COVID-19

Expectations of Students, Faculty, and Staff

Morehouse, in consultation and coordination with its sister Atlanta University Center Consortium institutions, has implemented a series of public health protocols to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on its campus during Fall 2021. In addition to a mandatory vaccination requirement (unless a medical or religious exemption is granted), students and employees are expected to wear masks under certain conditions, maintain physical distancing of six feet, submit to periodic testing (depending on vaccination status), and complete web-based symptom questionnaires.

STUDENT AND EMPLOYEE EXPECTATIONS FAQS

VACCINATIONS
Do Morehouse students, faculty, and staff have to be vaccinated against COVID-19?
  • Yes. Morehouse College requires all faculty, staff, new students, and returning students to be fully vaccinated with a CDC- approved vaccine or World Health Organization-approved vaccine (international students only). Exemptions will be considered for religious or medical reasons.

    Students and employees are considered fully vaccinated:
    • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or
    • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s/Janssen vaccine
    • If you do not meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are not fully vaccinated.
    • Previous infection with COVID-19 does not indicate a vaccinated status. Individuals are required to be fully vaccinated to access the campus.

      Learn more about the Morehouse vaccination policy.
MASK WEARING
Do I have to wear a mask on campus?
  • When Masks Are Required: Regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated, Morehouse requires that you wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times during the month of August except in a private space like a private office or residence hall room.
    Masks are required:
    • All indoor spaces (including classrooms) except for your own residence hall room or private (single occupancy) office
    • All outdoor spaces
  • When Masks Are Not Required: You are not required to wear a mask:
    • In your own residence hall room
    • In your own private (single occupancy) office
  • Morehouse encourages those who are not fully vaccinated to continue masking at any time they are not alone.
PHYSICAL DISTANCING
Is physical distancing required?
  • Yes. Regardless of whether or not you have been vaccinated, six feet of physical distancing should be maintained whenever possible.
  • Crowded settings still present a greater risk of transmission among people who have not been fully vaccinated, especially when individuals from unknown vaccination status are brought together (mixed population).
TESTING
Do I need to be tested for COVID-19?
  • Before You Arrive on Campus (if you have not been fully vaccinated): If you have not been fully vaccinated because you have received a religious or medical exemption, you need to submit a negative PCR test taken within five days before you arrive on campus.
    • Residential students: Five days before arrival for move-in
    • Commuter students: Five days before the first day of classes
    • Employees: Five days before the first day you report to work on campus
  • After You Arrive on Campus:
    • If you have been fully vaccinated, you will need to take a PCR test every six weeks. Morehouse will facilitate your test.
    • If you have not been fully vaccinated, you will need to take a PCR test every seven days or take a rapid test twice each week. Morehouse will facilitate testing.
    • Student athletes will follow a testing frequency guided by the NCAA
What is a PCR test?
  • A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test detects the COVID-19 virus by searching for the presence of RNA, the virus’s basic genetic material, inside a person. The virus’ RNA will be present only if a person is currently infected. The PCR test differs from an antibody test. An antibody test can be used to determine if a person has previously been infected with the virus by examining a person’s bloodstream for the presence of a specific antibody produced by the body’s immune system to defend against the virus.
Where can I get a PCR test?
  • PCR-based testing is generally available through many sources, including state, county, or local departments of public health (where they are generally free), or private physician offices (where there may be a charge). If you need a test, students and employees are strongly encouraged to schedule tests well in advance to receive testing within the required testing window, as appointment times may not be available for several days due to high demand. The following links may be used to find a testing location, though you may find a testing location in other ways:
    • Georgia residents may use this link to schedule a test through county health departments.
    • Non-Georgia residents may use this link to find COVID-19 testing locations.
    • Students may contact the Student Health Center for additional assistance at shc@morehouse.edu. Employers should contact their primary care provider.
Are my test results private?
  • All results are covered under the HIPAA Privacy Rule requiring the protection and confidentiality of any personal health information.
SYMPTOM CHECKING
  • Anyone entering the Morehouse campus, any other Atlanta University Center Consortium campus should complete a web-based questionnaire relating to symptoms and possible exposure to COVID-19. This includes students, faculty, and staff. This is for educational purposes only, with an objective of ensuring that the campus community is aware of COVID-19 symptoms. Answers to symptom check questionnaires will not be used to obtain entry to campus.
  • Students and employees who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should stay home or in their residence hall room and consult with their medical provider, the institutional student health service professionals and/or the AUC Student Health and Wellness Center.
  • Students and employees who do not have symptoms are cleared to come to campus.
ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE 
Under what conditions would I have to be isolated?
  • Isolation pertains to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status.
  • Students: During isolation, residential students will relocate to a temporary housing assignment for a minimum of 10 days while commuter students will remain isolated at home. Students must provide proof of a negative rapid test prior to release from isolation.
  • Employees: Employees are required to stay away from campus for a minimum of 10 days. Upon returning to campus employees must provide proof of a negative PCR test.
  • Students and employees who continue to test positive after completing at least 10 days of isolation must be evaluated by a medical professional. Before returning to campus, students and employees must 1) provide a note from a medical professional stating the student or employee can return to campus and 2) receive approval from the institution.
Under what conditions would I have to be quarantined? 
  • Quarantine applies to students and employees who have come into close physical contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and have not submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The length of quarantine will be determined by the exposure date.
  • Students: During quarantine, residential students will relocate to a temporary housing assignment for a minimum of seven days while commuter students will quarantine at home. Students should test with a rapid test twice a week while in quarantine and must provide proof of a negative PCR test upon returning to campus.
  • Employees: Employees are required to stay away from campus for a minimum of seven days. Upon returning to campus, employees must provide proof of a negative PCR test.
HAND HYGIENE 
Is hand hygiene important in reducing the spread of COVID-19?
  • The CDC recommends proper hand hygiene as an important part of the U.S. response to the pandemic. Students, faculty, and staff should wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially when entering a new area, after being in a public place, or after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching their face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands, and do not touch any personal items (keys, cell phone, etc.) or eat with unwashed hands.