Campus Policies for Spring '22

AUBG is committed to protecting its students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are implementing pandemic-related Spring '22 Campus* Policies to minimize the risk of students transmitting the virus among members of the AUBG community. AUBG reserves the right to modify its Campus Policies if the mode of the semester changes and/or if the COVID-19 regulations by the Bulgarian health and educational authorities require us to do so.

These policies override the regular-semester policies in the Student Handbook. Students who violate these policies will be warned, fined, and may be brought to the Student Conduct Council which will take disciplinary action against the violators. ABF, BAC, and MB Mask penalty procedures for violations are described here: https://www.aubg.edu/mask-policy .

Last update: January 11, 2022

1. Vaccination

AUBG strongly recommends all AUBG students, faculty and staff** to be vaccinated against the SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) virus unless they have specific medical contraindications which must be confirmed by the Health Center. A booster dose can be received 3 months after the completed vaccination. Students, faculty and staff who have been vaccinated abroad should inquire in the Health Center whether they are eligible to receive a booster dose there.

2. COVID-19 Certificates (also called GreenPass or Green Certificates) and access to MB, BAC and ABF.

a. All on-ground AUBG students and faculty must have a COVID-19 Certificate. Access to campus will be granted to students and faculty for the validity period of their COVID-19 certificate.

b. On-campus students must email their COVID-19 Certificate (based on a valid certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19, a certificate of a positive PCR test within the previous 12 months, or an antibodies test - above 150 BAU/ml), to healthcenter@aubg.edu Mon-Fri, min. 24 hours before they check in the Residence Halls.

c. On-ground off-campus students and faculty must email their COVID-19 Certificate to healthcenter@aubg.edu or present it to the AUBG Health Center Mon-Fri 9am-5pm min. 24 hours before they enter the campus for the first time.

On-ground off-campus students and faculty who do not possess a COVID-19 Certificate, based on the above, must email or present a temporary COVID-19 Certificate, based on a valid PCR or fast antigen test done in an official medical laboratory every time they would like to enter the campus. They must email their temporary COVID-19 Certificate to healthcenter@aubg.edu or present it to the AUBG Health Center Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, latest by noon of the day they need to enter the campus.

d. Online students and faculty may email their COVID-19 Certificate (based on a valid certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19, a certificate of a positive PCR test within the previous 12 months, or an antibodies test - above 150 BAU/ml) to healthcenter@aubg.edu or present it to the AUBG Health Center Mon-Fri 9am-5pm min. 24 hours before they enter the campus for the first time.

Online students and faculty who do not possess a COVID-19 Certificate, based on the above, may email or present a temporary COVID-19 Certificate, based on a valid PCR or fast antigen test done in an official medical laboratory every time they would like to enter the campus. They must email their temporary COVID-19 Certificate to healthcenter@aubg.edu or present it to the AUBG Health Center Mon-Fri 9am-5pm min. 3 working hours before they enter the campus.

e. Information about access and other policies of the Panitza Library in BAC here and here.

f. Online students and faculty without a COVID-19 Certificate and ELI students and their parents can access the AUBG Bookstore in ABF on Jan 17-Feb 4, 11:00-15:00. The guard on duty will assist them.

g. Following the Bulgarian and AUBG’s COVID-19 policies withexternal visitors of AUBG administrative offices in MB, BAC and ABF are the responsibility of the respective office manager.

h. Unauthorized use of someone else’s AUBG access card to enter campus will be brought to the Student Conduct Council and and may result in severe penalties, incl. immediate ban from campus, expulsion from AUBG.

i. Using someone else’s COVID-19 Certificate or possessing and using a fake COVID-19 Certificate will result in severe penalties for both parties, incl. immediate ban from campus, expulsion from AUBG and a police report for forgery.

3. Contacts with Possible COVID-19 Infected Persons

Students and faculty must inform the Health Center immediately if a person they came into contact with becomes infected with COVID-19. AUBG reserves the right to penalize AUBG on-ground community members who fail to do so. Students may be refused access to campus immediately after they have been reported as contact people.

4. Additional COVID-19 Measures on Campus

a. Masks

All students must cover their mouth and nose with disposable or multiple-use face masks in the public areas of the AUBG buildings (MB, BAC, ABF and the residence halls). Students do not need to keep their mouth and nose covered in the physically distanced and air-filtrated classrooms but must have a face mask at hand to do so if explicitly asked to do so by their professor or a peer. More about AUBG’s mask policy: www.aubg.edu/mask-policy.

b. Physical Distancing

Students and faculty should communicate with AUBG offices preferably via email, telephone and/or video conference. In-person visits should be avoided. If an in-person visit cannot be avoided, the time of the visit should be pre-arranged via email or telephone with sufficient advance notice. No more than one person at a time can be admitted to a particular office unless explicitly invited as a group. The person(s) visiting the respective office should wear a facemask. Physical distancing of min. 2 m (6 feet) should be observed at all times.

5. Transportation

AUBG encourages students to avoid public transportation.

AUBG offers paid pick-up service from Sofia Airport to Blagoevgrad. More information: www.aubg.edu/arriving-in-blagoevgrad


The AUBG Campus includes all AUBG Buildings in Blagoevgrad: MB, BAC, ABF, and the Residence Halls. Please look up Residence Halls Policies here.

** Please look up AUBG Staff Policies here .

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