College moves to Alert Level 3
Effective at noon Nov. 6, 2020, Augustana College moved from COVID Alert Level 2 (medium) to COVID Alert Level 3 (high). (College alert levels are described here.)
The change in alert levels will not impact classes. In-person instruction and distance learning will continue. Classes will move to only distance learning after Thanksgiving, as planned.
Students are asked not to leave campus for any reason other than essential needs.
Students living off-campus, or who are commuters, are asked to limit travel. This means traveling to and from only a residence and the college, or elsewhere for essential needs.
Students who go to restaurants or bars will be in violation of college rules and may face disciplinary measures.
Students who are in a situation in which they are within 6 feet of other people for more than 15 minutes, and one or more people are unmasked, are asked not to participate in any in-person campus activities. This situation could occur at an off-campus job or gatherings of more than 10 outside of Augustana and outside of family or groups of friends.
Public places in residence halls, such as lounges, will be closed until Nov. 15.
Varsity, club and organized intramural athletic activity is suspended. All activities in Carver Center will be closed until Nov. 15.
Current residence hall visitor restrictions will remain in place. Violations for the remainder of the fall semester will result in fines being doubled. Additionally, hosting any guests in a residence hall room is strongly discouraged for the next week.
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.
→ If you are experiencing symptoms, call your doctor. If the doctor thinks you may have COVID-19, contact Public Safety immediately at 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 3. (See Augustana College COVID Alert Levels)
Augustana's COVID-19 Testing Dashboard will be updated every Monday.
• Students, faculty and staff are asked to check their email for updates from the college. Official updates will come from email@example.com.
• In addition to seeking medical advice, students who have COVID symptoms, or test positive for COVID-19, or learn that they have been exposed to someone who tested positive, should immediately contact Augustana Public Safety. Call 309-794-7711.
The COVID Ready Response Handbook and Informational Guide contains detailed information about living on campus, COVID testing, student activities, and more.
As of November 2020, student organizations must apply to hold an in-person meeting.
Voluntary surveillance testing will continue throughout the fall semester.
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
The college will hold classes the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 25.
The week after Thanksgiving (Nov. 30-Dec. 4) will be a study week for students in semester-long courses.
All classes will meet online only the week after Thanksgiving. Finals (Dec. 7-11) can be completed from a distance.
Spring break will not be held.
The beginning of J-term will be delayed a week and classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. The start of spring semester also will be delayed one week and will begin on Feb. 10, 2021.
Residential Life and Dining Services
Information for visitors
• Masks are required in all common areas of campus.
• All visitors and employees on campus 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 during the fall semester.
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.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020.
The CARES Act created the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provided funds to higher education institutions like Augustana College to grant emergency financial aid to students whose lives were disrupted and faced financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here is information that details how Augustana College expended HEERF funds.