Our Safe Return to Campus
Planning for Fall 2020
This page will be continually updated as a go-to resource for information on our safe return to the Newberry College campus for fall 2020. All information is subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.
We are looking forward to safely welcoming our students, faculty, staff and friends of Newberry College back to campus this fall. As always, health and safety are our greatest priorities. We are diligently working with experts inside and outside the College to ensure the quality education, accessible value, and sense of community our students, employees, alumni and visitors know and love.
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 safety guidelines, minimize risk, and protect the health of the campus community as much as possible.
For answers to additional questions, please email ResponseTeam@newberry.edu.
An archive of the College's COVID-19 updates since March 8 is available here.
After clicking on a category, you may have to scroll up slightly to see the beginning of each section.
To facilitate a return to campus in phases, courses will begin virtually starting Monday, Aug. 17, as scheduled.
As students return to campus, some courses will phase into in-person instruction. It is our intention that classes will be taught in-person, in the classroom, effective Tuesday, Sept. 8. Each faculty member will post their phase-in schedule in Wolf Den. Commuting students can begin attending in-person courses as phased in by their faculty members.
If students feel unsafe or uncomfortable returning to campus during this phased return, they will be able to apply to continue virtual learning beyond Sept. 8. The online form is available at this link. We will accept applications until
Sept. 1. When students do feel comfortable returning, they need to simply submit the same online form advising the College of the change, and housing will be assigned based on availability.
The faculty and academic staff are working closely with facilities to design classrooms to ensure students are socially distanced during class. Class locations may change as part of these efforts, and new spaces have been identified for use as classrooms. Students should check their course schedules in Wolf Den regularly for changes as we approach the beginning of classes.
The College has also extended the time between classes from 10 to 15 minutes to allow students and staff to disinfect shared surfaces. Disinfecting wipes will be available in each classroom.
|Mondays / Wednesdays / Fridays||Tuesdays / Thursdays|
|7:45 a.m. – 8:35 a.m.||7:45 a.m. – 9 a.m.|
|8:50 a.m. – 9:40 a.m.||9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.|
|9:55 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (Chapel hour)||10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.|
|11 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.||12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.|
|12:05 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.||1:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.|
|1:10 p.m. – 2 p.m.|
|2:15 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.|
Students will be asked to use the same seats in each course they are taking. This will help with contact tracing if required.
We understand students and faculty may have to miss class in the fall due to illness. Therefore, faculty are undergoing professional development throughout the summer to become more effective in online instruction. Faculty will be ready to work with students virtually if they have to miss class due to illness.
Arrival Guidelines (Students)
Prior to arriving on campus, students must:
- Practice social distancing and wear masks 14 days prior to campus arrival. This reduces the risk of exposure before traveling to campus
- Take their temperatures each day for two (2) days prior to their planned arrival on campus
- Exhibit no symptoms of COVID-19. If they answer "YES" to any of these questions near their arrival date, they should report symptoms to the Office of Student Affairs at (803) 321-5146 and stay home:
- Have you had a fever (100°F or 37.8°C) in the last 24 hours? If so, call the phone number above and delay arrival to campus until fever free for 24 hours without medication
- Are you experiencing a new cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste and smell?
- Have you received notification from state or local public health officials that you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have you been told to quarantine or self-isolate?
- Are you caring for or living with someone who has been confirmed to have, has symptoms of, or has had known exposure to COVID-19?
- Bring at least two (2) non-disposable masks. If using a cloth face covering, click here for care and use instructions
- Complete online education module via Wolf Den concerning COVID-19 and related campus changes
Based on DHEC guidelines, testing is not required because the tests available at this time cannot provide assurance that someone will not become sick after the test is performed.
Residence Hall Move-In
Move-in will be phased (see schedule below), and will follow the same traffic pattern as 2019 with drive-up key distribution at the end of Bachman Court. Each student may bring no more than two (2) guests to assist with move-in. Guests must check in along with the student on arrival, and staff will perform temperature checks on students and guests. Keys will be distributed upon temperature confirmation. Anyone registering a temperature of 100°F (37.8°C) or greater will be asked to return home.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life requests that students bring mostly essentials, that they do not bring large furniture (such as large chairs, large chests of drawers, large televisions, etc.), and that they refrain from moving the provided furniture, which has been reconfigured to allow for maximum living and distancing space.
Each phase will gradually reintroduce students while minimizing the number of visitors and guests on campus. This plan allows students to return slowly and safely and gives the college an opportunity to assess and make adjustments.
International students, select student-athletes,* nursing students**, and other approved students***
|Friday, Aug. 14|
|Incoming freshmen||Friday, Aug. 21|
|All other students||Friday, Aug. 28|
Final day for move-in
|Friday, Sept. 4|
* This assumes fall sports will begin competition the week of Sept. 26, as approved by the South Atlantic Conference. These athletes will be contacted by their coaches.
** This does not include pre-nursing students. Only student who have been accepted into the program.
*** Students with special circumstances, such as on-campus academic requirements, personal safety, or inadequate technology, may apply here to move in Aug. 14.
The Office of Housing and Residence Life will confirm each student’s specific move-in date and time via email and via Wolf Den soon.
Risk Reduction Expectations
- Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet (2 meters) at all times
- Masks will be required in classrooms, residence hall lobbies, campus entrances, hallways, Health Services, dining facilities, conference rooms and where social distancing is not possible. Masks may be removed when dining
- Avoid shaking hands or hugging
- Limit gatherings in residence hall rooms, and make use of outdoor spaces for large gatherings
- Follow directions regarding foot traffic flow and seating arrangements
- Wash hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
- To protect the health and safety of the college community, students should limit non-essential travel. If travel is necessary, students are expected to maintain common sense safety measures while away (e.g. wearing masks and socially distancing)
The safety of our students and student-athletes is the most important thing to Newberry College. On July 24, the South Atlantic Conference announced that the beginning of fall 2020 sports competition has been pushed back to Sept. 26.
We have developed a student-athlete return protocol that will include guidelines and guidance on athletic activities, from practices to competitions. Click here to view the full Return to Sports Policy.
Due to the seating limitations at our competition venues, we will be implementing a seating priority system to ensure that students, faculty, staff, and general supporters are afforded an opportunity to be part of the excitement. In an effort to achieve satisfactory social distancing, we have determined that we will lose approximately 70% of the seating at Setzler Field (max. 800 available seats) and the same will happen at Eleazer Arena.
We are continually monitoring the regional spread of COVID-19, and we are in continuous contact with the NCAA and the South Atlantic Conference. Any changes to this plan will be announced via email, social media and this website.
Newberry College has redesigned the 2020-2021 academic year in light of new standards for preventative health, travel opportunities, and social interaction. Guiding these changes are five principles:
- Reinstate face-to-face learning with safe social interactions
- Minimize opportunities for students to bring contagious infections to campus from non-essential travel
- Vacate campus before Thanksgiving and return as late as possible to reduce student presence on campus during the height of flu season (Exceptions apply for extenuating circumstances).
- Complete the academic year at approximately the same time, ensuring complete May and summer school sessions
- Note: All academic breaks, such as fall break, have been eliminated. Labor Day will be an online learning day
- Implement an opportunity for students to take an online course in January
Residential Student Move-In
|Aug. 14 — Sept. 4|
|Classes begin virtually||Monday, Aug. 17|
Online Learning Day
(in place of Labor Day holiday)
|Monday, Sept. 7|
|Classes End||Tuesday, Nov. 24|
|Final Exams (Online)||Nov. 28 — Dec. 2|
|Final grades due||Friday, Dec. 4|
|Saturday, Nov. 21|
|Online January Term (J-Term) begins||Jan. 4, 2021|
|Spring semester classes begin||Feb. 1, 2021|
*All dates subject to change
The Facilities staff is working diligently with every department on campus to prepare all campus facilities. We are establishing sanitization stations throughout campus and providing wipes in every classroom so students and faculty can wipe down desks, tables and chairs between classes. Every classroom, every restroom, every athletic facility and every residence hall is being sanitized and will be on a regular basis once we open. Also, Nephron Pharmaceuticals has generously donated over 1,500 bottles of hand sanitizer, which will be provided to students upon checking in for fall.
All students, faculty, staff, and guests will be required to wear face masks. Face masks will be required in classrooms, residence hall lobbies, campus entrances, hallways, Health Services, dining facilities, conference rooms and where social distancing is not possible. Masks may be removed when dining, or when in one's own residence hall room. Besides masks, at this time, face shields are permissable, but still require a face mask along with them.
Accommodations can be made for students who have documented medical conditions that could be worsened by wearing a face covering. This documentation must be emailed to LaShawn Hanes in the Office of Student Disability Services.
Group gatherings will be limited to 10 or fewer, with the exception of some College-sanctioned events.
As a major part of fall preparation, several projects are underway to improve the health and wellness of our campus:
- (2) Portable restrooms/showers units will be placed next to Brokaw Hall
- (1) Portable restroom/shower unit will be placed next to Cromer Hall
- (1) Portable restroom/shower unit will be placed between Kinard Hall and Derrick Hall
- (1) Portable restroom/shower unit will be placed between Derrick Hall and Smeltzer Hall
- New permanent restrooms/showers are currently under construction in Smeltzer Hall
- Enhanced security measures in added spaces
- Upgrades are being made to the adjoining College-owned properties
- A quarantine building has been identified for any students who test positive for COVID-19
Students will be responsible for regularly cleaning and disinfecting their own residence hall rooms to reduce the spread of germs.
When students leave campus by Thanksgiving, they may leave some belongings in their rooms, and when spring semester begins, they will be able to resume living in the same room they had for fall.
Numerous additions and changes are being made as to how the campus community dines, regarding both health and safety in the time of COVID-19, as well as general enhancements to campus dining options.
- The existing patio area outside Kaufmann Dining Hall will be expanded, and an additional seating area will be set up outside Kaufmann Hall, to provide additional dining and study space
- Sodexo at Newberry College has been named a "Palmetto Priority" location by the State of South Carolina for a commitment to a clean and safe environment amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Palmetto Priority program, click here
The campus bookstore will be moved to the former Dopey’s location on Luther Street, to allow for more safe dining space from the adjacent dining hall
Each dining space will reduce capacity by 50% or more, with limited in-house seating. Seating will not be available for patrons not actively dining, or when the space is closed between meals
All food options will be offered to-go to maximize available seating and social distancing in the dining hall
Food and drink items will be served to patrons by Dining Services staff, eliminating all self-service stations
New service hours will be in place to allow for thorough sanitation of service areas between meals
Dining Services employees will complete daily medical self-assessments before coming to work
Culinary staff are completing additional training to facilitate social distancing and other safe practices
- Freshëns Fresh Food Studio will be introduced in the fall, offering delicious, healthy and fresh food options as part of students' meal plans
Boar's Head and Chick-fil-A Express will expand their menu offerings
The President’s Council and the appointed Health Task Force have developed and approved a return to work plan. The first of three phases of our return-to-work program began on June 15, and all staff departments have returned from full-time telework.
The College will follow CDC guidelines as they relate to face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, temperature checks, screenings, self-quarantining, and educational training.
All students must report the onset of symptoms, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, or sudden loss of taste and smell, as soon as possible via Wolf Den. The form will be linked here once available. After reporting symptoms, students should immediately self-quarantine. Students should not attend class, work, meetings, campus offices or common spaces. A College official will be in contact after the symptom reporting form has been submitted.
The Office of Health and Counseling Services will monitor student illness via phone and/or video call. Students who are ill will be strongly encouraged to return home pending a negative COVID-19 test. 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.
Students should email LaShawn Hanes with any medical documentation to support class absences and to verify an approved date to return to campus.
Newberry College continues to welcome and serve our international student community with open arms. Recent determinations by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security regarding international students' ability to remain in the United States while taking online classes have caused confusion. However, Newberry College will offer the majority of fall courses in person, with some courses available online as in previous years, so as of now, we do not anticipate any significant impacts for our international students enrolled in on-campus courses. We are actively engaged in the process, we are monitoring for further guidance and policies regarding our international students, and we will communicate with our students directly. All updates affecting Newberry College international students will be posted here as we receive them.
Other International Student Resources
Note: For international students, room and board from December through January may be an option. More information will be announced as soon as it becomes available.
With any questions regarding international students' return to campus:
Milena Velez | Director of Admission
Milena.Velez@newberry.edu | +1 803.321.5276
Barbara Joyner | Assistant Dean for the Center for Student Success, PDSO
Barbara.Joyner@newberry.edu | +1 803.321.5625
Testing, Tracing, & Quarantine
The College is developing protocols, consistent with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the American Health Association, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for testing, contact tracing and quarantining any positive cases of COVID-19.
Testing Sites in South Carolina
Additional Health-related Guidance
Click on a poster for more detail.
Newberry College welcomes visitors to our beautiful, historic campus. To ensure the health and safety of the campus community, the College will establish a visitor's kiosk at the Holland Hall circle entrance on College Street, where visitors can check in and receive the necessary information and personal protective equipment prior to enjoying their visit.
- After move-in for the fall semester:
- All members of the campus community must direct their visitors to check in at the kiosk at Holland Hall circle upon arrival between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
- Between 6 p.m. and midnight, student visitors will need to check in at the front desk of the student's residence hall. Students are responsible for ensuring their visitors abide by health guidelines, including, but not limited to face coverings and social distancing
- Prospective students and families will continue to check in at the Welcome Center on Luther Street