Student Campus Policies for Fall 21

AUBG is committed to protecting its students, faculty, and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are implementing pandemic-related Fall '21 Campus and Housing Policies to minimize the risk of students transmitting the virus among members of the AUBG community. AUBG reserves the right to modify its Campus and Housing Policies if the mode of the semester changes from hybrid to regular and/or if the COVID-19 regulations by the Bulgarian Health and Educational Authorities require us to do so.

Campus Policies

Last updated: Spetember 24, 2021

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.

1. AUBG recommends all AUBG students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against the SARS-Cov-2 (COVID-19) virus unless they have specific medical contraindications.

2. AUBG advises students to place themselves under self-isolation for two weeks before the start of the semester. During these two weeks, students should note whom they come into contact with. Students must advise the Health Center immediately if a person they came into contact with becomes infected with COVID-19.

3. AUBG requires that all students present to the AUBG Health Center a certificate of completed vaccination against COVID-19, a certificate of a positive PCR test within the previous six months, or a COVID-19 test (PCR or fast antigen test) done up to 72 hours before they check-in in the residence halls or enter their on-ground classes.

4. Students, faculty and staff are required to check their temperature and sanitize their hands when they enter MB, BAC and ABF. Students, faculty and staff with an elevated temperature must report to the Health Center.

Students, faculty, and staff 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 and faculty 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.

Students who fail to follow these instructions are at higher risk of being infected by the virus and transmitting the virus to others. Consequently, these students are subject to the following penalties: (a) During the first two weeks of the semester, students who violate these policies may be banned from campus for the rest of the week; (b) From the third week of classes, students who violate these policies may be banned from campus for the rest of the semester (see also Students Academic Policies).

5. Students, faculty, and staff 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 at least 2 m (6 feet) should be observed at all times.

6. AUBG encourages students to avoid public transportation.

Fall 2021 AUBG Housing Policies

Last updated: August 25, 2021

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.

1. During the hybrid Fall ’21 semester, students can choose to live on or off-campus and must declare their preferred study and housing mode here by Monday, August 9, at 8 a.m. (EEST). Once they have selected their preferred housing, they will not be able to change their choice later. Students cannot arrive on campus within the given period because of visa or severe transportation problems, border restrictions, please email Residence Life (CC the Health Center) with your legitimate reason. Procedures for booking check-in time slots will be announced per email.

2. Students who must move their belongings into or out of the residence hall storage rooms and are unable to do so themselves, should designate two on-campus trusted persons to who they grant permission. They must send an email with the names of their trusted persons to Residence Life.

3. For AUBG’s policy on housing fee refunds, see the Refund Policy.

4. Face masks are required in the public areas of all the residence halls. Any space in the Residence Halls which is not a room, apartment kitchen or balcony is treated as a public area.

The first violation for not wearing a mask will be fined $25. The second violation will be fined $100. Any subsequent violation after the second may lead to a Conduct Council case and a residence hall ban without a refund.

5. Residence Hall apartments may accommodate max. 4 residents per apartment as visitors, Residence Hall rooms may accommodate max. 2 residents as visitors per room.

Residence Hall lobbies and study rooms may accommodate max. 4 residents. An exception to this rule are Residence Hall Reception lobbies which may be used only to pass through. All residence Hall lobbies are considered public spaces.

Residence Hall kitchens may accommodate max. 2 residents. No masks are required in the kitchens unless one of the users explicitly asks the other to have masks on as well.

Piano rooms may accommodate max. 1 resident or guest with a special permission (see Campus Policies pt. 6. b.pt. 3, and Housing Policies pt.7)

Large Residence Hall balconies may accommodate max. 8 residents, small balconies may accommodate max. 4 residents.

6. No guests are allowed in the Residence Halls. The fine for violation is $50 and a warning. The first subsequent violation fine is $100 and a second warning. A second subsequent violation may lead to a Conduct Council case and a residence hall ban without a refund.

7. Rehearsals and trainings may happen in the designated spaces of the residence halls (e.g. fitness room, piano room) and not only on-campus, but also off-campus club members may attend these only after a special permission (see AUBG Campus Policies, pt.6). Additionally, on- as well as off-campus students taking AUBG Applied Music classes will be allowed to rehearse in the piano rooms. Meetings may not take place in the residence halls. In case of violation of the safety protocols of the Residence Halls, the permission to hold on-ground rehearsals and trainings of student groups anywhere on campus will be revoked immediately. AUBG may penalize student clubs for violating safety protocols by banning on-ground meetings, rehearsals, and trainings until the end of the hybrid semester.

8. Off-campus students who are clients of the Counseling Center may enter the Residence Halls after a preliminary agreement with the AUBG psychologist.

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