Fall 2021

The health and safety of our entire campus community is our top priority and we will continue to follow the guidance provided by the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the University System of Georgia.

 

Protect the Nest

Things You Should Know

  • VACCINE ELIGIBILITY:  All KSU employees and enrolled students are eligible to receive the vaccine on campus at no cost. Please call (470) 578-6644to schedule your vaccination appointment or you may walk into one of our three student health clinics to receive the vaccine. Click here for more information.
  • FACE COVERINGS: Based on guidance from the University System of Georgia (USG), all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear a face covering while inside campus facilities. Unvaccinated individuals are also strongly encouraged to continue to socially distance while inside campus facilities. Disposable face coverings will be available in each building throughout both campuses for anyone who forgets to bring their own.
  • CONTACT TRACING: The KSU COVID Response Team will continue to work with Cobb-Douglas Public Health to provide contact tracing for COVID-19 cases that occur on campus.
  • STUDENT ACTIVITIES: The University will resume in-person student activities for the fall semester. Click here for a list of planned activities.
  • MEETINGS AND EVENTS: On-campus events should follow health and safety protocols as outlined by the Department of Events & Venue Management. Click here for more information.
  • CLEANING: Hand sanitizers are located throughout our campuses and KSU will continue enhanced cleaning protocols in accordance with CDC and USG guidelines.
  • TRAVEL: Domestic travel is available for fall 2021. Restrictions do apply for international travel. Click here for more information.
  • GENERAL CAMPUS SAFETY MEASURES: Click here for more information about how we are ensuring safety in on campus housing, dining halls, transportation and other areas.
  • DOWNLOADABLE SIGNS: Click here for available signs to use in buildings and work areas.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • As long as they remain asymptomatic, fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine following a known exposure to COVID-19.  If you have been fully vaccinated and are identified by the KSU COVID Response Center as a close contact to a confirmed case, please email proof of your vaccination to covidresponse@kennesaw.edu to avoid the quarantine requirement. Additionally, vaccinated individuals who are identified as close contacts are advised to take precautions and follow Department of Public Health guidance, which can be found here.

    • Confirmed COVID-19 Cases for Nov. 27 - Dec. 3
    • 5 Total Faculty Reports

      3  Total Staff Reports

      30 Total Students Reports

      38 Overall Total Confirmed Cases

     

  • We have established a response team of trained professionals to respond to confirmed COVID-19 cases on campus.

    • Students
      • Students will be provided with the necessary medical care as well as educational and other support services. The student will be instructed to self-isolate away from campus and, with their consent, their information will be reported to their professors so that they are made aware that they will miss class. Impacted areas on campus will be decontaminated by professional cleaning staff who have been trained on COVID-19 decontamination practices. The individual will be asked to share a list of any of their close contacts at KSU (6-feet or less for 15 minutes or more). In coordination with Cobb-Douglas Department of Public Health, close contacts will be instructed to quarantine.
    • Faculty/Staff
      • Faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 should complete the COVID Self-reporting form found here immediately. The employee will be instructed to self-isolate at home in accordance with DPH guidance and will be asked to share a list of any of their close contacts at KSU. In coordination with Cobb-Douglas Department of Public Health, close contacts will be instructed to quarantine.
      • The COVID Response Team will also coordinate with Environmental Health & Safety to determine if additional cleaning and decontamination of affected work areas is necessary.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if they are asymptomatic. You do not need to quarantine unless you are given specific instructions to do so by either Cobb-Douglas DPH or KSU. All faculty, staff and students should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and take a COVID-19 test if they begin to experience symptoms. Testing information can be found here.
    • KSU cleaning protocols align with CDC and USG guidance. High-traffic/high-touch areas will be professionally cleaned and disinfected multiple times per day. Employees should wipe down equipment that is commonly used (e.g., copiers, printers, fax machines) before and after use. Employees will be encouraged to clean their workstations daily. We will provide disinfectant and paper towels to each department. Cleaning supplies are limited and for office use ONLY.  
    • Disinfectant wipes will be provided in classrooms so that students and faculty can clean their desks and workspaces in between use.
  • In partnership with Wellstar Health System, KSU began administering vaccines for all faculty, staff and students in January 2021 and will continue to offer vaccines to the campus community at no cost. In addition to the on-campus option, members of the community have received vaccinations at the many off-campus sites available through the state. Therefore, it is impossible for the University to know how many people have been vaccinated. However, the University has and will continue to encourage faculty, staff and students to receive the vaccine on campus or through other providers.

  • Students, faculty and staff should not be asked about their vaccine status, and students should not be segregated in a classroom or from other instructor-student interactions (office hours, group work, field trips, labs, etc.) based on their vaccination status.

  • Good mental health and wellbeing are the foundation for your success in college. Being proactive, advocating for what you need and taking steps to build your personal resiliency is easier than ever. Wellbeing@KSU is brought to you by the Division of Student Affairs.

    Student appointments and services are available in the following manner (Masks are recommended for in person appointments):

    • Counseling and Psychological Services: Appointments are available both virtually and in person. https://counseling.kennesaw.edu/; 470-578-6600 (Kennesaw) and 470-578-7391 (Marietta)
    • CARE Pantry and Services: Appointments are available both virtually and in person. Click here for more information.
    • Wellness Peer Mentors: Trained on a wide variety of helping skills to coach students struggling with some of the top impediments to mental health and well-being. Appointments are available both virtually and in person. Click here for more information.
    • Sports and Rec: OwlFit Programs offer a variety of ways for you to reach your wellbeing goals. Click here for more information.
    • For information and resources please reach out to the Division of Student Affairs.
    • KSU is working with Cobb-Douglas Department of Public Health to ensure proper notification protocols are followed. Any faculty, staff or student who is determined to be a high-risk exposure will be contacted.
    • You do not need to quarantine unless you are given specific instructions to do so by either Cobb-Douglas DPH or KSU. All faculty, staff and students should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and take a COVID-19 test if they begin to experience symptoms. Testing information can be found here.
    • Based on guidelines by the Georgia Department of Public Health, KSU will continue to coordinate with the University System of Georgia in order to implement all relevant guidance and to update policies and procedures as circumstances warrant.
  • You should direct them to report this information through the KSU self-report form found here. Please be mindful that health information is protected by federal law and that you should not share this information with other employees or students. KSU will follow DPH guidance as it relates to notification of COVID-19 cases on campus.

  • Pursuant to updated guidance from the University System of Georgia (USG), all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to continue wearing a face covering while inside campus facilities. Unvaccinated individuals are also strongly encouraged to continue to socially distance while inside campus facilities. 

  • In accordance with USG policy, institutions will be returning to campus in the fall with no social distancing measures required. Faculty, staff and students are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • Staff or faculty members who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should not come to work if:
      • If the staff or faculty member has been contacted by the Georgia Department of Public Health or KSU COVID Response Team and has been advised/directed to self-quarantine due to close contact with anyone who has a confirmed COVID 19 diagnosis, they should remain at home and follow DPH guidance. Faculty or staff members who begin to experience COVID 19 symptoms while at work should leave work and contact their supervisor and/or Human Resources.
  • Unvaccinated individuals should quarantine when they might have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. Individuals should isolate when they have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, even if they don’t have symptoms.
  • The Office of Research has updated its COVID guidelines for research activities. Please click here for details.

 

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