COVID-19 Policies Across Campus

We're increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting, focusing on high touch surfaces, such as residence hall communal rooms, public restrooms, George’s Gym, library tables, elevator buttons, handrails, tables, faucets, doorknobs, and shared keyboards. 

Check out the facility based policies below or review our COVID-19 Campus Guidance for more information. 

Athletic Facilities

In accordance with the College’s response to COVID-19, we have closed all recreation facilities to include George’s gym, Porter gymnasium, Greer Natatorium, and all athletic fields until further notice. Our priority is the health, and safety of Columbia College’s students, faculty, and staff.  

We encourage the Koala community to stay active by using outdoor spaces to exercise on your own.

We will continue to work closely with the College to determine how campus recreation will be operational moving forward. We will share updates regarding future openings and resources as they are available.

Student-athletes will be advised to follow protocol and procedures that will be outlined in the Student-Athlete Handbook.

Classrooms & High Touch Areas

Bathrooms  

  • Limit bathroom usage to your room in the residence hall whenever possible. 

  • Wash hands for 20 seconds using warm water and soap or use the hand sanitizer stations located across the campus. 

  • Always use a paper towel to open the door. 

Classrooms

  • Always wear a mask and/or face covering upon entering the classroom, residence hall, library, dining room, bookstore, and ALL other campus buildings.   

  • A mask and/or face covering must remain on for the entire class period. 

  • Sanitize your hands with the sanitizer provided inside the classroom.

  • Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected by trained staff or student workers. The class schedule has staggered start and end times to ensure ALL classrooms are cleaned and disinfected between uses. 

  • All classrooms have been redesigned to ensure six feet social distancing between students. Please do not move any furniture in the classrooms. To further protect students and faculty, students will assigned the same seat, desk, or table for the entire semester.

Elevators

  • While waiting for elevators, please maintain social distancing of at least six feet from other passengers. Observe floor markings to establish proper social distancing.  

  • Signs are posted regarding healthy elevator use, including a one passenger limit unless otherwise indicated.  

  • Columbia College has an elevator cleaning process and has updated the cleaning process to ensure ongoing cleaning of high-touch surfaces such as elevator panels/buttons.  

Kitchens and Laundry Areas 

  • Students should not gather in the kitchens or laundry areas of the residence halls. Signs are posted indicating the maximum number of people permitted in these areas at one time. 

Stairs

  • Columbia College has designated staircases as upward direction only and other staircases as downward direction only, please look for the up/down signage.

  • When using the stairs, always remain on the right-hand side.

Residence Life and Housing Spaces

Face Coverings/Masks

For your health and safety masks are mandatory in all shared common spaces of the residence halls. Within the privacy of your room, when you do not have visitors, masks do not have to be worn. 

Move In

Students will be assigned a move in time and may have two helpers to assist you. Fill out the  move in request form  to select your preferred move in date. More information regarding move in day specifics will be provided on August 1.  

Visitation

Until further notice, visitors are not allowed on campus or at campus owned properties such as athletic fields. Visitors are defined as any individual who is not a current student or faculty, staff member, or Board of Trustees member. The only exceptions are guests who are critical to the fulfillment of the Columbia College mission, such as Admissions visitors, routine vendors who go through CCPD, and special approved guests. During Check-In for the fall semester, guests may assist students with move in according to the guidelines and timeframe parameters set by the Office of Residence Life & Housing.

Throughout the academic year, guests who need to drop off or pick up a Columbia student or faculty/staff member must remain in their vehicle. Please limit waiting time on campus to no more than 10 minutes.   

Overnight Visitation

There will be no overnight guest visitation. This includes residential students staying overnight in a room they are not assigned within their residence hall or another residence hall. 

Common Spaces

All common spaces (kitchen, laundry room, lounges, etc.) will be held to CDC guidelines. Signage will be placed in these common areas regarding usage guidelines.  

  • Laundry Rooms—Only three persons allowed in Mirse, four in McNair,  and two in Hudson and the Cottages. 

  • Kitchens—Only two students in the kitchen at a time. We are excited to inform you that the stoves in Mirse and Wesley will be operational.  

  • Lounge areas and common spaces will be arranged so social distancing—remaining six feet apart—can take place.  

Fitness Center

The McNair Fitness Center will be closed this school year.  

Judicial Process

The severity of impact from COVID-19 and the documented value of the rules and regulations in this "COVID-19 Reopening Care & Policies" statement necessitates that the College take a hard line on enforcement with strict consequences for violating the policies. Consequently, the first violation of these policies for all students (residential and commuting) will result in "Probationary Status." The second violation will result in suspension from the College for the remainder of the semester. All non-COVID-19 related conduct meetings will be virtual, unless there is a special circumstance.

Dining Hall Procedures and Traffic Patterns

Welcome Area and Instruction Signs

  • The welcome center will display instructions for the floor traffic pattern, a menu format at each station, and any other safety and service expectations required.

  • Staff will offer a friendly greeting standing behind a plexiglass barrier and equipped with appropriate PPE at the checker stand.

  • Guests can expect augmented signage—at eye level—that includes floor decals to reinforce traffic patterns and social distancing.

  • Guests will scan their own ID card system at the cashier station.

  • Enhanced sanitation procedures will be posted and available in the entryway, including hand sanitizing stations.

Moving through the Server Area

  • Floor decals and consistent signage will reinforce traffic patterns and social distancing.

  • A clockwise travel pattern will allow guests to efficiently move from the welcome station to their selected stations.

  • We will not have self-serve stations.

  • Stations will be attended by uniformed staff who are wearing and using appropriate PPE.

  • Staff will frequently sanitize serving stations to ensure safety and instill confidence.

  • Stations will be designed to ensure quality selection and service with optimal sanitation standards.

  • Entrees, sides, and condiments will be portioned by the attendant.

  • Reusable dishware and utensils will be stored behind the service area and distributed by the attendant in a sanitary fashion.

  • Guests can expect visible, constant sanitation and cleaning by uniformed staff.

Seating, To-Go Options, and Personal Containers

  • Tables will be cleaned and disinfected after each use and free of any items like salt/pepper shakers or napkin dispensers

  • Adjustments in seating availability will be made in accordance with local government regulations and set capacity of the space.

  • To-go box option with be available with cutlery kits, napkin, and portioned condiments, if there is no seating available.

  • No personal refillable containers to be utilized in the dining room to ensure safety for our staff and guests.

  • Traffic patterns will lead from the seating area to the exit with designated instructions along the way for returning dishes or disposing of packaging or waste into marked receptacles.

To ensure all student are familiar with the "new normal" for dining service, we require all students, faculty, and staff to review the Sodexo website.

Edens Library

Fall Operations

  • Open to only CC students, faculty, and staff

  • Will not allow food or drink because masks must be worn at all times

  • Will quarantine items that are returned from check-out or used in-house for 36 hours before being put on shelves

  • Will have no physical items on reserve

  • Will pull items for students, faculty, or staff who do not feel safe going into stacks

  • Will only unlock study rooms when students request one; we will vary the rooms used and students will be reminded to have only one person per room.

  • Will not have items for students such as pens, pencils, staplers, and will not lend headphones or flash drives

  • Will keep the doors into the glass room on the top floor locked

  • Will temporarily move Jesika Brooks’ office to 203

Proposed Hours:

  • Monday–Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

  • Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

  • Saturday: virtual services only

  • Sunday: 3:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Other Measures

  • The set of front doors closest to the interior will be kept open using door stops.

  • Elevator signs are in place limiting riders to one at a time.

  • Students at the photocopier will be offered gloves.

Main and Top Floors

  • Furniture and study carrels have been moved at least six feet apart.

  • Signs will be put up about maintaining social distancing when in the stacks.

Overton Media Center

  • Tables are at least six feet apart and there is one computer at each table.

Room 121

  • The eight tables are at least six feet apart and there is one chair at each table.

Overton Classroom

  • The room capacity is eight. The extra chairs will be stored.

  • The laptop computers will have to be moved as many are currently on loan.

Bathrooms

  • Keep the doors open using door stops

  • Check often on the supply of soap and paper towels