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General Guidelines

BJU has an ethical and moral responsibility to protect the health and safety of our university community. There is no substitute for personal responsibility. To maintain a healthy and safe campus environment, each member of the university community must take personal care to practice safe hygiene and to monitor their own health and is expected to be wise and use good judgment in all activities, interactions and social gatherings. Even though BJU will take careful steps to protect the campus and to reduce the risks of infection and spread, the best guard from risk of illness is personal care and responsibility.

At a Glance

  • Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout campus buildings. We encourage every student to use these stations and to carry a personal supply. The University is prepared to refill personal bottles students bring to campus.
  • Face coverings will be required to enter public university buildings but are voluntary once seated. Face coverings are also required to enter academic buildings, but at the professor’s discretion, may be removed once class begins.
  • Physical distancing guidelines should be followed in all settings and will be implemented in all campus facilities and buildings.
  • Those who are not feeling well must not attend class or go to work.
  • Students, faculty and staff will perform daily health self-monitoring through a digital tool connected to Prisma Health.
  • The Student Health Services Office located in Reveal Residence Hall will assist students as the first point of contact for those with health-related issues. This office will coordinate campus communications for students who are being tested or that need to be isolated.
  • Mitigation efforts will be implemented in keeping with S.C. DHEC Guidelines.
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Physical Distancing

When possible and wherever practical, providing distances of 6 feet between you and others is the most effective means of protection. The six-foot distance can best be achieved if each person assumes a distance that is the length of their arm span plus the arm span of the other person.

Seating in classrooms and social areas has been adjusted to provide as much physical distancing as possible.

Face Coverings

Face coverings provide protection for those around you from the droplets that are released from your mouth and nose. Droplets are released from normal respiratory functions such as sneezing, coughing, talking and breathing. The best way to provide a safe environment is to prevent the passing of droplets.

  • Face coverings (masks) that completely cover the mouth and nose are required to enter public university buildings but are voluntary once seated. Face coverings are also required to enter academic buildings, but at the professor’s discretion, may be removed once class begins.
  • Face coverings may be removed once class begins only at the professor’s discretion.
  • Face coverings are required to enter the FMA for chapel through congregational singing but may be removed for preaching.
  • In keeping with state guidelines for restaurants, face coverings are required to enter The Den and dining common but may be removed while seated and need to be put back on when getting up and moving around. Face coverings also need to be worn in the various retail establishments such as the Bruins Shop, the Cleaners and Bellis Copy Center.
  • Face coverings are required to enter the DFH and fitness center areas but will not be required where adequate spacing exists.
  • Face coverings are required in all areas where adequate spacing is not possible or where the type of activity (e.g., singing) necessitates their use.

Face masks will be provided at check in. Additional masks may be purchased in the Bruins Shop.

Individuals with a medical condition that would prevent them from wearing a face mask may receive an exemption with physician authorization. Special accommodations will be offered to high-risk individuals, identified by the CDC.

Before Coming to Campus

A successful beginning to the semester is predicated upon good planning. In order to start the semester with a healthy campus each member of the community can prepare by:

  • Monitoring health for any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus for at least 14 days prior to arrival. Those symptoms include cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4° or more, chills, muscle or body aches, fatigue, persistent headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting, new GI symptoms, and/or loss of taste or smell.
  • Seeking medical assistance experiencing any such symptoms and immediately notifying either the BJU Student Health Services Office or HR of a positive test so that proper planning can be made to assist in starting the semester successfully.
  • Reducing potential exposure by adopting the following behaviors at least 14 days prior to arrival on campus:
    • Avoiding large crowds and gatherings
    • Practicing safe distancing measures where possible (at least 6’ apart)
    • Practicing good hygiene measures such as washing hands, using hand sanitizer, being careful with high touch surfaces, and avoiding touching my face
  • Avoiding exposure to the COVID-19 virus by not knowingly coming into contact with a person who has been diagnosed with the virus.