Averett University’s 2021-2022
Fall Semester Health and Safety Protocols

Averett University remains committed to providing a safe and memorable on-campus experience for the 2021-2022 academic year. Last year was unlike any other due to COVID-19, but we rallied to keep ourselves as well as visitors to our campus and people in our community safe and healthy. We will do that again, together.

Keeping some of the best practices we implemented last year and updating other practices to reflect recent health and safety recommendations, we are confident in our plans for a safe and enriching semester with the help of each person on campus.

Below is a glimpse of some major highlights of our comprehensive plan for the fall 2021 semester. Here are some Frequently Asked Questions for students, as well as some specific employees. Hear from Averett President Dr. Tiffany M. Franks as she speaks to students and employees regarding recent health and safety requirement updates in this video.

We invite you to check this page regularly, monitor LiveSafe and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for the most recent news, alerts and updates.


In an effort to keep our campus and surrounding community as safe as possible, all on-campus Averett students and employees who do not have an approved medical or religious exemption are required to receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine by Thursday, Sept. 30. This requirement includes all students who come to Averett’s campuses – both residential and commuter – as well as all employees on our campuses, including third-party on-campus vendor employees.

On Monday, Aug. 23, the FDA granted full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people aged 16 years and older. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective.” They help to decrease the spread of COVID-19 (including the Delta variant), minimize the potentially severe consequences of infection and keep infected patients out of hospitals. Currently, 95% of COVID-19 cases in our region requiring hospitalization are unvaccinated patients.

To meet the University’s vaccine requirement, on-campus students and employees may choose to take:

  • Two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, with the first shot completed by Saturday, Sept. 30, and the second taken within the subsequent timeframe for that specific vaccine, or
  • One shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by Saturday, Sept. 30.

For shots requiring two doses, second doses must be taken in the required subsequent timeframe in order to be considered compliant.

Averett, in partnership with Virginia Department of Health, will continue to host vaccination clinics on our campuses and communicate about off-campus opportunities, which anyone can schedule by visiting vaccinate.virginia.gov. Once vaccinated, your vaccination card should be uploaded to the LiveSafe app, or emailed to health@averett.edu.

Medical and religious exemption applications will be reviewed for students and employees, and can be obtained in the Office of Health Services in the Galesi Family Student Success Center. Philosophical exemptions will not be allowed.

The University will take a phased approach with noncompliant on-campus students or employees. Any unvaccinated on-campus student or employee – regardless of exemption status – must undergo mandatory weekly COVID-19 PRC testing. There are numerous off-campus testing sites. Pharmacies seem to be the simplest choice. Test results must be submitted via the LiveSave app or to the Office of Health Services by emailing health@averett.edu, with the first test result due Wednesday, Sept. 22. Student-athletes and Athletics staff will continue to follow testing procedures required by the Athletics department. In addition to weekly testing, noncompliant students and employees will be subject to progressive accountability, up to and including separation from the University. Additional details regarding testing schedules and non-compliant consequences will be forthcoming.

This vaccine requirement is yet another tool among our many mitigation strategies that will position us and other institutions of higher education to maintain a safer and healthier campus community for all.

All on-campus students and employees were required to undergo COVID-19 PCR testing by Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. The percentage of positive results from August were very low, which is encouraging. However, the community transmission rates of COVID-19 infections in our Pittsylvania-Danville health district remain high – comparable to the peaks of last year’s pre-vaccination rates – and vaccination rates in this district remain well behind the statewide averages.

Additional future testing may be required at various intervals. Click here to view some Frequently Asked Questions regarding the University’s testing strategy.

Face Coverings
Because of the increase in new variant COVID-19 incidents and since we are reuniting from many areas of the country and world, all students, employees and visitors on our campuses must wear face coverings when indoors with others and outdoors when social distancing is not feasible until further notice. We also encourage our Averett Family to wear face coverings when in the larger community to help keep yourselves and others safe here on campus.

Daily Self-Monitoring
All students and employees must complete daily health self-checks via LiveSafe to assess for any COVID-19 symptoms. Once the assessment is completed, users will receive an email each time that indicates that they have completed their health self-check for the day. Students will need to share their check-mark results with professors for each in-class sessions and at times upon entering other employee areas.

If a student answers “yes” to any of the questions and receives the red ‘X’ at any point, you should call the Averett Health Triage Line at 434-203-3781 to reduce the risk of transmission of disease to other students and to seek support regarding next steps. Employees who receive the red ‘X’ at any point should continue to follow our protocol of contacting your department/division head or supervisor and the Director of Human Resources.

Classes and Campus Life
Classes in the Averett traditional program have returned to predominant face-to-face instruction with some protocols from our previous semester staying in effect for the Fall semester. In addition, some classes are offered online or in a hybrid format, and accommodations are made for those who cannot attend in-person for pandemic-related reasons.

The Dining Hall has returned to full-capacity seating, and all food stations returned to full pre-pandemic operation. Dining Services employees and patrons will follow the University’s protocols regarding face coverings when not eating or drinking.

Events, Visitors and Athletics
During major indoor University events or outdoor events where social distancing is not possible, everyone will be required to wear face coverings.

Averett is open for all visitors including prospective students and their families. Health and safety protocols are in place for visits.

All Averett Athletics teams are competing as scheduled, and all Athletics student-athletes and staff will also follow all NCAA and conference guidance. Currently spectators are allowed and will follow the University’s visitor protocols.

Continued Monitoring
We will continue to very closely monitor campus COVID-19 incident data as well as regional COVID-19 activity and health and safety recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), VDH and the Governor of Virginia, all of which will help inform future protocol for Averett’s campuses.


To read past communications distributed to the University community regarding Averett’s response to the coronavirus, click here.

COVID-19 Data Dashboard

In an effort to keep our campus informed, we have developed a dashboard that will track any COVID-19 activity on Averett’s campuses. For the latest information, click here.