COVID Resources - Coastal Carolina University
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The following resources are provided for CCU faculty and staff related to community health expectations and accountability for students in the 2020-2021 academic year. This information was created in collaboration with multiple campus partners, including the Coastal Comeback Committee, Emergency Management, Academic Affairs, and Student Affairs. This guidance is subject to change in light of direction from the state and/or Centers for Disease Control.

Guidance regarding required face coverings: this guidance provides faculty and staff with information regarding students who decline to participate in public health requirement.
Community Health Conversations: this guidance provides faculty and staff with information regarding students who decline to participate in public health requirements.
Community Health Concern Flowchart: this chart outlines the steps and educational resources that will be used to approach community health concerns.
Community Health Concern Report: this form should be utilized to report students who exhibit concerning behavior that may negatively impact community health. Examples may include declining to wear a mask, refusing isolation after a contagious disease diagnosis, or other actions that pose a serious health risk to others.

Community Health Expectations

If a student declines to wear a face covering, attend to social distancing/seating arrangements as required, or otherwise exhibits a concerning behavior related to public health, the student may eventually be referred to the Dean of Students Office. 

In every situation, our first preference is to address non-compliance with tthe requirements through a conversation and a social enforcement via and educationsl perspective. Share facts, offer resources, and reaffirm community expectations for all members of the Coastal community. However, students who repeatedly disregard this expectation will be held responsible for their actions. Be sure to document the incident of disruptive behavior, even if it appears to be minor at the time.

If the situation occurs in a classroom or other academic setting, it is considered a classroom management issue, and the faculty member should remind the student of the requirement and give the student a chance to comply with it prior to referring the matter to the Office of the Dean of Students. A suggested classroom management protocol, tips on discussing compliance with students, and a community health concern report are available above. 

  • For students who initially did not comply but did correct behavior once approached: consider emailing the student to remind them of the requirement for future classes. Remind the student that future non-compliance will result in a report to the Dean of Students Office and that the student may be asked to leave class and/or be penalized for participation or attendance grades (per syllabus policies).
  • For students who were asked to leave class due to non-compliance: submit a written report to the Dean of Students Office and notify your department chair. The Dean of Students staff will contact the student for educational review of expectations and process overview. The faculty member may submit additional written reports as needed if the student continues to ignore the face covering requirement.

If the situation occurs outside the classroom, it is considered a community accountability issue. Any student, faculty, or staff member who observes the behavior should remind the student of the requirement and give the student a chance to comply with it prior to referring the matter to the Office of the Dean of Students.

The Department of Public Safety is not responsible for enforcing campus face covering requirements and should not be the first point of contact regarding concerns of non-compliance.