Spring 2021 Operations and Academic Plan Information - Coastal Carolina University
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Spring 2021 COVID-19 Operations Information

CCU strongly encourages COVID-19 viral testing before returning to campus.

In light of the updated S.C. Department of Environmental Health and Control (DHEC) COVID-19 Guidance for Colleges and Universities released 12/11/20, Coastal Carolina University strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to obtain a COVID-19 viral test result within 72 hours (3-days) in advance of returning to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. CCU will continue to partner with DHEC to provide free COVID-19 viral testing on campus to assist University community members who cannot obtain a test before returning to campus.

DHEC, in cooperation with Tour Health, is providing free COVID-19 viral testing seven days a week throughout January in the KK Parking Lot with opportunities for both drive-thru and walk-up testing. Timing of test results vary but are generally available within 3 to 4 days.

Prior to returning to campus, everyone should minimize contact with others as much as possible while awaiting test results. Follow the Heal the Teal Pledge, reducing potential exposure to COVID-19 and practicing public health prevention and mitigation measures both on and off campus. Also, it is important to prepare for your trip back to campus. Review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 travel information and take steps during your trip to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

How to notify CCU of a positive test result

For students who test positive, it is very important that you notify the University by sending an email to covid@coastal.edu. A University representative will then follow up with important information. Students who receive a positive test result during winter break must complete their isolation requirements before returning to campus. In addition, students exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual and identified as a COVID-19 close contact during winter break must complete their quarantine requirements before returning to campus.

Students and families who have general questions about CCU’s COVID-19 response can contact the CCU COVID-19 Call Center at 843-349-4100 (from outside the US +1-843-349-4100). The COVID-19 Call Center is staffed Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (EST), and Saturday and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. (EST).

For faculty and staff who test positive, please notify CCU by completing the COVID-19 intake report for the Office of Human Resources. Click here to access the form.  

Academic Instruction 

Students will continuously be given the opportunity to identify the learning model that works best for them. Some may be comfortable with the physical distancing and protective measures enacted on campus and choose to return for face-to-face classes, while others may choose to attend classes via distance learning. To accommodate everyone, most courses are designed for both face-to-face instruction and livestreaming. In Spring 2021, a limited number of courses will be provided in the classroom only, with appropriate accommodations available should a student need to quarantine or self-isolate. This video outlines the academic modalities. 

Students are asked to indicate how they prefer to attend classes this spring. For most courses, they have the option to choose “streaming” or “face-to-face.” This allows our faculty to best plan their instruction and anticipate who will attend virtually and who will be present in the classroom. 

Please note that the choice a student makes for each class — face-to-face or streaming — will not necessarily change their course schedule. In most cases, students keep the same instructor and the same class time and are expected to observe attendance policies and participate in real time with their classmates.

CCU remains in Phase 1 of the Coastal Comeback Plan. 

When returning to campus, understand that CCU remains in Phase 1 of the Coastal Comeback Plan, pending any executive orders from South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. The University will resume biweekly assessments and phase movement decisions Friday, Jan. 29. Remaining in Phase 1 means operations will remain the same as the Fall 2020 semester. Everyone will be expected to continue practicing all COVID-19 prevention measures including wearing masks, physical distancing, and limiting exposure to the virus to avoid getting it and spreading it. 

For new Spring 2021 students who did not attend in Fall 2020, it is very important to review the Coastal Comeback 30-day Countdown videos which were produced this past summer. These videos were a critically important step for the campus in preparing for a successful fall semester, communicating all of the expectations for what to expect as a citizen of Teal Nation. It is also very important to become familiar with the COVID-19 Dashboard, which updates the campus community about the COVID-19 cases on campus.