About Us - Emergency Communication FAQS
Updated August 30, 2021
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Is GU mandating the COVID vaccine?
A: To date, GU is not mandating the COVID vaccine for students living on campus, or for faculty and staff participating in our community. In accordance with CDC guidelines, GU encourages students and employees to be vaccinated before returning to campus.
Q: If I decide I want to get the vaccine after coming to campus, how can I do that?
A: The vaccine is widely available, and we will have clinics onsite to make sure it is accessible for those who choose to participate
Q: (UPDATE) Will masks be required on campus?
A: A statewide mask mandate is in effect as of August 30, 2021. All Illinois residents, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks indoors as COVID-19 cases and hospitalization rates continue to increase. Students do not have to wear a mask when outdoors.
Q: What happens if a student tests positive for COVID-19, or if other students are contact traced following a positive case on campus?
A: There is a building prepared for students where they will be cared for if they need to be placed in quarantine.
If a student is contact traced following a positive case on campus, they will be asked to provide proof of the COVID-19 vaccination in order to remain out of quarantine.
Q: Will there be COVID-19 testing on campus?
A: GU will conduct symptomatic COVID-19 testing through the health clinic on campus. GU will have surveillance saliva testing for all unvaccinated individuals which will be required one time a week located on the 3rd floor of the library.`
If conditions on campus change, or if county or state mandates change, GU will increase surveillance saliva testing as we did last school year. GU is prepared to put other mitigations in place as needed.
Q: When will the testing center be open?
A: The testing center opens on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, and will be open from 10 am- 3 pm every Wednesday throughout the semester. The testing center is located on the third floor of the library in Young Tower. Those coming to test should enter the library from the doors facing Elm Street and utilize the stairs up to the third floor.
For individuals with accessibility needs, an elevator is available through the doors facing Scott Field. Please only use if needed so the majority of traffic flows through the Elm Street stairs.
Q: Who should test and how often?
A: On campus students and employees who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 will be required to test once per week.
Q: What is saliva testing?
A: The saliva rapid response test involves providing saliva dribble into a tube to submit for testing of COVID-19 and related variants. Positive test results will be notified by the Bond County Health department and contact tracing will occur.
Q: Will there be campus activities, sports, and other events?
A: All campus activities and athletics are expected to return to normal. GU adheres to NCAA guidelines for sporting events and will provide updates if there are changes.
This document will continue to be updated. If you have other questions you would like us to address, or if you need more information, please contact Community Life: [email protected].