Spring 2021 COVID Policies

Reminders about Class Attendance:

  • Students are required to attend class; students should know and understand the policies and procedures in the Law School’s Attendance Requirement.
  • Students enrolled in in-person classes are expected to attend class in-person. Receiving attendance credit for live-streaming is reserved for situations where a student needs to self-isolate or quarantine due to COVID or to care for a family member with COVID. Students who decide to miss an in-person class due to non-COVID reasons need advance permission from the professor to view the class session via live-stream, but the student will not receive attendance credit.

Mitigating the Risk On Campus:

1. Do not come to campus if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

2. If you are on campus and begin to experience symptoms, leave campus immediately.

3. Maintain Social Distance of 6 feet or more whenever possible.

4. Masks or Face Coverings are always required and must be worn over the nose and mouth.

5. Avoid eating on campus whenever possible.

6. When eating/drinking, put your mask on in between bites or sips.

5. Wash your hands and utilize hand sanitizer frequently.

7. Avoid touching other people, your face, mouth, or eyes.

If You are Experiencing Any COVID Symptoms: 

Stay Home – Get Screened – Schedule a Test – Notify the School of Law: Students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to campus and may attend their in-person classes virtually for attendance credit, only after they complete these 3 steps:  

  1. Undergo a free, virtual COVID screening with MUSC.  Click HERE to begin the virtual screening process. 
  2. If the screening process recommends that you be tested for COVID-19, you must immediately schedule a COVID test with MUSC or a provider of your choice for a date and time as soon as practicable.  If you are not recommended for a COVID test, the normal attendance policy applies, and you should follow up with your primary care provider and follow their instructions. 
  3. After scheduling your COVID test, you are required to notify the School of Law by completing the form located HERE. 

Note: You DO NOT need to contact your professor regarding virtual class attendance.   

Once you have completed these three steps, you will be allowed to attend in-person classes virtually until you receive the results of your COVID-19 test.  Failure to notify the School of Law in a timely fashion may result in a student not receiving attendance credit for in-person classes they miss. 

Report Your Test Results:

As soon as you receive your COVID-19 test results, you must notify the School of Law regarding your results by completing the form located HERE.

Positive Test Result 

  • Self-Isolate: Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to self-isolate for ten (10) days following the date of their positive test.   
  • Class Attendance: During this time, students should attend all courses virtually and should not come to campus or into contact with School of Law constituents for any reason.  
  • Contact Tracing: COVID positive students are required to disclose the identities of any School of Law constituents they have been in contact with since their exposure. 
  • Returning to Campus: COVID positive students are expected to return to in-person classes on the 11th day following the date of their positive test. 

Negative Test Result: 

Class Attendance/Returning to Campus 

  • Symptoms ImprovedStudents who test negative and whose symptoms have improved and are not experiencing a fever are required to resume in-person classes on the day following the receipt of their test results. 
  • Symptoms Ongoing: Students who test negative but are still sick should contact their primary care provider and may attend in-person classes remotely for the day following the receipt of test results.  After that date, the normal attendance policy applies.  If you are advised by your primary care provider not to attend class, please contact Academic Affairs by emailing smirabal@charlestonlaw.edu.   

If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19:  

Close ContactStudents who believe they have been in “close contact” (defined by the CDC as within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more) with someone with COVID are required to leave campus and notify the School of Law immediately, and not return for 14 days following their most recent contact with the infected individual. 

  • Note: In cases involving close contact exposures, students MAY NOT return to campus early if they receive a negative test result.  They MUST complete their 14-day self-quarantine period.

Notify the School of Law:  If you believe you have been in close contact with someone who has COVID, you shall notify the School of Law by completing the form located HERE 

Remote Class Attendance:  Students who experience a “close contact” exposure and timely notify the School of Law will be allowed to attend in-person classes virtually, for attendance credit, during their 14-day self-quarantine period.  Failure to notify the School of Law in a timely fashion may result in a student not receiving attendance credit for in-person classes they miss. 

Important NoteIn order to promote effective contact tracing, students who are on campus following a close contact exposure will be required to undergo screening and testing as described above under “If You Are Sick. 

If You are Not Sure if You Have Been Directly Exposed to COVID-19: 

NonClose Contact Exposure: Students who have not experienced a “close contact” exposure (defined by the CDC as within 6 feet of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more) or who are unsure about the nature of their exposure shall immediately notify the School of Law by completing the form located HERE 

Some Examples of Non-Close Contact Exposure:  

  • My roommate is a bartender and her co-worker just tested positive.  My roommate is not showing any symptoms, but her boss told her to quarantine. 
  • Another student in my child’s daycare class tested positive for COVID and the daycare sent all the kids in their class home for 2 weeks.  My child is not showing symptoms but is scheduled for a test next week. 
  • My cousin came into town this past weekend and we had brunch together on Sunday morning.  On Monday afternoon he started feeling ill and scheduled a COVID test for Wednesday morning.  He contacted me on Tuesday after I had already attended in-person class on Monday & Tuesday.  He will not have his test results until Thursday.   

Steps to Take: In each of these situations (and others) regarding possible exposure, students should do as follows:  

  1. Immediately notify the School of Law regarding your possible exposure by completing the form located HERE. 
  2. Self-Quarantine and DO NOT attend in-person classes until you have heard back from a member of the School of Law. 

What Happens if a Student in my In-Person Class Attends Class and Tests Positive for COVID-19? 

  1. NoticeThe entire class will be notified that an individual in the class attended class and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 and should monitor themselves for symptoms.   
  2. Self-Quarantine: Only those individuals who are identified by the infected student as having been in “close contact” will be required to self-quarantine and attend class remotely for 14 days following the exposure.   
  3. Multiple Student InfectionsShould a circumstance arise where multiple students in a class test positive for COVID-19, the School of Law may require that the entire class self-quarantine for a defined period of time 

COVID-19 Resources: 

Coronavirus Symptom Self-Checker 

Information on Charleston area Food and Pharmacy Delivery click HERE   

If you are experiencing stress related to COVID-19 it may help to talk to a clergy member, counselor, or doctor.  You may also access any of the following resources:  

MUSC Student Counseling Service (free): 843.792.2848 

National Disaster Distress Hotline (24/7): 1.800.846.8517 


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