Dear Campus Community,
College of Charleston leadership continues to monitor both the medical and scientific progression of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as legal and public policy developments. As has been the case since early spring 2020, conditions can change quickly. The College’s foremost priority is to provide our students with a safe and healthy learning and living environment and our employees with a safe and healthy workplace.
At this point, the College will reopen for business as scheduled on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Residence halls will reopen on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, and classes for the Spring 2022 semester will begin in-person on Monday, January 10, 2022. The Spring 2022 Return to Campus protocols announced to campus in November 2021 remain in place. Face coverings will continue to be required indoors on campus.
In keeping with the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the College is amending its quarantine and isolation protocols, effective January 1, 2022. Highlights of the new protocols are below:
It is critical that students, particularly on-campus residents, make quarantine and isolation plans now before returning to campus. Given the transmission rates of the omicron variant, students will need to be prepared to implement their respective plans quickly, thereby reducing the risk to the greater campus community. Furthermore, it is imperative that students who are contacted by the College’s COVID-19 Team respond promptly and follow the provided directives. If that team cannot reach you within a reasonable timeframe, they will use your emergency contact to provide you with the necessary guidance. Failure to respond may result in student conduct charges.
The omicron variant presents challenges that we, as a campus community, have not yet faced and will require a new set of solutions. The College will change and adapt its plans and protocols as required. However, there is an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 in any public space where people gather. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus that can lead to severe illness and death. We must work together to follow the campus protocol.
Please be on the lookout for further guidance about various campus COVID-19 protocols (for example: limits on group gatherings or in-person meetings) as adjustments are likely to be made. If the quarantine and isolation plan outlined above does not adequately control virus spread and campus-based transmission becomes unmanageable, the College of Charleston is prepared to implement a more robust plan, which may include longer quarantine and isolation periods and/or virtual instruction and gatherings.
As always, please continue to monitor the Back on the Bricks website for the most comprehensive and up-to-date campus plans and protocols.
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