A small number of faculty will teach courses remotely. The college anticipates that a small number of students diagnosed with serious health conditions will need to take courses remotely. While some remote instruction will take place, it will not be a preference-based option. All faculty should be prepared to support any student needing to quarantine or isolate themselves due to COVID-19 during the semester.
Mask wearing will be the norm on campus. Students, faculty and staff are required to wear masks on campus. Students will not be allowed to attend class without one. Enforcement will include consequences for non-compliance that could eventually lead to a student returning home.
The maximum gathering size for any event is going to depend on the location of the event. The college will communicate the maximum number of people able to gather in an outdoor or indoor space based on the size of the location. Fraternity and sorority houses will not be open because chapters will not be able to social distance in their houses. The college has not committed to a specific timeline of when that could change. Student leaders are also assisting in identifying outdoor locations, including spaces for tents and the Ben Johnson Arena for specific events that are traditions for Wofford students.
The college strongly recommends that students get tested as part of a 14-day self-quarantine before returning to school. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) do not recommend universal testing of students, faculty and staff. Recommendations from those agencies are being monitored regularly, and if those agencies change their guidelines, the college will require that testing before the fall semester.
Everyone was pre-assigned a day to move in between Aug. 25-30. Social distancing will be required during move-in. New students will arrive Aug. 25-27. Returning and transfer students will move in Aug. 28-30. Students living in and near Spartanburg will bring items to their rooms or apartments before returning home to allow those from farther away to move in to meet the college’s social distancing guidelines. The local students will return during the weekend. Arrangements have been made to permit international students, student-athletes and various members of student groups to move in early.
The Wellness Center has developed a thorough plan that will include sending students home if it's feasible for them to do so. If it's not, the college will provide quarantine and isolation spaces that the college owns. Several rooms and apartments have been identified for this purpose. The college will also use contact tracing. The Wellness Center will notify students, faculty or staff who have come into close contact with a student, faculty or staff member who has tested positive for COVID-19. Instructions on next steps will be given to those individuals.
These events have not been officially canceled, but gatherings with large groups are being delayed. The Advancement staff is coming up with fun alternatives. Same for Terrier Ball. The Terrier Club is exploring alternatives, including possibly moving the event to the spring.
The college will limit visitors to campus in the fall. Families are being asked to make Move-In Day their only time visiting their students’ residence hall for the time being.
Wofford staff is following all of the metrics and the daily numbers reported by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). Those numbers include case totals, moving averages and percentage of positive tests. This data and trends will be followed daily. All members of the campus community will be required to participate in daily check-ins regarding their health by a patient portal before reporting to campus. The Wellness Center will monitor those daily responses. Students will also check-in daily and report their health to the Wellness Center. All responses will be confidential. Information will not be shared. Participation in this process should cultivate a norm of compliance across the campus.
Faculty have used flexibility since March while adapting to remote teaching. Absence policies are in place, but faculty will have to be a little more flexible this semester. Communication will be key. If a student receives a red-light signal and is prevented from going to class, then their next move should be to contact their faculty members. Faculty are preparing to make course content available for remote learning in the event a student must be away from class for an extended amount of time.
The college is prepared to resume on-campus operations, but it also recognizes the importance to be prepared in the event plans should change. Changes have been made to the academic calendar. One of those changes is that face-to-face instruction will end before Thanksgiving. The fall semester will finish remotely. The college will monitor forecasts and trends involving COVID-19 while planning for best and worst-case scenarios. Decisions will be made to protect the integrity of the academic program and the welfare of everyone who is part of the campus community.
All students and employees are being asked to perform a daily health check-in through the medical patient portal. This screening is confidential and coordinated by the Wellness Center. Once a student checks in and they are symptom free, he or she will receive a green light to report to class. Students, faculty or staff who report symptoms or who do not check-in will receive a red light. The Wellness Center staff will monitor reports.
AVI is the college’s culinary services partner. Dining will continue upstairs in Burwell with reduced seating capacity, a new entrance and additional takeout options. Additional furniture will be outside so students can dine there to practice social distancing when the weather is agreeable. Zach’s and the Galleria will also be open to serve students with reduced seating capacity.
Decisions regarding Interim 2021 and the travel programs that are usually featured during that period will be made by the first of October. Plans for the spring semester should be available by the end of the fall semester, if not sooner.
To maintain social distancing during move in, the college is opening the campus earlier. The costs associated with bringing students, faculty and staff back to campus during COVID-19 are also considerably greater in terms of food, housing, facilities, cleaning and sterilization. The college will continue to monitor the situation and adjust as necessary during the semester.
The college offers the flu vaccine annually at no cost to students. Additional doses have been ordered for the fall. Flu vaccines are also available at local pharmacies.
Students who suspect they have COVID-19 should immediately contact the Wellness Center through their patient portal or a direct phone call. Wellness Center staff will offer the best course of action to take. The Wellness Center has operated by appointment only since March and will continue to do so to reduce the spread of illness.
If a student is sent home or a faculty or staff member tests positive, they will have to quarantine a minimum of 10 days or up to 14 days. The last three of those days must be fever free. The Wellness Center will check-in with students and employees before they can return to campus.