Scott Leathrum, Correspondent
Jacksonville State University officials announced that restrictions enacted for in-person student organization events and student housing visitation will lower to level two restrictions.
For student housing, level two means that visitation is limited to JSU students, and that a resident may only have one at a time. Since Aug. 26, housing has been under level three, which restricts visitation to residents of the building only.
“Many students and parents are thankful that they will be allowed to have outside visitors, even if it is limited to JSU students,” said Brooke Lyon, JSU’s director of housing operations. “Once it is advisable by the COVID-19 task force and JSU administration, housing visitation will be lowered again to level 1, which allows non-student visitors.”
Lyons said that the housing office will continue monitoring active cases daily and reevaluate the visitation restrictions if necessary due to a rise in cases.
For student activities, groups of 50 or more are permitted under level two, but organizations are required to fill out COVID-19 Event Consideration Guide to be reviewed by the Dean of Students office. Since Sept. 9, student activities have also been in level three, which prohibited alcohol at student organization events and limited in-person activities to groups of 20 or less.
“It is important that student organization leaders remain vigilant and take proactive measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in our community,” said Joshua Robinson, JSU’s associate dean of students.
The decisions follow a decrease in the amount of active cases being monitored by JSU’s COVID-19 task force. Previously, on Sept. 1, JSU saw its peak number of cases actively being followed by the task force, totaling 219 cases. As of Thursday, Sept. 24, the university is monitoring 12 active cases of the virus.
The university has been using a four-stage precaution level plan to make specific policy changes related to COVID-19 depending on how prevalent the virus is on campus. The complete list of levels and their restrictions can be viewed here.