Student and family information

Operations for the Start of the Spring 2022 Semester

We hope you are having a safe, enjoyable and restful winter break. As the calendar changes to a new year and you begin preparations to return to campus, we have a few announcements and reminders to help the start of our spring 2022 semester go smoothly.  

As you know, JCSU mandated vaccinations for all students, faculty and staff at thbeginning of the fall 2021 semester. With the rise of the Omicron variant over the past month, the University will mandate the COVID-19 booster shot for all students, faculty and staff by February 18, 2022. There are no exceptions to this mandate. We strongly encourage you to get your booster shot before you return to campus, and we are working diligently to host vaccination clinics on campus in mid-January and early February to allow you to get your booster shot or your first COVID-19 vaccination. 

The University will continue to recognize vaccination exemptions for medical and religious reasons. The mandatory weekly testing for exempted students, faculty and staff will begin on Thursday, January 13, 2022. In continuation of our established procedures, exempted students who do not take the weekly COVID-19 test on campus or provide a test result to the Health Center by the following Monday, will lose access to Canvas and campus facilities, including the library, dining hall and residence halls. Exempted faculty and staff who do not follow the testing protocol will face disciplinary action.

We thank the campus community for adhering to our vaccination mandate, testing regimen and indoor mask mandate that kept our campus safe and helped us have a successful fall semester. Even in the face of the Omicron variant, we believe strict adherence to our COVID-19 protocols will allow us to have a safe and successful spring semester. Students should refer to Canvas and each course syllabus to learn important information about the first week of classes. 

Move in information

If you are a new or returning student, preparing to move back into your residence hall room, please note the following: 

  1. A phased, move-in process will start on Thursday, January 6, 2022. The Office of Housing and Residence Life has indicated your date and time for move-in. For the safety of all our residential students, we ask that you comply and adhere to the day and time that has been assigned to you. Our single-occupancy policy, meaning one student per room, will continue to be in effect for the spring 2022 semester. 
  1. All vaccinated and exempted students must return to campus with a negative, COVID-19 test. Make your appointment now to get tested at a city/county testing or medical site. Prior to reporting to your residence hall, you will bring your test results to the Health Center and get a wrist band. Without an official wrist band, you will not be permitted into your residence hall. 
  1. The window to take your COVID-19 test is within 72 hours of your arrival to campus. What does this mean? See the following schedule below: 

    Move-In Date  Take Test No Earlier Than This Day 
    Thursday, January 6  Tuesday, January 4
    Friday, January 7 Wednesday, January 5
    Saturday, January 8 Thursday, January 6
    Sunday, January 9 Friday, January 7
  1. If you test positive prior to coming to campus, stay home and alert Dr. Marian Jones, the Director of the Health Center, at 704.378.1074 or Please note that any falsified or fabricated test results that are submitted to the Health Center, will result in a referral to Student Conduct for adjudication.  

Happy New Year! We wish each of you a safe, productive and rewarding 2022. As always, Hold High the Gold and Blue.

The counseling center is here for you!

If you desire to schedule a tele-therapy session with one of our three JCSU Mental Health Professional, please contact the Counseling Center at 704.378.1044 or

They also have compiled some tips for practicing self-care and wellness for students.