Meaningful & memorable

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 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

In planning any CSU-sponsored or related event on or off campus, please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines:

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.

The following guidelines apply to Charleston Southern University events as of 02/21/2022:

  • Face masks must be worn at all times indoors by faculty, staff, and students.
  • Live music is not permitted without submitting a request for formal event approval.
  • Food and drinks are permitted only in spaces which allow for social distancing (Dining Hall, Charleston Room, etc.). Food and drinks should not be served in instructional spaces.
    • Attendees should unmask only while distanced, seated, and actively eating or drinking.
  • Up to five campus visitors are permitted at on campus events without formal approval.
    • Event leadership is responsible for communicating campus policies to guests prior to their attendance.
    • More than five campus visitors does require submission of a proposal via the link below and receipt of formal approval, with the exception of the Office of Enrollment and outdoor sporting events.
  • Individuals who are symptomatic or concerned they have COVID-19 and/or have had a verified COVID-19 exposure should not attend events until they receive clearance from Dr. Glover.
  • Seated events must accommodate for social distancing.
  • For indoor gatherings, the maximum attendance must not exceed the posted pandemic 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.
  • Outdoor events are preferred over indoor events and there is no maximum capacity for events held outside.
  • 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.

Lightsey Chapel’s maximum capacity for chapel and other events is set to 750 (50% of seating). For other spaces on campus, please pay attention to the posted BUCSAFE capacity signage.

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 recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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

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.
  • Masks should be worn in indoor, public places at all times.

If your event adheres to each of the guidelines above, you do not need to submit a request for approval.   

All proposals require at least two weeks for approval. The task force meets on Fridays to review event proposals. The person submitting the event request will receive information regarding approval after the weekly task force meeting. 


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.