Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated Tuesday, May 29, 2020

Charleston School of Law Procedures for Summer 2020 On Campus Bar Study

Starting on June 1, 2020, graduates from the Charleston School of Law (“CSOL”) will be allowed access to the 2nd floor of 385 Meeting Street for the sole purpose of studying for the summer/fall 2020 Bar Examination.

The Charleston School of Law’s decision to provide limited campus access to bar studiers (“participants”) is and will continue to be founded upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), OSHA guidelines, Executive Orders issued by the South Carolina Governor and Mayor of Charleston, Executive Orders issued by the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and the rate of viral spread in our community.

All protocols set forth herein are for the purpose of protecting the safety of our graduates, our students, our employees, and the public with whom we interact.

This is a shared responsibility that we must all take seriously.  As such, all participants are required to fully comply with the protocols and guidelines outlined in this document as part of CSOL’s campus expectations.  Failure to do so will result in removal of a participant and/or revocation of access.

Before Graduates of the Charleston School of Law Studying for the Bar Exam Arrive:

Participants must conduct symptom self-monitoring every day before arriving to 385 Meeting St.  You must be free of ANY symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 before being eligible to participate.

At this time, these symptoms include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • New GI symptoms
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you have any symptoms, please do not come to campus.  Please immediately contact your medical provider or the TeleHealth options for assessment and medical care.  If, at any point, you contract COVID-19, please alert Dean Sanders, Dean Lawton or Mr. RJ Quillinan immediately.  Do not report to campus.

Seek medical care and assessment from your medical provider or contact the MUSC TeleHealth which offers a free COVID-19 assessment.  If you have been exposed by another Participant or a anyone else with confirmed COVID-19, you should contact Dean Sanders, Dean Lawton or Mr. RJ Quillinan immediately, monitor yourself for symptoms and prepare since you may be recommended for a 14-day quarantine based on the DHEC guidance.

Facilities and custodial staff have performed a thorough cleaning of campus facilities and common areas and will continue to do so on a scheduled basis throughout the summer as set forth below.

Sanitation supplies, including disinfectants, tissues, and hand sanitizer have been made readily available at multiple locations throughout the 2nd floor

Participant Arrival on Campus:

  1. Entry/Exit: Entrance and exit to and from 385 Meeting will only be available via the 1st floor (ground level) lobby. Participants will not be allowed access to the 3rd floor of the building or the 3rd floor breezeway from the parking garage.
  2. ID Badge: Participants must bring their CSOL ID Badge to be scanned upon arrival.
  3. Temperature Check: Security guards stationed in the 1st floor lobby will take participants’ temperatures using a no-contact, temporal scanning thermometer. Only those individuals whose temperatures are below 100.4 degrees (F) will be allowed into the building.
  4. Numbered Placard: Upon arrival, participants will be issued a sanitized, numbered placard to place at their study space. Upon leaving, the placard will notify facilities staff and other participants that the study space needs to be sanitized.  Once the study space and placard are sanitized, the study space will be made available and the placard will be returned to security to be re-issued.

Rules for Use of 2nd Floor:

  1. Elevators: Participants utilizing the elevators to access and exit the 2nd floor must observe a limit of 2 occupants per car.
  2. Masks: All Participants must wear a face mask over the nose and mouth at all times.
    1. For important information from the CDC regarding how to properly wear and care for your face coverings, please click HERE.
  3. Social Distancing: Participants are instructed to stay at least 6 feet away from others at all times
    1. Designated study spaces have all been arranged to ensure that Participants will maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from each other while studying.
    2. Participants are instructed to avoid all person-to-person physical contact on campus.
    3. Participants are instructed to limit gatherings while on campus and to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet away from others; this includes no gathering in the common areas, break rooms, or lobbies.
  4. Hygiene Best Practices: Participants are strongly encouraged to wash their hands frequently for 20 seconds
    1. Hand sanitizer stations and cleaning wipes have been placed throughout the 2nd floor and Participants are encouraged to utilize them when handwashing is not practicable
    2. Tissue boxes have been placed throughout the 2nd floor and Participants are encouraged to utilize tissues for sneezing, coughing, and blowing their noses without touching their faces
  5. Facilities: Participants will be allowed to utilize the desks and tables located throughout the common spaces on the 2nd floor
    1. Classrooms/Conference Rooms: All classrooms and conference rooms on the 2nd floor are closed until further notice and are off limits.
    2. Kitchen: Participants will be allowed to utilize the 2nd floor kitchen with a capacity of 3 Participants at a time
      1. Kitchen tables and chairs will not be available until further notice
    3. Restrooms: are available on 2nd floor of 385 Meeting Street only.
  6. Hours: Monday through Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Increased Sanitation

  1. 2nd Floor Deep Clean: Over the past few weeks, the facilities staff has engaged in a deep clean of the 2nd floor including cleaning and sanitizing: doors and door handles, restrooms, carpets, chairs, desks, table surfaces, light switches and the student kitchen.
  2. Frequently Touched Surfaces: Facilities is also implementing an enhanced cleaning schedule to regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces throughout the day.
  3. Study Spaces: Every study space will be deep cleaned and sanitized at the end of each day.
    1. Additionally, when a Participants leave their numbered placards on their study space at departure, facilities staff will deep clean and sanitize that study space before making it available to another participant.
  4. Cleaning Wipes: Cleaning wipes will be available throughout the 2nd floor and participants are instructed to utilize them whenever they use a frequently touched item.

 

Updated Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Charleston School of Law is currently physically closed. All summer 2020 classes will be taught online via Zoom. All offices and departments at the Law School are operating remotely until further notice. The senior administration continues to meet regularly to monitor the situation closely and will alert the campus community to any decisions as soon as they are made. The School plans to be open and offer in-person classes in the fall; however, contingency plans are being made.

The School encourages faculty, staff, and students to take precautions and to exercise good health practices.  As a reminder, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have concerns about your health, the Medical University of South Carolina Health recommends that you speak to an online virtual care provider, which is free.  Follow this link for additional information.

  • The operational offices of the School will continue to operate remotely until further notice.
  • All on-campus student organization events have been cancelled.
  • All circulation services are temporarily suspended and the library is closed.
  • If you have extenuating circumstances such as unstable internet service or access, that necessitate your presence in the library, please contact Dean Katie Brown.
  • The May 2020 Commencement ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 10, was postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.
      • A virtual ceremony was held Sunday, May 10.
      • Postponement of the commencement ceremony has NO IMPACT on the class of May 2020 graduation date, eligibility to sit for the Bar exam, or the issuance of degrees, final transcripts, and diplomas.

We will continue to monitor guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) about when to activate our plans for ongoing response to the spread of the virus.  The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) has created a webpage with additional information about COVID-19 and its effects in South Carolina.

You may email any of the below associate deans with questions.

Good Health Practices

We continue to encourage our community to take precautions and exercise good health practices.  Given that the coronavirus has not been spreading widely in the United States, the CDC has issued no additional precautions for the general public.  Steps you can take to prevent spread of the flu and common cold will also help prevent the spread of coronavirus:

  1. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds – be sure to wash the backs of your hands and under fingernails.
  2. If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer – additional hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout campus so please utilize them.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  4. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  5. Stay home while you are sick and avoid close contact with others.
  6. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

If you are concerned about coronavirus [COVD-19] or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including respiratory or flu-like symptoms such as fever and/or cough, the Medical University of South Carolina Health recommends that you speak to an online virtual care provider.  These screenings are free.  Follow this link for additional information.

If you have not yet gotten the flu shot, we highly encourage you to do so.  Most health insurance policies cover the cost of a flu shot and if you do not have insurance, you may obtain a free flu shot at the MUSC Peninsula Primary Care clinic located at 30 Bee Street.

Additionally, during the spring break, campus staff will thoroughly sanitize classrooms and offices.  The staff has also implemented cleaning procedures to sanitize high traffic areas multiple times throughout the day.

We will continue to keep the School of Law community updated.

Who to contact?

While the school operates remotely, please refer to our faculty and staff directory. If you are unsure of who to contact, please reach out to Dean Jacqueline Bell, Associate Dean of Admission and Financial Aid. She can be reached by phone, 843.377.1327, or email, jbell@charlestonlaw.edu.

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