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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 Figures

Last updated: Oct. 27, 2020 at 2:51 p.m.

Confirmed active cases 1
Isolated in off-campus College-owned facilities 0
Isolated at home 1
Resolved* to date 98

Resolved represents the number of individuals who have returned from case isolation and are back to normal activity.


For up-to-date information on COVID-19 testing sites through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, click here. Take advantage of the testing if you have symptoms of COVID-19, if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or if you feel so inclined.


Students, faculty and staff: Please report any symptoms or positive test results by logging in to Wolf Den and submitting the COVID-19 Self-Isolation Form as soon as possible.


The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will conduct contact tracing of any on-campus cases and inform individuals of potential exposure on a need-to-know basis.


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.

Welcome to Fall 2020!

We are so happy to safely welcome 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, and friends of the College know and love.


Special Video Message to Students from President Maurice Scherrens


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

An archive of the College's COVID-19 updates since March 8 is available here.


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To facilitate a return to campus in phases, courses began virtually starting Monday, Aug. 17.


Classes began in person, in the classroom, on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Commuting students can begin attending in-person courses as phased in by their faculty members.


The College accepted virtual learning applications through Sept. 1. If students have extraordinary circumstances and need to begin virtual learning or they feel comfortable returning to campus for in-person classroom instruction, students need to email Lisa Duncan. Housing will be assigned based on availability. In the event of student illness, students should fill out the self-isolation form found in Wolf Den and contact student health services. Faculty will be ready to work with students virtually if they have to miss class due to illness. Students who elect to take classes virtually are precluded from all on-campus activities unless and until they arrange to return full-time to in-person classes.


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.


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.


Class Timetable

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.



Student-to-student tutoring will continue to be offered by the Center for Student Success, located in Wessels Library. Tutoring will be offered by appointment, and students will have the opportunity to schedule in-person or virtual sessions based on students' comfort level. Students can find more information in Wolf Den as specific details become available.



The Newberry College Bookstore strongly encourages as many students as possible to order their textbooks and Newberry apparel online, to avoid long waits and to maximize in-store social distancing.


To order textbooks online:

  1. Visit the campus bookstore website
  2. Select the department, course, and section of each class (this information can be found on Wolf Den)
  3. The course materials will display with all purchasing options (buy new or used, rent a physical or digital copy for the term)
  4. Proceed to checkout
    • If using one's campus card / financial aid for the purchase, please accurately enter the six-digit student ID number. This method can only be used for textbooks, school supplies, backpacks, laptops, and audio accessories

Current bookstore business hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. The store can be reached at 803.321.5144, or via email at


Wessels Library - Hours of Operation

Days Business Hours

Extended Hours

(No services available)

Sunday Noon - 6 p.m. 6 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. None


Click here to view the Wessels Library website and online resources.



Getting Back in the Game 

On Aug. 7, the South Atlantic Conference postponed the start of fall sports competition until the spring 2021 semester. This includes men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball. On Sept. 25, the conference approved spring schedules for field hockey, footballsoccer and volleyball.


On Sept. 18, the South Atlantic Conference announced that intercollegiate basketball competition for the 2020-21 season is set to begin Nov. 21. Teams will be permitted to begin full practices on Oct. 22. Start dates for other winter sports, including indoor track and field, swimming and diving and wrestling, will be left to each institution's discretion.


Student-athletes are required to be tested for COVID-19 per NCAA rules. Students don’t need to miss class or isolate because of this NCAA directive.


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.



Fall 2020 Calendar 

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:

  1. Reinstate face-to-face learning with safe social interactions
  2. Minimize opportunities for students to bring contagious infections to campus from non-essential travel
  3. 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).
  4. 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
  5. Implement an opportunity for students to take an online course in January


Event Date(s)

Residential Student Move-In

Click here for the detailed move-in schedule

Aug. 14 — Sept. 4
Classes begin virtually Monday, Aug. 17

Online Learning Day

(in place of Labor Day holiday)

Monday, Sept. 7
Classes End Friday, Nov. 20
Commencement for May and winter graduates Saturday, Nov. 21
Final Exams (In-Person) Nov. 23 — 24
Thanksgiving Break Nov. 25 — 27
Final Exams (Online) Nov. 28 — Dec. 2
Final grades due Friday, Dec. 4
Online January Term (J-Term) begins Jan. 4, 2021
Spring semester classes begin Feb. 1, 2021

*All dates subject to change


Campus Life

Living & Learning on Campus 


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The Facilities staff is working diligently with every department on campus to prepare and maintain high health standards in 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.


Residence Life

As a major part of fall preparation, several projects were launched to improve the health and wellness of our campus:

  • (2) Portable restrooms/showers units were placed next to Brokaw Hall
  • (1) Portable restroom/shower unit was placed next to Cromer Hall
  • (1) Portable restroom/shower unit was placed between Kinard Hall and Derrick Hall
  • (1) Portable restroom/shower unit was placed between Derrick Hall and Smeltzer Hall
  • New permanent restrooms/showers have been installed in Smeltzer Hall
  • Enhanced security measures in added spaces
  • Upgrades were made to the adjoining College-owned properties for use as case isolation spaces


​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.


Campus Dining


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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 has reduced 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 are served to patrons by Dining Services staff, eliminating all self-service stations

  • New service hours are in place to allow for thorough sanitation of service areas between meals

  • Dining Services employees are completing daily medical self-assessments before coming to work

  • Culinary staff are completing additional training to facilitate social distancing and other safe practices

  • Farmers Field has been introduced in the fall, offering delicious, healthy and fresh food options as part of students' meal plans



Returning to Work 


The President’s Council, the appointed Health Task Force, and Human Resources have developed and approved guidlines for employees as faculty and staff return to on-campus work.


The College will follow CDC and DHEC guidelines as they relate to face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, temperature checks, screenings, self-quarantining, and educational training.


Click here to view detailed Return to Work information.


Health & Safety Policies for Individuals

Rules of Engagement


Face Masks

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, the Health Services office, dining facilities, conference rooms, other common areas and where social distancing is not possible. Masks may be removed when dining, or when in one's own residence hall room. Besides masks, face shields are permissable, but still require a face mask along with them. Click here for cloth mask care and use instructions.


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. Social distancing will be a requirement in all interactions. Any event where masks and social distancing guidelines are not followed will not be tolerated.

Other Health & Safety Rules

  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet (2 meters) at all times
  • Follow directions regarding foot traffic flow and seating arrangements
  • 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
  • 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)



  • 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)


Failure to comply with these simple precautionary measures puts others at risk unnecessarily. Failure or refusal by students to abide by these requirements could result in suspension from the College without reimbursement.

Hygiene Guidelines

  • Wash hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid shaking hands or hugging

Violations of Health Guidelines

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.


In the event of student infection


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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.


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.


Health Services

The nurse's office in the Office of Health Services, located behind the Science and Mathematics Building and accessible through the Brokaw Hall parking lot, will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Out of an abundance of caution, the office is currently unable to offer walk-in service, and students may schedule an appointment or ask questions by calling 803.321.3316, or by emailing


For after-hours care:


International Students

Guidance for Non-U.S. Residents

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

Countries currently impacted by United States travel restrictions

Travel information for Newberry College international students

International Student Return FAQ

Travel support letter for international students returning to campus


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:

New Students:

Milena Velez | Director of Admission | +1 803.321.5276


Returning Students:

Barbara Joyner | Assistant Dean for the Center for Student Success, PDSO | +1 803.321.5625


Testing, Tracing, & Quarantine

Being Prepared 

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

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 testing sites through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, click here. Take advantage of the testing if you have symptoms of COVID-19, if you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, or if you feel so inclined.


Additional Health-related Guidance

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Visiting Campus

Newberry College values and welcomes visitors to our beautiful, historic campus. Out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of our campus community, a visitor's kiosk has been established at the Holland Hall circle entrance, accessible from College Street. This kiosk is for visitors to the College during the business day — vendors, guest lecturers, etc. Outside business hours, student visitors are not allowed until further notice.


Visitor's kiosk at Holland Hall circle entrance

Visitor's Kiosk


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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