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Our Safe Return to Campus

Current Campus Operational Status

Newberry College is currently operating under “new normal” procedures, as detailed below, and is monitoring the situation and taking appropriate action when necessary to ensure the health and safety of the campus community.

 

Current Campus COVID-19 Case Numbers

Updated: Jan. 18, 2022

Total Active 9
Isolated at home 7
Isolated in College-owned locations 2

 

Current Campus Flu Case Numbers

Updated: Jan. 10, 2022

Total Active 0
Isolated at home 0
Isolated in College-owned locations 0

 

Current Campus Vaccination Rates

Updated: Oct. 4, 2021

Faculty & Staff 78%
Students 66%

* All vaccination rates are calculated using the number of individuals who have self-reported their COVID-19 vaccination. All individual health information is strictly confidential.

 

It is important to note that, while Newberry College will take precautions to reduce the risks of COVID-19 on campus, the risk of illness cannot be completely removed. The responsibility ultimately falls to individuals to use common sense, adhere to campus guidelines, minimize risk, and protect the health of the campus community as much as possible.

 

This page will be continually updated as a go-to resource for information regarding Newberry College operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. All information is subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.


Testing for Faculty, Staff & Coaches

Out of an abundance of caution and due to the increasing spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, all students, faculty and staff are required to have a negative COVID-19 test as part of their return to campus for spring. Please note, this is a requirement for everyone, whether vaccinated or not. This initial test result is due before returning to campus. Students should bring their test results when they check in.

 

Following the initial test: Students, faculty and staff who are not fully vaccinated (including a booster, if eligible), or who have not submitted proof of vaccination (see vaccination section below), are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test weekly. Test results are due by the close of business each Wednesday until further notice.

 

Limited on-campus rapid COVID-19 testing will be held in the Younts Athletic Performance Center every workday from 2-3 p.m., until Wednesday, Jan. 26.

 

The College is working to provide an ongoing on-campus testing option. Until further on-campus testing is confirmed, employees are encouraged to get tested for free at the Newberry health department (2111 Wilson Rd.), open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


COVID-19 Vaccines

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required by Newberry College?

No, vaccinations are NOT required of Newberry College students, faculty or staff, but vaccination is strongly encouraged.

 

Vaccine Reporting

Students may submit a scanned copy of their vaccination card to HealthServices@newberry.edu.

Faculty and staff who are vaccinated against COVID-19 may send a copy of their vaccination card to Human Resources to keep on file.


Health & Safety Policies for Individuals

Face Masks

All students, faculty, staff, and guests will be required to wear face masks inside College buildings. Masks may be removed when outside, dining, or when in one's own residence hall room or office. All students should remember that some faculty and staff members may require masks in their offices, and masks may also be required at certain events, activities and gatherings. Besides masks, face shields are permissible, but face masks are still required along with them. Click here for cloth mask care and use instructions.

 

The only exceptions to the mask policy will require medical documentation reflecting a student’s condition that prohibits mask-wearing. This documentation must be emailed to LaToya Abney, Coordinator for Disabilities and Accommodations, at Latoya.Abney@newberry.edu

 


Social Distancing

Social distancing of 3 feet (~ 1 meter) is required indoors. Weight rooms will still practice distancing at 6 feet (~ 2 meters).


Travel

To protect the health and safety of the college community, students should limit non-essential travel.


Other Health & Safety Rules & Policies

  • After residential student move-in, off-campus visitors are not allowed until further notice

  • Limit on-campus visitors in a residence hall room to one per resident, and make use of outdoor spaces for gatherings

  • Classrooms and other common areas will continue to be sanitized regularly

  • Students are responsible for regularly cleaning and disinfecting their residence hall rooms to reduce the spread of germs

  • Residence hall and classroom furniture has been reconfigured to accommodate COVID-19 safety guidelines. Therefore, residents should not move furniture

  • Limit gatherings in residence hall rooms to a maximum of 1 guest per resident in any given living space. Make use of outdoor gathering spaces for larger groups


Violations of Health Guidelines

Violations of health policies could result in disciplinary action. If a student fails to comply with health policies, such as face mask wearing and social distancing, please log in to Wolf Den and select "Submit Incident Report" on the left column. If you see a large group or other safety issue, please call Campus Security at 803.940.0672.

 

Noncompliance with these policies may result in disciplinary action. Minimum sanctions for violations are below:

  • 1st offense | $75 fine

  • 2nd offense | $200 fine & Conduct Warning

  • 3rd offense | Campus Disciplinary Board Hearing referral – Suspension will be a possible sanction


In the Event of Illness

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All students and employees must report the onset of symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sudden loss of taste and smell, in a self-isolation form as soon as possible. Click here to access the self-isolation form on Wolf Den. After reporting symptoms, individuals should immediately self-isolate. Students should not attend class, work, meetings, or visit any campus offices or common spaces. A College official will be in contact after the symptom reporting form has been submitted.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you test positive or have been exposed, you should isolate for 5 days. If you are asymptomatic or your symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of spread. Click here for more detailed guidance from the CDC.

 

Students who are ill and live within a 4-hour radius will be asked to return home until they have completed their isolation period. The Office of Health and Counseling Services will track and monitor student illness via phone and/or video call.

 

For those ill and unable to travel home, the College has established houses adjacent to campus for student isolation. The College's nurse will perform regular checks, meals will be delivered, and if the student feels well, the locations are Wi-Fi enabled so they can continue classes virtually. The Office of Health and Counseling Services will monitor student illness via phone, email, and/or video call.

 

Health Services

The nurse's office is located in the Office of Health Services, behind the Science and Mathematics Building and accessible through the Brokaw Hall parking lot. Out of an abundance of caution, the office is currently unable to offer walk-in service, and on-campus students may schedule an appointment or ask questions by calling 803.321.3316, or by emailing HealthServices@newberry.edu.

 

For after-hours care:


Visitors

Newberry College values and welcomes visitors to our beautiful, historic campus.

Visitor's kiosk at Holland Hall circle entranceOut of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our campus community, a visitor's kiosk (left) has been established at the main circle entrance, accessible from College Street. This kiosk is for visitors to the College between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. — vendors, guest lecturers, etc.

 

Between the hours of 5 p.m. and midnight, residential students’ visitors will need to check in with the Resident Advisor on duty within the student's building. Students are responsible for their guests abiding by mask-wearing and social distancing guidelines while on campus. Additional information will be provided in students' residence hall meetings.

 

The College's Kaufmann Dining Hall, Boar's Head and Chick-fil-A locations will also be unavailable to off-campus customers until further notice.

 

Prospective students and families will continue to check in at the Welcome Center on Luther Street.

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