COVID-19 Information

AHU Orlando and Denver Campus Access as of November 22, 2021

Last Updated November 24, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EST

Introduction

In accordance with our service standard of keep me safe, AHU guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 endemic are constantly being evaluated and updated in an ongoing basis. This page will reflect the latest updates and guidelines pertaining to COVID-19.

What this means for students, faculty, staff, and visitors:

Mask Wearing

  • Masks are still required for those individuals who are not fully vaccinated except when outdoors.
  • Faculty, staff, or student workers who are vaccinated and have a COVID-19 vaccination sticker on their university ID page have the option to wear a mask.
  • Students, faculty, and staff should wear their university ID badge while on campus, and comply with applicable guidelines when visiting the Orlando or Denver hospital facilities next to AHU or other community locations where faculty and students may go for outside class work.

Social Distancing

  • Everyone regardless of vaccination status should social distance at least 3’ except for brief encounters where it may not be possible, such as in an elevator.

Areas Open

  • Access to some campus areas may be limited until further notice.

Service Departments

  • Most service departments will continue to serve students remotely until further notice. However, some limited services may be available on campus. Before coming to campus, please confirm the specific office hours for when a particular department may be staffed for any in person meetings.

Campus Visitors and Tours

  • All guests will be checked in and given a name tag. If you are not fully vaccinated a mask will be provided and will need to be worn while indoors.
  • No more than four visitors plus the tour guide will be allowed on campus at any given time. Only two tours per day will be scheduled, one in the morning and afternoon Monday through Friday. Visitors who are not fully vaccinated will be required to wear the supplied surgical grade mask and social distance at least 3 feet during the tour.
  • Walk-ins will be accommodated if capacity allows. However, it is recommended that all visitors schedule an appointment for a tour prior to arrival.

Summary

It is critical that everyone comply with these guidelines. Failure to do so unnecessarily places your colleagues and friends at risk for contracting COVID-19 and may even impact whether the AHU campuses may remain open.

We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated, if you have not already done so. The benefit far outweighs the risks associated with a COVID-19 infection.

These guidelines may be updated to comply with changes made by AdventHealth, state, or federal authorities. Thank you for complying with these new guidelines as we live out the service standard to Keep Me Safe.

Additional sources related to this announcement may be found here:

You may direct comments or questions regarding this announcement to: Lonnie.mixon@ahu.edu


Mask Reminder

For fully vaccinated individuals with COVID-19 vaccination stickers on their university ID badges, masks are optional.

AdventHealth University strongly recommends that everyone receive the available COVID-19 vaccinations. For more information on where to obtain the vaccine visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/vaccines/vaccine-locator

Vaccine Locator

Student and Employee Resources: View COVID-19 Resources for Students and Employees →

The AHU Orlando campus is closed, except to those with assigned labs and/or simulations. The reopening of campus will be determined in alignment with federal, state, and local guidelines in the weeks and months ahead.

For any questions related to COVID-19 practices at AHU, please send an email to one of the following options:

Questions for Orlando Campus

Question for Denver Campus

Questions for AHU Online

Important International Student Information

AHU and F1 Students:

AHU is currently operating in a hybrid course delivery state regarding classes, labs, clinicals, and internships according to the definition of hybrid provided by USCIS. We have chosen to continue to limit the amount of individuals allowed on campus at any given time during the pandemic resulting in all programs providing a mix of online and on campus education.

If you have additional questions please send and e-mail to ahu.international.students@adventhealth.com.

Academics

AdventHealth University uses Remote Learning during a crisis. Fully remote teaching solutions are utilized, which replace the traditional instruction format. The aim is to make it convenient for students to continue an uninterrupted education experience at AHU.

AHU Online classes are not affected and continue without interruption.

AHU On-campus classes are delivered in a hybrid model that is a blend of on-campus labs and simulations, and Internet-based learning platforms, including Zoom, Bluejeans, Canvas, and Microsoft Teams.

Campus remains open to faculty and students with classes/labs and/or simulations on days assigned to them. Students who have assigned classes/labs and/or simulations will receive an email from their instructor/s. Department Chairs and Program Directors will also continue to update students directly.

Clinicals continue as planned as sites permit and students are scheduled to participate unless there are feasible, accreditation-sanctioned alternatives. If a student opts out of clinicals for susceptibility, risk category, or other Chair-approved reasons, they may need to extend their academic program. Program requirements may be delayed but cannot be waived. Students must fulfill all program requirements for graduation.

All community-based student service-learning projects are suspended until further notice.

Registration

Spring 2021 Registration Start Dates:

  • Denver and Online Campus - October 18, 2021
  • Orlando Campus- October 25, 2021

Registration Deadlines (last date to register for Spring 2022):

  • All Online Courses - January 5, 2022
  • All Face to Face Courses - January 16, 2022

Last Day to withdraw from classes and receive a grade of "W" for 14 week courses - November 19, 2021. For terms longer or shorter than 14 weeks, please contact Office of the Registrar at registrar@ahu.edu

Fall 2021 Trimester Start Date

  • September 7, 2021 to December 17, 2021

Students in Housing

Students with assigned labs and/or simulations who need to return to AHU Housing should contact Dean Cassandra Philogene at 407-896-5869. Students may not return to AHU Housing for any reason without advance, written permission from the Dean.

Information Sessions

Live and prerecorded video presentations from campus departments will keep both current and prospective students informed during this time. Current and prospective students will be notified as sessions are scheduled.

Health and Safety

Please remember the CDC guidelines regarding things you can do to prevent illness and avoid being exposed to the virus. To protect the health of students, employees, visitors and others:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your household.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people. Do not gather in groups and stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
  • Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Monitor your health. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Symptomatic students, or students exposed to COVID-19, should exercise caution and quarantine per the Florida Department of Education Symptomatic Decision Tree.

University Planning

AdventHealth continues to monitor, identify, and plan for various scenarios related to COVID-19. Updates will be provided to faculty, staff, and students here and through other AHU approved methods of communication.

University Messages and Updates

AdventHealth University will communicate through the AHU website and email as the situation develops and information is received. In the event of cancellations or closures, the University will send a message through the emergency notification system.

Inclusive Campus

AdventHealth University is an inclusive community with faculty, staff, and students from around the world. As such, it is important that members of that community take care not to make assumptions or discriminate against others based on perceived symptoms or ethnicity and/or national origin. Learn more about the University's Non-Discrimination policy.

Resources for Spiritual and Mental Health

AHU recognizes that the ongoing situation with COVID-19 may cause stress for members of the University community, especially those with family and friends affected in other areas of the nation and the world. Students can contact the AHU Mental Health Counselor or Chaplains through email:

Mental Health Counselor
Betty Varghese, betty.varghese@ahu.edu

Chaplains
Reynold Acosta, reynold.acosta@ahu.edu
Niesha Steinke, niesha.steinke@ahu.edu

AdventHealth Church Resources

AdventHealth has created a Coronavirus Hub for churches, universities, schools, and other faith communities

AdventHealth Church Resources

Community Resources

Community Resource Hub

AdventHealth has launched www.CoronavirusSignsAndSymptoms.com where consumers can get answers on top COVID-19 questions, such as:

  • Am I at risk?
  • What should I know if I am pregnant?
  • How can I protect myself?

Coronavirus Information Line

AdventHealth is launching a free phone service for Floridians who have questions about COVID-19, including the opportunity to speak with a nurse as appropriate. The AdventHealth Coronavirus Information Line, 877-VIRUSHQ (877-847-8747), is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It serves as a one-stop-shop to connect Floridians with resources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Florida Department of Health.

While the phone line is not intended to replace a physician-patient relationship, nurses can answer general medical questions and will refer the caller to the appropriate next steps, such as connecting them to a nurse, AdventHealth Centra Care, AdventHealth eCare or other health care provider.

Additional Resources

For information regarding the current number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Florida, please visit the Florida Department of Health website. AdventHealth University will also continue to monitor reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as we actively plan for various scenarios and potential short- and long-term impacts.