COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – Asbury University
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Updated: 3/14/2022

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.
  • With the new CDC guidelines, Asbury University is adjusting the masking requirements on campus to Masks Optional. This means that masks will be optional in most areas of campus, including chapel. If a professor chooses to continue with masks required in their specific classroom, they may do so.
  • If students/employees are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19, even if vaccinated/boosted, masks are required.
  • 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 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

"What happens if" Questions

▾ What happens if I'm exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

You will need to:

  1. Fill out AU COVID 19 Questionnaire
  2. Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days from exposure. (See “What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?” below)
  3. Test for COVID on the 5th day after exposure (Ex: if exposed on 1st, take test on 6th). While we recommend PCR tests as the most accurate, we can accept rapid tests as long as they are administered by a clinic/testing site. At-home test results will not be accepted and need to be confirmed by repeating test at an official testing site.
  4. Submit your test results and a report of symptoms to Health Services. If test results are positive, follow instructions under “What Happens if I Test Positive for COVID-19?” below.
  5. Mask at all times (see “What does masking mean?” below) when outside your living space for 10 days from exposure. Continue to self-monitor for symptoms – if symptoms develop, notify Health Services and your RD immediately.

▾ What happens if I develop symptoms of COVID-19?

You will need to:

  1. Fill out AU COVID 19 Questionnaire
  2. Quarantine (see “What does quarantine mean?” below) until you have been cleared by Health Services to Return to Campus.
  3. Notify Health Services, your RD, your professors, and any coaches, etc. as appropriate. (See “What do I do about classes?” below)
  4. Test for COVID as soon as possible. While we recommend PCR tests as the most accurate, we can accept rapid tests as long as they are administered by a clinic/testing site. At-home test results will not be accepted.
  5. Monitor your symptoms (See “What If I Need Help?” below)
  6. Submit a screenshot or photo of negative test results and a report of symptoms to Health Services. (If test results are positive, follow instructions under “What Happens if I Test Positive for COVID-19?” below.)
  7. Receive Clearance – Health Services will send you a clearance to Return to Campus if you have submitted both a negative test and a report of improved symptoms, including no fever within the past 24 hours (without medication). Do not leave quarantine until cleared.

▾ What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

You will need to:

  1. Fill out AU COVID 19 Questionnaire
  2. Isolate (see “What does isolation mean?” below) for 5 full days from the date of your positive test.
  3. Notify Health Services, your RD, your professors, and any coaches, etc. as appropriate. (See “What do I do about classes?” below)
  4. Submit a screenshot or photo of the documentation of your positive test results to Health Services. Health Services must have this documentation to process your official isolation protocols.
  5. Monitor your symptoms (See “What If I Need Help?” below).
  6. May Return to Campus on Day 6 if symptoms have improved and have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine. Notify Health Services if additional time is needed. (A negative test is not required to be cleared from isolation)
  7. Mask at all times (see “What does masking mean?” below) for an additional 5 days after leaving isolation (Total of 10 days from your positive test. Continue to self-monitor for symptoms – if symptoms return or worsen, return to isolation and notify Health Services and your RD immediately.

▾ What do I do about classes?

If you are in quarantine/isolation, you are required to:

  1. Notify Health Services at the time of your isolation/quarantine. Health Services will submit an official notification to the Registrar’s Office notifying them of your need for alternate learning for the dates of your quarantine/isolation. Important Note: Health Services will not submit this notification retroactively. If you do not notify Health Services as soon as you develop symptoms, learn of an exposure, or receive a positive test result, you will not receive a Registrar’s excuse for alternate learning.
  2. Contact Your Professors to inform them that you are in quarantine/isolation. Each professor handles alternate learning differently, according to class needs. It is your responsibility to work with your professors and complete alternate class assignments/attendance requirements. Note that there is often a delay before professors receive the official Registrar’s notification for alternate learning.
  3. See Chapel Office Communications for instructions on how to fulfill Chapel credit requirements while in quarantine/isolation.

▾ What if I need help?

For medical help, contact Health Services:

  1. To notify of symptoms (see “What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?” below), positive test results, or exposure
  2. For medical advice to treat your symptoms
  3. For any questions about symptoms, to update about a change (improvement/worsening) in your symptoms, follow-up after quarantine/isolation or a negative test, or any other medically-related question
  4. Email: health.services@asbury.edu
    Call: 859-858-5277
    Important Note: Staff are available at Health Services 8:00-4:30, closed 12-1 for lunch and closed during chapel. Clinic appointments are available 9:00-3:00, subject to availability.
    For the safety of staff and other students, if you are experiencing any COVID-related symptoms, have been exposed to COVID, or have received a positive COVID test, do not come to the clinic in person. Use phone or email to notify Health Services staff.

For medical help after hours, contact the Nurse Triage Line:

  1. If you need urgent medical advice after hours, call the AU Switchboard at (859) 858-3511, x0 and ask to speak to the Nurse Triage Line.
  2. Note that the Nurse Triage Line will offer professional medical advice but cannot provide on-campus care.

For logistical help, contact your RD/the RD on Call

  1. To notify of symptoms (see “What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?” below), positive test results, or exposure
  2. For questions about or help with housing or meal delivery for quarantine or isolation, or any other non-medical logistics for quarantine/isolation.
  3. Email:
    Evan Duszynski (Johnson): evan.duszynski@asbury.edu
    Laura Haugen (Glide-Crawford): laura.haugen@asbury.edu
    Emily Leininger (Aldersgate): emily.kane@asbury.edu
    Liz Louden (Kresge): elizabeth.louden@asbury.edu
    Matt Penny (Trustees): stephen.penny@asbury.edu
    RD on Call: AU Switchboard: (859) 858-3511, x0 – ask to speak to RD on call

For clearance from quarantine/isolation on a weekend/holiday, contact RD on Call

  1. The RD on call can also provide clearance from quarantine/isolation after hours (all test results/symptom reports must be submitted to both RD on call and Health Services).
  2. Call: AU Switchboard: (859) 858-3511, x0 – ask to speak to RD on call.

For help with AU COVID-19 protocols/procedures, contact COVID Questions

  1. Read the entire COVID FAQs on this page.
  2. Contact COVID Questions: covidquestions@asbury.edu

"What does ____ mean" Questions

▾ What does quarantine mean?

Quarantine means:

  1. Staying in your dorm room or at your permanent residence at all times other than to go to doctor’s appointments / testing.
  2. If on-campus and quarantining in a location with shared bathrooms, wearing a mask when using the bathrooms and sanitizing facilities after use.
  3. Not attending in-person class, chapel, team practice/games, or going to shared community spaces such as churches, grocery stores, libraries, common areas, etc.
  4. Having meals delivered (if on campus).
  5. Quarantine for symptoms begins at the start of symptoms and lasts until all four of the following are true:
    1. Symptoms have resolved or significantly improved.
    2. You have not had a fever (>100.3) within the last 24 hours without using medication.
    3. You have received a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or rapid administered by a clinic/testing facility)
    4. Health Services has received documentation of and reviewed all three of the above and sent you a Return to Campus clearance email.

▾ What does isolation mean?

Isolation means:

  1. Moving to specific on-campus isolation housing or returning to your permanent residence.
  2. Staying in isolation housing or your permanent residence at all times.
  3. Not attending in-person class, chapel, team practice/games, or going to shared community spaces such as churches, grocery stores, libraries, common areas, etc.
  4. Having meals delivered (if on campus).
  5. Isolation begins (Day 0 for counting purposes) on the date of your positive test results.
  6. Isolation lasts a minimum of 5 full days from positive test. Isolation is ended when all three of the following are true:
    1. Symptoms have improved.
    2. You have not had a fever within the last 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.
    3. Health Services has received documentation of your positive test results.
  7. A negative test is not required to be cleared from isolation.
  8. Notify Health Services if additional time is needed.
  9. You will be expected to wear a mask at ALL times for an additional 5 days (TOTAL OF 10 DAYS FROM POSITIVE TESTS)

▾ What does masking mean?

Masking means:

  1. Wearing a mask at all times when outside your room/living space, indoors and outdoors.
  2. Wearing a mask during exercise, athletic practice, etc.
  3. Your mask must be well-fitting, at least 2 layers, and cover both your nose and mouth at all times.

▾ What does close contact mean?

Close contact means:

  1. Being within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period of someone who tests positive for COVID-19. (Regardless of whether masks were worn.)
  2. The exposure period for someone who has received a positive test is 48 hours prior to the start of symptoms or time of test, whichever came first.

▾ What does up-to-date vaccination mean?

Up-to-Date on Vaccination means one or more of the following is true:

  1. Received a 2nd dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine within the last 6 months.
  2. Received a Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months.
  3. Received a 3rd dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine (any time frame)
  4. Received a 2nd dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (any time frame)
  5. Received a single dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine following the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (any time frame)

▾ What does Return to Campus mean?

Return to Campus means you are cleared to resume in-person classes, chapel, team practices/games, activities, etc., following regular Asbury University masking and other COVID protocols.

▾ What does Clearance to Move to Masking mean?

Clearance to Move to Masking means:

  • You may leave quarantine/isolation and resume in-person classes, chapel, team practices/games, activities, etc.
  • You must wear a mask at all times when outside room/living space. (See “Masking” above.)

General Questions

▾ What if I'm feeling sick before coming back to campus?

Before arriving to campus, if you are experiencing any flu, strep throat, or COVID-19 symptoms, remain home until you see a health professional and obtain a negative COVID-19 test result. Students should follow the same general practice once they are on campus and remain in their dorm rooms if viral symptoms develop.

If you are not able to move back to campus due to symptoms, contact Health Services at health.services@asbury.edu immediately.

▾ 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.

▾ 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.

▾ 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, Student Health Services will have Rapid COVID test by appointment Monday-Friday or any community member can 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 or Rapid Antigen diagnostic test to confirm a positive or negative COVID-19 result. At-Home tests will need to be confirmed by repeating test at an official testing location. To locate a diagnostic testing site, work with Student Health Services and consult the list of testing locations, under the question "Where can I get tested for COVID-19?" in the "General Questions" section.

▾ 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) 858-5277 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?

The symptoms of COVID-19 overlap with many other illnesses, including influenza, strep throat, the common cold, and seasonal allergies. The only way to know for certain whether symptoms are caused by COVID-19 or something else is a diagnostic test. In general, a person is considered to be experiencing symptoms if he/she is experiencing two or more of the following that are not due to an underlying health condition (other than seasonal allergies):

  • Severe fatigue
  • Body aches or headache
  • Cough
  • Congestion (head or chest)
  • Fever (temperature of 100.3 or higher)
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell. Loss of taste/smell is considered symptomatic for COVID-19 even if no other symptoms are present.

Academic Questions

▾ Are masks required in the classroom?

  • With the new CDC guidelines, Asbury University is adjusting the masking requirements on campus to Masks Optional. This means that masks will be optional in most areas of campus, including class & chapel. If a professor chooses to continue with masks required in their specific classroom, they may do so.
  • If students/employees are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19, even if vaccinated/boosted, masks are required.

▾ 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.

▾ 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?

  • With the new CDC guidelines, Asbury University is adjusting the masking requirements on campus to Masks Optional. This means that masks will be optional in most areas of campus, including class & chapel. If a professor chooses to continue with masks required in their specific classroom, they may do so.
  • If students/employees are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19, even if vaccinated/boosted, masks are required.

▾ 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 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?

Before arriving to campus, if you are experiencing any flu, strep throat, or COVID-19 symptoms, remain home until you see a health professional and obtain a negative COVID-19 test result. Students should follow the same general practice once they are on campus and remain in their dorm rooms if viral symptoms develop.

If you are not able to move back to campus due to symptoms, contact Health Services at health.services@asbury.edu immediately.

Summer Conference Questions

▾ Can summer conferences at Asbury have their own COVID-19 protocol?

Summer Conference Groups will be permitted to create their own protocol regarding vaccination and masking mandates, provided they do not conflict with our county or state mandates.

For example:

  • If our state requires masking in groups larger than 50, then you would need to comply.
  • If our state requires you to wear gloves when going through a self-service line, then you would need to comply.

▾ Will different summer camps be kept separate while on campus?

While more than one group is on campus at a time, they will have designated tables to eat at, and will be in separate dorms or hallways.

▾ How will Asbury's conference services personnel handle differing COVID-19 protocols when interacting with groups??

All conference services personnel will abide by the requests of your group regarding masks any time they interact with individuals from your group.

▾ Can we get extra cleaning supplies?

Extra cleaning supplies can be provided upon request.

Employee Questions

▾ Do I have to wear a mask?

  • With the new CDC guidelines, Asbury University is adjusting the masking requirements on campus to Masks Optional. This means that masks will be optional in most areas of campus, including class & chapel. If a professor chooses to continue with masks required in their specific classroom, they may do so.
  • If students/employees are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19, even if vaccinated/boosted, masks are required.

▾ What happens if I'm exposed to COVID-19?

In the event of an exposure to COVID-19, please note:

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days from exposure. (See “What Are the Symptoms of COVID-19?” below)
  • Mask at all times (see “What does masking mean?” below) when outside your living space for 10 days from exposure.
  • Test for COVID on the 5th day after exposure (Ex: if exposed on 1st, take test on 6th). While we recommend PCR tests as the most accurate, we can accept rapid tests as long as they are administered by a clinic/testing site.
  • If Positive – begin to Isolate and notify your supervisor

Whether you are vaccinated or not, please notify Greg McGee of your exposure.

▾ What if I have symptoms but I'm not sure it's COVID-19?

  • Regardless if you are vaccinated or not, please do not come into work if you do not pass your FACTSSS.
  • Notify your supervisor that you will not be reporting to work, and notify Greg McGee (Gregory.mcgee@asbury.edu) that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • It is recommended that you get tested for COVID-19 if you are experiencing symptoms. PCR testing is the preferred method.
  • You may return to work when you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • All other sick and leave policies still apply.

▾ What kind of COVID-19 test should I get?

Asbury recommends the PCR diagnostic test to confirm a positive or negative COVID-19 result. Rapid Antigen Testing is not as reliable so is not sufficient for our community. 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, please refer to the list of testing locations under “Where can I get tested for COVID-19?” on this FAQ page inside the "General Questions" section.

▾ What happens if I test positive?

In the event of a positive COVID-19 test, Asbury’s quarantine and isolation policies have been updated and are based on the new CDC recommendations. Asbury’s policies are as follows:

  • Turn in test result
  • Must isolate for minimum of 5 days either at permanent residence or in Isolation housing on campus (from day of positive test)
  • DO NOT attend in-person classes or chapel, team practices or games
  • AVOID shared community spaces like the cafeteria, work, shopping centers, grocery stores, movie theaters, stadiums, church or any public place
  • DO NOT Return to Campus until cleared by Health Services
  • Community members who test positive for COVID-19—regardless of vaccination status—are required to isolate for 5 days.
  • May be cleared to Return to Campus on Day 6, if asymptomatic or symptoms have significantly improved and fever-free for at least 24-hours without the use of fever-reducing medication but will be expected to wear a mask at ALL times for additional 5 days (TOTAL OF 10 DAYS FROM POSITIVE TEST)
  • Please notify Greg McGee of your Positive Test.

▾ How do I get up-to-date information for campus?

For all up to date campus information regarding COVID-19, please visit the COVID-19 Plan page.

Additionally, there is a campus dashboard tracking our on-campus (faculty, staff, and students) population COVID-19 occurrences.