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Town Halls

7/30/2020

8/6/2020


FAQs

Students

No. Colleges and departments have reviewed their course offerings to identify those which may be offered online or in a hybrid format to promote social distancing and increase flexibility for faculty and students who seek to engage virtually. Professors have been equipped with educational technology to ensure recording capabilities as all classes will be recorded and will be accessible through Blackboard. This will permit students to attend classes virtually in the event they are in isolation, quarantine, or uncomfortable attending classes in person. The Failure for Non-Attendance Policy is suspended for the Fall 2020 term. While instructors will still take attendance due to federal funding regulations, no student will fail for non- attendance. However, communication between the student and instructor, careful time management, and diligent study time will be vital to ensure success for those students unable to attend in person.

Not all online courses will require synchronous attendance. However, in the event a student does have an in-person class immediately followed by a synchronous class, there are areas of the campus such as the library which may be used.

This will be at the discretion of the individual instructor. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the instructor if they are absent due to illness, quarantine, or isolation.

The Failure for Non-Attendance Policy is suspended for the Fall 2020 term. While instructors will still take attendance due to federal funding regulations, no student will fail for non- attendance. However, communication between the student and instructor, careful time management, and diligent study time will be vital to ensure success for those students unable to attend in person.

This will vary from course to course and may involve the use of instructional technology such as Respondus Lockdown Browser 360 to ensure academic integrity.

Only close contacts (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) will need to quarantine. This reinforces the importance of careful physical distancing.

For lab based courses, instructors should maintain their currently scheduled meeting time blocks but meet with smaller groups to comply with reduced lab capacity guidelines. Existing lab sections can be divided into shorter sessions as necessary, appropriate, and feasible.
Individual instructors and coordinators for multi-section lab courses should identify the minimum number and types of hands-on activities necessary to satisfy the learning outcomes for each course. They will work with their department chairs to identify how they will deliver these critical (yet higher risk) hands-on activities, given constraints imposed by lab space capacity limits, decontamination protocols, and the modified Fall 2020 academic calendar. Face masks and goggles will be required for lab activities during which 6 feet of social distancing isn’t maintained. They will plan for virtual delivery of other supplementary activities and assignments so that their courses best achieve learning objectives and meet accreditation standards for weekly contact time. Single-use laboratory supplies may be necessary to deliver remote activities. Additionally, they will develop plans for meeting accessibility needs for all students, both for face-to-face and remote lab activities.
Laboratories that contain equipment that require hands-on demonstration by instructors will be equipped with web cameras and SWIVLs to ensure the lecturer, presentation, and whiteboard are visible to students. While all laboratory sessions will be recorded, students are encouraged to participate in labs in person if they are able.
The method and timing of this instruction, particularly for lab sciences, will be at the discretion of the instructor, and may be offered in a synchronous format, necessitating the student attend class via video conferencing at the previously established times for which they registered. Students are encouraged to speak to their individual instructor regarding their plan for virtual attendance in lieu of in classroom presence.
Programs which include clinical experiences for their students or student teaching opportunities will follow the policies and procedures outlined by their respective clinical and educational partners.
Studio lessons will be virtual or in person at the discretion of the instructor. Students who have concerns regarding in-person lessons may opt for remote lessons. Extra precautions for wind instruments and singing, including larger room sizes, distancing, outdoor training, and/or virtual only lessons may be implemented.
Touring is unlikely in Fall 2020 in order to keep our students safe. We will continue to monitor the public health guidelines and will adapt accordingly. Outdoor rehearsals and outdoor local performances, with appropriate physical distancing, are most likely.
Each teaching space will have access to cleaning supplies. It will be the responsibility of each person who uses a practice room to sanitize the space after each use. Incoming students are responsible for sanitizing the space upon entering for their own safety. There will be a sign in/sign out procedure as well as dedicated “empty” time between reservations for air exchange.
It will be the responsibility of each person who uses a piano to sanitize it prior to and after each use. Students/ faculty must sanitize pianos before and after practice/performance.
Percussionists must wear face masks or face shields and must use their own sticks/mallets (no sharing of personal implements). Any surface touched (timpani, non-rosewood keyboard bars, cymbals, etc.) must be wiped down prior to and after use. Shared instruments (large beaters, triangles, tambourines, etc.) must be placed in the ‘used’ bin on the percussion cabinet and sanitized with a UVC-wand. Afterward they may be moved to the ‘clean’ bin. Rosewood instruments (Adams Xylophone, some marimbas) must be sanitized with the UVC-wand. Therefore, DO NOT wipe down or spray rosewood bars.
Wind and string instruments must not be shared between students for ensembles (or techniques classes when applicable).
Each player will bring their own towel or disposable towel (disposable puppy training pads are perfect) to empty their water into during practice, lessons, and ensembles. Water should only be discharged when physically distanced from others and must be cleared/blown gently from the instrument.
All wind instruments when used indoors must have a cover over the bell. A basic shower cap will suffice. Students must provide their own cover.
Faculty and students should be very clear about employers’ expectations for in-person internships. Students must realize that in-person internships present the highest risk of exposure and the university suggests that students should conduct their internships remotely if at all feasible. Students should also be reminded that they may be putting other members of the CSU community at risk of exposure if their internships are conducted
in person. In all cases, faculty should require students to document specific and measurable outcomes of
each internship experience to ensure all experiences can be evaluated effectively. It is recommended that faculty also be flexible with how internships are evaluated to adjust for public health-related changes to an internship experience. Ultimately, all decisions regarding the appropriateness of in-person internships shall lie with the program chair and dean for each academic area. Students conducting internship should provide their supervising instructor with COVID-19 precautions required at the internship site.

Because nursing is a professional “hands-on” program, students will be expected to be actively involved in many clinical experiences including hospital face-to-face experiences, face-to face on-campus simulations, face-to-face on-campus skills labs, and online virtual clinical learning. Safety protocols, in accordance with the South Carolina State Board of Nursing and CDC, will be used to ensure the safety of our nursing students while providing required clinical learning experiences for completion of the nursing program. The required number of clinical hours for each course will remain the same regardless if face-to-face or virtual.

We can assure you that updates will be sent to you as soon as they become available. For course-dependent information, please note that you all should hear from your clinical course faculty by Friday August 14th regarding specific requirements for the first 7-week courses and/or clinicals.

At this time, if you feel that you need to withdraw for the semester, please email Dr. Meier, the College of Nursing Dean, at ameier@csuniv.edu.

Important items to note:

-The SC State Board of Nursing has not approved for undergraduate nursing programs to offer online/virtual/simulation-only based clinical experiences.  Nursing programs must make every effort to offer in-person clinical practicums in the hospital/health-care settings.

-No students will be providing care for and COVID positive or COVID suspected patients at any point during the semester.

-Hospitals will be providing students and faculty with all the necessary PPE at the start of the clinical day. Hospitals are also requiring students and faculty be screened upon entry to any facility (temperature checks and questionnaire).

Spring 2021 plans have not been finalized at this time.

Chapel will be held virtually in the fall. Students will have the opportunity to obtain sufficient chapel credits for the semester via these virtual events.

Student life activities will be adjusted to minimize large gatherings of students. The Sweet 16 calendar is being adjusted for the fall semester. The Voyage (Anthony Evans concert), Come Cruise with Me (harbor cruise), and Strike Night (bowling) have been rescheduled for the Spring semester.
Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports activities will be modified and reduced for the fall semester.

The Brewer Center will open with limited capacity, social distancing, required face masking, and enhanced disinfection practices on August 3rd.

As recommended by the American College Health Association (ACHA), CSU will work to minimize indoor gatherings of more than 30 people for the foreseeable future. Ultimately this limit will to be affected by state and federal guidelines. In addition, student life areas are devising plans to restrict the number of students and other community members at events (including athletic competitions) and within communal spaces.

Ultimately, the viability of athletic competition will hinge upon a number of factors including travel restrictions by both institutions and the state, and the willingness of competitors to both host and travel. Facility-specific health and safety protocols, PPE, close monitoring by members of the athletic training staff, targeted testing, and other applicable distancing and sanitation guidelines are being addressed. Return to play protocols will be communicated to head coaches and the CSU community as information becomes available.

Chapel will be held virtually in the fall. Students will have the opportunity to obtain sufficient chapel credits for the semester via these virtual events.

Aramark has done significant planning to support social distancing in the CSU Dining Hall, including reconfiguring occupancy limits and food lines. Dining capacity will align with social distancing practices. Dining operations will move self-service items to service lines and eliminate buffets, set time limits on seating, reduce table occupancy, implement safety protocols at cash registers and food stations, and introduce pre order options.

Aramark will establish alternate dining arrangements to utilize more “grab-and-go” meal options and support quick pickup, delivery to quarantine and isolation, and more spaces for pick up (e.g., Gold Room, Java City, etc.). “Meal swipe” capabilities will be added in Java City. Food trucks will be made available sporadically throughout the semester to minimize traffic in the dining hall. Additional outdoor dining and seating options will be made available via a tented eating area on campus.

Students will be encouraged to limit their time utilizing dining hall seating to less than 30 minutes to allow for the maximum number of students to utilize this space.

Tuition is based on credit hours rather than method of instruction. Therefore, there is no reduction in tuition for online courses.

Please contact reslife@csuniv.edu to make changes to your housing arrangements.

CSU will follow CDC guidance on using face coverings (over the mouth and nose) to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spread. Face masks are REQUIRED in all areas of campus. This mandate applies to faculty, staff, students, and guests. Face masks may only be removed outdoors when socially distant or when working alone in offices or while living in your personal dorm room or suite. The face mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.

In support of this requirement, CSU has procured washable cloth face masks for all students, faculty, and staff who need them. Additional face masks will be provided to employees as needed and as supplies allow. Additional CSU branded face masks will be available for purchase in the CSU bookstore.
Instructors may remove their face mask when teaching, as long as they remain behind an acrylic sheet and remain at least 8 feet from the closest student(s).
CSU will teach/reinforce the use of face coverings among students, faculty and staff through educational programming to be completed before returning to campus. This will include information about the proper use and cleaning of face coverings. This programming will be reinforced with signage throughout campus and continuous social media campaign. Students, faculty, and staff will also be informed that failure to comply with face covering requirements will result in disciplinary action consistent with the Student Code of Conduct and employee conduct standards and handbooks.

Those unable to adhere to the masking policy should attend classes virtually to minimize risk to themselves and others.

CSU will employ several strategies related to physical (social) distancing including adherence to the 6-foot radius recommended by the CDC. This includes computer labs, common areas, and other gathering spaces on campus. Practically, this will involve moving some larger classes online or transitioning to a hybrid format. In addition, smaller classes have been moved to larger spaces, including facilities that have not typically been used for instruction. Some programs offer courses that provide clinical training in which human contract is required and thus, the principle of physical distancing is not pragmatic. These programs (e.g., physician assistant, nursing, athletic training) have developed additional health protocols, including the wearing of PPE (e.g., face mask and goggles) to help ensure a low risk of viral transmission.

Residence Life is implementing a number of changes this fall. Rooms that previously housed three or four students will be reduced to double-occupancy. Suites will be treated like “family units.” Other changes will reduce movement, limit congregation, and support social distancing in residence halls.
Leadership in Residence Life is adjusting training to support the increased demands on staff for fall 2020. Summer training is being enhanced and will be conducted virtually. Additional training will include hygiene practices, safe interactions with others, procedures and practices for identifying and reporting ill residents, and protocols for requesting cleaning.

Guests and visitors may pose an infection control risk to our campus community. Non-residential guests will not be permitted in the residence halls. Guests entering private student rooms places both students and guests at an increased risk of transmission. Residential guests (i.e., those who live on campus but want to visit another room) should make arrangements to visit one another outside of the residence hall, either in an available community space or outside, maintaining appropriate social distancing.
Access to residence halls will be altered so that residents may only enter the building in which they are assigned. Students should refrain from entering a residence hall that are not their own, even as a guest of another student.

Signs will be posted at entrances indicating that only essential guests are permitted and that individuals who are sick or who have been in close contact with someone who is sick should not enter the building.

Meetings (i.e., more than two individuals) to conduct university business should be conducted virtually for the foreseeable future. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or teleconferences should continue to be utilized as much as possible.

If an in-person meeting must be conducted, it should be in an area which allows for social distancing of 6 feet and all attendees will be required to wear a face covering. The host of the meeting is responsible for cleaning all tables, chairs and other equipment being used with sanitizing wipes or sanitizing solution and paper towels before and after the meeting.

Office hours will be held virtually.

The fluid nature of COVID-19 dictates that these recommendations will also evolve in response to federal and state guidance, scientific developments, new information as it relates to COVID-19 data in our community, and new insights from fellow institutions. Accordingly, this plan will be updated as events and conditions warrant.

All students, faculty, and staff who have a confirmed case (i.e., positive test) of COVID-19 or have been exposed to a confirmed case (i.e., close contacts) are expected to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine or isolation. Unless otherwise advised by the health department, local residential students placed in quarantine or isolation may elect to go home rather than quarantining or isolating on campus in a dedicated space.
CSU is prepared to support the isolation and quarantine of residential students.
Students testing positive for COVID-19 via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) will be placed in an isolation space (which may be shared with other students who test positive should individual room assignments not be possible).

Students reporting symptoms of COVID-19 will be placed in an isolation space (which may be shared with other symptomatic students should individual room assignments not be possible; symptomatic students SHALL NOT be placed in isolation rooms with students who have a confirmed positive PCR result).

Confirmed or symptomatic faculty and staff shall isolate at home.

The duration of isolation of symptomatic or confirmed cases will be at least 10 days from symptom onset.

To exit isolation, faculty, staff, and students will need to be fever free for at least 3 days (72 hours) with an accompanying improvement or resolution of respiratory symptoms. Students in isolation will be monitored daily using the LiveSafe App.

Barring a requirement from SCDHEC and/or the Office of the Governor, CSU does not anticipate a scenario in which university operations will “shut down” or cease completely due to the university closing. As demonstrated by the move to remote instruction and work in Spring 2020, the vast majority of university operations – including the core academic mission of providing quality instruction – can be performed remotely.

A return to remote learning and closure of campus offices would be necessary in the event that a local, state, or national shelter in place advisory or restriction is issued which requires remote-only learning. A return to remote learning and closure of campus offices would also be necessary if two or more of the following criteria are met:
• Sustained negative trends in public health data
• Increased prevalence of disease, as measured by established epidemiological metrics
• A surge in cases coupled with increased severity of illness among campus demographic cohorts
• Limitations in hospital bed capacity restricting access to healthcare services in the Charleston area
• Total hospital bed occupancy rate exceeds previously established thresholds in Charleston, Dorchester, and/or Berkeley county (2 of 3 counties required)
• Insufficient testing capacity in the Charleston area
• Broad scale breakdown in adherence/compliance to sound public health principles
• Supply chain or capacity constraints that undermine CSU’s repopulation, monitoring, and containment plans
(i.e., insufficient supplies for disinfection, lack of PPE)
• Self-isolation capacity for the residential population exceeds 10% of the residential student population or the
proportion of male to female infected residential students exceed capacity limitations on campus

Barring a requirement from SCDHEC and/or the Office of the Governor, CSU does not anticipate a scenario in which university operations will “shut down” or cease completely due to the university closing. As demonstrated by the move to remote instruction and work in Spring 2020, the vast majority of university operations – including the core academic mission of providing quality instruction – can be performed remotely.

A return to remote learning and closure of campus offices would be necessary in the event that a local, state, or national shelter in place advisory or restriction is issued which requires remote-only learning. A return to remote learning and closure of campus offices would also be necessary if two or more of the following criteria are met:
• Sustained negative trends in public health data
• Increased prevalence of disease, as measured by established epidemiological metrics
• A surge in cases coupled with increased severity of illness among campus demographic cohorts
• Limitations in hospital bed capacity restricting access to healthcare services in the Charleston area
• Total hospital bed occupancy rate exceeds previously established thresholds in Charleston, Dorchester, and/or Berkeley county (2 of 3 counties required)
• Insufficient testing capacity in the Charleston area
• Broad scale breakdown in adherence/compliance to sound public health principles
• Supply chain or capacity constraints that undermine CSU’s repopulation, monitoring, and containment plans
(i.e., insufficient supplies for disinfection, lack of PPE)
• Self-isolation capacity for the residential population exceeds 10% of the residential student population or the
proportion of male to female infected residential students exceed capacity limitations on campus

Barring a requirement from SCDHEC and/or the Office of the Governor, CSU does not anticipate a scenario in which university operations will “shut down” or cease completely due to the university closing. As demonstrated by the move to remote instruction and work in Spring 2020, the vast majority of university operations – including the core academic mission of providing quality instruction – can be performed remotely.

A return to remote learning and closure of campus offices would be necessary in the event that a local, state, or national shelter in place advisory or restriction is issued which requires remote-only learning. A return to remote learning and closure of campus offices would also be necessary if two or more of the following criteria are met:
• Sustained negative trends in public health data
• Increased prevalence of disease, as measured by established epidemiological metrics
• A surge in cases coupled with increased severity of illness among campus demographic cohorts
• Limitations in hospital bed capacity restricting access to healthcare services in the Charleston area
• Total hospital bed occupancy rate exceeds previously established thresholds in Charleston, Dorchester, and/or Berkeley county (2 of 3 counties required)
• Insufficient testing capacity in the Charleston area
• Broad scale breakdown in adherence/compliance to sound public health principles
• Supply chain or capacity constraints that undermine CSU’s repopulation, monitoring, and containment plans
(i.e., insufficient supplies for disinfection, lack of PPE)
• Self-isolation capacity for the residential population exceeds 10% of the residential student population or the
proportion of male to female infected residential students exceed capacity limitations on campus

It is important to note that no plan or actions can entirely safeguard the health of our students, faculty and staff. Rather, the steps outlined here are designed to mitigate the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus while maintaining CSU operations.

It is important to note that no plan or actions can entirely safeguard the health of our students, faculty and staff. Rather, the steps outlined here are designed to mitigate the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus while maintaining CSU operations.

An enhanced cleaning schedule will be in place for fall 2020 to support daily and “between use” cleaning and disinfecting of facilities as much as possible. The University Pandemic Task Force and CSU facilities staff have reviewed CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting and aligned their schedules and practices accordingly. Disinfecting products have been vetted for EPA-approval for COVID-19 and electrostatic sprayers have been ordered to support enhanced and efficient disinfecting and cleaning of large spaces (e.g., athletic training facility, Brewer Center, etc.). Regular cleaning and disinfecting steps will include objects touched by multiple people such as flat surfaces (e.g. tables, desks, and countertops), doorknobs, light switches, handles, bathroom facilities, and laboratories. Cleaning supplies will also be available in classrooms and labs for cleaning and disinfecting computer keyboards, mice, and touchpads.

Self-cleaning of classroom surfaces by students and faculty will be supported as custodial staff increases rotational cleaning of bathrooms and other high-touch areas in classrooms and common areas on a daily basis. As available, cleaning and disinfecting products such as sanitizing wipes will be present in all classroom and meeting spaces, and readily available throughout CSU buildings to support self-cleaning. Students will be responsible for cleaning their desks between classes.

The Physical Plant has also developed plans for cleaning and disinfecting areas used by individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19, including enhanced disinfecting by professional contractors. These include quarantine and isolation spaces established for residential students.

Based on the SCDHEC recommendations, the CSU Return to Campus Guide incorporates screening, physical distancing practices, a face covering policy, hand hygiene recommendations, cleaning and disinfection modifications across campus, and a clear approach for sick individuals and COVID-19 positive cases.

The Vice President for Academic Affairs and the University Pandemic Task Force has provided all faculty with directions about working with and supporting students who are ill or staying home/self-quarantining for COVID- related reasons or who do not feel comfortable coming to campus this fall. This includes suspension of the Failure for Non-Attendance (FA) policy for the Fall 2020 term.

CSU will teach/reinforce the use of face coverings among students, faculty and staff through educational programming to be completed before returning to campus. This will include information about the proper use and cleaning of face coverings. This programming will be reinforced with signage throughout campus and continuous social media campaign. Students, faculty, and staff will also be informed that failure to comply with face covering requirements will result in disciplinary action consistent with the Student Code of Conduct and employee conduct standards and handbooks.

COVID-19 testing for residential students is required prior to moving onto campus.

1. Residential students should make every attempt to carry out a COVID-19 nasal swab test as close to their move-in date as possible and BRING their test results with them on their move-in day.
• Testing between 10-14 days prior to move-in is recommended as some areas have increased wait times for results.
• A COVID-19 nasal swab test completed more than 14 days prior to a student’s move-in date will not be accepted.
• If a student’s test is positive, they should not return to campus. They should isolate at home and e-mail their results to Residence Life at reslife@csuniv.edu and the task force at covid19@csuniv.edu.

2. Residential students may submit a serologic test demonstrating the presence of antibodies in lieu of a nasal swab.

All students, faculty, and staff who have a confirmed case (i.e., positive test) of COVID-19 or have been exposed to a confirmed case (i.e., close contacts) are expected to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine or isolation.

All students, faculty, and staff who have a confirmed case (i.e., positive test) of COVID-19 or have been exposed to a confirmed case (i.e., close contacts) are expected to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine or isolation. Unless otherwise advised by the health department, local residential students placed in quarantine or isolation may elect to go home rather than quarantining or isolating on campus in a dedicated space.
CSU is prepared to support the isolation and quarantine of residential students.
Students testing positive for COVID-19 via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) will be placed in an isolation space (which may be shared with other students who test positive should individual room assignments not be possible).

Students reporting symptoms of COVID-19 will be placed in an isolation space (which may be shared with other symptomatic students should individual room assignments not be possible; symptomatic students SHALL NOT be placed in isolation rooms with students who have a confirmed positive PCR result).

Confirmed or symptomatic faculty and staff shall isolate at home.

The duration of isolation of symptomatic or confirmed cases will be at least 10 days from symptom onset.

To exit isolation, faculty, staff, and students will need to be fever free for at least 3 days (72 hours) with an accompanying improvement or resolution of respiratory symptoms. Students in isolation will be monitored daily using the LiveSafe App.
Students in isolation and quarantine will have access to a pulse oximeter and thermometer to monitor their heart rate, oxygen saturation, and temperature.
Students who are determined to be close contacts of confirmed positive cases will be expected to quarantine in their rooms if they live residentially. Commuters, faculty, and staff will be expected to quarantine at home. Students in quarantine will be separated from others for 14 days from last contact with the positive case. Testing, if available, can be done at days 5-7 from the last contact (especially for those who are at risk for more severe forms of COVID-19). If the test is negative, the student will still have to finish out the full 14 days from last contact. If it is positive, they will be moved to an isolation space and will have to isolate for another 10 days (assuming their symptoms and fever have receded).

To support this plan for residential students, CSU has identified appropriate on-campus residential spaces should a residential student need to be isolated.

Eighty beds have been set aside in the Quads for isolation. Should the number of residential students requiring isolation exceed 80 or should the ratio of men to women requiring isolation dictate that CSU does not have capacity to support any further isolation students, the University Pandemic Task Force shall address the need to convert the campus to online learning only.

Quarantine and isolation spaces will be equipped and supported appropriately. The CSU Residence Life staff will manage these spaces. The role involves coordinating a variety of different activities. This includes: room assignments, check-in and out, meal delivery (from Aramark), stocking and distributing supplies (water, snacks, and medication for fever relief), preparing “quarantine kits,” ensuring adequacy of COVID-19 supplies (e.g., thermometer), coordinating with the University Infection Control/COVID-19 Coordinator for admission and discharge from quarantine/isolation, managing linens, trash removal, retrieval of personal items and academic materials and working with the Physical Plant to schedule cleaning.

Tutoring will likely be virtual or offered in a physically distanced manner. Students should arrange for tutoring following the procedures outlined in previous semesters.

CSU will employ several strategies related to physical (social) distancing including adherence to the 6-foot radius recommended by the CDC. This includes computer labs, common areas, and other gathering spaces on campus. This will limit the number of spaces available for study. Students are encouraged to study in their dorm rooms if they reside on campus.

Per our Return to Campus Guidelines, all students must sign the COVID-19 Hold Harmless Agreement on the “Students Start Here” tab in MyCSU. Once completed, the Student and Financial Aid tabs will be restored after approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

Faculty

There are several tools at the disposal of each professor (Safe Assign, Respondus Lockdown Browser, etc.) that may be used to ensure academic integrity. Please consult Academic Technology for more information.

Tests may be administered via Blackboard. Respondus Lockdown Browser may be utilized.

Close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) will need to quarantine. If physical distancing standards are adhered to, this limits the number of individuals affected by a singular case of COVID-19.

Faculty should work to stay ahead in preparing courses. The department chair should be added as an instructor for each class section in Blackboard. In the event a faculty member is unable to teach, their department chair will be responsible for either assuming or delegating instructional tasks.

CSU will employ several strategies related to physical (social) distancing including adherence to the 6-foot radius recommended by the CDC. This includes computer labs, common areas, and other gathering spaces on campus. Practically, this will involve moving some larger classes online or transitioning to a hybrid format. In addition, smaller classes have been moved to larger spaces, including facilities that have not typically been used for instruction.

Academic Technology continues to be a resource for CSU faculty.

This decision is specific to each course and instructor. Faculty should consult with their program chair and dean regarding in person versus virtual instruction.

Students will be accountable for assignment deadlines and class materials whether they attend virtually or in person.

Students will have the option to attend virtually. Based on feedback received thus far, many have plans to do so. It is highly unlikely that a class with 40 students enrolled will actually have 40 students in attendance. However, classroom spaces have been modified to allow for physical distancing based on enrollment and capacity. In addition, instructors should work with their dean to determine the need to transition to a hybrid model of attendance and communicate such plans to the class.

Faculty facing childcare concerns should consult with their individual dean to resolve challenges related to in person instruction and scheduling.

Faculty facing childcare concerns should consult with their individual dean to resolve challenges related to in person instruction and scheduling.

As a close contact, it will be necessary for you to quarantine for 14 days after your child meets the criteria to end isolation.

In classrooms with plexiglass shields where you may safely socially distance, you may remove your mask for instruction. However, you do this at your own risk. The University Pandemic Task Force highly recommends continuing to wear your mask even when teaching behind a plexiglass barrier.

Physical spaces have been reconfigured to support social distancing requirements.

Screening will be very quick provided the LiveSafe daily check in is completed at the beginning of each day.

In buildings where one entry and exit can be feasibly and safety identified, screening will occur upon entry. Professors will screen students by checking for the green check from the LiveSafe daily check in prior to entering the classroom.

There are no plans to require testing (aside from the requirement for residential students) at this time. Testing may be offered through our health partner at a later date.

Close contact is defined as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer, regardless of whether a mask is worn.

Staff

It is important to note that no plan or actions can entirely safeguard the health of our students, faculty and staff. Rather, the steps outlined in the Return to Campus Guide are designed to mitigate the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus while maintaining CSU operations.

The fluid nature of COVID-19 dictates that these recommendations will also evolve in response to federal and state guidance, scientific developments, new information as it relates to COVID-19 data in our community, and new insights from fellow institutions. Accordingly, this plan will be updated as events and conditions warrant.

Non-contracted, non-essential staff shall be instructed to work remotely for the duration of the Fall semester.

Please refer to the best practices and preventative measures outlined in the Return to Campus Guide.

Staff should communicate with their supervisor which of their duties cannot effectively be carried out remotely and develop a personalized approach which meets the needs of the employee and CSU.

Barring a requirement from SCDHEC and/or the Office of the Governor, CSU does not anticipate a scenario in which university operations will “shut down” or cease completely due to the university closing. As demonstrated by the move to remote instruction and work in Spring 2020, the vast majority of university operations – including the core academic mission of providing quality instruction – can be performed remotely.

A return to remote learning and closure of campus offices would be necessary in the event that a local, state, or national shelter in place advisory or restriction is issued which requires remote-only learning. A return to remote learning and closure of campus offices would also be necessary if two or more of the following criteria are met:
• Sustained negative trends in public health data
• Increased prevalence of disease, as measured by established epidemiological metrics
• A surge in cases coupled with increased severity of illness among campus demographic cohorts
• Limitations in hospital bed capacity restricting access to healthcare services in the Charleston area
• Total hospital bed occupancy rate exceeds previously established thresholds in Charleston, Dorchester, and/or Berkeley county (2 of 3 counties required)
• Insufficient testing capacity in the Charleston area
• Broad scale breakdown in adherence/compliance to sound public health principles
• Supply chain or capacity constraints that undermine CSU’s repopulation, monitoring, and containment plans
(i.e., insufficient supplies for disinfection, lack of PPE)
• Self-isolation capacity for the residential population exceeds 10% of the residential student population or the
proportion of male to female infected residential students exceed capacity limitations on campus

All students, faculty, and staff who have a confirmed case (i.e., positive test) of COVID-19 or have been exposed to a confirmed case (i.e., close contacts) are expected to follow CDC guidelines for quarantine or isolation.

Students testing positive for COVID-19 via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or reporting symptoms attributable to COVID-19 will be placed in an isolation space
Confirmed or symptomatic faculty and staff shall isolate at home.

The duration of isolation of symptomatic or confirmed cases will be at least 10 days from symptom onset.

To exit isolation, faculty, staff, and students will need to be fever free for at least 3 days (72 hours) with an accompanying improvement or resolution of respiratory symptoms

Many of the infection control practices that will prevent spread of COVID-19 rely on self-accountability. There is no way to ensure truthfulness. However, the #BUCSAFE Pledge asks CSU community members to take responsibility for their health and the health of others. Part of this commitment includes truthfulness in the screening process.

Recognizing that Charleston County has emerged as a COVID hot spot, the University Pandemic Task Force has opted to err on the side of caution and require a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 14 days of move-in for RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS ONLY.

Due to the strain on testing supplies and healthcare services in the greater Charleston area, CSU has adopted a symptom-based strategy for the identification and control of COVID-19 on campus. However, CSU recognizes that testing is evolving and rapidly changing. Accordingly, CSU is prepared to adapt as new information and testing technology becomes available.

A daily health check has been created within the LiveSafe app for daily self-monitoring. Students, faculty, and staff will be required to affirm their health daily through completion of this health check. Prior to admittance to on campus facilities, individuals must display their badge (i.e., green check) along with the date and time of their health check from the application. Failure to complete the health check, or inability to affirm health resulting in a “red X” will prevent access to on campus facilities.

These efforts will be supported by a new position, University Infection Control/COVID-19 Coordinator, occupied by Laurel Glover, Assistant Professor of Public Health. This position comes from a partial reassignment of a current Assistant Professor of Public Health, who will coordinate all aspects of daily attestation and monitoring, including maintaining the LiveSafe application and kits attendant data collection, analyzing and sharing data with the appropriate entities, and serving as a liaison/point of contact on campus and within the greater Charleston community. Follow-up for those who do not complete the daily attestation will be a coordinated effort by Professor Glover, the division of Student Affairs (for students) and Human Resources (for faculty and staff).

Close contact(s) of a positive case will need to quarantine. For COVID-19, a close contact is identified as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person
for at least 15 minutes (even if both individuals were wearing cloth masks) starting from 48 hours before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Only those faculty, staff, and students considered close contacts of a potential case will be contacted. If an individual is NOT contacted, they are not considered exposed and need not reach out.

CSU will employ several strategies related to physical (social) distancing including adherence to the 6-foot radius recommended by the CDC. This includes computer labs, common areas, and other gathering spaces on campus.

Aramark has done significant planning to support social distancing in the CSU Dining Hall, including reconfiguring occupancy limits and food lines. Dining capacity will align with social distancing practices.
Chapel will be held virtually in the fall. Students will have the opportunity to obtain sufficient chapel credits for the semester via these virtual events.

Student life activities will be adjusted to minimize large gatherings of students. The Sweet 16 calendar is being adjusted for the fall semester. The Voyage (Anthony Evans concert), Come Cruise with Me (harbor cruise), and Strike Night (bowling) have been rescheduled for the Spring semester.
Campus Recreation and Intramural Sports activities will be modified and reduced for the fall semester.

The Brewer Center will open with limited capacity, social distancing, required face masking, and enhanced disinfection practices on August 3rd.

As recommended by the American College Health Association (ACHA), CSU will work to minimize indoor gatherings of more than 30 people for the foreseeable future. Ultimately this limit will to be affected by state and federal guidelines. In addition, student life areas are devising plans to restrict the number of students and other community members at events (including athletic competitions) and within communal spaces.

Non-contracted, non-essential staff shall be instructed to work remotely for the duration of the Fall semester. For those employees unable to work from home, risk mitigation will include staggered work schedules and reconfiguration of office space to promote social distancing. Decisions regarding the appropriateness and approval of remote work will be made by supervisors in each area.

Students and employees not complying with the masking requirement will be held to the standards outlined in the Student Handbook and Employee Handbook.

When visitors must come to campus, appointments must be made in advance with at least a two-day notice. The self-checklist must be emailed to the visitors and they should be informed about the requirement to wear a face covering. Visitors must acknowledge that they are symptom-free before coming to campus.

If visitors do not have a face mask, they should be provided with a disposable mask which they must don before entering any buildings.

An enhanced cleaning schedule will be in place for fall 2020 to support daily and “between use” cleaning and disinfecting of facilities as much as possible. The University Pandemic Task Force and CSU facilities staff have reviewed CDC guidance for cleaning and disinfecting and aligned their schedules and practices accordingly. Disinfecting products have been vetted for EPA-approval for COVID-19 and electrostatic sprayers have been ordered to support enhanced and efficient disinfecting and cleaning of large spaces (e.g., athletic training facility, Brewer Center, etc.). Regular cleaning and disinfecting steps will include objects touched by multiple people such as flat surfaces (e.g. tables, desks, and countertops), doorknobs, light switches, handles, bathroom facilities, and laboratories. Cleaning supplies will also be available in classrooms and labs for cleaning and disinfecting computer keyboards, mice, and touchpads.

Self-cleaning of classroom surfaces by students and faculty will be supported as custodial staff increases rotational cleaning of bathrooms and other high-touch areas in classrooms and common areas on a daily basis. As available, cleaning and disinfecting products such as sanitizing wipes will be present in all classroom and meeting spaces, and readily available throughout CSU buildings to support self-cleaning. Students will be responsible for cleaning their desks between classes.

The Physical Plant has also developed plans for cleaning and disinfecting areas used by individuals with confirmed cases of COVID-19, including enhanced disinfecting by professional contractors. These include quarantine and isolation spaces established for residential students.

Meetings (i.e., more than two individuals) to conduct university business should be conducted virtually for the foreseeable future. Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or teleconferences should continue to be utilized as much as possible.

If an in-person meeting must be conducted, it should be in an area which allows for social distancing of 6 feet and all attendees will be required to wear a face covering. The host of the meeting is responsible for cleaning all tables, chairs and other equipment being used with sanitizing wipes or sanitizing solution and paper towels before and after the meeting.

CSU highly recommends no non-essential travel for faculty, staff, and students as travel increases the chance of getting infected and spreading COVID-19. If you must travel, please follow the CDC guidelines for traveling.

According to CDC guidelines, anyone who returns from international travel must stay at home 14 days from the time they returned. CSU will follow these recommendations for all faculty, staff, and students.

Coaches and athletes may meet, but must adhere to distancing and masking guidelines.