COVID-19 Information

Current Status: All Campus Locations Open

As a result of a change in CDC recommendations and following guidance from the Chancellor, Vol State will return to requiring masks for faculty, staff, students, and guests in indoor settings on campus, effective Monday, August 2nd. This is due to the current level of community transmission of COVID in our service area.

Masks are required regardless of vaccination status. As was previously the case, masks will be required at all times inside all Vol State locations except when you are in a private office or when dining. Masks will not be required outdoors.

Please also note the following statement from the CDC guidelines: If you have a condition or are taking medications that weaken your immune system, you may NOT be protected even if you are fully vaccinated. You should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people until advised otherwise by your healthcare provider.

We should all remain vigilant and self-report any contact or any symptoms. Please stay home if you are sick.

Individual Responsibility

Individuals are expected to follow guidelines and principles that promote the health of the campus community at-large. Measures outlined help protect one another and help prevent the spread of the virus. Because medical experts believe the continued spread of the virus is partly due to contagious people who have no symptoms, all faculty, staff, students and visitors are required to adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Stay home when feeling ill, when exposed to COVID-19 (e.g. positive household member case), or if diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19. To reinforce individual responsibility, faculty must demonstrate flexibility with students who are absent from class due to illness or quarantine. Likewise, supervisors must be flexible with employees who are absent due to illness or quarantine.
  • Employees or students who are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 according to the CDC are encouraged to work with their supervisors or course faculty to identify possible alternatives for work or academic instruction.
  • Employees who have been diagnosed COVID positive, exposed to an individual who has a positive diagnosis for COVID-19, or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should notify Vol State’s Office of Human Resources - human.resource@volstate.edu, (615) 230-3592.
  • Students who have been diagnosed COVID positive, exposed to an individual who has a positive diagnosis for COVID-19, or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should notify the Office of the Vice President for Student Services - vpss@volstate.edu, (615) 230-3441.
  • Wash hands more frequently, avoid touching face, wear face coverings when appropriate. 
  • Practice recommended physical distancing when appropriate.
  • Adhere to notices and instructions posted around campus related to COVID-19 mitigation.
  • Follow specific safety and health parameters that are outlined in this document along with future campus directives.