It is important for each visitor and member of our community to recognize that even though the university will take precautions to reduce the risks of COVID-19 on campus, individuals can never be completely shielded from all risk of illness caused by the virus, and everyone in our campus community shares the responsibility for the health of the community.
Do not go to class or work if you have a fever of 100.4° or above. Students that have symptoms of COVID-19 or those who have recently had close contact with a symptomatic person should remain in their residence and contact the Earle Student Health Center at 864.522.2000.
Face coverings protect others from infectious droplets that are released from your nose and mouth. All students and employees are required to wear cloth face coverings at all times when in campus buildings unless a specific exception is granted. Cloth face coverings should include at least two layers of fabric that fully cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face. In general, face shields are not acceptable as a replacement for face coverings for general campus use.
Campus life means sharing many living and working spaces, and it is critical that we each do our part in maintaining the cleanliness of these areas. This includes developing our awareness of commonly touched surfaces and cleaning and disinfecting between uses. Wipe down high-touch points in shared bathroom surfaces, exercise equipment, computer keyboards and laundry facilities after using them. Campus signage and the cleaning supplies provided will encourage and facilitate this practice.
Minimizing close contacts is a very effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Develop a habit of distancing yourself from others by 6 feet or more when possible, and do not share drinks, phones, eating utensils, office supplies or other personal items. Do not shake hands or hug others.
Students and employees should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible. This is especially important after using the restroom, blowing your nose, and interacting with spaces that include frequently touched items such as door handles and desktops. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer containing at least 60% isopropyl alcohol may be substituted.
To most effectively reduce the chance for infection, distances of a minimum of 6 feet between individuals should be maintained whenever practical. If you are unsure how far is far enough, spread out your arms and imagine others around you are doing the same. If your hands would touch, you are too close together. Classroom seating and common areas (e.g., dining hall, lounges, office areas, library spaces, and the Physical Activity Center) have been arranged to facilitate physical distancing.
The university will closely monitor the evolving circumstances related to COVID-19, along with rapidly developing scientific knowledge and medical resources, to determine the appropriateness for adjustments and contingencies. For general questions about the spring semester, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.