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Updated March 27, 2020

COVID-19

At this time, we are not aware of any employees or students on campus with a confirmed case of COVID-19. Now that students are not on campus and we're sheltering in place, we will notify campus only if the person is currently on campus and there is a direct impact to the community.

If a Berry employee or student (on-campus) is confirmed to have COVID-19, that person must inform the Human Resources office. The college will then:

  • Notify local and state health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Insist that the person self-quarantine.
  • Notify the campus of the confirmed case and 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 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. The college will then:

  • Notify local and state 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 person has had close contact and recommend they self-quarantine.

If a Berry employee or student (on-campus) 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. The college will then:

  • Notify local health officials for guidance and advice.
  • Instruct the person to self-quarantine.
  • 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.

If in the coming weeks a Berry employee or student (on-campus) feels sick but does not appear to exhibit COVID-19 symptoms, that person should call a health care provider and follow the instructions received. They should also contact the college’s Human Resources office. The college may ask the employee to remain at home until the illness is resolved.

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. If diagnosed, 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.

  • 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, call and speak with a medical professional before arriving at the health care facility.
  • For further guidance, see the CDC page, Interim US Guidance for Risk Assessment and Public Health Management of Persons with Potential COVID-19 Exposure in Travel-associated or Community Settings.

Campus Access

No. The Berry campus is currently closed to everyone except essential employees of the college, including a small number of students who are approved to work in special areas. In addition, the college is complying with directives that local residents shelter in their place of residence until April 6.

At this time, most faculty and staff are working remotely, except for a limited number of exceptions who must be present to ensure the necessary operations of the college and to facilitate distance learning. For these employees, we are asking them to conduct their work separated from others. Having a diminished number of people on campus helps keep these employees healthy and allows the college to participate in the national effort to “flatten the curve.

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

The Southern Athletic Association has suspended all conference competition for the season. 

Effective 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, the Cage fitness facilities will be closed until further notice, based on recent guidance distributed by local health authorities and medical providers.

Routine access to Memorial Library’s print and DVD collections, as well as print interlibrary loan services, will be discontinued. Faculty with critical needs for materials in the print collection may email library@berry.edu to discuss options for access. All remote library services, including access to and acquisition of electronic resources, chat and online reference services, and interlibrary loan of articles will continue. Refer to the Library’s Remote Services Guide for details (https://libguides.berry.edu/remoteservices).

Academics

Yes. Some classes will need to change direction more than others, but professors will be as flexible and fair as possible in devising new ways to cover the important topics. If your class resumes some form of real-time, face-to-face or web-based interaction (synchronous learning), those sessions will occur during your regularly scheduled time (Eastern Time Zone). If your class chooses to use forms of learning that do not require class members all to be “tuned-in” at the same time, then you have some flexibility although your professors may establish guidelines regarding the timeliness and frequency of your participations.

Because we extended spring break by a week, we will need to add five additional days to the class schedule. Those days will be: Tuesday, April 7, Friday, April 10, Wednesday, April 29, Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1.

Final exams will begin on Monday, May 4 and end on Friday, May 8. All final exam dates are pushed forward by 2 days. Exam times remain the same.

The revised Academic Calendar and Final Exam Schedule for Spring 2020 will be posted by Friday, March 27 at: https://vikingweb.berry.edu/ICS/Course_Registration/

Yes, but the format is not yet determined. Although it seems unlikely that the COVID-19 situation will improve markedly six weeks from now, we do want to leave open the possibility that our graduating seniors could gather on campus for a celebration and ceremony as scheduled for Saturday, May 9, (or perhaps at a date later in May.) We will make a decision in that regard several weeks in advance, by Friday, April 17.

Should we be unable to proceed with Commencement on campus on May 9 (or an alternate May date), we will recognize the accomplishments of our graduates and confer their degrees virtually on that date. We will also invite all graduates to return to campus for a special time of celebration, perhaps hosting a festive ceremony on the weekend of Mountain Day 2020.

Berry will communicate essential messages through your Berry email account as well as through the Berry website. Please check your email on a regular basis so you do not miss critical communication and information. Faculty will use Berry email and/or Canvas to communicate about course work.

Study Abroad

Berry College has canceled all 2020 summer international programs. We will assist students in identifying alternative study abroad opportunities for the future. If you have specific questions regarding International Study Abroad programs please contact: Chris Borda cborda@berry.edu.

 

We will continue to monitor study abroad locations and use recommendations from the CDC and State Department to inform whether students will be able to participate in study abroad.

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.

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