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COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Note: The following information addresses the Clarksville Campus. For COVID requirements and FAQ for the Austin Peay Center at Fort Campbell, please visit the Fort Campbell COVID website

Faculty

Q: Can I require a student to wear a mask in my classroom or lab?

A: Currently you are not required to wear masks on-campus, with the exception of areas that may be designated by the CDC, such as Boyd Health Services. However, if you have not been vaccinated, the university encourages people who are not vaccinated to continue wearing masks to protect others, and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Additionally, according to the CDC, you are to wear a mask where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. You are also required to wear a mask in hospitals, medical offices, and public transportation.

Q: If a faculty member gets sick, can they pivot to remote learning for the time they may be on quarantine? In addition, are there any restrictions to that? If they get knee surgery for example.

A: If a faculty member has been exposed or has been tested for Covid-19 they must report using the Maxient form and follow the Covid-19 protocol. Faculty should cover their class as they normally would with their chairs approval.

Q: If I have an underlying health condition, can I require my students to wear a mask in my classroom? Applicable to staff member in shared offices or visitors.

A: You should consider getting vaccinated if you have underlying health conditions if you are able. Also, you will always have the option of wearing a mask to protect yourself. If this is a private office, you can request that others wear a mask, but you cannot require someone to wear a mask. Additionally, it is important for all involved to be respectful to each other. Putting on a mask is not a difficult task if it helps others. All parties are expected to be kind and considerate.

Those with underlying health conditions should consider submitting requests for accommodations through the office of Equity, Access and Inclusion.

Q: Some faculty require a note for absence from class, will Student Affairs still send faculty a notification if a student is in quarantine or positive?

A: The Student Code of Conduct addresses class absences as follows:

Class attendance and punctuality requirements are established by the faculty through the syllabus, whether print or digital, for each course. Students are expected to attend class regularly and on time and are responsible for giving explanations/rationale for absences and lateness directly to the faculty member for each course in which they are enrolled. In cases where student absences are the result of emergency circumstances (e.g., death in the family, a student’s serious injury or incapacitating illness), for which student(s) are unable to make immediate contact with faculty, the student may contact the Student Affairs office for assistance in providing such immediate notification to faculty. However, the student remains responsible for verifying the emergency circumstances to faculty and for discussing arrangements with faculty for possible completion of coursework requirements, if feasible.

Q: Can I arrange my classroom furniture however I would like?

A: To prevent disruption for courses before and after classroom use please do not reset furniture in the classroom.

Q: If a student or coworker is showing symptoms, am I allowed to ask them to leave the classroom or space?

A: People should not come to campus if they are feeling ill with Covid-19 symptoms or other illnesses to prevent getting others around them ill. However, it is up to the individual to determine their health and their ability to safely be physically present.

Q: Can I still request COVID supplies (masks, hand sanitizer, wipes and disinfectant spray)?

A: Yes, you may request COVID supplies through Physical Plant School Dude request portal.

Q: During COVID, D2L shells were open a week early, is that still true?

A: All D2L shells will now always open two business days before the start of any semester. Faculty are required to minimally have their syllabus posted in D2L and should follow good practices for effective use of their D2L shell.

Q: Are Summer Camps and outside APSU groups expected to wear masks?

A: The university is no longer requiring masks to be worn on campus. If someone has not been vaccinated, they are encouraged to continue wearing a mask.

Students

Q: For students on quarantine, will they have excused absences? Will remote options be available to them while they are in quarantine?

A: Students must fill out the maxient form to report an exposure or being tested for Covid-19 and follow the Covid-19 protocol. Options for the students if they do have to quarantine or are sick will vary by each faculty member and will be determined by the faculty member based on how they handle other absences related to illness and what is the best pedagogical approach to support student success for their course .

Q: What happens to ‘frequent flyers’ or people who may have to quarantine more than once in a semester?

A: Students must report using the maxient form if they have had an exposure or have been tested for Covid-19 and follow the Covid-19 protocols. Everyone is encouraged to receive the vaccine to prevent transmission and infection of Covid-19 and those that are vaccinated do not have to quarantine.

Q: If a student has seasonal flu or any other illness, would they fill out the Maxient form?

A: Yes

Q: Does a student have to have the vaccine in order to live on campus?

A: No, students are not required to have the COVID-19 vaccine, but vaccines are highly encouraged. To sign up for a vaccine visit the CDC vaccine website or students, faculty and staff can schedule vaccines through Boyd Health Services.

Q: Will the COVID vaccine ever be required to be on Austin Peay’s campus?

A: Currently the University does not require individuals to be vaccinated to be on campus. While the university does require other immunization’s there is not an immediate plan to require a COVID vaccine.

Q: If I live on campus, will I still get meals delivered to my room if I am quarantined?

A: Meals will continue to be delivered to anyone with a meal plan quarantined in on-campus housing.

Q: If I live on campus and my roommate is quarantined, will I be quarantined also?

A: Our facilities have designated quarantine rooms. Residents testing positive or showing symptoms have the option of going home, or temporarily moving to a quarantine room. The roommate does not have to quarantine unless they are symptomatic or test positive.

Staff / Admin

Q: Are masks still required at Little Govs?

A: This follows the current university requirements — you are not required to wear masks at the Little Govs daycare facility.

Q: If I am not vaccinated, and I have to quarantine because of exposure or illness, does the COVID funding still cover my time off or does it come out of my sick time.

A: Currently, the COVID-19 Paid Leave remains in effect until Sept. 20, 2021. For more information, visit the Human Resources site

Q: What can I do if there is someone within my office that has stated many times that they are not vaccinated and will not take the vaccine, but walking around today and in small conference room meetings without a mask? Is there any recourse for me if I feel uncomfortable around that person?

A: You may wear a mask to protect yourself. If this is a private office or confined space you can request that others wear a mask, but you cannot require someone to wear a mask. Additionally, it is important for all involved to be respectful to each other. Putting on a mask is not a difficult task if it helps others. All parties are expected to be kind and considerate.

Q: If I am fully vaccinated, do I ever have to quarantine?

A: If you experience any symptoms of illness, you must quarantine and be cleared by Boyd Health Services or your primary care physician before returning to campus.

Q: If I am fully vaccinated, when do I have to wear a mask?

A: Currently you are not required to wear masks on-campus, with the exception of areas that may be designated by the CDC, such as Boyd Health Services. However, if you have not been vaccinated, the university encourages people who are not vaccinated to continue wearing masks to protect others, and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Additionally, according to the CDC, you are to wear a mask where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. You are also required to wear a mask in hospitals, medical offices, and public transportation.

Q: If I am not vaccinated, do I have to wear a mask?

A: Currently you are not required to wear masks on-campus, with the exception of areas that may be designated by the CDC, such as Boyd Health Services. However, if you have not been vaccinated, the university encourages people who are not vaccinated to continue wearing masks to protect others, and prevent further spread of COVID-19. Additionally, according to the CDC, you are to wear a mask where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. You are also required to wear a mask in hospitals, medical offices, and public transportation.

Q: Is social distancing required at all on campus?

A: Social distancing is not required on campus. Individuals who are not vaccinated should keep their mask on when in close contact with other individuals.

Q: Are Foy showers open and do I need to wear a mask while working out?

A: Showers are open and masks are not required to be worn while working out. If you feel more comfortable keeping your mask on, remain doing so.

Q: If a staff member is quarantined, is remote work an option?

A: This would be determined by the supervisor the employee reports to.

Q: Can I still wear a mask if I am fully vaccinated?

A: Yes, you may continue to wear a mask if you choose.

Q: Can I ask someone if they have been vaccinated?

A: A person’s vaccination status is personal health information. You should not ask someone about their personal health information.

Q: Where can I find APSU’s COVID guidelines and information?

A: apsu.edu/coronavirus

Q: Am I supposed to wear a mask in meetings?

A: If you are fully vaccinated, you are not required to wear a mask. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, feel free to continue to do so. If you are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask to stop the spread of COVID to others.

Q: Do I need to quarantine after international travel before returning to campus?

A: Please refer to the CDC’s COVID-19 page addressing “After International Travel” for further guidance.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html

Q: Is there consistent signage (language) that I may use if I would like to request that people wear a mask in my office/department?

A: Currently, the university is no longer requiring people to wear masks. However, you can continue to wear masks and politely ask that others do the same if in your immediate area, such as your office or classroom, but you cannot require someone to wear a mask. Govs Print offers signage for various COVID and university needs and has such signage. Please contact them at 931-221-7187 or visit their website: apsu.edu/printing.

Q: May I keep my Plexiglas barrier on my desk?

A: You are able to keep the Plexiglas barrier if you want to. Please let Physical Plant know you wish for it to remain.