The classroom experience

All students, faculty, and staff are required to wear face coverings in all campus facilities, unless in their own room or office. Students can anticipate smaller class sizes with faculty teaching behind either plexiglass or face shields. All classrooms have also been measured to ensure all students and faculty can maintain at least six feet distance.

You will also find that all shared space—classrooms, conference rooms, large meeting areas, elevators, etc.—will include maximum capacity signs to ensure we limit the amount of bodies that occupy those spaces. Additionally, designated traffic flow patterns are implemented in academic buildings. Please follow the signs to ensure appropriate and safe hallway traffic flow.

Most on-campus courses are offered in a hybrid format, which means part of the class will be held in person and part will be online. ALL campus course sessions will be recorded for students. Some traditionally on-campus courses will be offered fully online. In the event a student or faculty member is unable to attend class in person due to illness or COVID-19 isolation protocol, coursework will be accessible remotely and conveniently for all.

All faculty, staff, and students are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure before arriving on campus or leaving dorm rooms. Please use the LiveSafe app to complete the Daily Health Check. Students must display the app results before entering buildings/classrooms. You can download it in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Don’t have a smartphone? Click here to access the desktop version.

As a reminder, CSU modified the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Academic Calendar to minimize risk of additional waves of COVID-19 cases. The accelerated schedule begins earlier (August 19), provides a seven-week winter break, and the spring semester ends earlier. Please review the updated calendar here.


Student Preference Learning Form

In collaboration with the Academic Deans, the task force has approved an updated Spring Student Preference Learning Form. This form will be accepted until the end of the Drop/Add period at the beginning of the semester. Updates to this form are outlined below: 

  • Students who prefer to take their classes virtually should enroll in online sections of course offerings whenever possible. This form should only be used by students who must take spring semester courses that are not being offered in an online format. 
  • Students living in campus housing are expected to attend classes in person. Very limited exceptions to this recommendation will be made for students living on campus; these requests must be approved through the Student Success Center.
  • Students enrolled in courses that have proven more challenging online (i.e., nursing, lab science, clinical courses, and education practicum courses) will in some cases be required to seek a formal accommodation plan from the Student Success Center to attend virtually. Requests for these exceptions may require medical documentation.  
  • If a student’s circumstances change after the Drop/Add period next semester, the form will be sent to the University Pandemic Task Force for consideration. The task force will make a recommendation to the instructor, and the instructor will adjust the student’s status accordingly.

FA Policy

  • The FA Policy will be reinstated in the spring for in-person and virtual courses. This policy applies to all 100- and 200-level courses, and for 300- and 400-level courses in which professors elect to enforce the policy (per their course syllabus attendance policy). 
  • Students enrolled in on-campus, in-person classes who are prevented from attending due to a COVID-19-related quarantine/isolation order may attend class remotely without penalty under the FA policy.  
  • It is the student’s responsibility to supply their instructor with the quarantine or isolation determination from the Charleston Southern University Infection Control/COVID-19 Coordinator’s office, along with the required dates of quarantine/isolation, so they will not be counted absent. These students have an automatic virtual learning accommodation for the duration of their quarantine/isolation period. Quarantined students are expected to attend virtually during regular class meetings in order to be counted “present.” Students in isolation are excused from synchronous attendance.