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View the revised academic calendar for fall 2020-21.

Updated August 13, 2020

Study abroad has been suspended for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Students should contact Chris Borda, cborda@berry.edu, to make alternate plans for the semesters, and to identify study abroad opportunities for the future.

Updated October 22, 2020

We are a residential college at heart, and it is our planning priority to open in the fall – with a commitment to the safety of all members of the community as well as an emphasis on quality education and the continued success of our students.

See the Fall Opening web section.

Updated August 13, 2020

There were plans to hold commencement on Saturday, July 25, but due to the steady rise of confirmed cases in Georgia and in Floyd County, we are no longer confident that we would be in a stable position to hold the event in late July.

In evaluating the next opportunities for a commencement ceremony, it will be problematic to hold a ceremony anytime this fall. Once returning students are on campus for the fall, it will be necessary to limit access to visitors, and we may well be prohibited from having large assemblies of any kind. We will be re-opening the campus to returning students in early and mid-August, so that month is also not an opportune time for a commencement.

Various options have been discussed with leaders from the class of 2020, and we've decided to explore possible commencement dates in December and May. Both options allow the possibility of a more normal commencement ceremony as well as some creative enhancements to make the 2020 commencement special despite the wait. (The December date, however, may coincide with projected winter increases in COVID-19.) This group will work with Vice President Lindsey Taylor and Provost Mary Boyd to develop descriptions of the December and May options. Later in July, we will schedule a virtual meeting open to anyone in the class of 2020 who wants to discuss these options. Afterwards, a poll will be conducted to determine preferences.

Updated August 13, 2020

A faculty-led committee has studied a number of approaches for ensuring a productive teaching and learning experience that emphasizes faculty-student relationships, even on occasions when a faculty member or student(s) must maintain physical distance. The emphasis has been on flexibility enhanced by technology. We anticipate that some faculty members will have to teach remotely, at least in part, for health-related reasons. The same may well be true for some students along the way. 

Updated August 13, 2020

Some classes may meet outside under tents when appropriate.  Faculty will have access to personal sound amplification devices for this purpose. The campus has a variety of indoor spaces of different sizes and with different functions.

Many classrooms are now configured with 6-feet of separation. In some cases, classrooms with seats all facing in one direction are configured with 3 or more feet of separation. All classrooms have plexiglass shields to separate faculty and students as needed. Face coverings are required in all classrooms.

Updated August 13, 2020

Athletics

The Southern Athletic Association has voted to suspend all regular season conference and championship play for the fall semester 2020, with the intention of supporting conference play and championship opportunities in the spring semester of 2021.

Unfortunately, intercollegiate athletic competition is complicated by the intensity of direct contact that occurs in many fall sports as well as the travel distances that define our conference.

Our athletic department and coaches will consider their options for this fall including a non-traditional season and possible non-conference play dates.

Updated August 13, 2020

The Cage Center has moved to fall hours of operation.  Facility and pool hours will be as follows.

Fitness Center 

Monday – Thursday
6 a.m. – 10 a.m.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
3 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Friday 
6 a.m. – 10 a.m.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Sunday 
1 p.m. – 6 p.m. 

Please pay careful attention to the following guidelines when using the fitness center to help ensure the health and safety of our community. 

  • The fitness center is available to Berry employees, students, and family members living on-campus.
  • Maximum capacity in the fitness center is 35.  Access is based on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please limit workouts to 1 hour
  • Face coverings are required in the Cage Center and encouraged when patrons are engaged in personal fitness or recreational activities.
  • Patrons will be asked to adhere to standard social and physical distancing guidelines (maintaining distances of 6 feet or more while exercising).
  • The Cage Center Arena, MAC gym, and racquetball courts remain closed for recreational play. Outdoor courts remain open for recreational play.
  • Water fountains are closed, reusable water bottle filling stations are available.

 

Pool

Monday – Friday
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – Open swim 

  • Public locker rooms are available for use only during open swim hours with a limited capacity
  • Pool capacity is 24 for open swim
  • Maximum of 2 swimmers per lane

Updated August 27, 2020

Campus Access

For the health and safety of our community, the campus is closed to visitors effective July 16 with the exception of faculty, staff and students who support the core educational and operational functions of Berry College. We will provide an update as conditions change.

Updated August 13, 2020

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 August 13, 2020

Local travel is limited to essential needs. For the first month of school, all students are expected to restrict travel to essential needs within the immediate Rome community. Essential travel include trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, gas station place of worship, and approved off-campus employment. Students are asked to wear their face coverings as well as practice social distancing diligently even when off of campus. 

Extended travel is restricted. For the first month of school, all students are expected not to travel outside of the immediate Rome area.  We understand there may be special circumstances that might warrant a visit home (e.g., for a medical appointment or other previously scheduled need). If possible, we ask that such appointments be re-scheduled. If an exception is needed, students are expected to register their request for overnight or extended travel as early as possible and no less than 24-hours prior to their departure from campus. At the start of the semester, a form will be available on the Viking Web COVID-19 page for this purpose. 

Updated August 13, 2020

Until we have established a stable community, we will restrict visitors to campus. We plan to admit visitors on a limited basis if campus and local risk levels are appropriately stable. We may use (as we are presently) a system that allows students and employees to host visitors by submitting a form to the Welcome Center.

Updated August 13, 2020

During the semester, we encourage students to remain on campus and in the area local to campus. For students wishing to travel home or elsewhere, there may be some restrictions, including an approved check-out and re-entry process.

Updated August 13, 2020

COVID-19 Procedures

Cleaning protocols for academic and common spaces: 

  • Daily cleaning with use of EPA Registered Disinfectants and Anti-Viral spray by trained and certified staff. 
  • Increased cleaning frequencies of high touch surfaces such as door knobs and light switches. 
  • Increased cleaning frequencies of public restrooms throughout the day. 
  • Sanitation stations (wipes and hand sanitizers) installed in each building. 

Cleaning protocols for residential spaces: 

  • Deep cleaning process prior to occupancy 
  • Daily cleaning of public and community-style restrooms and areas with use of EPA Registered Disinfectants and Anti-Viral spray by trained and certified staff. 
  • Increased cleaning frequencies of high touch surfaces such as door knobs, faucets, and laundry facilities. 
  • EPA-approved disinfecting spray available to students before and after personal use of community-style restrooms. 
  • Available hand sanitizer stations for students in each residence hall. 

HVAC Filters: Upgraded to hospital-grade (MERV-13) air filters, as recommended by the CDC, in residential, academic and other buildings across campus. 

Updated August 13, 2020

Prior to returning to campus, students must complete a short education module regarding symptoms of COVID-19, how to minimize viral transmission, and other important information.

We have partnered with United Educators to provide an easy and brief online educational module. To ensure all community members are hearing and receiving the same message, we ask that you complete the following course: Your Campus and COVID-19: The Road Back.

The deadline to complete this course is Aug. 10, 2020. To begin training, please visit Edurisk by United Educators. The first time you log in, the system will prompt you to reset your temporary password and set a security question. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful completion of the course. Students are also required to complete the quiz at the end of the course.

If you have any issues with sign-in or accessing the courses, visit the Support Portal, or click any Support Portal link on the site. You may also wish to Test Your Configuration to ensure that your computer meets all System Requirements. If the problem persists, contact deanofstudents@berry.edu.

Updated August 13, 2020

Prior to returning to campus, employees must complete a short education module regarding symptoms of COVID-19, how to minimize viral transmission, and other important information.

We have partnered with United Educators to provide an easy and brief online educational module. To ensure all community members are hearing and receiving the same message, we ask that you complete the following course: Your Campus and COVID-19: The Road Back.

The deadline to complete this course is Aug. 10, 2020. To begin training, please visit Edurisk by United Educators. The first time you log in, the system will prompt you to reset your temporary password and set a security question. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful completion of the course.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Wayne Phipps via email at wphipps@berry.edu or by phone at 706.290.2698.

Updated August 13, 2020

All students are expected to adhere to all policies and practices related to the coronavirus that are adopted and amended over time as the college responds proactively to different levels and avenues of risk. Students must also acknowledge and sign a behavior agreement stating they understand the measures put in place as well as the expectation of their behavior.

To access the behavior agreement, log into VikingWeb. Under the COVID-19 tab, select “COVID-19 Behavior Agreement”. Please read carefully, indicate the terms of acknowledgement, and click submit.

In this time of rapid change, we want to help you focus on what you need to do in preparation for coming to campus in just a few short weeks. If you have any questions, please reach out to deanofstudents@berry.edu.

Updated August 13, 2020

COVID-19 testing for faculty and staff and students who are currently on campus or will be commuting this fall will be conducted on-campus from Monday, Aug. 3, through Friday Aug. 7 in the Krannert Ballroom. Please check-in at the registration table located in the back atrium of the parking lot entrance.

If you are not available these days, there will be limited sign-ups available Monday, Aug. 10 through Tuesday, Aug. 11 in the MAC Gym. The check-in

registration table for these two dates is located in the hallway on the lower level of the Cage. Please check your email for more details. https://www.berry.edu/student-life/life-on-campus/health-center/updates/update-archive

Please reach out to Casee Gilbert at cbgilbert@berry.edu, or (706) 238-5829, if you have any questions or concerns.

Updated August 13, 2020

Berry College and Vault Medical have collaborated to provide you with an at-home saliva-based COVID-19 test to complete in advance of your campus arrival. The process to receive your test is simple and the test itself will take just a few minutes to complete. It is not an invasive test (no nasal swaps necessary) but is an external saliva test.

Important dates for testing based on your arrival to campus:

In order to ensure that we receive your test results in advance of your arrival to campus, please use the table below which outlines your arrival date and the corresponding date that you will take your at home test (order immediately but do not take the test until the date below). Please check your email for more details. https://www.berry.edu/student-life/life-on-campus/health-center/updates/update-archive

If you have questions about the testing requirement, please contact deanofstudents@berry.edu.

Updated August 13, 2020

Following up on the recent announcement, COVID-19 testing will begin for commuter students will be on Monday, Aug. 10 and Tuesday, Aug. 11 in the MAC Gym. The check-in registration table will be located in the hallway on the lower level of the Cage. Please be sure to check-in at the registration table located in the back atrium of the parking lot entrance.

The test is simple and takes just a few minutes: you spit saliva into a tube and then shake the tube. Please follow this link to sign up for a time to be tested: https://signup.com/go/qgHpePS

Note: We are testing faculty/staff and students at separate times of the day to allow for more privacy. If you would prefer further privacy, we will also have a single-testing room, which can be requested upon arrival. See your email for more details. https://www.berry.edu/student-life/life-on-campus/health-center/updates/update-archive

Please reach out to Casee Gilbert at cbgilbert@berry.edu or (706) 238-5829 if you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 testing

Updated August 13, 2020

Effective Aug. 3, 2020, all faculty, staff and students must login daily to the Medicat online health portal to record their symptoms and temperature. Faculty and staff need to complete the symptom tracker each day PRIOR to coming to campus. This screening will continue until we are confident that the campus is healthy and stable.

The information collected in the Medicat portal is seen only by the human resources director and is protected by HIPAA. It’s important that you be honest and diligent about your daily reports.

Follow the instructions below to begin your daily symptom tracking:

  1. Go to http://health.berry.edu and login using your Berry email credentials.
  2. Click on the COVID-19 Tab.
  3. Complete the Symptoms Tracker and submit

Updated August 13, 2020

If a Berry student (on-campus) exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call Emma Cordle, Director of Health Center (706.236.2267) and follow the instructions received. Should a case be positively identified, appropriate communications will go into effect as guided by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

The college will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the person to self-isolate.
  • Restrict access to the area occupied by that person until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom that person has had close contact and recommend they self-quarantine.
  • Administrators will work with faculty to make accommodations for extended student absences.

If a Berry student has been residing with a family member who is confirmed to have COVID-19, that student must inform the Health Center. The college will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the student to self-quarantine.
  • Restrict access to the area occupied by that student until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom that person has had close contact.

If you are concerned about a student, please contact Emma Cordle at the Health Center or Lindsey Taylor, Dean of Students.

If a Berry student (on-campus) feels sick but does not appear to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, that person should call the Health Center and follow the instructions received.

Updated August 13, 2020

If a Berry employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, that employee must inform the Human Resources office (Wayne Phipps). The college will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the employee to self-isolate.
  • Notify the campus of the confirmed case and restrict access to the area occupied by that employee until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom the employee has had close contact and instruct them to self-quarantine.

If a family member residing with a Berry employee is confirmed to have COVID-19, that employee must inform the Human Resources office (Wayne Phipps). The college will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the employee to self-quarantine.
  • Restrict access to the area occupied by that employee until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.
  • Contact people (as instructed) with whom that employee has had close contact.

If a Berry employee exhibits symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, that person should call a health care provider and follow the instructions received. They should also contact the college’s Human Resources office (Wayne Phipps). The college will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the person to self-isolate.
  • Restrict access to the area occupied by that person until it is cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.

If you are concerned about a faculty or staff member, please contact HR (Wayne Phipps or Cindy Marchant)

Updated August 13, 2020

Students: Contact Student Health Center (706.236.2267) or your primary care physician via telephone.

Faculty and Staff: Contact your primary care physician via telephone. We request that you self-isolate pending further instructions from medical professionals. Employees should contact their supervisor and HR (Wayne Phipps or Cindy Marchant) immediately and not return to work or campus until they have been cleared.

Suggested steps for risk assessment:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Take your temperature twice a day and remain alert for fever, coughs, or difficulty breathing.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • If you develop a fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea, call and speak with a medical professional before arriving at the health care facility.
  • For further guidance, see the CDC pageInterim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings.

Updated August 13, 2020

Berry is prohibiting college travel and strongly discouraging personal travel to locations where the CDC has issued a Level 3 Warning against nonessential travel and to any U.S. location with sustained community spread. In the event of personal travel to these countries or locations, you will be expected to self-isolate as outlined by the CDC. Exceptions to this restriction will not be granted. In addition, be aware that some countries are implementing travel restrictions that may cause delays, mandatory quarantines or denial of entry to a country. If you travel to an area that is added to the restricted travel list within 14 days of your return, you may also be required to self-isolate. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

We are asking all faculty, staff, and students taking personal trips to impacted countries and other locations to fill out the travel form. Personal travel is subject to U.S. government regulations and advisories, and anyone traveling overseas may be subject to self-isolation requirements when they return. Consult CDC Travel Notices before departing. The situation is changing rapidly, so the CDC may add more countries and other locations to the list.

Updated August 13, 2020

Masks or face coverings are required in any public context: classrooms, academic and administrative buildings, Krannert, Cage Center, the Library, residence hall common areas and hallways, or campus offices. Face coverings are also required in open air areas if people are not separated by at least six feet. 

Face coverings may be removed in personal settings (offices, residence hall rooms) if no one else is present.  Face coverings may be removed for dining, personal hygiene and personal recreation, but with a required six feet of separation. Immediate family members living on campus are exempted from this policy in private or personal contexts. 

Berry will provide safety kits (digital thermometers, disposable masks, sanitizer and wipes) to all students arriving this fall.  

The virus can spread even before a person knows they are sick and while they are without symptoms (asymptomatic). Thus, it is important to wear face coverings and socially distance even when you and others seem perfectly healthy. Appearances can be deceiving. 

Updated August 13, 2020

Not all face coverings offer equal protection. Effective coverings need at least two layers of tightly woven fabric fitting snugly over both the nose and mouth.  

Cloth Coverings: Two-layer tightly woven fabric (e.g., cotton); environmentally-friendly; can be washed and re-used. 
Disposable Masks: Often used in medical settings; designed to prevent the wearer from spreading respiratory droplets. 
Face Shields: Curved clear plastic from below the chin and to the ears; protects wearer and others from droplets. 
Gaiters/Buffs: Tube of fabric pulled over nose and mouth; fabrics often thinner -- need at least two layers. Research is still out on the effectiveness of this option.
Bandanas: Not acceptable. Do not meet standard for face coverings. Generally too open and thin to provide adequate protection.  

For one-time immediate needs, disposable face masks will be available at the Krannert Info Desk between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Updated August 13, 2020

EMPLOYEE Resources

Prior to returning to campus, employees must complete a short education module regarding symptoms of COVID-19, how to minimize viral transmission, and other important information.

We have partnered with United Educators to provide an easy and brief online educational module. To ensure all community members are hearing and receiving the same message, we ask that you complete the following course: Your Campus and COVID-19: The Road Back.

The deadline to complete this course is Aug. 10, 2020. To begin training, please visit Edurisk by United Educators. The first time you log in, the system will prompt you to reset your temporary password and set a security question. You will receive a confirmation email upon successful completion of the course.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Wayne Phipps via email at wphipps@berry.edu or by phone at 706.290.2698.

Updated August 13, 2020

Yes. We are asking all employees returning to campus to self-screen prior to your return to campus. All employees and visitors will have their temperature taken at the main entrance every day. Employees will receive a sticker for the day verifying screening, and employee can access campus the remainder of the day without having to have their temperature taken again. Employees who have a temperature of 100.4 or higher should not return to campus or will be turned away from campus. Employees who answer “yes” to the self-screening questions should not return to campus until cleared by Human Resources.

Updated August 13, 2020

  1. In the last two weeks did you care for or have close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19?
  2. Do you have any of the following symptoms that cannot be attributed to a known condition?
    1. Fever
    2. Cough
    3. Shortness of breath
    4. Sore throat
    5. Muscle aches
    6. New loss of taste or smell
    7. Nausea
    8. Vomiting
    9. Diarrhea

Updated August 17, 2020

Our Welcome Center staff will be taking your temperature when you arrive to campus. You will stop before the gate arm, and a staff member will take your temperature. No information will be recorded or kept. Employees registering a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be asked to turnaround and exit campus.

Updated August 13, 2020

Masks or face coverings are required in any public context: classrooms, academic and administrative buildings, Krannert, Cage Center, the Library, residence hall common areas and hallways, or campus offices. Face coverings are also required in open air areas if people are not separated by at least six feet. 

Face coverings may be removed in personal settings (offices, residence hall rooms) if no one else is present.  Face coverings may be removed for dining, personal hygiene and personal recreation, but with a required six feet of separation. Immediate family members living on campus are exempted from this policy in private or personal contexts. 

Updated August 13, 2020

FINANCIAL & WELLNESS RESOURCES

Berry employees have free access to Enrich, a financial wellness site that can be found on myapps.berry.edu. There is a great section of resources on financial topics entitled “Coronavirus and Your Financial Health” that employees are encouraged to review. That information can be found specifically at https://berry.enrich.org/landing/coronavirus-and-your-financial-health.

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 https://www.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.

Anthem (formerly Blue Cross Blue Shield) continues to send information to those enrolled in our medical plan. One partnership they have announced that may be of benefit during this time is with Aunt Bertha, which provides help with food, housing, transportation and other social support. Employees can find services such as help with food, housing and transportation by visiting their website and entering your ZIP code at https://anthembcbs.auntbertha.com/.

Updated August 13, 2020

STUDENT LIFE

Until we have established a stable community, students are not to host students who are not their roommates in their residence hall room or suite. Students are encouraged to use outdoor spaces to gather with friends.   

Updated August 13, 2020

There will be a transition or re-entry period during which we will implement stricter and more widespread safety measures until we have confidence in the health of the campus community overall. 

Updated August 13, 2020

Groups and event sizes will be limited for the time being. 

Updated August 13, 2020

 Campus events are being rescheduled or cancelled. As appropriate and possible, speakers or lectures will be taped and made available.

Updated August 13, 2020

Memorial Library is open on a limited basis.  Access is limited to faculty, staff, students living on campus, and immediate family members of faculty and staff also living on campus.  Memorial Library is not open to community members or alumni at this time. 

If you would like to return materials, please place all items in the drop box located to the left side of the front library entrance. 

Hours of Operation:

Memorial Library is open regular semester hours.

Sunday: 1 pm – 1 am
Monday – Thursday: 7 am – 1 am
Friday: 7 am – 5 pm
Saturday: Closed

More info is here https://libguides.berry.edu/about/reopening

Updated August 17, 2020

Research to date suggests that transmission of the virus is more likely in indoor areas, especially in areas of increased density and proximity. 

  • We have instituted rigorous cleaning procedures in all buildings in compliance with the Centers for Disease Control recommendations.
  • We are installing hospital grade HVAC filters in all of our buildings (academic and residential).
  • We are investing significantly in new classroom technologies that will enable us to provide classes in person and remotely, as needed.

Updated August 13, 2020

The dining hall has been configured to encourage distancing and minimize contact. Tables have been separated and chairs staggered. New seating and food distribution areas have been added. All food stations are now served by an attendant, and grab-n-go meal options will be provided.

Updated August 13, 2020

Events and gatherings are limited to 50 people or less, outdoors and indoors. The current limitation is in accord with Governor Kemp’s executive orders. This number may change over time. For now, events will be limited in size and require face coverings and social distancing.

Updated August 13, 2020

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