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Timely and important information related to COVID-19 and the campus community

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Complete list of campus briefings and updates

New guidelines on events and visitors

The Augustana Strong Task Force has updated its guidance about events, meetings and campus visitors as of April 30, 2021.

If your program or event can occur while meeting the following expectations, pre-approval is no longer required. Work with Rita Gustafson, campus scheduling coordinator, to reserve a spot for your event with the right capacity.

→ Club and organization programs, as well as departmental programs, may be held in person. Those events should be held outdoors whenever possible.

Everyone in attendance must be masked at all times, even if fully vaccinated.

Physical distancing is required at all events, even if fully vaccinated.

Events should not exceed 50 people.

If events require more than 50 people, at least 30 feet of space must separate multiple groups of 50. The organizer must have a means of contact tracing (QR codes, sign-in sheets, attendance, etc).

Events indoors must adhere to room occupancy limits. Campus scheduling can provide you with room capacities.

→ If your event has had visitors in the past, you may resume that practice.

Visitors are welcome to attend events on campus, such as theatre, music and athletics. There is a maximum of four visitors per student, or fewer depending on the venue.

Ticketing may apply at some events. Room capacity will dictate the number of guests a student may bring. Event organizers must work with campus scheduling to determine the allowable number of guests per student.

Visitors attending athletics events must adhere to the CCIW spectator policy.

For other events, visitors are considered those people who are legally or emotionally related to an Augustana student.

Students not using their allocated visitor spaces may not transfer them to other Augustana students.

Guest speakers or presenters for classes or organized club and organization activities are welcome. No more than two speakers or presenters can be present at a particular event or class at the same time.

These guidelines are subject to change. If your event has unique features not addressed here, contact the Dean of Students for approval.

Federal emergency grants to students

Augustana has received funds for student grants from the federal Coronavirus Response Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, and will receive funds from the American Rescue Plan.

In distributing the funds, college officials considered guidance from the Department of Education, along with their understanding of the greatest area of student need.

Augustana used the 2020-21 FAFSA to demonstrate eligibility to receive a grant. Checks were distributed in April. See Augustana College distribution of HEERF II funds to students.

COVID-19 guidelines remain in place

COVID-19 guidelines remain in place for spring semester. 

Students must continue communicating with the college regarding symptoms, positive test results, or possible exposure, by contacting Public Safety at 309-794-7711. Contact tracing is a key to Augustana's continued success co-existing with COVID. 

• Keep wearing a mask and continue to practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet.

Masking is required on campus whether a community member is fully immunized or not. 

Those who are fully immunized also are required to quarantine if exposed, just as those who are not yet immunized. 

• Do not go inside restaurants or bars in Illinois or Iowa. 

• PepsiCo Recreation Center and the Westerlin Activity Center limit the number of people inside at any one time to 25.

• College-sponsored events are limited to 50 people in attendance at any one time. 

• Personal social events should not have more than 10 people in attendance at any one time. 

• Those who have off-campus jobs should ensure their employers are adhering to all COVID-19 protocols.

Reminders from the Augustana Strong Task Force:

→ Keep your friend group small. While group gatherings can be no larger than 10 people, if you are socializing with many different small groups, you can have contact with more than 10 people.

→ Use the CampusClear health screening app. All students, faculty and staff are required to use health screening daily. 

In addition to seeking medical advice, if you have COVID symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, or learn that you have been exposed to someone who tested positive, contact Augustana Public Safety immediately. Call 309-794-7711.

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The college is operating under the COVID-19 mitigation plans of the Augustana Strong Task Force.

The college will operate under one of four alert levels:

Level 1 Low Alert/New Normal
Level 2 Moderate Alert
Level 3 High Alert
Level 4 Very High Alert

Movement between these alert levels will be guided by the a number of factors, including the positivity rate on campus and in Rock Island County. Currently, the college is operating at Level 2. (See Augustana College COVID Alert Levels)

Augustana's COVID-19 Testing Dashboard will be updated every week when classes are in session.

COVID Handbook and Informational Guide

The COVID Ready Response Handbook and Informational Guide contains detailed information about living on campus, COVID testing, student activities, and more.

Face coverings: Policy and expectations

Make a virtual appointment

Virtual appointments now are available at many campus offices. When possible, students and families should use this service instead of going into offices in person.

COVID-19 related new policies and policy changes

Refund policy

Assessing the COVID-19 risk

Academics

The Celebration of Learning, Thursday, May 6, will be held as usual, and will be a virtual event this year. Regular classes will not be held on May 6.

Information for visitors

• Masks are required in all common areas of campus.

• All visitors and employees are required to participate in a daily screening. Visit the Office of Public Safety in Sorensen Hall for an in-person screening, unless otherwise directed.

• Outside visitors will not be allowed in residence halls.

Notification

The college will not automatically send a campus notice if a student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Augustana will provide information as required by legal and health authorities, and will work closely with the Rock Island County Health Department.