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Updated: 05/27/2022

COVID-19 Safety
Richmont Graduate University

Richmont Graduate University’s policies and practices will be aligned with CDC recommendations. This webpage contains information regarding university safety precautions and processes related to COVID-19. Periodic updates may be added or updated as needed to reflect information from the CDC or local public health departments.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Continued cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
  • Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are available in all common spaces.

Face Coverings

Richmont currently does not require masks while inside university buildings. (Please be aware that protocols are subject to change as new information comes available or as circumstances change.)


Tables for quick pickup and drop-off of books and printed materials will be outside each main entrance of the library.  For students who need extra help, appointments for research consultations with the librarians can be arranged.

Many services and questions can be answered online by contacting

Disinfecting Wipes and Hand Sanitizer

Disinfecting wipes will be available in all classrooms and high-touch areas.  Students and professors are encouraged to pick up a wipe on the way into classrooms and wipe down their work areas and classroom technology such as wireless microphones, keyboards, and podium touchpads. Hand sanitizer will be conveniently located in all classrooms.

I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  What should I do?

  • ANYONE who experiences symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should isolate themselves from others, be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, and get tested if indicated.

If I test positive for COVID-19,  what should I do?

  • Alert your designated COVID campus coordinator:
    Atlanta: Amanda Blackburn – 
    Chattanooga: Roxie Shellabarger –
  • You will be asked to complete a Positive COVID Form online. Please do so promptly.
  • Alert your professors and find out details about how to proceed with your current assignments. This information will remain confidential per FERPA and HIPAA standards.
  •  You can return to campus 5 days after symptom onset if :
    • You have been fever-free for at least 24-hours without the use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved.

A person that lives in my home has tested positive for COVID-19. What do I do?  

  • If you are unable to isolate/stay separate from the person who tested positive, please do not return to campus until the person in your home (who tested positive) has completed their 5-day isolation period. At that time, if you remain symptom-free, you may return to campus as long as you remain asymptomatic and wear a mask for their 5-day isolation period.
  • If you can isolate/stay separate from the person who tested positive, please plan to return to campus as normal.

I was exposed to someone with COVID-19 – What do I do?

  • Students or employees who are identified as “close contacts” and are asymptomatic (no COVID-19 symptoms) can return to campus as long as the student/employee remains asymptomatic.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Richmont realizes the information surrounding COVID-19 is constantly updating. The university will continue to follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our local public health departments.

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please follow the recommendations of the CDC and quarantine for the recommended time.  If you need to quarantine, please reach out to your professors and request to attend your classes virtually during the quarantine period.  Please plan not to come to campus until your full quarantine period has ended.

Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others. If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the recommendations of the CDC.  If you need to isolate, please reach out to your professors and request to attend your classes virtually during your isolation period. Please plan not to come to campus until 10 days after symptom onset, you are fever-free without the use of medication, and other symptoms have improved.

How will I be notified if I have been exposed to COVID-19 while at Richmont?

  • The University will alert students and employees who had close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 if that person identifies you as a “close contact” on their Positive COVID Form.  This notification will occur as soon as the university is alerted to the positive COVID test result.

I have further questions about COVID-19 and Richmont’s response. Who can I direct these questions to?

Amanda Blackburn at

COVID-19 Safety