March 3, 2022
Dear FSU Community,
FSU is excited that state, county, and Fayetteville State University data continues to indicate favorable trends related to COVID-19. For the past three weeks, FSU's positivity rate has been well under 1%. Following the recent memo sent from UNC System President Peter Hans on Friday, February 25, 2022, the university will modify our COVID-19 Protocols in accordance with CDC, state, and county guidelines. Classroom instruction and current course modality will remain as is. FSU faculty and instructors will continue providing students with the in-person classroom instruction they expect and deserve, consistent with FSU campus policies.
Effective Monday, March 7, 2022:
Optional Face Coverings
Face coverings will no longer be required for faculty, staff, students, and visitors on campus.
- If you are unvaccinated or if you are at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, you are encouraged to wear a face covering at your discretion and/or upon the advice of your medical provider. Face coverings offer an important extra layer of protection when worn properly.
- Federal and state guidelines still require face coverings on public transportation and in health care settings. This means you will still be required to wear face coverings when visiting the Spaulding Building which houses Student Health Services and the Counseling and Personal Development Center.
- While traveling to and from campus and throughout Cumberland County, everyone should carry a face covering, so you will have one readily available for situations where extra protection is needed or if you are not feeling well.
Discontinuation of Testing Requirement
Testing for students and employees who are unvaccinated will no longer be required.
- Free, walk-in COVID testing remains available five days a week on campus in the Seabrook Auditorium for any student, employee, or community member who wants or needs a rapid or PCR COVID test.
- The Community Testing Clinic located at Seabrook Auditorium is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9am-5pm and on Tuesday and Thursday from 10am-7pm.
- Student Health Service will continue to provide health care as needed for our students.
Vaccinations and Boosters
Vaccines remain the best defense against COVID-19 and have proven effective against the most severe symptoms. Please get vaccinated and, if you are eligible, get your booster shot. Please also upload your proof of vaccination and booster to the Medicate link.
- The FSU Vaccine Clinic provides free vaccines and booster shots in the Rudolph Jones Student Center, room 131, Monday through Friday, from 11am- 5pm.
Quarantine and Isolation Protocols
- In accordance with CDC guidelines, a five-day isolation period will continue to be required for all who test positive, regardless of vaccination status. You are also required to wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public and not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.
- You may end isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.
- If you were severely ill with COVID-19 or are immunocompromised you should isolatefor at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.
- Students are required to report positive test results, COVID-like symptoms, and COVIDexposures to Student Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org; employees are required to report these situations to the Office of Human Resources or email Kay Faircloth at email@example.com. Instructions will be provided regarding isolation, quarantine, and requirements to return to school or work.
- Do not report to work or class if you have symptoms or have tested positive.
The FSU community has been extremely supportive of recent COVID protocols, which has helped to reduce the number of quarantine and isolation cases on our campus. We encourage our community to remain responsible as we continue to navigate the pandemic and practice individual health and safety measures.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Darrell T. Allison, J.D.
FSU will require faculty, staff, and students to follow the recently revised CDC isolation and quarantine protocols. The CDC guidance are as follows:
✓ If you test positive for COVID -19 (ISOLATE) - Applicable to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.
· Stay home for 5 days.
· If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leaveyour house.
· Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. (Note above theUniversity's requirement on mask wearing.)
· If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
✓ If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 (QUARANTINE)
· If you have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccinewithin the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months:
o Wear a mask around others for 10 days. Test on day 5, if possible.
o If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
· If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated:
o Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
o If you can't quarantine you must wear a mask for 10 days. Test on day 5 if possible.
o If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.
✓ Faculty and staff are required to report positive test results or exposures
Faculty and staff are required to report positive test results or exposures to Kay Faircloth in the Office of Human Resources (x2461 or firstname.lastname@example.org). You will then be provided current requirements for isolation / quarantine based on your specific situation, as well as requirements for returning to work.
Faculty and staff should self-monitor for symptoms daily. Employees who develop fever or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should immediately self-isolate and contact Kay Faircloth at (910) 672-2461. Students should contact the Student Health Center at (910) 672-1256.
Your health and safety is our priority and we will continue to work with public health experts to keep you informed. As more information becomes available, the University will provide immediate updates to any further changes to the spring 2022.
To stay updated, please visit the FSU COVID-19 webpage and these other helpful links:
Chancellor Darrel T. Allison's 8/4/21 letter to the FSU Campus Community. Read letter (PDF)
Vice Chancellor Council and Director Gordon's 8/23/21 letter to FSU students. Read letter (PDF)
12/14/2021: Faculty and Staff Letter: COVID-19 Spring 2022 Protocol (PDF)
12/31/2021: SPECIAL UPDATE: COVID-19 Omicron Variant and the 2022 Spring Semester (PDF)