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Georgian Court University is monitoring COVID-19 case trends. Vaccines are mandatory, and boosters are required for all students as of Fall 2022. The university will lift the limits on in-person meetings and will return to a mask-optional policy on Monday, June 6, 2022. Students are reminded that under the mask-optional policy, faculty may require masking during class sessions. Please continue to keep a mask with you at all times.

Please see the updated Fall 2022 Policy for Students for more details.

Please regularly check GCU e-mails and https://georgian.edu/health-services/coronavirus/ for the most up-to-date information.

Coronavirus FAQ

Aerial view of GCU campus

This page was last updated on May 23, 2022.

The CDC website provides an overview of coronavirus disease 2019, its symptoms, tips for prevention, and travel information.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and free! Getting vaccinated prevents severe illness, hospitalizations, and death. Unvaccinated people should get vaccinated and continue masking until they are fully vaccinated. With the Delta variant, this is more urgent than ever. CDC has updated guidance for fully vaccinated people based on new evidence on the Delta variant.

See the CDC’s FAQ for more guidelines.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, you should take steps to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your primary medical provider for medical advice. The CDC offers guidance on additional steps to take if you are sick, you are caring for someone who is sick, or disinfecting your home if someone is sick.

If you are a resident student and feel unwell, remain in your room and contact the Health Center at 732-987-2756. If you are a commuter student, you should stay home and call your primary medical provider and the Health Center at 732-987-2756. If you are an employee, you should stay at home and call your primary medical provider or urgent care facility first to discuss your symptoms.

The New Jersey Department of Health maintains a dashboard of COVID-19 cases and their distribution by county.

Stress and anxiety are normal reactions when there is an infectious disease outbreak. It’s important to monitor your own physical and mental health. Know the signs of stress, how to relieve stress, and when to seek help. The Counseling Center offers these helpful tips and resources. If you need additional assistance, contact the Counseling Center at pbhafryvat@trbetvna.rqh or 732-987-2680.

Georgian Court University is requiring all students to be up to date with the COVID-19 vaccine shot. According to the CDC, “You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines when you have received all doses in the primary series and one booster when eligible.” Booster shots are required as of Fall 2022.

Resident students must be up to date with COVID-19 vaccination, with records submitted to the Office of Health Services no later than five business days before check-in. Resident students who are not up to date with COVID-19 vaccination shots and/or who have not submitted vaccination records to Health Services will not be permitted to check-in. Commuter students must be up to date with COVID-19 vaccination and vaccination records submitted to the Office of Health Services by the first day of classes. Commuter students, both undergraduate and graduate, who do not comply will be placed on a health hold.

Student Health records can be submitted electronically through Pyramed, the student health portal, or students can scan/photograph vaccination records and e-mail them to Health Services at urnygufreivprf@trbetvna.rqh.

Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated and receive booster shots. We still need to do all that we can to make our campus as safe and as healthy as possible. As leaders, we are examining the best ways to do this while balancing our commitment to public health and respect for all individuals in the Georgian Court community. Faculty and staff are urged to submit their vaccination records to the Office of Human Resources, where they will be kept in confidence. Having the records will help us assess the vaccination level on campus. If vaccination rates lag, a decision on mandating vaccinations for employees will be revisited.

GCU is requiring that all students be vaccinated regardless of any past COVID-19 diagnosis.

According to the CDC, you should be vaccinated regardless of whether you already had COVID-19. That’s because experts do not yet know how long you are protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. Even if you have already recovered from COVID-19, it is possible—although rare—that you could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 again. Studies have shown that vaccination provides a strong boost in protection in people who have recovered from COVID-19.

There are several ways you can look for vaccination providers near you in the United States.

  • Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination providers near you. In some states, information may be limited while more U. S. vaccination providers and pharmacies are being added. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccination locations on vaccines.gov.
  • Text your ZIP code to 438829 or call 1-800-232-0233 to find vaccine locations near you in the United States.
  • Check your local pharmacy’s website to see if vaccination appointments are available. Find out which pharmacies are participating in the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program.
  • Contact your state health department to find additional vaccination locations in the area.
  • Check your local news outlets. They may have information on how to get a vaccination appointment.

As you know, Georgian Court University (GCU) has mandated that all students receive the COVID-19 vaccine. GCU believes that requiring students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination is the safest, most effective alternative to arrive at the goal of returning to pre-pandemic campus life. GCU is aware that certain media reports and other sources have been questioning the legality of vaccination mandates. As explained further below, GCU assures all members of its community that current law permits its vaccination mandate. 

  • As a general matter, New Jersey has no law that prohibits a private university such as GCU from requiring that its students be vaccinated. To the contrary, New Jersey law has long required students attending public and private schools to receive certain vaccines. 
  • With respect to the COVID-19 vaccine, two common misconceptions are that: (1) the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) prevents GCU from requesting information from a student about his or her vaccination status; and (2) the COVID-19 vaccine’s Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) status under federal law prohibits GCU from requiring students to receive the vaccine. Both notions are incorrect. 

HIPAA

Although HIPAA contains certain requirements pertaining to the privacy of health information, it does not prohibit GCU from requesting or collecting a student information about the student’s own vaccination status. 

EUA Status

Although the COVID-19 vaccine’s EUA status requires that each person receiving a vaccine be informed that he or she has “the option to accept or refuse” the vaccine, it does not prohibit universities such as GCU from requiring the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of enrollment. While a student is always free to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine, he or she must be aware that the refusal may result in consequences, such as ineligibility to attend a university. 

As with other GCU policies, a student may be eligible for a religious or medical exemption from the vaccination requirement.   

Any student with any additional questions may contact urnygufreivprf@trbetvna.rqh.

The mask requirement for most indoor settings on the GCU campus was initially lifted on April 1. However, face coverings may be required indoors if the number of cases rise. This policy is subject to change; please consult the Latest COVID-19 Updates section of the GCU COVID-19 web page for the most up-to-date guidance.

Even if masks are not required campus-wide, faculty and staff may determine whether masks should be worn in individual classes or offices; if a professor or staff member asks for face coverings, please comply. All members of the GCU community may request that others wear a mask during meetings or other activities. Complying is a sign of respect consistent with our commitment to always consider each other.

Cleaning

The university’s partner Aramark is responsible for cleaning all campus buildings, and has rigorous  cleaning protocols that meet or exceed CDC sanitation guidelines.

Ventilation

The university continues to closely monitor building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) guidelines and recommendations.

Doing Your Part

Staying safe and remaining healthy are shared responsibilities. Reminders of health habits and personal safety—including social distancing where possible—are posted throughout offices, classroom, restrooms, and other spaces.

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