COVID-19 Policies (Effective May 27, 2021)

“Fully Vaccinated”:

Based on updated CDC guidance, the following COVID-19 related policies are in effect until further notice.  For purposes of these policies, a person is “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

On-Campus Policies:

These policies are applicable to all students, faculty, staff, visitors, and contractors.  To ensure consistency with CDC guidance, these policies will apply uniformly through the Law School; individual managers or faculty members may not adopt separate rules for departments, classes, or events.

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

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

3. Wash your hands and utilize hand sanitizer frequently.

4. Masks/Face Coverings:

  • If you are fully vaccinated (defined above), you are not required to wear a mask or face covering, but may do so if you wish.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you must wear a mask or face covering which covers your nose and mouth at all times while on campus, except between bites or sips while eating or drinking.

NOTE: By not wearing a mask while on campus, a person will be deemed to be affirmatively representing that he or she is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Willful misrepresentation of one’s vaccination status will constitute violation of an administrative directive and result in serious consequences, up to and possibly including expulsion (for students), termination (for employees and contractors), and trespass from campus (for visitors).

If You are Experiencing Any COVID Symptoms: 

The rules are the same, regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not: 

1.  Stay (or go) home.

2. Get tested for COVID-19.

3. Seek Medical Care.

4. Self-Isolate.

5. Notify the Law School:

  • For Students: Click HERE to notify the Law School.  You will receive attendance credit for attending in-person classes remotely through Zoom only after you have notified the Law School.
  • For Employees: Contact Human Resources.

If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19:  

If you are fully vaccinated: monitor your symptoms, but—based on CDC guidance—you are not required to get tested or self-isolate. Students will not receive attendance credit for livestreaming classes, and employees are expected to show for work.

If you are not fully vaccinated: if you come into “close contact” with someone with COVID-19 (defined as being within 6 feet of someone for greater than 15 minutes), you are required to leave and not return to campus for 14 days following your most recent exposure.

  • For students, Click HERE to notify the Law School.
  • Employees, notify Human Resources.

NOTE: You may not return to campus just because you receive a negative COVID test. 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.

If you are not fully vaccinated and are not sure if you have been exposed to someone with COVID, you are still required to notify the Law School.  Click HERE to notify the Law School.  Examples include:   

  • 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.   

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 

Expectations for the Fall Semester

We expect to return to our normal attendance policies for all students (vaccinated or not) by the Fall. This is yet another reason to get vaccinated—it will protect you against a virus that could, among other things, cause you to exceed your allotted absences for the semester. 


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