We are looking forward to returning to campus for the Spring Semester. Please read this page as it outlines important information about health, safety, and academic policies and procedures. These policies have been developed after review of guidance from the CDC, Commission on Higher Education, WHO, and other agencies. In addition, Charleston School of Law is a participant in the Medical University of South Carolina’s “Back2Business” initiative.
We will continue to monitor the progression of the Coronavirus and as always, will keep the health and safety of our campus foremost in mind. We recognize that we may need to adapt according to the circumstances. All of us will need to continue to be flexible and patient as the Spring semester progresses.
In the Spring we continue to offer many classes face-to-face as well as some online-only options for both 1Ls and upper-level students. Students who opt to take all online classes will receive the same level of support from Student Services, Career Services, the Library, and other departments of the Law School, albeit in virtual form.
1L Courses. All first year students, including those starting in January, will take a mix of in-person and online courses.
Upper-Level Courses. For upper-level students, we continue to offer a number of required and elective courses online so that students can—if they wish—mix-and-match face-to-face and online courses. If upper-level students wish to make any adjustments to their schedules, they will need to do so during the Add/Drop period, January 7 through January 15, by completing the form that can be found here and returning it to the Office of the Registrar.
2. Remote Participation for an In-Person Class — 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.
POLICIES AND PROTOCOLS IF A STUDENT IS ILL OR HAS BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19
Students Who are Ill
Remote Class Attendance: Students who promptly undergo a COVID screening, schedule their test, and notify the school as referenced above, will be allowed to attend in-person classes virtually, for attendance credit. Students who do not timely follow the above protocol may not receive attendance credit for in-person classes they miss. Thus, time is of the essence in completing the steps above.
Students Who May Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
Close Contact: Students 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.
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 (form forthcoming).
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. 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 Note: In 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.
Students Who Test Positive for COVID-19
Notify the School of Law: Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to immediately notify the School of Law by completing the form located HERE. (form forthcoming)
Self-Isolation: Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to avoid campus and self-isolate for 10 days following the onset of symptoms or their test date, whichever is earlier.
Remote Class Attendance: Students who test positive for COVID-19 and timely notify the School of Law will be allowed to attend in-person classes virtually, for attendance credit. 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.
Contact Tracing: To promote effective contact tracing, all students who are affected by COVID-19 either through testing positive, or having a close contact exposure, are required to provide detailed information to the School of Law regarding the identity and nature of contacts with School of Law constituents including other students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
CAMPUS HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS
We strongly encourage everyone to be mindful of their conduct even while off-campus. Do your part to reduce the spread of the virus. Avoid locations where large groups are congregating without masks.
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.