GBA COVID-19 Precautions

Keeping students safe

As we all continue to learn to live with COVID-19, Johnson C. Smith University continues to take the necessary steps to keep our campus community safe. Upon your arrival, either on the afternoon of Thursday, January 5 or Friday, January 6, you will be required to present a copy of a negative COVID-19 test, taken no earlier than 3 days (or 72 hours) in advance to Dr. Marian Jones, director of Health and Wellness.

Upon your submission, you will receive a colored wristband which will permit you to move into your residence hall (if you have been assigned a room). Remember, without the designated wristband, you will not be provided a room key!

We strongly recommend that you schedule a COVID-19 test with your medical provider or local medical facility before the holiday break ends. Unfortunately, the University will not be providing on-site COVID-19 testing, nor will it accept the results of “at-home” COVID-19 tests. Your test results must come from a medical provider.

Mask-Wearing Requirements

Johnson C. Smith University remains a mask-optional institution, except in the JCSU Atrium Health Center. Anyone entering the Health Center (ill or not) must wear a mask. One will be provided to you upon entry.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Shots

JCSU remains a mandated COVID-19 vaccination and booster campus. Vaccinations and boosters are free and available, by appointment, at local medical providers and drug stores like CVS and Walgreens. Remember, you must be two months out from your last COVID-19 shot to get a bivalent booster!

New Students and Proof of Health Immunizations and COVID-19 Vaccination

Prior to your arrival, please be sure you have provided a copy of both your Health Immunizations Record form and COVID-19 Vaccination Card (which will include any booster shots), to the JCSU Atrium Health Center. You may take a picture of both and email them to

You might be wondering what happens if you don’t comply with the above. Students who do not comply will have a Vaccination Hold placed on their account—which simply means that you will not have access to the library, dining hall, assigned residence hall or CANVAS (the University’s course platform), until these requirements are met.