COVID-19 Symptoms or Positive Test Results

Directions for Students, Faculty, & Staff

If you've tested positive for COVID-19 or have active cold or flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sneezing, vomiting, intestinal issues, or shortness of breath, please submit a COVID-19 Reporting Form. You can also reach out to your COVID-19 Contact during regular business hours.

During non-business hours, please call the Columbia College Police Department (CCPD) at 803.786.3333 and CCPD will contact the Administrator on-call. Have questions about self-quarantining and isolating on campus? Review our policies below.

Quarantine Protocols 

If a person is exposed to COVID-19, they must quarantine unless they provide evidence of being fully vaccinated. Quarantine is not required following known exposure for fully vaccinated individuals. If a person who has been fully vaccinated is a close contact of someone who has contracted the disease, then they should monitor their health. If they display symptoms they should quarantine and get tested. If an employee is required to stay home as a result of quarantine, if they are well enough to work and their work duties are amenable to remote work, then they may temporarily engage in remote work during the quarantine period. Columbia College faculty, staff, and students who are considering self-quarantine due to exposure but are asymptomatic will follow these procedures:

  • Students living on campus must notify the Human Resources at 803-786-3107 or 3784 and also complete the COVID Assistance Form. It will then be determined if self-quarantine is necessary given the circumstances (during non-business hours, please call CCPD 786-3333 and you will be connected with the Student Affair’s Administrator on-call).
  • Students must quarantine off-campus and are not allowed to remain in their residence hall.
  • Employees who require self-quarantine and who will miss work or will need to arrange to work from home, must notify their supervisor and Human Resources of their absence.
  • Students and employees must quarantine for at least five days and present a negative COVID-19 test result before returning to campus.

Mandated Isolation 

Any person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate.  This includes people who are fully vaccinated. If an employee is required to stay home as a result of isolation, if they are well enough to work and their work duties lend themselves to remote work, then they may temporarily engage in remote work during the isolation period.

Isolation Protocols 

Columbia College faculty, staff, and students diagnosed with COVID-19 who require mandated isolation will follow these procedures:

  • Students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 must notify Human Resources at 803-786-3107/3784 during regular business hours and complete the COVID Assistance Form. During non-business hours, the student must call the Columbia College Police Department (CCPD) at 803-786-3333, and CCPD will contact the Student Affairs Administrator On-Call. The Administrator On-Call will work with the student to assist in contacting the student’s family to arrange transportation from campus. The student must leave campus immediately.
     
  • Commuter students should stay home and notify Human Resources, at 803-786-3107/3784 and complete the COVID Assistance Form. Employees who require self-quarantine and who will miss work or will need to arrange to work from home, must notify their supervisor and Human Resources of their absence.
     
  • Students in mandated isolation must contact Kristin Brooks kbrooks@columbiasc.edu in the Office of Student Success within 24 hours to discuss academic continuity.
     
  • Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 must notify their supervisor and Human Resources of their absence and shall not return to the campus for any reason until completing a 10-day isolation period. Employees may not send their family members or friends who they may have exposed to the virus to campus to retrieve any belongings. The employee may reach out to their supervisor to arrange pick-up of possessions by a non-exposed third-party.
     
  • Students must provide medical documentation from the identifying hospital or physician indicating the need for mandated isolation.
     
  • Employees who are mandated to isolate and will miss work or will need to arrange to work from home, must notify their supervisor and Human Resources of their absence. Employees must also provide medical documentation from the identifying hospital or physician indicating the need for mandated isolation.