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Students - Spring 2022

COVID-19 Testing

The state recently notified us that because of the highly contagious Omicron variant we are required to COVID test ALL students, faculty, and staff at the beginning of the spring semester (both vaccinated and unvaccinated). You will not be allowed to move in to the residence halls or attend classes or other CU sponsored events without participating in the state required COVID testing.

Here is the testing schedule for students:

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 & 9 -  2pm-9pm - North Towers Lobby

COMMUTER STUDENTS

Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 10 & 11 -  9am-4pm – Student Center Ballroom

The test will be a self-administered (nasal swab) rapid test. Any positive rapid test must be followed up with a PCR test which will be administered by one of our medical professionals.

(NOTE: Students who are fully online and won’t be on campus do not have to participate.)

Students who are FULLY Vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated, and received your vaccination at a location other than Concord, upload your records to: https://www.concord.edu/vaccine

Face coverings are required in all campus buildings at all times. 

Students who cannot wear face coverings should provide documentation from  a physician, therapist or other appropriate professional to the Office of Disability Services.

Students (like faculty and staff) should complete a Daily Self-Check for symptoms.

No student should report to class who has a temperature of 100.4°F and above or has any of the symptoms related to COVID-19.

What do I do if I exhibit COVID-19 symptoms?

  • Call the Concord Student Health Center at 304-384-6355 for an appointment to be tested if you exhibit any symptoms, or if you have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Email your professors and continue coursework virtually until you receive direction from health professionals to resume class attendence. 
  • For residential students, contact your Resident Director immediatly after contacting the Student Health Center.
  • Commuting students should also contact the Student Health Center to report testing results obtained from off campus medical facilities. 
What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
  • Report your positive test result to Dr. Sarah Beasley, Dean of Students, at sbeasley@concord.edu.
  • Residential students will, per the Governor's request, be isolated on campus to avoid community spread. Students who test positive are required to isolate for ten days from the day of the positive test.

 

Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

The CDC has shortened the recommended time for quarantine and isolation for individuals exposed to, and/or infected with, the COVID-19 virus. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

Quarantine

CDC has update the recommended quarantine period for individuals who are exposed to the COVID virus, i.e., close contacts. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19.

  • Individuals who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, are to quarantine for 5 days.
  • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated and received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure.
  • If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
  • For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. Encouraged but not required by CU.
If residential students have to quarantine and are within a three hour radius of campus, they’ll have to go home unless there are extenuating circumstances (e.g., they can’t due to elderly, immunocompromised relative, etc.). Others outside that radius may quarantine on campus if they wish. We can isolate on campus (Wooddell) but also encourage residential students to go home if they’re able (but not required).
 

Isolation

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection to help prevent the potential spread of the infection to others. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours).

Course Delivery
All classes are either face-to-face, online, or hybrid, which means they will have face-to-face and online components (Blackboard). Check your email and syllabi regularly. If you're unsure about anything, reach out to your instructors.

Students are required to wear masks while in class. 

For students who are unable to attend class in-person due to illness or other considerations, contact your professors immediately. They may also contact LC Smith (lsmith@concord.edu) for assistance in notifying instructors about absences. Students requiring academic support should contact the Center for Academic and Career Development at cacd@concord.edu or 304-384-6074 for assistance.
 
Beckley Campus
Both the Athens and Beckley campuses require that masks be worn in all public buildings on each campus. 

The Schedule of Courses located on the Academic page includes the classes that will be offered in Beckley in Fall 2021.  
Libby Alvis Dining Hall
The Libby Alvis Dining Hall will be open for students on Saturday, August 14 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm for Brunch, and from 4-5:30 pm for Dinner. On Sunday, August 15, Brunch will be served from 10:30-1:30 and Dinner from 4-7:00 pm.

Cafeteria staff will practice "no touch" service.  Staff will also adhere to daily health monitoring guidelines and are required to wear PPE at all times.  The facility will undergo enhanced sanitation regularly.
 
Support Services
Support services, such as tutoringcounseling, and offices such as the Center for Academic & Career DevelopmentStudent Support ServicesDisability Services, and others will be available to students both in-person and remotely. 

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