Campus Life Plan 2021
COVID-19 continues to pose a real threat, which we must take seriously. We are not requiring COVID vaccinations or universal masking. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, you are certainly welcome to do so. We believe personal responsibility—like handwashing, proper rest, good nutrition, covering coughs, and normal caution in social settings—is the key to protecting your health.
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 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.
Updated Tuesday, March 15
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 who tests positive must notify Student Health Services and your residence hall supervisor.
Additional Options for COVID-19 Testing:
SC DHEC sites are currently providing free testing. Use this locator and choose DHEC Event and Free Testing to find locations and times. SC DHEC has a location at the University Center at McAllister Square (225 S. Pleasantburg Drive) open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. No appointment or referral is needed. They do recommend pre-registration on their website.
Testing is also available at some local retail pharmacies: CVS and Walgreens are two local examples. CVS provides COVID testing only at its Minute Clinic/HealthHub locations. Many of the pharmacy choices require an appointment ahead of time for COVID testing, and testing is being done through their drive-thru pharmacy option or they will come to your car for testing. Read the website information carefully.
What to Do When Positive
Students who test POSITIVE for COVID-19 must 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’ personal and academic needs. Students will receive housing, meals, counseling, and, if needed, 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. Rapid testing will be available for you on campus at the Student Health Services office.
- If you are vaccinated, you may return to class without being tested as long as you remain symptom-free.
- If you have a documented POSITIVE COVID-19 test in the last six months, you may return to class without being tested as long as 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 before they can return to class. If you have immunity due to:
- Being vaccinated, you may return to class with no testing or quarantine period as long as you remain symptom-free.
- A documented POSITIVE COVID-19 test in the last 6 months, you may return to class without being tested as long as you remain symptom-free.
When to Return to Class
Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to class after they meet the following criteria:
- 7 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.