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TROY Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information Center

COVID-19 Vaccinations

 Troy University has partnered with the Alabama Department of Public Health to serve as a distribution center for COVID-19 vaccinations to faculty and staff and eligible members of the public starting March 4. Vaccines will be offered at the Health Center located next to the Trojan Center on the Troy Campus. For scheduling and eligibility information visit TROY's COVID-19 Vaccination website.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

 

Fall 2021 Safety Guidelines

Updated: October 15, 2021

In accord with the latest guidance from the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control, Troy University's goal this fall has been a return to a traditional campus experience while maintaining our focus on the health and safety of the campuses. We committed to making necessary adjustments as the situation on campus evolved. The following safety guidelines are effective at 8 a.m., Monday, August 30. The Coronavirus Task Force continues to meet regularly to discuss this ongoing situation and will continue to reevaluate and issue guidance as necessary.

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Safety Guidelines for anyone on a Troy University Campus or location:

Effective: Monday, Oct. 18, 2021

  1. Masks/Face Coverings are optional inside Troy University buildings or facilities but are encouraged in any setting where social distance is difficult to maintain. Masks/Face Coverings remain mandatory on University Transit vehicles. In addition, faculty members may, at their discretion, REQUIRE masks/face coverings in the instructional settings to include:
       • Classrooms
       • Labs 
       • Personal meetings between students and faculty
    Faculty may also retain a mask/face covering optional policy for their instructional spaces. Faculty expectations regarding masks/face coverings must be communicated to students in the class and updated in the online syllabus.
  2. Vaccinations are strongly encouraged. All students, faculty and staff are urged to get a COVID-19 vaccination, either on the Troy Campus or through a health care provider of your choice.
  3. Classrooms, offices and other facilities will operate at normal capacity. In addition to masks/face coverings, individuals are asked to be mindful of personal distance and observe social distance whenever possible indoors.
  4. Maintain proactive personal health practices including washing hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially after touching frequently used items or surfaces; refraining from touching your face; sneezing or coughing into a tissue or the inside of your elbow; and disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.
  5. Stay home when sick. Stay home if you are not feeling well, particularly if you are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 including fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. (Students: See reporting procedures below for receiving an excused absence due to COVID-19 related absences.)

Procedures for Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 or Exposure:

If you are DIAGNOSED with COVID-19

Individuals with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status) must isolate for at least 10 days AND at least 24 hours without symptoms.

Students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must notify the University using the COVID Contact Tracing Worksheet (Positive) in order to receive an excused absence.

Employee absences related to a diagnosis of COVID-19 should be reported to human resources by supervisors.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should notify their close contacts who may have been exposed. A person is considered to have been exposed if he or she has been within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes in the 48 hours prior to that person developing symptoms or testing positive (see CDC standard for “close contact”).

If you have been DIRECTLY EXPOSED to COVID-19

A person is considered to have been directly exposed if he or she has been within six feet of a person with a COVID-19 diagnosis for at least 15 minutes in the 48 hours prior to that person developing symptoms or testing positive (see CDC standard for “close contact”).

Students, faculty or staff who are unvaccinated and who have been exposed to COVID-19 (have been within six feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes in the 48 hours prior to that person developing symptoms or testing positive) should quarantine for 10 days as long as they do not develop symptoms. Or, if you receive a negative COVID-19 test after quarantining for a minimum of 7 days you may return to class or work at that time. Proof of testing will be required.

If you are fully vaccinated and not exhibiting symptoms, there is no need to quarantine following an exposure incident. Vaccinated individuals should monitor themselves for symptoms and are strongly encouraged to get tested within 3-5 days of exposure.

In addition, you do not need to quarantine if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past three months and have recovered.

Students who need to quarantine due to exposure must notify the University by completing the COVID Contact Tracing Worksheet (Exposure) providing details about how they were exposed. There will be no excuse for the absences issued until this form has been completed.

Employee absences related to COVID-19 exposure should be reported to human resources by supervisors.

If you have had SECONDARY EXPOSURE to COVID-19

Secondary Exposure occurs when you have had close contact to someone who is being tested for COVID-19 but the results are unknown.

Quarantine is not needed in these instances, but you should continue to wear a mask/face covering and closely monitor yourself for symptoms for the next 14 days or until the results of the person’s test are known.

Quarantine/Isolation Procedures

Where should I quarantine/isolate?

If you need to quarantine or isolate due to exposure or a diagnosis of COVID-19, you must do so off campus or at your legal residence.

What if I am unable to quarantine/isolate at home or off-campus?

The University maintains limited quarantine/isolation space on campus for students who cannot travel home or to an off-campus residence. Contact Student Services at covid19@troy.edu or (334) 670-3202 for assistance.

Can I quarantine/isolate in my dorm if I live alone?

You may quarantine in your dorm room only if you have a single-occupancy room— i.e., you do not share a bathroom or living space with any other student. If you choose to quarantine/isolate in your dorm, you must notify Student Services at covid19@troy.edu or (334) 670-3202 to receive meal delivery.

Assistance and Expectations for Students

As Troy University continues to navigate COVID pandemic, the following are reminders of assistance and expectations for Troy University students:

  • As members of the Trojan Family, students are expected to treat the COVID virus seriously, to adhere to the University’s current COVID-related policies and protocols and to take all precautions to keep themselves, and their fellow Trojans, safe.
  • Specific class questions (making up missed work while in quarantine) should be directed to the course instructor.  Students may also contact the Department Chair for the course(s) in question.  If a student is unsure about the Department Chair contact information, the student can receive that information by emailing the course number and title to jwscss@troy.edu.
  • Students are expected to participate in all virtual class meetings while quarantined if these classes are made available via virtual delivery.  Students are expected to maintain regular contact with their course instructors while quarantined and are responsible for working with their instructors to make up all missed work during the quarantine period.  Faculty will record, and report, students who are quarantined and not participating in virtual class meetings as these are provided.  Not participating in these virtual meetings will be considered an absence.  Students who are quarantined for positive COVID test results who become ill need to contact their instructors about any issues related to virtual participation.  Students who are quarantined for COVID exposure are expected to participate in all virtual class meetings as these classes are made available.
  • General COVID-related questions can be directed Student Services at covid19@troy.edu or (334) 670-3202, or the Associate Provost/Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr Hal Fulmer: hfulmer@troy.edu or 334-670-5747.

Mental Health Assistance

The Troy University Student Counseling Center offers provides mental health counseling to students currently taking in-person classes at the Troy campus. Email scc@troy.edu to inquire about services.

Students experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis should do the following:

  • Call 911
  • Go to their nearest hospital emergency room
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

 

Latest Update

Campus Safety Update: Easing of Masks/Face Coverings Requirement

October 15, 2021

Dear Trojans,

In August, we announced a return to mandatory masks/face coverings inside Troy University buildings and facilities, with some exceptions. This move was made to protect the health and safety of the campus community in response to rising COVID-19 case numbers.

In the weeks since, we have been pleased to see a steady decline in the number of cases being reported both on our campuses and in the surrounding communities. In Alabama, new cases have fallen by 61% in the last 14 days, and in Pike County new cases are down by 68% (per The New York Times). On the Troy Campus, we have been thrilled to see multiple days with no new cases reported among our students, faculty and staff. In addition, the number of individuals vaccinated at the University continues to grow. On the Troy Campus, 90% of faculty survey respondents have indicated they are vaccinated.

In light of these falling case numbers, and after careful consideration, the University will begin gradually easing the mask requirement. Effective Monday, Oct. 18, masks/face coverings will be optional inside campus buildings and facilities. However, faculty members may, at their discretion, require masks/face coverings inside instructional spaces (i.e. classrooms, labs, etc.) to include faculty offices. In addition, masks/face coverings will still be required on University Transit vehicles.

Students must follow the mask guidelines established by their professors for classes, labs and office visits. Hallways, common areas and other indoor spaces will be mask/face covering optional. Students are still urged to be proactive about their personal health, and masks/face coverings are recommended in settings where social distancing is difficult to maintain, particularly for individuals with underlying health conditions or who have elected to remain unvaccinated.

Other aspects of the safety plan remain unchanged. Stay home if you are sick, and report if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or must isolate due to exposure. The revised safety guidelines can be found online at troy.edu/coronavirus.

The Coronavirus Task Force continues to meet regularly to discuss this ongoing situation. Watch your TROY email, University social media and the Coronavirus Information Center for the latest updates.

Sincerely,

The Coronavirus Task Force

University Statements

View an archive of official TROY communications regarding the University response to COVID-19.

View past University statements


Event Updates

In light of the risk posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus, Troy University is continuing to monitor this rapidly changing situation and its impacts on University functions and events. Please see the Academic Calendar and University Calendar for the latest information about postponements or cancellations.

Academic CalendarTROY Calendar of Events

 

Contact Information

For Student Academic Support, contact your college.

Office of Student Services
covid19@troy.edu
(334) 670-3202

Dr. Bill Grantham, Associate Dean (non-coursework needs or those having trouble contacting their instructors)
bgranth@troy.edu
334-670-3637
Teams: BGRANTH

Dr. John C. Garner
jcgarner@troy.edu
334-670-3712

Dr. Larry Blocher, Dean
lblocher@troy.edu
334-670-3869

Ms. Shannon Floyd
sfloyd@troy.edu
334-670-3459

Dr. Mary Anne Templeton, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
mtempleton@troy.edu
graduateschooloffice@troy.edu
334-670-3189

 

For Student Support Services, Troy Campus students should contact:

John W. Schmidt Center for Student Success
Dr. Hal Fulmer, Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Programs
jwscss@troy.edu
334-670-5747

 

Facility and Services Information

University Business Hours
Troy University campuses are open and observing normal hours of operation. For assistance, call 1-800-414-5756.

University Police
24-hour a day security and policing.

Troy Campus Recreation
Troy Campus Recreation - Hours of Operation/Fall Plan
Trojan Fitness and Wellness Center - COVID-19 Policy and Procedures

Library hours
Dothan Campus:
Mon. – Tues., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wed. – Thu., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m. to noon; Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Montgomery Campus:
Mon. - Thu., 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fri., 8 a.m. to noon; Closed Saturday and Sunday

Troy Campus:
Mon. – Thu., 7:30 a.m. to midnight; Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed on Saturday (except for Dec. 4, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.); Sun., 2 p.m. to midnight

Troy University Libraries are continuing to work to provide you with the service and access you need while protecting everyone's safety. Library staff are available to assist you by email libhelp@troy.edu and by Live Chat. Live Library Chat is available during the operating hours of the Troy Campus Library. When chat is offline, email sent to libhelp@troy.edu will be responded to within 24 hours.

Troy University Student Counseling Center
The center is once again providing in-person counseling sessions. Counseling and consultations are also being offered to Troy Campus students currently residing in Alabama via telephone or video conferencing. Please email us at scc@troy.edu to inquire about services.

Students experiencing a mental health emergency or crisis should do the following:

  • Call 911
  • Go to their nearest hospital  emergency room
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255

Troy University is carefully monitoring all developments with COVID-19 coronavirus and is taking every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Please monitor this website, email and SOS for the latest updates from the University.

For assistance or general inquiries call:

1-800-414-5756