General Information

Frequently Asked Questions

CAMPUS EVENTS

Is the campus closed?
No, the campus is open with safety protocols in place to safeguard both employees and students. Please be aware that all campus visitors must be screened by entering through the Beaty Street or Hobbs Street entrances and having their temperature checked. Those allowed to enter will be provided a wristband, which must be worn at all times while on campus.
Are University events canceled?
All University-sponsored events are canceled until further notice. This includes student group activities, performances, visits from external groups, honor society events/inductions, and conferences. Additionally, the spring commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2 have been moved to coincide with summer graduation on Saturday, August 1.

Spring/Summer Commencement Details:

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Location: Carter Gymnasium

College of Business: 9:00 AM
College of Education: 12:00 PM
College of Arts & Sciences: 3:00 PM

Students who are eligible to graduate at the end of the spring semester will receive their degree and diploma by mail. Further details will be provided for those who wish to participate in the summer commencement ceremony.

Is Graduation canceled?
Spring commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for Saturday, May 2 have been moved to coincide with summer graduation on Saturday, August 1.

Spring/Summer Commencement Details:

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2020
Location: Carter Gymnasium

College of Business: 9:00 AM
College of Education: 12:00 PM
College of Arts & Sciences: 3:00 PM

Students who are eligible to graduate at the end of the spring semester will receive their degree and diploma by mail. Further details will be provided for those who wish to participate in the summer commencement ceremony.

COVID-19 FAQs

When should I call a doctor?
If you feel sick, are running a fever, or have other symptoms, please reach out to your health care provider. Please ensure you take steps to avoid passing any illness to others, such as covering your cough and sneeze and staying home when unwell.
What is Athens State doing to combat coronavirus?
Athens State continues to be vigilant in maintaining the health and well-being of students, faculty, and staff. We have put in place a number of measures intended to protect students, faculty, staff, and visitors. From temperature checks and screening checkpoints to social distancing and sanitization measures, we have protocols in place that meet or exceed health guidelines.
Does a member of the Athens State campus community have COVID-19?
In late June, we learned of the first confirmed cases of employees testing positive for COVID-19.

In each case where an employee has tested positive, our Human Resources Office has coordinated the response with both the person testing positive as well as those with whom they may have had contact. Per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, an individual who has had contact with someone who tests positive for a minimum of fifteen minutes at a distance of less than six feet is deemed to have been exposed. Accordingly, all individuals who met this criterion have been advised to be tested and self-quarantine. If the test is negative, an employee will return to work. If the test is positive, an employee must remain off campus for a period of fourteen days from the date they were initially tested. The work areas that have been impacted have been closed for deep cleaning by our third-party cleaning service until the cleaning is completed.

The campus has stringent screening procedures in place for all those entering campus, along with other safety measures that have been implemented on campus. We will continue to monitor events as they transpire and take all necessary actions to ensure a safe work and learning environment.

Will I get updates?
Yes, please continue to check your email, the University website, and social media for regular updates.
Are there outside resources available to help me, or how can I lend a hand during the COVID-19 crisis?
Visit the ALTogether website (altogetheralabama.org), a one-stop-shop where Alabamians can ask for help or lend a hand during the COVID-19 crisis. This response effort is designed to connect businesses, nonprofits, and people that need help with the right program partners – and to connect program partners with people and resources to help those most in need.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act
A new federal law, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, was signed into law on March 18, 2020.  The law will provide leave to employees who miss work for certain coronavirus-related reasons.  On March 24, 2020, the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division(WHD) announced its first round of guidance for employers and employees on paid sick leave and paid family and medical leave provisions within the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA).  The WHD’s guidance includes the attached poster and a Fact Sheet for Employees.

We know that there will be many questions that you will have about how the act will affect you.  As we wait on guidance and interpretation from the Department of Labor, please read the attached documents and be assured that we will pass on information and guidance as we receive it.  Feel free to send any questions that you have to .

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