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Friday, July 24, 2020

Coastal Carolina University will begin the Fall 2020 semester on Aug. 19 (as scheduled) with online instruction, delaying in-person instruction until Sept. 8. These decisions, according to University President David A. DeCenzo, have been made with the best interest of CCU’s students, faculty, and staff in mind.

“The well-being of the entire campus community is always our top priority,” DeCenzo said. “The decision to delay in-person instruction for a few weeks provides us with the best scenario to safely resume on-campus operations.”

“Upon our return to campus, it will be essential for all members of Teal Nation to wear face coverings inside buildings, practice physical distancing, and follow the protocols established in our Coastal Comeback Plan to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” DeCenzo concluded.

As previously planned, CCU will welcome new resident students on Aug. 12-14, and returning residents on Aug. 15-16. University Housing will provide a second move-in on Sept. 3-4 based on resident demand. Students who choose the September move-in window will receive a two-week housing and dining credit. University Housing will send an email to all residents by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, requesting that they confirm or change their move-in plans in MyCoastalHome.

The Office of the Provost has been fully engaged with faculty to ensure that high-quality classroom instruction, whether delivered online or in-person, remains intact for all students.

All Coastal Carolina students, faculty, staff, and families are encouraged to regularly check the Coastal Comeback Plan website for the latest information on the reopening of campus.

The schedule established for employees to return to working on campus remains the same.

Monday, June 15, 2020 4:42 p.m.

Coastal Carolina University has launched a preliminary plan that outlines campus preparations for opening to students for the Fall 2020 semester.  

The Coastal Comeback Plan includes information about strategies for academic instruction, adjustments made to on-campus housing arrangements, what measures have been implemented to encourage proper hygiene and social distancing, and more. 

“The plan is designed to ensure that we provide the healthiest and safest environment,” said CCU President David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D. “We haven’t been on campus since mid-March, so knowing that there is a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, that we are going to come back to a new normal, there is excitement that we will have a thriving campus again.”  

Campus will reopen slowly using a phased process that follows state, CDC, and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) guidelines and protocols. The University is currently operating under Governor Henry McMaster’s executive order that requires critical staff only on campus, which is designated Phase 0 in the plan. 

“We have been working with S.C. DHEC and S.C. Emergency Management Division on a regular basis to make sure we are working with information that is up to date, since what we know about COVID changes weekly, and sometimes daily,” said CCU Emergency Management Director Carissa Medeiros. “The process that we’ve taken in creating the standards allows us to remain flexible as we move forward.” 

Face coverings will be required inside buildings and outside in areas where social distancing isn’t feasible. The University will establish traffic flow patterns, put up signage and hand-sanitizing stations, and reconfigure classrooms and labs to encourage social distancing and proper hygiene practices.  

Additionally, faculty are finalizing plans for a range of face-to-face classes, streaming lectures, and distance-learning options. The numbers of students in each classroom will be reduced to allow for a safer learning environment, and technological solutions are being put into place so students who need to access their courses remotely can continue their education.   

“We are making sure we are doing the things we need to be doing to protect students’ health and to limit the contact they may have with one another in the classroom,” said Associate Provost Holley Tankersley. “Safety is our top priority in planning our academic comeback. All of the academic areas have come together to make sure we are addressing every single area and issue within academics so that we can reopen safely.” 

Other adjustments include reducing the number of beds available in University Housing in order to increase the number of single-occupancy rooms available. Shuttles and routes will also be modified to allow for social distancing and sanitization measures.  

In early May, President DeCenzo charged the Emergency Operations organization with planning for the reopening, which led to the establishment of the COVID-19 Task Force. The task force developed standards for operating in a COVID-19 environment. The task force was comprised of more than 50 subject matter experts from across campus and divided into five committees, and they defined what the public health prevention and mitigation standards would be for returning to campus in a safe environment.  

These standards serve as the foundation for the Coastal Comeback Plan, which is a living document that will continue to expand. In addition, the Coastal Comeback Planning Team is working to advance the planning process and establish how the standards will be implemented on campus. That team is comprised of more than 100 faculty, staff, and students from all areas of campus, divided into 10 committees that each focus on specific functions of campus operations. 

“The biggest priority we have at all levels of planning is the safety and health and well-being of the University community. That has not changed,” said Medeiros. “It has been at the forefront of everything we have done and every decision that is made. That will continue to be the case.” 

The Coastal Comeback Plan will continue to be refined and updated during the summer months by the Coastal Comeback Planning Team, and updates will be posted regularly at coastal.edu/coastalcomeback.  

Additional information

Department of Athletics news

Friday, May 8, 2020 - 2:33 p.m.

Dear Students and Families,

I am thrilled to announce that Coastal Carolina University will welcome our students, faculty, and staff back to campus in the Fall of 2020.  

Fulfilling our educational mission will require resourcefulness and flexibility, but we will succeed. The process by which we will return to full operations is guided by our regard for public health and our determination to best serve our students, and we share this news so our students and families are clear – they can and should plan to come back to CCU this August. 

We look forward to meeting our new students, and we are planning for a reunion with our continuing students.  See you soon

Best Wishes,

Dr. David A. DeCenzo, President

Tuesday, April 14, 12:49 p.m.

At this time, there is no new information to share with the campus community. Please know that, as information becomes available, it will be communicated through this advisory page.

Coastal Carolina University’s administration and emergency management teams continue implementing our COVID-19 response plan.

The COVID-19 FAQs are updated regularly with helpful information on specific topics.

Please continue to follow all COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, which provides excellent resources for protecting yourself and your family, and understanding the symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you may choose to take advantage of a free virtual visit offered by MUSC Virtual Care. It is available free of charge in all counties in South Carolina. McLeod Regional Medical Center is also providing McLeod’s Telehealth, which is offering free screening tests for COVID-19, and PRISMA HEALTH is also providing a free Virtual Visit.

If you need assistance finding food or other essential services, click here or call 211 to speak with someone with the United Way who can help. 

Monday, April 6, 5:10 p.m.

Coastal Carolina University’s administration and emergency management teams continue implementing our COVID-19 response plan.

At this time, there is no new information to share with the campus community. Please know that, as information becomes available, it will be communicated through this advisory page.

In addition, the COVID-19 FAQs are updated regularly with helpful information on specific topics.

Please continue to follow all COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, which provides excellent resources for protecting yourself and your family, and understanding the symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you may choose to take advantage of a free virtual visit offered by MUSC Virtual Care. It is available free of charge in all counties in South Carolina. McLeod Regional Medical Center is also providing McLeod’s Telehealth, which is offering free screening tests for COVID-19, and PRISMA HEALTH is also providing a free Virtual Visit.

If you need assistance finding food or other essential services, click here or call 211 to speak with someone with the United Way who can help.

Wednesday, April 1, 12:35 p.m.

Coastal Carolina University’s Plan for Spring 2020 Housing, Dining, and Parking Credits 

Following today’s guidance provided in the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education’s (CHE) news release, Coastal Carolina University (CCU) is now able to publish its plan to provide a prorated credit of housing, dining, and parking charges to current students who had a housing assignment, meal plan, or a parking permit in the Spring 2020 semester and were dislocated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Details of CCU’s plan are provided here.

Monday, March 30, 9:00 a.m.

Coastal Carolina University’s administration and emergency management teams continue implementing our COVID-19 response plan.

At this time, there is no new information to share with the campus community. Please know that, as information becomes available, it will be communicated through this advisory page.

In addition, the COVID-19 FAQs are updated regularly with helpful information on specific topics.

Please continue to follow all COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, which provides excellent resources for protecting yourself and your family, and understanding the symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you may choose to take advantage of a free virtual visit offered by MUSC Virtual Care. It is available free of charge in all counties in South Carolina. McLeod Regional Medical Center is also providing McLeod’s Telehealth, which is offering free screening tests for COVID-19, and PRISMA HEALTH is also providing a free Virtual Visit.

If you need assistance finding food or other essential services, click here or call 211 to speak with someone with the United Way who can help.

Wednesday, March 25, 6:39 p.m.

Due to the COVID-19, Coastal Carolina University has canceled all university-sponsored education abroad programs and other international travel through August 15, 2020. For further details, please go to: Message About CCU Cancellation of Summer Education Abroad.

Wednesday, March 25, 5:00 a.m.

Coastal Carolina University’s administration and emergency management teams continue implementing our COVID-19 response plan.

At this time, there is no new information to share with the campus community. Please know that, as information becomes available, it will be communicated through this advisory page.

In addition, the COVID-19 FAQs are updated regularly with helpful information on specific topics.

Please continue to follow all COVID-19 guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, which provides excellent resources for protecting yourself and your family, and understanding the symptoms.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you may choose to take advantage of a free virtual visit offered by MUSC Virtual Care. It is available free of charge in all counties in South Carolina. McLeod Regional Medical Center is also providing McLeod’s Telehealth, which is offering free screening tests for COVID-19, and PRISMA HEALTH is also providing a free Virtual Visit.

Sunday, March 22, 6:00 p.m.

Moments ago, Coastal Carolina University opened an application for a first come, first served, express check-out process for residential students who need to move out of their assigned room or apartment. Our priority remains the health and safety of each member of the CCU community, and as a public, state university, we are bound by the guidelines announced by Governor Henry McMaster. Therefore, this process incorporates both state and federal guidelines for maintaining physical distancing.

This express check-out process will allow residents to select a three-hour appointment to move out of their current room assignment. Residents will not be allowed to stay overnight. Residents may only be on campus during their three-hour appointment and then must leave campus immediately. Appointments will be available from Tuesday, March 24, until Monday, March 30, 2020. 

Those who are unable to select an appointment and move out will be contacted by University Housing when conditions are more favorable. The few residents who were granted extraordinary permission to stay on campus during online instruction may continue to do so, if they wish.  The University is working with state officials to determine the process, timeline, and value of housing and dining refunds/credits. The date of a resident’s check-out will have no impact on the refund/credit they will be granted. Therefore, their safety and their health can be their first and only consideration as they choose a move-out appointment time.

Coastal Carolina University has and will continue to take available precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but each person who comes to campus shares in the responsibility to practice good hygiene to mitigate the spread of this virus. If a resident or a family member of a resident has had symptoms of any illness within the past 14 days, we’re asking that they do not come to campus, do not select an appointment time, and follow the guidance of the CDC to physically distance themselves from others while they recover. They will be able to take advantage of the future opportunity to move out.  

If residents have questions about scheduling a check out time, please ask them to contact the University Housing call center at 843-349-6499 or email housing@coastal.edu. The call center is open on Sunday, March 22, from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday, March 23, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Beginning Tuesday, March 24 through Monday, March 30, the call center will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

The email that went to residents ended with an active link to the self-selection appointment system. Residents should check their CCU email account for that link and to select an appointment time.

Friday, March 20, 6:01 p.m.

Coastal Carolina University's Spring Class of 2020 and their families can view a letter from President David A. DeCenzo regarding upcoming commencement plans here.

Thursday, March 19, 6:59 p.m.

A message from the President

COVID-19 Announcement: Spring 2020 Semester

Teal nation:

Earlier this afternoon, Governor Henry McMaster updated his charge to colleges and universities concerning operations in the wake of COVID-19.  This new directive will result in several changes for Coastal Carolina University (CCU).   

Beginning Monday March 23, 2020, CCU classes will take place online and classwork will remain online for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester. Students are directed to CCU’s Academic Continuity Plan for guidance on the completion of coursework.   

We have made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone our traditional on-campus spring commencement ceremonies. Commencement is a beloved CCU tradition and a singularly important moment for our graduating students and their families. Please know that planning is underway to commemorate the spring Class of 2020, which will include the conferring of degrees in a virtual fashion. I will be sending a message to degree candidates in the near future regarding the plans to celebrate your accomplishments. 

I know many of you have asked about the possibility of housing and meal plan refunds/credits.  At this time, we are working with the state’s Commission on Higher Education on a plan to address students’ investments in housing and dining services. Details regarding possible refunds/credits and an orderly and safe move-out process will be communicated as soon as they are available. 

The University will continue to work directly with residential students regarding University Housing.  

We will continue to reach out as circumstances develop, and we will update CCU’s COVID-19 Information and Resources Page as more information becomes available.   

Please know that our goal is to do whatever we can to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff and to allow for the successful completion of the semester.  As we continue to deal with this very fluid Covid-19 pandemic, I simply ask that everyone be patient as we work through these unprecedented times.  We will come through this a better nation, state, community, and University.   

David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D. 

President 

Wednesday, March 18, 7:32 p.m.

As our campus continues to respond to and address the dynamic nature of the coronavirus, University leadership reminds the community to remain off campus unless otherwise designated.   

Moving forward, only those personnel who are designated as “essential” and have permission from their supervisor, should be on campus.  

Residential student information: University Housing has transitioned to providing limited authorized access only for those students who have received written approval to reside on campus during this online academic instruction period. Students who have not been given written approval should not be attempting to return to or reside in their residential spaces at this time. 

As we have stressed from the outset, much of what we can do as a community to limit the spread of this virus entails social distancing and personal responsibility. As such, usage of the student union, HTC Center, post office, athletic fields, and other campus facilities by students, staff, or faculty is limited. The CINO Pantry, located inside the Lib Jackson Student Union, is open through Friday. Academic support services are still available to students. Contact information for the library, writing center, math lab, and academic coaching along with a listing of hours and additional services can be found here

We remind and encourage everyone to use your best judgment and avoid interactions with those who may be sick, avoid gathering in groups, practice good hygiene, and be mindful and considerate of one another. Following best practices, including social distancing and remaining off campus, will enable Teal Nation to do our part in “flattening the curve” of COVID-19 and slowing the virus’s spread. 

Students are reminded to log in to Moodle today through midnight and do a “virtual visit” to each of your course pages. Instructors will have content for students to review, and this will help ensure students are prepared for the resumption of classes on Monday, March 23. 

The campus community is encouraged to review the FAQ page which lists a variety of available resources, and review the free, academic resources available as part of our academic continuity plan.  

Additional updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

Tuesday, March 17, 4:43 p.m.

In an effort to ensure student success during the upcoming period of distance learning and academic continuity, a variety of free academic resources are available for students. 

CCU has partnered with VitalSource to provide free access to e-books for students who may have lost access to course materials. If students previously accessed textbooks via the library, shared a book with a classmate, or left a book on campus, visit bookshelf.vitalsource.com. Students sign up using their University email address (@coastal.edu). Do not use your University password.

Barnes and Noble Education, Inc. is also offering free e-textbooks for students impacted by COVID-19 campus closures. 

Additional digital learning resources are available here. 

Students do not need to return to campus to obtain books or notes. Faculty are advised, and will not presume, that students have physical materials in their possession. 

The Kimbel Library will be available for online requests via chat, text message, email, or phone to offer reference assistance as well as downloadable resources, such as scanned materials for course reserves. 

In addition, visit the COVID-19 FAQs with helpful information on specific topics. The University is also updating an Adjusted Student Services List to include daily hours of operation for essential services.  

Coastal Carolina University continues to closely monitor current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments in South Carolina, domestically, and abroad.  

Additional information will be provided as we continue responding to these fluid circumstances. 

Monday, March 16, 10:16 a.m.

Coastal Carolina University continues to closely monitor current COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments in South Carolina and abroad. The following information is being provided in an effort to keep students, faculty, and staff informed of the latest campus updates in response to the virus.

The University continues to update a COVID-19 FAQs section on the CCU website with helpful information. 

INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19 

At this time, there are NO reported cases of COVID-19 on the CCU campus, and there are 3 presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Horry County.

As of this update, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) reports there are 28 positive cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, and DHEC is currently monitoring 7. 

COVID-19 Prevention:

Please remember, as per CDC guidelines, if you are sick, or have a reasonable suspicion that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please stay home, notify your supervisor, and seek medical attention.

The CDC considers the following groups to be at higher risk for COVID-19:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:
    • Heart disease
    • Diabetes
    • Lung disease 

If you are in this group, and are concerned, we ask that you contact your supervisor.

As usual, if you are unable to report to work, please follow your department’s standard practice for requesting time off.

IMPORTANT UPDATES:

  • Spring break is extended through March 22. 
  • Coastal Carolina University will move to an online learning model beginning March 23, 2020, and continue with online instruction until April 3, 2020. This move to online instruction is intended to secure academic progress for this term. 
  • We ask all students to remain away from campus while online instruction is in place. Residential students who cannot remain off-campus may, in a limited number of circumstances, return to the residence halls only with prior approval. University Housing will contact all residents via their @coastal.edu email address by the end of the day on Monday, March 16, 2020, with additional information regarding the prior approval process. 
  • During this period, essential student services, including housing, dining, health, and safety, will be maintained on a modified basis. 
  • Between now and March 23, students are asked to prepare for an extended period of online learning, and to become more familiar with CCU’s course management system (Moodle). (Students are expected to ensure that they have the hardware and software necessary to study online and complete their academic work.) Students needing assistance with this transition may reach out to Student Computing Services or Moodle HelpChant 411will continue to be available as well.
  • On Wednesday, March 18, all CCU students should log in to Moodle between 8 a.m. and midnight to visit each of their course pages. By that time, instructors will have posted content for student review.
  • Prior to April 3, our Emergency Management Team will consult with public health authorities to determine whether the University will return to normal operations or continue with online instruction. The University is committed to providing everyone ample time to prepare by announcing this decision at least one week in advance.
  • Campus events of more than 50 attendees are canceled. Event organizers must postpone, cancel, or explore virtual options for any University-affiliated event with more than 50 people both on- and off-campus until further notice.
  • Coastal Carolina University has suspended all athletic organized team activities to include all practices, workouts, and training room usage, effective immediately. This suspension also applies to any camps and clinics sponsored by CCU’s 19 intercollegiate athletic programs.
  • At this time, all non-essential University-sponsored travel is suspended, both domestic and international. Employee requests for exceptions should be made to the vice president of your area for consideration. This does not include personal activity, but we urge you to reconsider travel plans, especially to areas that have been impacted by COVID-19.