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Safety Information and Updates

Coronavirus FAQ

Last updated July 8, 2021

No, however, all students are strongly encouraged to do one of the following:

  • Take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain the results before arriving on campus; if your test result is positive, contact the University Health Center for instructions at 423.236.2713
  • Get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine if they come in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, as long as they remain symptom free.

There are currently no restrictions for visitors and guests, but everyone is expected to operate with courtesy while on Southern’s campus.

No, the COVID-19 vaccine is not required to attend Southern. However, we do encourage anyone who is eligible for the vaccine to consider getting vaccinated.

One helpful resource is vaccinefinder.org. Many pharmacies and clinics across the country offer the vaccine. Additionally, Southern will be holding COVID-19 vaccination clinics near the beginning of the school year, so stay tuned for more details.

Yes, we will continue to do a weekly drawing through October 1. Each Friday a student name will be randomly selected from all the valid vaccination cards that have been submitted by 11:59 p.m. that Wednesday. Valid submissions will be eligible to win a $500 scholarship.

Southern will continue to monitor case numbers on campus and react accordingly. At this time, we believe the majority of our campus is vaccinated and options to reduce risk remain widely available to the campus community. Should an outbreak occur, we will work with the University Health Center to carry out contact tracing and implement appropriate safety protocols.

Any Southern student or employee in the greater Chattanooga area who wishes to be tested can make an appointment at the University Health Center for a free test. Priority will be given to students who are sick or who have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

Many local pharmacies and clinics also offer free tests. When testing off campus, please take your Southern ID card and use it to inform them that you are a Southern student. Provide them with your address at Southern as well.

Quarantine and isolation practices are still in place and can be found here. Contact tracing will still occur when an individual is identified as having COVID-19. 

Vaccinated students who come in contact with a person who has COVID-19 will be exempt from quarantine as long as they remain symptom free.

When anyone in our campus community becomes infected with COVID-19, we are prepared to offer the care and support that is needed. Here are a few highlights from our quarantine/isolation plan; you can read the full plan in the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

  • If you have any potential COVID-19 symptoms, DO NOT GO TO CLASS OR WORK. Call the University Health Center at 423.236.2713 for assessment and direction specific to your case. The University Health Center offers free COVID-19 testing for students and employees. 
  • A section of each residence hall has been set aside for quarantine, which is where students who have had close contact with an infected individual or who are waiting on test results will stay.
  • Any student who tests positive will be transferred to a designated isolation area. The University Health Center will work with the infected student and the local health department to identify anyone with whom the student may have had close contact.
  • Every student in both quarantine and isolation will have meals delivered and receive regular medical visits. The Chaplain’s Office, Counseling Services, Student Success Team, and Residence Life will also provide support through virtual platforms.

Many people only have “allergy” symptoms with COVID-19; if you have new symptoms, call the University Health Center (423.236.2713) right away so that they can find out more about your specific case. In the meantime, don’t go to class, dorm worship, the Dining Hall, or anywhere else because you might get others sick. The medical personnel will help you decide if you need to be tested for COVID-19 and/or enter quarantine.

You should call the University Health Center (423.236.2713) immediately for instructions about quarantine or isolation.

Yes, any Southern student who wishes to be tested can make an appointment at the University Health Center for a free test. Priority will be given to students who are sick or who have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

If you feel unwell, DO NOT GO TO CLASS OR WORK. Call the University Health Center at 423.236.2713 for assessment and direction specific to your case.

Academic FAQ

Any student who feels unwell, has symptoms, or is experiencing anxiety can call the University Health Center (UHC) at 423.236.2713. After evaluating the situation, the UHC may provide a letter excusing the student from class that day. The student must send the letter to his or her professors within 24 hours, and that absence will be excused. Those in quarantine and isolation are also excused and must notify their professors.

See this chart for clarity.

Yes, if the University Health Center excuses you from class, you should not go to work that day. However, it is your responsibility to communicate with your work supervisor in a timely fashion and provide the letter from the University Health Center.

Latest Updates

Last Updated July 12, 2021
Southern Adventist University is dedicated to the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The University Health Center continues to monitor updates relating to the spread of COVID-19.
  • Most COVID-19 restrictions are removed as of July 12, including the end of daily health screenings, mask mandates, and distancing requirements.
  • If you are not vaccinated, Southern encourages you to continue to wear masks and distance from others, based on the CDC’s recommendations.
  • If you are feeling sick, do not go to class or the workplace, and call the University Health Center for directions (423.236.2713).
  • Some contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation protocols will still be in place (available here).
  • For the safety of campus, requirements may be reinstated should a COVID-19 outbreak occur.
Recommendations for Students Returning to Campus
We strongly recommend that every student complete one of the following before returning to campus to help ensure students arrive COVID-19 free:
  • Take a PCR COVID-19 test and obtain the results before arriving on campus. If your test result is positive, contact the University Health Center for instructions (423.236.2713). 
  • Get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Students who are fully vaccinated will not need to quarantine if they come in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual and remain symptom free.

Covid-19 Cases

Last Updated August 4, 2021

In an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Southern Adventist University continues to follow a quarantine and isolation policy, which can be found in the COVID-19 Policies. While Southern cannot comment on individual cases, the university is following strict quarantine and isolation protocols, along with conducting contact tracing. Our University Health Center, Residence Life, Counseling Services, and Chaplain’s Office staff are also providing support and care for those in quarantine or isolation.

SmartStart 2021
  Quarantined Isolated Recovered
Employees 4 2 0
Students 7 5 1
Quarantined—individuals who have been separated from the rest of campus because of symptoms or exposure to COVID-19. These numbers include individuals who may be quarantined on- or off-campus. 
Isolated—individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are now in isolation. These numbers include individuals who may be isolated on- or off-campus. 
Recovered—individuals who had tested positive for COVID-19 and have since recovered and been medically cleared.