Columbia College COVID-19 Policy (Updated August 31, 2023) 

Columbia College strives to provide a safe and healthy living and learning environment. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for at least five days. Documentation may be requested. The first day of the isolation period starts the day you receive a positive test result. You can end isolation after five full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should continue wearing a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public for five additional days (day 6 through day 10) after your 5-day isolation period ends. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days.

If you have been exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, you should monitor your health and get tested if you exhibit symptoms. The College reserves the right to inform the campus community if there is an infectious disease outbreak on campus without including personal identifying information.  

REPORTING  

If you test positive for COVID-19, please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form. You can contact the COVID-19 Coordinator by email at covid@columbiasc.edu or by phone at 803-786-3784. Student-athletes should also notify the athletic trainer.  

ACADEMIC INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS  

Students should communicate with their professors and formulate a plan to complete their coursework during their time of isolation to remain successful in your class. If you are experiencing extreme COVID-19 symptoms and are having challenges with completing your coursework, contact the Office of Career and Student Success Services, at CSS@columbiasc.edu.  

HEALTH & SAFETY PRACTICES  

  • Please be respectful of others, their personal space, and all health and safety practices. All personal choices regarding health and safety should be respected by all campus community members.  

  • Be aware that there may be students, faculty, or staff who have chosen to wear a mask or socially distance. If a person asks you to mask in their personal office, please be gracious in honoring that request or consider making alternate arrangements, such as a Zoom meeting.  

  • Masks are not required outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, unless otherwise indicated by the College.  

  • Masks are not required indoors, regardless of vaccination status, unless otherwise indicated by the College. We continue to strongly encourage everyone to take responsibility for self-monitoring any symptoms and reporting symptoms to a doctor for further instructions.  

  • Everyone is encouraged to take precautions for their personal safety and the safety of others. Precautions could include getting vaccinated, wearing a mask indoors, and practicing appropriate distancing. 

While enacting these practices, we will remain courteous and respectful of all people so as not to stigmatize or discriminate against any groups.