Office of the President
Message from President Michael T. Benson
Additional Information Regarding Fall 2021 Operations
Aug. 19, 2021
Dear Coastal Carolina University Community,
Coastal Carolina University is very excited to start the Fall 2021 Semester. It’s wonderful to see such a vibrant Teal Nation community come together for the purpose of higher learning.
With a variety of campus events about to begin, I want to reemphasize that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings indoors. This applies to all spaces across campus, except for private offices and assigned residential rooms, suites, and apartments. An exception to the mask requirement will also apply for those who are actively eating inside a campus dining facility.
Face coverings are an important tool in protecting members of the University community. The CDC reports that COVID-19 mainly spreads from person-to-person through respiratory droplets. Face coverings provide an extra layer to help prevent the spread from people who do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected. Recent CDC guidance recommends everyone in areas of substantial or high transmission wear a mask in public indoor spaces, even if they are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people with Delta variant breakthrough infections can spread the virus to others.
Given what we know about the Delta variant, vaccine effectiveness, and that the campus is located in an area of high community transmission, layered prevention strategies, such as wearing masks, are needed to reduce the transmission of this variant.
If a student has a disability or medical condition and believes they are experiencing an academic barrier as a result of the University’s mask-wearing requirement, they should engage in the Accessibility and Disability Services (ADS) accommodation determination process.
Chanticleer Athletics will follow the University’s indoor mask mandate as well as any Sun Belt Conference protocols that were previously established regarding the competition activities of our teams.
The University will reassess the COVID-19 situation and mask mandate within four weeks of the effective date and determine its appropriateness and duration.
I encourage all students, faculty, and staff to please remain respectful of others during these challenging times. Let’s work together to have a safe and successful semester.
Michael T. Benson