GGC’s resident students play a key role in helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The college is working in tandem with public health officials to make informed public health decisions that will impact your campus housing experience during the 2020-2021 academic year. Because of the uncertainty of COVID-19, GGC’s housing policies, procedures and guidelines may evolve throughout the year to minimize the risks posed by COVID-19.
Student Housing and Residential Education Requirements
Health and Safety
All members of the college residential community – residents, staff, and visitors – shall act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them, including respect and consideration for the health and safety of all community members. Residential students are prohibited from creating any health or safety hazards within college Housing, and the college may request or require a residential student to leave college Housing if their continued presence in the housing community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residential students will be required to comply with college requirements in addition to health and safety laws, orders, ordinances, regulations. For example, the College may set limits on mass gatherings, require COVID-19 diagnostic and surveillance testing (including before or upon arrival to campus), perform contact tracing, set disinfection protocols, establish limits on guests and visitation at residence halls, and set quarantine/isolation requirements (including before or upon arrival to campus). Adherence to these and other health and safety requirements will be required of all residential students, staff, and visitors. These requirements will extend to all areas of College Housing, including bedrooms, bathrooms, community kitchens, lounges, computer rooms, courtyards, and other common spaces.
In addition to these requirements, the College may strongly encourage residential students to follow public health guidance promulgated by public health authorities including, but not limited to, the following preventative measures:
- Practice good hand hygiene by either washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or by using alcohol-based hand sanitizer which contains at least 60% alcohol;
- Effective July 15, 2020, University System of Georgia (USG) institutions will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible, including residence hall common areas but not including an individual’s room/suite.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
- Avoid contact with people who are sick;
- Stay in your assigned space if you are feeling sick and contact the College Health Center regarding your symptoms; and,
- Practice social distancing strategies, where possible.
Residence hall rooms will be viewed as a shared residence within each room or suite, similar to a family's shared residence in that social distancing practices are not expected within the room or suite. As such, it is the responsibility of residential students to adhere to appropriate behaviors related to the prevention of COVID-19 within the room, including the cleaning of their assigned room or suite. Residential students should always consider following best practices for prevention even within the shared residence and take responsibility for their own actions.
At any time, the College may request or require a resident to leave College Housing when that resident’s continued presence in the residential community poses a health or safety risk for community members. Residential students are required to comply with directions from the College to leave or relocate from their assigned space due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency. Failure to follow College direction may be a violation of the College Housing Agreement and College Housing policies which may subject a student to emergency removal from their assigned space.
De-densifying refers to reducing the population density within residence halls or individual suites. Residential students are required to comply with any College de-densifying effort on campus due to COVID-19 or other public health emergency, including, but not limited to, the reassignment of all or some residential students to alternative housing.
Dining service, including where and how service is offered to residential students, is subject to modification, at the College’s discretion, to address public health concerns. The College may adopt additional guidance at any time to minimize risk such as limiting the occupancy of dining halls, the amount of time students may reside within dining halls, or make other operational adjustments needed to address health and safety concerns or delivery of services for students in quarantine or isolation.
The College will continue to follow the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Georgia Department of Public Health, and other public health authorities’ cleaning and sanitizing guidelines. The College will modify its cleaning protocols as necessary or recommended to minimize the spread of disease. College Housing will educate and inform residential students on appropriate cleaning protocols within their assigned spaces to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within residence halls. Residential students will be required to provide their own cleaning supplies for their assigned space.
GGC is committed to keeping you updated about what you can expect for the upcoming academic year. For more information, questions, or updates regarding how COVID-19 may impact campus residential life, please contact Student Housing and Residential Education or view the Public Health FAQs.