COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – Asbury University
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Updated: 10/7/21

Overall Guidance

  • Each Asbury University community member has an individual responsibility to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For fall 2021, Asbury recommends all vaccinated community members follow the CDC’s guidance for vaccinated people and unvaccinated community members follow the CDC’s guidance for unvaccinated people.
  • Students who are studying on campus are strongly encouraged to vaccinate against COVID-19 to protect themselves and all members of our residential learning community.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to upload a picture of their vaccination card. This will become part of their Health Services record and exempt them from quarantine if exposed to COVID-19. Students who do not upload their vaccination card will be considered non-vaccinated.
  • As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, masks are optional on campus except for chapel and regularly scheduled classes and labs, where masks are still required.
  • Non-vaccinated students will be required to quarantine and get tested if exposed to COVID-19.
  • Vaccinated students are not required to quarantine if exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID. They will be expected to self-monitor for symptoms, wear a mask when outside of their residence hall room for 10 days and to get tested on Day 7 after exposure.
  • All students are required to follow Health Services procedures and direction regarding COVID-19 symptom reporting, testing, quarantine, and isolation.
  • Students are encouraged to quarantine or isolate at their permanent residence.
  • Students who are not able to quarantine or isolate at their permanent residence may be charged a fee to assist with additional student services (ex: housing, meal delivery, administrative work and student follow up). Quarantine fee will be $10 a day and isolation fee will be $25 a day.
  • Students who do not follow Health Services COVID-19 procedures and direction may be required to withdraw from the University without refund of tuition, room, or board.
  • The University reserves the right to modify or add to these protocols as deemed necessary or in case of change in COVID-19 cases in our community, state, or region.

General Questions

▾ Will I be required to show a vaccination card upon arrival or at any other time?

Students will not be required to present a vaccination card. However, students are strongly encouraged to upload a picture of their vaccination card at their earliest convenience to become part of their permanent Health Services record. Students who do not upload a vaccination card must quarantine in the case of a COVID-19 exposure.

▾ Where do I upload my vaccination card?

Please use this link to upload your vaccination card. Please upload a picture of the front and back of the card.

▾ Will I have to quarantine if I am exposed to COVID-19?

Vaccinated Exposures: 

You are required to self-monitor for symptoms and wear a mask when outside of your residence hall room for 14 days.  It is recommended to take a COVID test on Day 5-7 from exposure OR sooner if symptoms develop.  If you test positive or develop symptoms, please begin to isolate, and notify Health Services and your RD as soon as possible.

Unvaccinated Exposures

You are required to fulfill a 7-day quarantine and test on Day 7.  Continue to self-monitor for symptoms and wear a mask when outside your residence hall room for 14 days. You will need to be cleared by Health Services to Return to Campus activities. 

Symptomatic: (vaccinated or unvaccinated)

If you should develop COVID related symptoms (Fatigue, Aches (head or body), Cough or Congestion, Temperature >100, Sore Throat, Stomach Ailments (Nausea, Vomiting or Diarrhea), Loss of Taste or Smell, Shortness of Breath), you will need to quarantine yourself, notify Health Services and schedule a COVID test as soon as possible.

Positive Test:

You are required to fulfill a 10-day isolation period either at your permanent residence or in an on-campus isolation space.  You will need to have an improvement of symptoms and be fever-free for 24 hours before being cleared to Return to Campus on Day 11.   

Quarantine Involves:

  • Not attending in-person class or chapel, athletic games or practices
  • AVOID shared community spaces, work, shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, church, or any public place 
  • Wearing mask to bathroom and cleaning area afterwards
  • Not traveling by public transportation or with others in a car (even if you are masked) 

▾ Where will I quarantine if I am exposed to COVID-19?

Students are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residence if they are exposed to COVID-19. Students who remain on campus will stay in their current campus housing. A fee up to $10 per day may be charged to assist with additional student services (ex: housing, meal delivery, administrative work and student follow up).

▾ Where will I isolate if I am COVID-19 positive?

Students are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residence if they are positive for COVID-19. Students who remain in campus housing will be moved to isolation housing. A fee of $25/day will be charged to assist with housing, meal delivery, administrative work and student follow up.

▾ Can faculty/staff members ask students if they are vaccinated?

Health Services will manage student vaccination information, and employees who need to know for student support services regarding COVID-19 symptoms, quarantine or isolation will be notified. Access to student vaccination status will include only those who assist with the operations of healthcare services for isolation or quarantine (Resident Life staff and Athletic Trainers). Faculty will not ask students if they are vaccinated.

▾ What do I do if I have symptoms or have been exposed?

Students can email health.services@asbury.edu or call (859) 858-5277 for an appointment. No walk-ins are allowed. Every student will need to complete a COVID-19 screening prior to arrival. If after hours or on weekends, students should notify the RD on call.

To get tested on campus, sign up for a testing appointment with WildHealth.  Testing occurs Tuesday and Thursdays from 1-5 and there are 80 appointments a day.  To sign up, visit asbury.edu/covidtesting

▾ Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Bring Driver’s License or Picture ID & Insurance Card.

WILD HEALTH - Asbury University Campus

Sign up here: asbury.edu/covidtesting

WILD HEALTH/UK

Address: 1505 College Way (Kroger Field Blue Lot)
Open: 7 days a week 8am – 6pm by appointment only
Website: https://wildhealthcovid19testing.as.me/schedule.php
Results within 24 hours
Testing only – no symptom evaluation
No cost

SOLARIS DIAGNOSTICS:

Address: 110 Dewey Dr. Nicholasville, KY 40356
Phone: (844) 550-0308
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-3pm – Call for an appointment time
Testing only – no symptom evaluation

BAPTIST HEALTH URGENT CARE: (2 LOCATIONS)

Address: 610 Brannon Rd. Suite 100 Nicholasville, KY
Phone: (859) 260-5540 (in Brannon Crossing)
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Weekends 9am-5pm
Walk-In appointments available

Address: 2040 Harrodsburg Rd. #200 Lexington, KY
Phone: (859) 899-7993 (across from Chick-Fil-A)
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Weekends 9am-5pm
Walk-in appointments available

CVS Pharmacy

Address: 2000 Harrodsburg Rd, Lexington, KY
Phone: (859) 276-5493
Open: 8am-10pm

Walgreens Pharmacy

Address: 901 N. Main Street, Nicholasville, KY
Phone: (800) 925-4733
Open: 9am-5pm

Health Services Questions

▾ How do I make an appointment with Health Services?

Students can email health.services@asbury.edu or call (859) 858-5277 for an appointment. No walk-ins are allowed. Every student will need to complete a COVID-19 screening prior to arrival.

▾ Will masks and thermometers be supplied by the university, or will they be the responsibility of the student?

Every student will be asked to bring their own masks and thermometers when they come to campus. Extras will be available as needed.

▾ What kind of mask should I wear?

An acceptable face covering must be made out of tightly woven fabric that is at least 2 layers. Please be extremely careful that your mask or gaiter meets this criteria. (Most gaiters do not.) The CDC has recently given the recommendation that masks with valves are not permitted, because they allow for a transfer of air. If you have questions about masks, Health Services approves masks in question. We recognize that all of us must adapt as the CDC updates its recommendations. Thank you for understanding that new information is continually forthcoming.

▾ What kind of COVID-19 test does Asbury University recommend?

Asbury recommends the PCR diagnostic test to confirm a positive or negative COVID-19 result. Rapid Antigen Testing is not as reliable. If you are symptomatic, use a rapid test and get a negative result, you will be asked to retest using a PCR diagnostic test to confirm. To locate a diagnostic testing site, work with Student Health Services and consult the list under the following question.

▾ Who do I report a positive COVID-19 test to?

If you have any symptoms or a positive test for COVID-19, please notify Health Services (Health.Services@asbury.edu or (859) 257-5277) for further instructions, treatment options and assistance. If after hours or on a weekend, please notify the RD on call.

▾ How often should I monitor myself for fever or other symptoms of COVID-19?

All students are asked to self-monitor for symptoms and take their temperature daily. Residential students must immediately report temperatures ≥100.4° F or COVID-19 symptoms to Health Services.

▾ What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever ≥100.4° F
  • New or worsening cough*
  • Nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing*
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • GI symptoms (nausea, vomiting or diarrhea)

*Excluding due to a known medical reason other than COVID-19

Academic Questions

▾ Are masks required in the classroom?

Masks continue to be required in all regularly scheduled classes and labs. Gatherings in classrooms and labs outside of regularly scheduled class times are mask optional.

▾ Will seating be at a physical distance in the classroom?

Seating is returned to normal. However, the University may require distance at any point throughout the semester if community transmission rises.

▾ What if I desire to sit at a physical distance of 6 feet apart due to a medical condition?

Students with a documented medical condition that requires them to physically distance from other students may request accommodations through Academic Accessibility Resources (AAR). Address your request to Dr. Victoria Slocum at victoria.slocum@asbury.edu. The application for AAR can be found at https://start.asbury.edu/register/AAR_Intake.

▾ If I am quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms or isolated due to COVID-19, what should I do about my coursework?

Students who are required by Health Services to quarantine or isolate should contact their professors to determine how to move forward. Health Services will also notify the Registrar’s Office, who will notify the student’s faculty members. Depending upon the nature of the class and the timing in the course curriculum during the term, a faculty member might utilize Zoom or recorded class sessions, might issue alternative assignments, or might offer another option for students to keep up with class sessions.

▾ Should I wear a mask during choir rehearsals?

Students may practice, rehearse, and perform without masks and without social-distancing if accompanied by regular symptom checks at the beginning of the practice/rehearsal/performance.

Students should check their FACTSSS prior to each rehearsal or performance.

Students should also check their temperature onsite prior to the practice/rehearsal/performance. Thermometers are available. Please let Sarah Baldwin know how many thermometers are needed for your area.

The following symptoms are deemed problematic and should result in the student missing the practice/rehearsal/performance and reporting to health services.

  • Fever ≥100.4° F
  • New or worsening cough*
  • Nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing*
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • GI symptoms (nausea, vomiting or diarrhea)

*Excluding due to a known medical reason other than COVID-19

Chapel Questions

▾ Are masks required in chapel?

Masks continue to be required in chapel for the duration of the service.

▾ Will chapel seating be "regular" or at a distance?

Chapel services will be held at full capacity (without physical distancing) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m.

▾ What if I desire to sit at a physical distance of 6 feet apart due to a medical condition?

Students with a documented medical condition that requires them to physically distance from other students may request accommodations through Academic Accessibility Resources (AAR). Address your request to Dr. Victoria Slocum at victoria.slocum@asbury.edu. The application for AAR can be found at https://start.asbury.edu/register/AAR_Intake.

▾ If I am quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms or isolated due to COVID-19, what should I do about my chapel attendance requirements?

Students who are required by Health Services to quarantine or isolate should contact the Chapel Office at chapelattendance@asbury.edu for further instructions.

Move-In & Residence Hall Questions

▾ What should I do if I want to have a roommate who is vaccinated?

While the University will not gather vaccination information as a requirement for attendance or housing, students are welcome to discuss their vaccination status with their roommate. Students who would prefer to have a vaccinated roommate and determine that their roommate has not been vaccinated may request a room change. The University will do everything possible to accommodate that housing change request but does not guarantee that the student will be rehoused. However, almost always we can accommodate roommate change requests in time.

▾ Will move-in be staggered?

Move-in will not be staggered. Students and guests with COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus. If a student is not able to move in on his or her move-in day due to symptoms, the student should contact Health Services at health.services@asbury.edu immediately.

▾ What if I have COVID-19 symptoms on move-in day?

Students and guests with COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus. If a student is not able to move in on his or her move-in day due to symptoms, the student should contact Health Services at health.services@asbury.edu immediately.