Campus Life Plan 2021

COVID-19 continues to pose a real threat which we must take seriously. While we are not requiring vaccinations or universal masking, we encourage you to use the 4 W’s (wearing a face covering, washing your hands, watching your distance and wiping surfaces) to guard your own health.

The conditions that arise from the COVID-19 pandemic are regularly changing, and as a result, so are BJU’s responses. The administration will be constantly reviewing and adapting policies throughout the year and will provide regular updates on BJUtoday.

Active Cases

Updated Sept. 20, 2021

0
Students
0
Faculty & Staff
Isolation Space Available
94%

1 The number of current cases is updated at the end of the day every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

2 The number of current cases reflects active COVID-19 cases for students and faculty/staff whether in isolation in Reveal or off campus.

3 The number of faculty/staff includes only employees of BJU, Inc.

4 The quarantine/isolation space available percentage reflects the current occupancy of our primary quarantine facility. Should the need arise, we also have an auxiliary facility that is available for use.

When to Get Tested

Our university campus is a community environment and each of us bears a responsibility to help protect that environment.  It is important if you develop any COVID-19 symptoms (fever greater than 100.4, persistent sore throat, difficulty breathing, unexplained muscle aches, new cough, loss of senses of smell or taste, runny or congested nose, feeling unusually weak or fatigued, new headaches) that you avoid exposing others and get tested as soon as possible.

Additional Options for COVID-19 testing:

In keeping with guidance from the CDC, S.C. DHEC and the ACHA (American College Health Association), the University is implementing plans for efficient COVID-19 testing that will allow for a safe and healthy campus environment. Students with COVID-19 symptoms should contact Student Health Services at (864) 241-1685 or [email protected] during business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Friday) to set up an appointment for a rapid antigen test on campus.  Please do this before going to class or chapel.

If you become ill outside of business hours, please call the Prisma Health BJU Student Access Line at (864) 455-9327 and contact your residence hall supervisor. You will need to get tested at one of the testing options listed below. Any student that tests positive must notify Student Health Services and your residence hall supervisor.

4 W's

What to Do When Positive

Students who test POSITIVE for Covid-19 may go home or move into Reveal Student Isolation Residence Hall until you meet the return to class criteria (see below). The Reveal Student Isolation Residence is equipped to care for students’ academic and personal needs. Students will receive housing, meals, counseling and health checks via virtual doctor visits.

If your roommate tests POSITIVE for COVID-19 you will be contacted and will be required to be tested 3–5 days after last exposure. Rapid testing will be available for you at the Student Health Services office. Until you receive a negative test, you will be required to wear a mask due to exposure.

  • If you have immunity due to vaccination, you may return to class without being tested if you remain symptom free.
  • If you have immunity due to a documented POSITIVE COVID-19 test in the last 8 months, you may return to class without being tested if you remain symptom free.

Day students who receive a COVID-19 test will need to isolate at home until their results come back. Please call or email Student Health Services (864-241-1685,  [email protected]) to let us know that you are being tested and are in quarantine. We will document that information so that your professors will be aware of your status. Please contact us for further instructions when you get your results back.

  • If the results come back NEGATIVE, you will return to class.
  • If the results come back POSITIVE, you will isolate at home until you meet the return-to-class criteria (see below).

Day students who live with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and are able to isolate from them (proper protocols to isolate from the positive family member(s) include separate bedroom, bathroom, meal delivery on a tray in private room, and cleaning surfaces used) must contact Student Health Services and will be required to be tested 3–5 days after last exposure. You may return to class while waiting to be tested if you wear a mask.   

  • If you have immunity due to vaccination, you may return to class without being tested if you remain symptom free.
  • If you have immunity due to a documented POSITIVE COVID-19 test in the last 8 months, you may return to class without being tested if you remain symptom free.

If you are unable to isolate in the home from the COVID-19 positive individual:

  • If you experience any symptoms, test any time within the COVID-19 positive individual’s 10-day self-isolation period. If your test is positive, you must self-isolate for 10 days from your own test date.
  • If you are not experiencing symptoms or if you tested negative with symptoms, test 5 days after the COVID-19 positive individual’s 10 day self-isolation period. If your test is negative, you may return to campus.
  • If you are unwilling to be tested at the end of the COVID-19 positive individual’s 10-day self-isolation period, then you must isolate for an additional 10 days from the last day of any positive COVID-19 individual’s isolation period.

When to Return to Class

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to class after they meet the following criteria:

  • 10 days have passed since onset of symptoms and
  • 24 hours have passed since last fever above 100.4F without the use of fever reducing medications and
  • Symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) have improved.