Keeping Our Campus Safe 

Our priority is to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff at Columbia College. To safeguard our campus and limit the spread of COVID-19, we have instituted the following policies. We will continue to monitor updates from health officials and update policies and make changes to these policies as appropriate. 

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Current Policies Regarding COVID-19

For questions or to report your positive COVID test, please contact Beverly James at bjames@columbiasc.edu or 803.786.3107.

As of January 3, 2022, all faculty, staff, and students who work, live, visit, or study on-campus are strongly encouraged to obtain a vaccination of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Employees and students who choose to remain unvaccinated must follow the appropriate process outlined below.

Every member of the campus community must complete this form to indicate their understanding of the policy and update their vaccination status. 

While enacting these policies, we will remain courteous and respectful of all people so as not to stigmatize or discriminate against any groups.
MEDICAL MONITORING OF STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF 

Columbia College will retain a roster of students, faculty, and staff who are in quarantine and isolation. For students this includes their room/campus location, cell phone number, and their emergency contacts. If and when emergency response is required for those students, responding Columbia College staff will wear face coverings and maintain social distancing of 6 feet. Whenever CCPD, or staff are aware of an emergency response by external first responders to such a student, those Columbia College staff will inform the external first responders of the student’s status in isolation.  

GUESTS ON CAMPUS 

Outside visitors are allowed on campus. However, they must follow the COVID-19 policies of the campus. A downloadable copy of the policies will be available on the College’s COVID-19 updates page of the website.

All visitors to campus are required to wear masks when indoors while on campus.

QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION CARE POLICY 

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.
GROUP ASSEMBLIES

Events and large gatherings must continue to go through the College’s protocols.

Classroom Capacity: Classroom assignments are based on normal capacity. If there is a need for social distancing due to un-vaccinated rates or increased positive COVID cases, the classroom capacity will be re-evaluated.

Dining Hall Capacity: Dining hall will operate based on normal capacity. If there is a need for social distancing due to un-vaccinated rates or increased positive COVID-19 cases, then seating will be adjusted and indicated with appropriate signage. Tables and other high traffic / high touch areas will continue to be cleaned and disinfected frequently. However, there will no longer be the expectation that every table will be cleaned and disinfected after each seating of diners.

Outdoor Event Capacity: Outdoor events will operate based on normal capacity. If there is a need for social distancing due to un-vaccinated rates or increased positive COVID-19 cases, seating will be adjusted and indicated with appropriate signage. In addition, we will review the CDC guidance on large gatherings (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/large-gatherings.html, accessed on 5/19/21) and consider requiring masks for certain events. Those requirements will be part of the event approval process.

Indoor Event Capacity: Indoor events will operate based on normal capacity. If there is a need for social distancing due to unvaccinated rates or increased positive COVID-19 cases, the seating will be adjusted and indicated with appropriate signage. In addition, we will review the CDC guidance on large gatherings (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/large-gatherings.html, accessed on 5/19/21) and consider requiring masks for certain events. Those requirements will be part of the event approval process.

As of January 3, 2022, all faculty, staff and students who work, live, visit or study on-campus are strongly encouraged to obtain a vaccination of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine. Employees and students who chose not be vaccinated must follow the appropriate process outlined in this policy.

PERSONAL SANITATION AND RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE
  • Wear your face coverings.
     
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
     
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol.
     
  • The College will provide hand sanitizer in common areas and at all building entrances. Bottles of soap and paper towels are in all bathrooms at handwashing areas.
     
  • Practice good respiratory etiquette, including coughing and sneezing into your elbow or a tissue and turning away from others when coughing or sneezing.
     
  • Don’t use other individual’s phones, desks, books, computers, and equipment, when possible. When it is not possible, all borrowed equipment should be disinfected before and after each use.
     
  • The College has provided hand sanitizer inside the classrooms and across campus in shared common areas. Every student should disinfect their hands when entering and leaving these shared common areas.
JUDICIAL PROCESS FOR STUDENTS

Refer to the Student Handbook.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As further guidance and vaccination data becomes available, the College will continue to evaluate and update its health protocols.

Columbia College’s leadership will continue to prioritize the health and safety of faculty, staff, students and the community, and any adjustments to policy and procedures will be made in conjunction with internal and external public health experts.

Information about COVID Education Funding

The information posted below outlines our commitments and assurances in compliance with Section 18004(e) of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Higher Education Relief Funds