, students will need to get tested at one of the testing locations or go to a local primary care provider for testing. If a student choses to get tested at by a local physicians office, results must be sent to the Dean of Students Office.

  4. What if I have not received an email from GuideSafe?
    All students will receive an email with testing instructions on their MyJSU email account once they have registered for Fall 2020 classes. If you do not believe you received this message and you have registered for Fall, check your junk or spam folders. If you still are not able to locate an email from GuideSafe, then email testing@staysafetogether.org  to get more information.

  5. When is the last date that GuideSafe will be sending out the initial emails to students regarding testing?
    The last date students should be receiving an initial email is August 10 for those for are currently registered for Fall 2020 courses. As new students enroll at JSU, their information is sent to GuideSafe to be added to the system, which can take a few days to get access.

  6. Why did I receive an email from Stay Safe Alabama telling me I've been removed from Verily?
    As the email from Verily explains, some housing residents were removed so they don’t receive testing outside of the 14-day window prior to move-in. Those moving in August 14-16 should have received more information by August 7.

  7. What is the turn around time for an at-home testing kit to be shipped to someone's house after they've submitted the shipping information form? 
    GuideSafe pulls a list of students who have submitted this information Monday thru Friday. Shipping addresses are provided to Everlywell, who fulfills the order. After the order is fulfilled, it is sent to their distribution center to ship. In total that can take 3 days. Once it ships, the student is notified by Everlywell with a tracking number.

  8. Are fully online students required to be tested?
    Students who are taking courses 100% online will not be required to receive a re-entry COVID-19 test unless they will be residing on campus.

  9. Do faculty and staff have to receive testing prior to Aug 18th?
    Faculty and Staff will be included in the random Sentinel Testing throughout the semester, but will not be required to be tested prior to returning to campus. However, any faculty or staff member who is symptomatic with COVID-19 related symptoms should visit the Student Health Center for Rapid Testing.

  10. What if I test positive, but do not present with symptoms?
    If you test positive, whether or not you are presenting with symptoms, it is important that you stay in self-isolation for 10 days to help us limit the spread of COVID-19. You will also need to fill out the JSU Self-Identification form

  11. Will JSU require students to retest anytime they return home for the weekends?
    While we will not require students to stay on campus or retest every time they return home, JSU expects students to comply to the guidelines that have been put into place to help us limit the spread of COVID-19. We also strongly encourage students to remain at JSU on the weekends, whenever possible, to further limit any exposure and reduce the spread.

  12. Can I still move into the residence hall if I haven’t received my results yet?
    Yes, if students initiate testing through the GuideSafe testing system, they may still move into residence halls. Instructions for initiating testing will be included in the email from GuideSafe that will be sent to your JSU email account.

  13. What if the student has already been tested over the past few weeks?
    Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 12 weeks do not have to retest if they submit a copy of their test results and letter from their medical provider indicating they are cleared to return to school to the Dean of Students Office. Students who have previously tested negative for the virus are still required to retest before returning to campus.

  14. What if a student is not eligible for an at-home testing kit?
    Students who are not eligible for an at-home testing kit have the following other options to complete the COVID-19 entry testing requirements prior to coming to campus: 

    Identify a testing option such as a drug store, your primary care physician, or a drive-thru testing. This can include a testing option in your community or once you are in Alabama, as long as it is within the 14-day window of your entry to campus. 

    GuideSafe testing provides free COVID-19 testing to students at colleges and universities in Alabama and has 13 test sites set up across Alabama. To use this option, please email testing@staysafetogether.org  now to register to receive a test at one of these locations.

    Locations in Alabama include:
    • Auburn, AL
    • Birmingham, AL
    • East Huntsville, AL
    • Florence, AL
    • Hoover, AL
    • Huntsville, AL
    • Jacksonville, AL
    • Livingston, AL
    • Mobile, AL
    • Montgomery, AL
    • Talladega, AL
    • Troy, AL
    • Tuscaloosa, AL

For more information or assistance, contact GuideSafe from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 866-839-5308. This call center is connected to Verily support and can help troubleshoot login issues for entry testing. A chat feature is also available on GuideSafe.org, where students may ask testing questions and receive an answer via email typically within an hour. On campus, students may also email covidquestions@jsu.edu  for assistance. 

FAQs

I tested positive for Covid-19, what is the protocol?


I have new symptoms, what do I need to do?

  • If you are experiencing new Covid-19 symptoms, report to the Student Health Center immediately for rapid testing.


I have been exposed to someone with Covid-19, what is the protocol?

JSU has made a significant investment in disinfectants, hand sanitizer, and devices which disinfect large spaces quickly and effectively. Building and Cleaning Services has also increased the frequency of cleaning high touch surfaces in all buildings, as well as restrooms. There will also be increased availability of cleaning supplies for residence halls with information on how to clean/disinfect areas between use. Students will be expected to assist in cleaning/disinfecting their desk area in classrooms upon entry and exit of the class. Faculty will be responsible for disinfecting the lecture area and/or desk in the classroom from where he/she teaches. Appropriate cleaning supplies will be provided for these activities.

In addition to its testing efforts, JSU is also launching a Healthcheck program this fall that will require employees and students to report COVID-19 symptoms and exposure every three days. Also administered through GuideSafe, this HIPPA compliant tool will guide users to take appropriate measures (such as going to the Student Health Center for rapid testing if they are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms).

Get started online: JSU Healthcheck

You should receive a reminder from GuideSafe every three days to enter you symptoms. You can also get reminders through the JSU Mobile App. Additionally, you may wish to set up a Shortcut on your cellphone wall linking you directly to the JSU Healthcheck site.

Currently, JSU assesses tuition for undergraduate students as in-person/hybrid or online. The same rates as currently advertised will continue for fall. However, if a student must take a course which has traditionally been offered in person and which has been converted online due to faculty accommodations (those high risk, caring for high risk, etc.), then the tuition will remain the same as in-person/hybrid, and the student will not be charged the online differential. This will be the only change at this time for tuition charges.

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, which could potentially prevent students from visiting campus computer labs , JSU is requiring the following basic minimum technology for students this fall:

▪ Modern Windows or Mac computer able to run the latest OS and web browsers
▪ Chrome web browser (latest version with updates)
▪ High-speed internet access
▪ Webcam with microphone
▪ Speakers and/or headphones/earbuds

Some academic departments and programs may have specific hardware and software requirements for student computers. Before purchasing a computer, please check with your department to learn more about recommended specifications.
 
For help with computers and devices, contact the Technology Support Center, located on the 9th floor of Houston Cole Library, at 256-782-8324 or techcenter@jsu.edu.

JSU offers many resources for help and support with various technology solutions. Often, issues and questions can best be addressed first by instructors. However, when instructors are not able to provide resolution, the resources below are available to the entire JSU community.

Online@JSU  supports Canvas, Kaltura, Honorlock, Turnitin, and other related educational technologies Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please visit the Guide for Online Students and the Student Tutorials page for just a few of the helpful resources available. Contact Online@JSU at online@jsu.edu or 256-782-8172.

Canvas Support offers 24/7 assistance to the university community through the Help menu within the JSU Canvas LMS. Avenues of assistance include Live Chat, Web Form, Self-Help Guides, and Phone at 877-404-2235.

Honorlock Support provides 24/7 direct assistance for Honorlock related issues through the Honorlock interface within Canvas. You may also contact Honorlock Support at 844-243-2500 or support@honorlock.com, or visit their support page, where you will find a system compatibility checker.

The JSU Technology Support Center supports information technologies including but not limited to MyJSU, GEM Outlook Email, MS Office 365 Apps, and computer labs on Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Contact the center at techcenter@jsu.edu or 256-782-8324. You may also submit a support ticket from the TSC home page.

Microsoft Teams is supported by both Online@JSU and the Technology Support Center. However, as with other technologies, issues and questions concerning Teams can often easily be addressed by instructors.

Houston Cole Library is now open is regular fall hours. At this time, the library remains open only to JSU students, faculty and staff. As with all campus buildings, masks are required. Guests must enter the library through the north door, which faces Martin Hall. Assistance with the library, its resources and services is available both in person and online. To chat with a librarian online, click the “Need Help” button on the library webpage, or schedule a virtual or in-person appointment with a librarian. Curbside deliveries of library materials not available digitally, including iPads, are available by appointment.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to use the public floors of the library during normal operating hours to participate in online classes or Teams meetings. They are also welcome to use the public computer labs, located on the Sixth and Tenth Floors.

JSU students will receive a free "Cocky Cares Kit" when returning to campus this fall. Each kit will contain a JSU branded face covering, hand sanitizer, a Pledge to End COVID-19 Card, and information about how to care for your face covering. Students are encouraged to complete the pledge card and post a picture with the completed card on social media utilizing #CockyCares. Students will receive the "Cocky Cares Kits" during residence hall move-in, during J-Week events, and in the Dean of Students Office. Each student is limited to one kit.

Parking Services is pleased to announce a new parking system for Fall 2020, moving from four parking zones to two parking zones, along with other updates to parking rules that will impact students, faculty and staff. With two zones, SILVER for students and RED for faculty/staff, parking will be on a first come first serve basis. Parking Services encourages all that park on campus to be prepared to dedicate extra time going to class, residence halls, and other locations. Traffic congestion and delays are typical at the beginning of a new semester and may be increased with the implementation of the new parking system. Walking to class, riding a bike, or utilizing the Gamecock Express remain great options for traveling on campus and it reserves your spot at your residence or work area. Learn more about the new parking regulations.

The Campus Bookstore is open and fully stocked for Fall 2020. While the store is pleased to welcome up to 21 guests in the store at a time, students are strongly encouraged to place all textbook orders online. Textbook pickup will be available outside, with three lines based upon order type:

  • BLUE: Rapid online pickup. Students in this line should have received the order completion email as well as their textbook order barcode. Students will be required to have that barcode or know their box number for this line.
  • GREEN: Students in this line have placed online orders for pickup at the Bookstore but may be unsure of the order status. If you have lost your barcode or did not receive your pickup email, this is the line for you.
  • RED: This line is for Student Athletes on textbook scholarships. Pickup times have been prescheduled and will be communicated by your coach.

Students may prearrange pickup times in advance for August 15-28 by reserving a time online

Financial Aid charging will be available August 3-24 for those with valid student ID. 

For hours and more information, visit http://www.jsu.edu/bookstore/.

Beginning Sept. 8, the Gamecock Express will provide transportation using two vans and one electric GEM cart on Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Passengers must wear face masks at all times.

Routes:

South Route (GEM) 15 minute route / 4 rounds per hour
Central Stop (Ayers Hall) - 7:00 AM / 7:15 AM / 7:30 AM / 7:45 AM / 8:00 AM / ETC
TMB (Back 4th floor entrance) - 7:01 AM
Houston Cole Library - 7:04 AM
Stone Center - 7:06 AM
Central Stop (Ayers Hall) - 7:11
*Repeat every 15 Minutes

North Route (Van) 25 minute route / 2 rounds per hour
The Pointe - 7:00 AM / 7:30 AM / 8:00 AM / 8:30 AM / ETC
Gamecock Village - 7:03 AM
Meehan Hall - 7:08 AM
SBIC - 7:09
Houston Cole Library - 7:15 AM
Stone Center - 7:17 AM
Central Stop (Ayers Hall) - 7:22 AM
*Repeat every 30 Minutes

Off-Campus Route (Van) 25 minute route / 2 rounds per hour
Central Stop - 7:00 AM / 7:30 AM / 8:00 AM / 8:30 AM / ETC
TMB (Back 4th floor entrance) - 7:01 AM
South Complex - 7:11 AM
Wal-mart - 7:14 AM
Central Stop (Ayers Hall) - 7:25 AM
*Repeat every 30 Minutes

Issues with the Gamecock Express can be submitted at via the GX Feedback Form. If immediate assistance is needed, please call 256-782-8637.

All Sodexo campus dining locations will be open this fall. WOW Wingery will be open for takeout only. Hours are available online

Seating capacity in dining areas will be at 50% for your safety. To-go options will also be available at all locations. Face masks must be worn in all dining venues. Patrons may take their mask off only while sitting at a table and eating. Guests must use a new cup to refill drinks. For more dining safety information, refer to Sodexo’s national plan.

All scholarship disbursement requests and credit/debit card purchases have moved online. Meal plan and/or flex purchases are also available online. Students who already have a meal plan that was purchased through the university must complete a Meal Plan Selection Form by the last day of registration.

Additionally, Sodexo is still hiring for fall. Apply online.

For more information or assistance, email dining@jsu.edu  or call 256-782-7242.

The Recreation and Fitness Center will operate this fall with special protocols in place to support the health and safety of members. By order of the governor, occupancy will be limited to 50 percent. Masks will be required at all times inside the facility, except while swimming. The facility will close for targeted cleaning on Monday-Friday, 1:30-3 p.m., to allow staff to disinfect after peak usage. 
Users may drop in to use the pool, track, and upper and lower fitness areas until capacity is reached. Once capacity is reached, staff will form lines and let one person in for every person who leaves. Users should be prepared for lines and wait times to access fitness spaces, especially during peak hours. If necessary, a reservation process will be implemented for fitness spaces to control capacity and eliminate lines.
 
A number of changes have been made to promote social distancing. Modifications include:
  • Individual workout areas have been marked on upper and lower fitness floors. Users should either work out on a piece of equipment or inside a marked area.
  • Cardio equipment will be marked unavailable to ensure proper spacing between users.
  • Equipment has been relocated to ensure proper spacing between users.
  • Some fitness equipment has been relocated to the MAC, which will more than triple the number of people allowed to work out on the first floor. 
  • Drop-in play, pick-up games and team or group practices will not be allowed.
A number of programs and services remain unavailable, but the center hopes to resume these activities soon with modifications. These include: guest passes, swim lessons, pickup basketball and racquetball, massage therapy, showers, steam rooms and hot tubs. 
Climbing/bouldering, court usage, video gaming, in-person fitness classes, and adventure gear rentals all require advance reservations. Intramural Sport and Adventure Rec trips will be offered with modifications.
For more information, including hours, visit the Recreation and Fitness Center website.

Are you a student looking for a job on or near campus this fall? The following areas are hiring:

University Jobs
Work as a student assistant in a university office, department or other unit. Search listings on the JSU Human Resources website.

Sodexo
Sodexo is seeking students to help with campus dining operations. Search listings for Jacksonville on the Sodexo website.

Recreation and Fitness Center
Centers is hiring students for the Recreation and Fitness Center. Search Jacksonville opportunities on the Centers website.

Career Services
JSU Career Services assists students in their search for off-campus job opportunities, including full-time, part-time, seasonal, co-ops and internships. Search for opportunities in JLink on MyJSU under “Student Links.” Virtual networking and job search events will be announced soon.

The Division of Student Success has developed several ways for students to receive tutoring services both in person or virtually during the Fall 2020 semester.


This semester students will have access to JSU tutors by scheduling an appointment through JSU Navigate. Tutoring session appointments can be made in person or virtually through Teams, depending on tutor availability. Students can access JSU Navigate by logging into their MyJSU accounts and clicking "JSU Navigate."


JSU has also partnered www.tutor.com, a service with more than 3,000 online tutors are available by appointment 24/7 to assist with a variety of subjects, including mathematics, science, world languages, computer science, nursing, and health sciences, history, social sciences, literature, and business. For access, log in to Canvas, click the tutor.com link located in the navigation menu, create an account or sign in to tutor.com, and click on “Connect with a Tutor.”


For additional information on how you can take advantage of free opportunities this semester, contact Debra James at dmjames@jsu.edu.

The RMC/JSU Health Center, located on JSU’s South complex, offers free basic health care, including a variety of vaccinations and screenings, to JSU students, faculty and staff.

COVID-19 testing is available to employees and students who are exhibiting symptoms. The Student Health Center is not performing Re-entry and Sentinel Testing (see the Testing FAQ for more details). The Rapid Test available at the center utilizes the more invasive nasopharyngeal swab, but results are available within 15 minutes. It is administered by request for free to all employees (full-time, part-time, adjunct, auxiliary services, working retirees) and all students (full-time, part-time, dual enrollment) who are presenting COVID-19 symptoms. Please contact the Student Health Center for details.

For current hours of operation, visit the Health Center’s website. Call 256-782-5310 to schedule appointments. Transportation is available on the Gamecock Express.

Guidelines and plans for reopening the residential communities have been established by Housing Operations and Residence Life. The move-in process has been restructured to align with social distancing guidelines. In collaboration with Capital Planning and Facilities, the residential communities have been disinfected and robust cleaning protocols have been established for the fall. Some of these protocols include daily cleaning of community bathrooms with a stronger sanitizing disinfectant. High touch-point surfaces (such as community door handles, water fountains, faucets, etc.) will be wiped down multiple times per day. Social distancing and signage reminding residents and guests of the requirement for wearing masks will be placed throughout the residential communities.

Residential spaces have been identified and designated for quarantine and isolation in the event that a resident test positive.

Residential programming will occur virtually or outdoors using social distancing guidelines. Resident Assistants will receive COVID-19-related sessions during their upcoming training. Residents will be expected to wear masks within residential facilities unless they are in their room. Masks must be worn in laundry rooms, lounges, lobbies, hallways, etc. Residents are strongly advised to bring face masks when they arrive on campus for move in and are encouraged to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms each day. We are encouraging residents to bring cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and a thermometer for personal use when returning to campus. While we understand many residents are assigned to double occupancy spaces, many have personally selected their roommates and room assignments, increasing their comfort level with being in a residential facility. Common areas in residence halls, such as study lounges, laundry facilities, TV lounges, and the Point@JSU pool, have been reduced to 50% capacity to maintain social distancing guidelines. The gym at the Point@JSU will be closed temporarily. Signage will be posted highlighting these limits.

For students who have disabilities and request a private room as a reasonable accommodation, regardless of COVID-19, and for students with disabilities who request a private room because of COVID-19, the established housing procedures for reasonable accommodation requests with assistance from Disability Student Services (DSS) will be followed. If a student without a disability requests a private room, the request will be handled in the same manner Housing currently uses to evaluate such requests.


FAQs

  1. What are the Housing plans in case courses go completely online again? 
    We will continuously monitor the pandemic, if we feel it is in the best interest of our student to close residence hall, then we will make that decision at that time.
  2. When will students be notified about their housing room assignments?
    If you have not received your room assignment by now, then you should reach out to Housing Operation at 256.782.5122
  3. I’ll be living in a dorm with a shared bathroom, how will we be cleaning those buildings? 
    We are increasing cleaning efforts in all of our residence halls. We also have purchased new disinfectant machines to increase cleanliness in all our facilities.
  4. Will I be required to wear a mask inside my residence hall?
    Masks/face coverings are required in all JSU buildings and must be worn in all common areas on campus (this includes hallways, lounges, laundry facilities, etc.) Mask/face coverings are also required outdoors when social distancing is not possible. Residents are expected to wear a mask/face covering throughout the residential facility until they are inside their living space. All masks/face coverings must be worn PROPERLY. Please make sure you have a reusable/washable cloth mask or face covering before you arrive on campus.

Athletics at JSU has a proud tradition and is a tremendous source of Gamecock Pride for our students and alumni. The JSU Athletic Department is dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff. In line with achieving the Phase I/II/III guidelines mandated by the federal government and the State of Alabama, JSU Athletics will open with modified policies, and we will implement safety measures focused on providing a healthier environment. In that regard, the Athletic Department has a very detailed phased-in return to campus protocol.  Initially,  our procedures include a 14-day quarantine upon athletes’ return to campus, daily health checks when entering athletic facilities, a cleaning and disinfectant plan, and an equipment services plan, and we anticipate that our protocols involving personnel, student-athletes, and infrastructure, which can be followed/amended as necessary, will be successful. 

Events and activities are being carefully planned with appropriate measures in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Most events or activities will be held outdoors over the next few months with social distancing expectations in place. For activities/events which must be held indoors, a careful review of the space occurs to determine maximum capacity allowing for social distancing, and those numbers dictate who can attend any event. Masks are required at events. Special situations, such as practice for The Marching Southerners, Convocation, Greek Life events, etc., will be managed on a case-by-case basis with detailed attention given to the safety plan for each group. Specific details for events and activities for the various groups on campus will be available in the comprehensive plan.


FAQs

  1. Will we have events on campus this Fall?
    The SGA has worked hard to plan safe, socially distanced events for Fall 2020 that will allow students to have fun and make friends while preventing the spread of COVID-19. Many of these events will be held outdoors or online. Check the university calendar for event listings. 

FAQs for International Students

Are you an International Student at JSU? FAQs for International Students have been posted on the International House and Programs website.