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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: Sept. 13, 2021

Total Active 20
Isolated at home 19
Isolated in College-owned locations 1


Current Campus Vaccination Rates

Updated: Sept. 13, 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.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Are vaccines 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 Students who submit proof of vaccination will be automatically entered in a drawing for prizes ranging from textbooks to tech to premier housing selection for the 2022-23 academic year. The drawing will be held during the football game on Saturday, Sept. 18. You do not have to be present to win.


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


Random Student Testing

Random surveillance testing will be conducted for unvaccinated students. If the campus case positivity rate increases, weekly mandatory testing for unvaccinated students may be required.


Vaccines and Capacity Restrictions

Once 50% of our students and employees become fully vaccinated (either with one dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of Pfizer and Moderna) and have verified that vaccination with the College, we plan to take these steps:

  • Fitness Center will be open at 50% capacity

  • "The Den" game room will be open at 50% capacity

  • Student engagement activities, shows, and plays will be open at 50% capacity


Once 60% of our students and employees become fully vaccinated (either with one dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of Pfizer and Moderna) and have verified that vaccination with the College, we plan to take these steps:

  • Fitness Center will be open at 75% capacity

  • "The Den" game room will be open at 75% capacity

  • Student engagement activities, shows, and plays will be open at 75% capacity

  • Non-contact intramural sports will resume

  • Outdoor sports activities like volleyball and basketball will resume

  • Fall Family Weekend will be conducted in person

  • Student organizations will have the ability to host social events and coordinate and participate in community service activities

  • Visitation in the residence halls will be open to all Newberry College students

  • Groups of 10 or fewer may congregate without masks on College property

  • Fraternities and sororities may host in-person recruitment


Once 80% of our students and employees become fully vaccinated (either with one dose of Johnson & Johnson or two doses of Pfizer and Moderna) and have verified that vaccination with the College, we plan to take these steps:

  • Fitness Center will be open at 100%

  • "The Den" game room will be open at full capacity

  • Student engagement activities, shows, and plays will be open at full capacity

  • Contact intramural sports will resume

  • All sports activities will resume

  • Welcome Week activities will be held in larger groups

Application for Virtual Learning

Newberry College understands the continuing threat posed by COVID-19.


However, as the pandemic subsides and in an effort to return completely to in-person learning, virtual learning will be granted by the Dean of the College in only the most extenuating circumstances. Click here to download the virtual learning application.

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 Barbara Joyner at


Social Distancing

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


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

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

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

Student 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.


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 and/or video call.


When ill or self-isolating, students should email with documentation of each COVID-19 test to support class absences and to determine an approved date to return to campus.


The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will continue to conduct contact tracing of any on-campus cases, and will also encourage those who have tested positive to reach out themselves to individuals they have had close contact with to help alleviate the strain on staff. College staff will also reach out to on-campus individuals when they are identified as exposed.


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


For after-hours care:


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.


Campus COVID-19 Case Logs

Spring Semester | Jan. 29, 2021 - May 15, 2021

Resolved* 99


Winter Break & J-Term | Dec. 5, 2020 - Jan. 28, 2021

Resolved* 29


Fall Semester | Aug. 12 - Dec. 4, 2020

Resolved* 118


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

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