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Any student who visits our campus will share in responsibility for the health of our whole campus, including students, faculty, staff, visitors, and our surrounding community. Outlined below are some of the ways we’ve worked to ensure as safe of an environment as possible for our CSU Family.

Current guidelines, effective for the 2021-2022 academic year, include:

  • CSU will require masks to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status.
  • Classes will be in person.
  • LiveSafe screening is no longer required.
  • Physical distancing will remain at three feet indoors.
  • Vaccination for COVID-19 is encouraged but not required. 
  • Events on and off campus must be approved by the University Pandemic Task Force.

Events

Student life activities will be adjusted to minimize large gatherings on campus. The Sweet 16 calendar will be adjusted based on recommendations by the University Pandemic Task Force in response to the evolving situation in our community.

  • Visitors may not attend event, with the exception of the Enrollment office and outdoor sporting events.
  • Lightsey Chapel’s maximum capacity is at 50% of seating, or 750 people.
  • All campus meetings are highly recommended to be conducted virtually. Any in-person meetings should be held outdoors.

In planning any CSU-sponsored or related event on or off campus, employees and students must submit their event proposal for task force review. Keep in mind:

The health and safety of our Charleston Southern University community remains top priority as events resume on our campus. It is impossible to eliminate risk, but we do ask that event organizers consider all factors during the planning, including venue size, entrance/exit plans, attendee demographics, level of interaction among participants, duration, and purpose and necessity of the event. If, upon reflection, event organizers determine that there is substantial risk of COVID-19 virus transmission, they should consider a virtual or hybrid option for the event.

  • CSU will require masks to be worn indoors regardless of vaccination status. 
  • Event attendees must register with organizers in advance and organizers are to keep a log of attendees, including contact information. If an exposure is determined to have occurred at the event, this information will be requested by the COVID-19 Coordinator and will be used to contact all attendees.
  • For indoor gatherings, the maximum attendance must not exceed the posted occupancy for the room(s) being utilized. Note that spaces must be reserved prior to advertising or hosting an event. Reservations should occur through normal channels and are not handled by the University Pandemic Task Force or COVID-19 Coordinator’s office.
  • For outdoor gatherings, there is no attendance limit, though discretion should be utilized based on the space available.
  • Events involving outside guests are permitted but all attendees will need to register and supply contact information in the event of an exposure and must be sent a copy of the university’s COVID-19 guidelines for the fall semester ahead of the event as outlined below.
  • Non-CSU groups wishing to utilize/rent on campus spaces will still need to apply for approval at least one month prior to their event. The event organizer should email covid19@csuniv.edu and include all plans associated with the proposed event.
The max occupancy at this time is 750 individuals (50% capacity). We will continue to reassess this number on a weekly basis and adjust based on COVID-19 conditions on campus and in the surrounding community.

Prior to the event, the organizer should send the following communication to all registered attendees:  

Charleston Southern University (CSU) is actively monitoring the incidence of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in our region. We are following guidance from local health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding large gatherings, including CDC recommendationson preventing the spread of COVID-19. 

At this time, our upcoming [INSERT NAME OF EVENT] will take place as planned. However, if you are experiencing symptoms of ANY illness, we ask that you please protect our campus community by staying home. Additionally, the CDC recommends that people in high-risk groups (older adults, persons with underlying health conditions, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and those who are not vaccinated) consult with their healthcare provider about attending any large gathering. 

If you do choose to attend [INSERT NAME OF EVENT], please keep in mind the CDC recommendations on how to keep yourself and others healthy:  • Avoid close contact with those who do not live in your household and those who are sick.   • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.  • You should wear a mask in indoor public places regardless of vaccination status if you are in a community where COVID-19 transmission is high. 

Exceptions to the guidelines above may be granted on a limited basis and should be requested by emailing covid19@csuniv.edu at least one month prior to the proposed event. Events which can follow the established guidelines need not apply for approval.   

If the COVID-19 situation on campus or in the community changes significantly, it may be necessary to transition to virtual engagement only.

Want to host an in-person activity? Please complete the form below.


Housing

The number of students in a dorm room is limited to two to minimize risk among students who live together. We also have rooms set aside for isolation in the event that a student becomes sick with COVID-19. However, these rooms are limited. Any resident student whose home is within three hours from our campus is asked to go home to isolate.


Dining

Students will be encouraged to limit their time to less than 30 minutes in the Dining Hall to allow for the maximum number of students to utilize the space. Additional outdoor dining and seating options are also available. Chick-fil-A, Java City, and The Buc Stop are open. Masks must be worn in all facilities except while eating.


Recreation

Campus Recreation has multiple safety measures in place for all patrons. Some areas of the facility have been temporarily closed and some equipment has been marked to help with physical distancing. All patrons are expected to follow sign guidelines and should practice excellent personal hygiene.

Please come dressed for your activity and keep minimal belongings as locker room space will be limited. Patrons will be required to wear a face covering and follow all policies and procedures. Failure to comply will result in removal from the facility.


Support Services

Counseling Services, Career Center, Campus Ministries, and all academic support services are available virtually and in person. For hours and guidelines, please contact these specific areas.