Home / COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Updates

VSU extends withdrawal period due to COVID-19

Students get a breather this semester as the VSU Faculty Senate has decided to give them extra time to withdraw from any classes. The withdrawal date for fall 2020 has been extended from Oct. 15 until Nov. 12, according to the Associate Provost for Academic Programs and Services, Sharon Gravett. Gravett sent out an email to faculty, students and staff ...

Read More »

Spring Break changed to accommodate for COVID-19

On Oct. 16, the VSU Office of Academic Affairs announced there will be no spring break. Although there is no spring break, those five days will be spread throughout the semester as “wellness days.” These wellness days are Feb. 16, March 17, April 2, April 15 and May 3, which include no classes, homework or assessments. This decision was made ...

Read More »

COVID-19 and its effect on mental health

The mental health of college students has been considered an epidemic by the American College Health Association since the early 2000s. Recent studies have found that COVID-19 has had a serious effect on the overall mental health of University students. The Census Bureau holds a yearly Household Pulse Survey where questions about mental health are used to identify what percentage ...

Read More »

Photos: VSU’s campus transforms during COVID-19

It’s been five weeks of classes for students at VSU during the coronavirus pandemic. To make sure students, faculty, and staff stay as safe as possible, a multitude of precautions have been put in place. Possibly the biggest everyday change on campus is our role as a community to wear a mask to stop the spread of the virus. When ...

Read More »

People Poll: Do you think VSU should have started the semester face-to-face?

Ian Penix, junior biology major “No, because of the way that the U.S.A. is handling the pandemic and the spike in coronavirus cases, it seems like a bad idea for college students, of all people, to come back to campus where social activities are still going to occur.”   Carter Gilbert, senior environmental geosciences major “No, they also should’ve given ...

Read More »

Editorial: VSU isn’t giving us enough information on COVID-19 numbers

On Friday Aug. 28, Valdosta State University finally began posting their numbers for COVID-19 cases among students and faculty. As of Sept. 4, there have been 27 new positive cases, bringing the total number of active cases in a 10-day period to 47. VSU has done a great job coming up with a way to update students about active cases ...

Read More »

VSU COVID-19 updates compared to other Georgia colleges

VSU students no longer need to play the guessing game as VSU will begin conducting weekly data updates of COVID-19 cases on campus. “VSU will be releasing its data weekly and on Fridays starting this week,” Robbyn DeSpain, the director of strategic communications said. “The data that will be available is current active cases involving faculty/staff and current active cases ...

Read More »

Editorial: We need to take personal responsibility now; The government won’t save us

Gov. Brian Kemp officially announced that “due to favorable data and more testing,” fitness, beauty and some entertainment centers have the option of reopening on April 24 with “basic operations.” This pretty much shortens his original shelter-in-place-order by 6 days, since going bowling and getting your nails filled in isn’t exactly “essential.” According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, ...

Read More »

Current COVID-19 Stats for Valdosta State University

Check the current number of cases on the VSU campus here!