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Our Safe Return to Campus

Application for Virtual Learning

Newberry College understands the continuing threat from COVID‐19 in spring 2021. We know there are students who are at a higher risk of contracting the virus or having a serious reaction to the virus. Therefore, we will offer students the opportunity to complete the spring term virtually. Students who select this option are doing so because being on campus presents a higher risk to them or to their families, and therefore, are expected to remain off campus. Exceptions must be approved.

 

Click here to access the Application for Virtual Learning.

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 Log

Last updated: Jan. 25 at 1:25 p.m.

Confirmed active cases 7
Isolated in off-campus College-owned facilities 2
Isolated at home 5
Resolved* since Dec. 5, 2020 14

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

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.

Calendar of Events

Event Date(s)
Select residential students return in phases Jan. 3 - 29
Spring payments due Jan. 22
Spring semester classes begin Feb. 1

 

Health & Safety Policies for Individuals

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.


Gatherings

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)

 

Travel

  • 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.

Residential Student Return Procedures

The return procedures for spring 2021 are similar to those for fall 2020, with the addition of the negative COVID-19 test requirement. At check-in, all students must present a negative COVID-19 test result, dated within 5 days of their designated return to campus. Students' individual move-in details are available via their College email accounts.

 

Click below to see the move-in day map and check-in procedures.

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.

 

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.

 

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:

 

Testing, Tracing, & Vaccines

The College is developing and refining protocols consistent with the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) for testing, contact tracing and quarantining any positive cases of COVID-19. SCDHEC 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.

 

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.

 

COVID-19 Vaccines

The provided information should not be considered medical advice, and vaccinations are not currently required of Newberry College students, faculty or staff. One should always consult one's physician with any medical questions.

 

Click here for general vaccine FAQs information from Newberry County Memorial Hospital and the Mayo Clinic.

Click here for SCDHEC's state vaccination plan.

Click here for vaccination locations.

 

Additional Health-related Guidance

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Visitors

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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