Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs

Updated June 1, 2020

Questions about Fall 2020

The College is not considering lay-offs, furloughs or pay reductions as an option at this time. The President and Board of Trustees are committed to protecting employees and reserving these actions as a last resort. However, there is a need for belt tightening, and the College has put a freeze on most new hires until July 1st, and is taking other efforts to manage the budget.

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) was signed into law. The FFCRA contains two different paid leave types that apply to both permanent and temporary employees at the College of Charleston who are not able to work (on campus or remotely) due to the COVID-19 response. Affected employees who are not able to work and would like to apply for this leave need to submit an application. The application link and additional details are available at https://emergency.cofc.edu/families-first-coronavirus-response-act-employee-guidance/

The College of Charleston has encouraged private apartment operators and landlords to work with students and families regarding their leases during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the College does not have any contractual or legal authority over these private entities. Students who have off-campus leases should contact their landlords if they have any questions about their leases.

On March 31, President Andrew Hsu sent a letter to the operators of student apartments and asked that they consider providing rent abatements or payment options to reduce the burden on families and students during this difficult time.

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on March 25, 2020:

Dear Campus Community:

As you know, the College announced last night via our Cougar Alert system that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of our campus community. Our Office of Student Health Services has been in contact with this individual, and we are confident that all appropriate self-isolation measures have been taken.

Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College of Charleston has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

Going forward, the College has adopted the following guideline: Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

Sincerely,

Andrew

 

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

The College of Charleston continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for its ongoing and potential impacts on our university community. The health and safety of our university community is our top priority, and we are taking appropriate actions to support our students in the United States and overseas.

The College was made aware on March 24, 2020, that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. University officials have taken appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

In addition, the College has also learned of other potential unconfirmed cases among members of the campus community and continues to investigate if and/or when any of these individuals were last on campus. Appropriate actions will be taken as soon as more information becomes available.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

For the latest information on the presence of coronavirus in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

On March 19, 2020, President Hsu announced the extension of the e-learning period through the end of the spring semester. 

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Questions about Academic Calendar and Grading

The College is not considering lay-offs, furloughs or pay reductions as an option at this time. The President and Board of Trustees are committed to protecting employees and reserving these actions as a last resort. However, there is a need for belt tightening, and the College has put a freeze on most new hires until July 1st, and is taking other efforts to manage the budget.

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) was signed into law. The FFCRA contains two different paid leave types that apply to both permanent and temporary employees at the College of Charleston who are not able to work (on campus or remotely) due to the COVID-19 response. Affected employees who are not able to work and would like to apply for this leave need to submit an application. The application link and additional details are available at https://emergency.cofc.edu/families-first-coronavirus-response-act-employee-guidance/

The College of Charleston has encouraged private apartment operators and landlords to work with students and families regarding their leases during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the College does not have any contractual or legal authority over these private entities. Students who have off-campus leases should contact their landlords if they have any questions about their leases.

On March 31, President Andrew Hsu sent a letter to the operators of student apartments and asked that they consider providing rent abatements or payment options to reduce the burden on families and students during this difficult time.

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on March 25, 2020:

Dear Campus Community:

As you know, the College announced last night via our Cougar Alert system that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of our campus community. Our Office of Student Health Services has been in contact with this individual, and we are confident that all appropriate self-isolation measures have been taken.

Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College of Charleston has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

Going forward, the College has adopted the following guideline: Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

Sincerely,

Andrew

 

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

The College of Charleston continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for its ongoing and potential impacts on our university community. The health and safety of our university community is our top priority, and we are taking appropriate actions to support our students in the United States and overseas.

The College was made aware on March 24, 2020, that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. University officials have taken appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

In addition, the College has also learned of other potential unconfirmed cases among members of the campus community and continues to investigate if and/or when any of these individuals were last on campus. Appropriate actions will be taken as soon as more information becomes available.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

For the latest information on the presence of coronavirus in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

On March 19, 2020, President Hsu announced the extension of the e-learning period through the end of the spring semester. 

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Questions about Campus/Student Services

The College is not considering lay-offs, furloughs or pay reductions as an option at this time. The President and Board of Trustees are committed to protecting employees and reserving these actions as a last resort. However, there is a need for belt tightening, and the College has put a freeze on most new hires until July 1st, and is taking other efforts to manage the budget.

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) was signed into law. The FFCRA contains two different paid leave types that apply to both permanent and temporary employees at the College of Charleston who are not able to work (on campus or remotely) due to the COVID-19 response. Affected employees who are not able to work and would like to apply for this leave need to submit an application. The application link and additional details are available at https://emergency.cofc.edu/families-first-coronavirus-response-act-employee-guidance/

The College of Charleston has encouraged private apartment operators and landlords to work with students and families regarding their leases during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the College does not have any contractual or legal authority over these private entities. Students who have off-campus leases should contact their landlords if they have any questions about their leases.

On March 31, President Andrew Hsu sent a letter to the operators of student apartments and asked that they consider providing rent abatements or payment options to reduce the burden on families and students during this difficult time.

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on March 25, 2020:

Dear Campus Community:

As you know, the College announced last night via our Cougar Alert system that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of our campus community. Our Office of Student Health Services has been in contact with this individual, and we are confident that all appropriate self-isolation measures have been taken.

Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College of Charleston has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

Going forward, the College has adopted the following guideline: Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

Sincerely,

Andrew

 

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

The College of Charleston continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for its ongoing and potential impacts on our university community. The health and safety of our university community is our top priority, and we are taking appropriate actions to support our students in the United States and overseas.

The College was made aware on March 24, 2020, that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. University officials have taken appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

In addition, the College has also learned of other potential unconfirmed cases among members of the campus community and continues to investigate if and/or when any of these individuals were last on campus. Appropriate actions will be taken as soon as more information becomes available.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

For the latest information on the presence of coronavirus in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

On March 19, 2020, President Hsu announced the extension of the e-learning period through the end of the spring semester. 

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Questions about services for Employees

The College is not considering lay-offs, furloughs or pay reductions as an option at this time. The President and Board of Trustees are committed to protecting employees and reserving these actions as a last resort. However, there is a need for belt tightening, and the College has put a freeze on most new hires until July 1st, and is taking other efforts to manage the budget.

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) was signed into law. The FFCRA contains two different paid leave types that apply to both permanent and temporary employees at the College of Charleston who are not able to work (on campus or remotely) due to the COVID-19 response. Affected employees who are not able to work and would like to apply for this leave need to submit an application. The application link and additional details are available at https://emergency.cofc.edu/families-first-coronavirus-response-act-employee-guidance/

The College of Charleston has encouraged private apartment operators and landlords to work with students and families regarding their leases during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the College does not have any contractual or legal authority over these private entities. Students who have off-campus leases should contact their landlords if they have any questions about their leases.

On March 31, President Andrew Hsu sent a letter to the operators of student apartments and asked that they consider providing rent abatements or payment options to reduce the burden on families and students during this difficult time.

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on March 25, 2020:

Dear Campus Community:

As you know, the College announced last night via our Cougar Alert system that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of our campus community. Our Office of Student Health Services has been in contact with this individual, and we are confident that all appropriate self-isolation measures have been taken.

Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College of Charleston has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

Going forward, the College has adopted the following guideline: Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

Sincerely,

Andrew

 

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

The College of Charleston continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for its ongoing and potential impacts on our university community. The health and safety of our university community is our top priority, and we are taking appropriate actions to support our students in the United States and overseas.

The College was made aware on March 24, 2020, that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. University officials have taken appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

In addition, the College has also learned of other potential unconfirmed cases among members of the campus community and continues to investigate if and/or when any of these individuals were last on campus. Appropriate actions will be taken as soon as more information becomes available.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

For the latest information on the presence of coronavirus in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

On March 19, 2020, President Hsu announced the extension of the e-learning period through the end of the spring semester. 

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Questions about CofC’s Response and Cases on Campus

The College is not considering lay-offs, furloughs or pay reductions as an option at this time. The President and Board of Trustees are committed to protecting employees and reserving these actions as a last resort. However, there is a need for belt tightening, and the College has put a freeze on most new hires until July 1st, and is taking other efforts to manage the budget.

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) was signed into law. The FFCRA contains two different paid leave types that apply to both permanent and temporary employees at the College of Charleston who are not able to work (on campus or remotely) due to the COVID-19 response. Affected employees who are not able to work and would like to apply for this leave need to submit an application. The application link and additional details are available at https://emergency.cofc.edu/families-first-coronavirus-response-act-employee-guidance/

The College of Charleston has encouraged private apartment operators and landlords to work with students and families regarding their leases during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the College does not have any contractual or legal authority over these private entities. Students who have off-campus leases should contact their landlords if they have any questions about their leases.

On March 31, President Andrew Hsu sent a letter to the operators of student apartments and asked that they consider providing rent abatements or payment options to reduce the burden on families and students during this difficult time.

President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on March 25, 2020:

Dear Campus Community:

As you know, the College announced last night via our Cougar Alert system that we have a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a member of our campus community. Our Office of Student Health Services has been in contact with this individual, and we are confident that all appropriate self-isolation measures have been taken.

Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College of Charleston has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

Going forward, the College has adopted the following guideline: Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

Sincerely,

Andrew

 

Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.

President

The College of Charleston continues to closely monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for its ongoing and potential impacts on our university community. The health and safety of our university community is our top priority, and we are taking appropriate actions to support our students in the United States and overseas.

The College was made aware on March 24, 2020, that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. University officials have taken appropriate measures to ensure the health and safety of the campus community. Our investigation determined that this individual was last present on campus on March 9. At that time, this person was not ill. The person did not develop symptoms until much later. The College has consulted with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and has determined that, given the course of the individual’s illness, this person posed no threat of infection while on campus.

In addition, the College has also learned of other potential unconfirmed cases among members of the campus community and continues to investigate if and/or when any of these individuals were last on campus. Appropriate actions will be taken as soon as more information becomes available.

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the unique circumstances surrounding each case and its verification, the College will not be able to reliably report on all cases in those affiliated with the College. As such, the College does not intend to publicly announce each additional case unless it involves a DHEC-validated case in a member of the campus community who was on campus at a time or for a duration that would require the individual notification of affected persons.

For the latest information on the presence of coronavirus in South Carolina, visit the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

On March 19, 2020, President Hsu announced the extension of the e-learning period through the end of the spring semester. 

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Additional Resources

  • Have a question or concern about the College’s response to COVID-19? Please send it to covid19@cofc.edu
  • The DHEC Care Line is available to provide general information about COVID-19 by calling 1-855-472-3432 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. The Care Line hours are extend to 9 p.m. tonight. Because call volume has been high, callers are urged to be patient if they receive a busy signal and try their call at a later time.
  • To learn the latest from the CDC on the COVID-19, visit the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQ page.