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Safety Information and Updates

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Last Updated June 1, 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.
  • Please be aware that everyone arriving on campus must wear a face mask indoors when within 6 feet of others, complete a brief online symptom survey, and receive a colored wristband indicating they are cleared to be on campus for the day. Locations and times for the daily screening stations can be found below.
  • DO NOT GO TO CLASS OR WORK if you have potential COVID-19 symptoms; call the University Health Center at 423.236.2713 for further assessment.
  • An overview of the health and safety precautions that Southern is following is available below. The full policy can be found at southern.edu/covid19policy.
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Daily Screening locations and times
Day Drive-up locations Drive up locations icon time
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday Park Lane 6:30-8 a.m.
  Taylor Circle 7:30-9:15 a.m.
  Colcord Drive 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  Collegedale Church 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday Park Lane 6:30-8 a.m.
  Taylor Circle 7:30-9:15 a.m.
  Colcord Drive 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  Collegedale Church 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday Park Lane 6:30-8 a.m.
  Taylor Circle 7:30-9:15 a.m.
  Colcord Drive 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  Collegedale Church 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday Collegedale Church 8:20 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Guest Instructions

To help protect the health of all, campus guests must complete a symptom survey before entering any campus building or participating in any campus activity. The symptom survey is found at southern.edu/guest or can be completed at a daily screening station on campus. If cleared for the day, visitors will receive a colored wristband that must be worn at all times while on campus.

Guest Survey

Safety Precautions

All students and employees are required to participate in daily symptom surveys to help quickly identify individuals who may be infected. Visitors will also participate in this screening, filling out the symptom survey at southern.edu/guest within 12 hours of arriving on campus and stopping at a daily screening station. Everyone who is cleared to be on campus will receive a colored wristband.

To help protect others from infection, masks are required indoors when less than 6 feet from others.

At least 6 feet of physical distance should be maintained when possible between individuals on campus.

No individual safety precaution on its own will keep campus safe; it will take everyone’s cooperation and diligence. This means:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a face mask when within 6 feet of others indoors
  • Clean and disinfect regularly
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Maintain your overall health: eat well (avoiding excess sugar and junk food), drink lots of water, spend time outside in the fresh air and sunshine, get plenty of exercise, and work to reduce stress
  • Monitor how you feel and DO NOT GO TO CLASS OR WORK if you have potential cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms; call the University Health Center (423.236.2713)

Our goal is to keep everyone healthy and coronavirus-free this fall! However, we realize that given the current pandemic, some in our campus community may become infected with COVID-19. When that happens, we offer the care and support that is needed. You can read the plan in the COVID-19 Policies and Procedures.

We have taken the special precaution of installing high-tech purification systems in all buildings on campus. These needlepoint bipolar ionization systems provide hospital-level air purification in all classrooms, offices, meeting areas, and residence halls. It works by emitting charged ions that bind to airborne particles and remove pathogens such as the coronavirus from the air. To learn more about this initiative, you can read this news story.

In addition to increasing their cleaning frequency, our sanitation team has a powerful tool in their arsenal: electrostatic spraying machines. These special devices evenly disperse hospital-grade cleaning agents throughout a room, disinfecting even hard-to-reach places. This ensures that high-contact surfaces and heavily trafficked areas receive a deep cleaning frequently.

To allow for safer in-person instruction, classroom capacity is reduced, putting more space between students while still benefiting from face-to-face interaction. This primarily means moving classes with larger enrollments to larger classrooms to ensure the maximum amount of physical distancing.

Good hand hygiene is critical in reducing the spread of disease, so hand-sanitizing stations are available throughout campus.

To further reduce possible transmission, plexiglass barriers are installed at key interaction points such as reception desks and cash registers.

Social activities are an important part of campus life, so we continue to find ways to get together for fun, learning, and worship, making adjustments when necessary for increased safety.

Southern’s Food Service personnel are always committed to exceptional food safety. Additionally, the team has restructured food delivery methods to minimize wait times, including introducing an online ordering app and providing more grab-and-go options.

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