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Current NGU students, faculty, staff, and contractors who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 should complete the NGU health questionnaire or call Campus Security at 864-569-9689.

 

March 26, 2020 

 

In alignment with Governor McMaster’s March 24 joint statement with the SC Department of Education, at the recommendation of the COVID-19 Response Team, and as supported by the senior administration, Dr. Fant announced today that we are extending modified operations of the University through May 3, 2020.

Effective immediately:

  • The Tigerville and Greer campuses remain closed to the public.
  • All in-person instruction will continue to be offered in online format at least through the end of the Spring 2020 semester. Details regarding any potential change to the manner in which summer courses are taught will be released no later than April 6, 2020.
  • The support of Tigerville and Greer campuses, as well as remote services, will be adjusted as needed to staff the continued modified operation of the University. Employees of the University will be given instruction and guidance through their senior administrator regarding schedules and work assignments.
  • All public events, including May commencement, are cancelled. Degrees will be conferred on May 1 to candidates completing requirements; diplomas will be mailed to students immediately afterwards. Graduates will be given opportunity to participate in a special commencement ceremony during Homecoming 2020, the Fall 2020 commencement service, or the Spring 2021 commencement service. Details regarding commencement, including information regarding the availability of graduation fee refunds, will be communicated to graduates by the Registrar.
  • Housing and related services, including dining, will continue to be provided on a limited basis so long as it is feasible to do so. Residence Life policies and procedures will be modified in alignment with recommendations from the health care community and government leaders. Students currently in residential housing may choose to remain in housing or officially check out for the remainder of the semester. Students desiring to move back on campus should contact residence.life@ngu.edu as soon as possible; they must return to campus by April 3, 2020. Students who moved off campus over the last few weeks will be provided additional information related to the official check out process. More details, including modified housing policies and procedures, will be sent to all residential students via their ngu.edu email accounts within the next 24 hours.

An NGU COVID-19 Questionnaire is available through the Health Services page to report any conditions related to the virus.

Individuals interested in receiving future updates via email should go to Keep Me Informed.

The NGU community is encouraged to review the University Contingency Operations Plan for additional details, especially throughout the next two weeks. Additional changes to the operation of the University will be announced immediately through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19.

+ March 20, 2020

 

Dear NGU Community,

The COVID-19 Response Team will continue to monitor guidelines and protocols as outlined by local, state, and national authorities, making recommendations to the senior administration regarding the ongoing operation of NGU. We are continually working to ensure our students, faculty, and staff are all safe should this illness impact our community.

As we wrap-up the week and head into the weekend, please note the following:

In Person Classes Going Online

As of 5:00 p.m. on March 20, online content for all NGU courses through April 6 should be uploaded into Blackboard. Professors should have communicated their expectations with each of their students by that time. All online classes go live first thing on the morning of March 23. During the time courses are online, students should check Blackboard daily and faculty members should remain accessible via their NGU email and any other means they have shared with their courses. Students should contact their professors directly if they have any questions about their courses. Students who wish to meet one-on-one with their professors or academic advisors between March 23 and April 6 should schedule a time to do so remotely.

Course Materials

During our transition to on-line learning our new textbook and course material partner is providing a great opportunity for our students and faculty. Although our partnership with Tree of Life does not begin until the fall, they are allowing our students and faculty to take advantage of their digital/ebook vendor free of charge until May 25.They are providing this opportunity to all their partner schools and are graciously allowing NGU to be a part of this offer.

Students who may have left textbooks on campus or do not have access to their course materials for other reasons can now have access to their books if available digitally through May 25. For questions, please reference these instructions or contact Billy Watson.

Housing Agreements

As a reminder, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, NGU officials are approving requests from residence hall students desiring to be released from housing contracts without penalty. If any students have moved off campus, and desire to move back into their dorm, they may do so as long as the residence halls remain open and they adhere to protocols regarding COVID-19 exposure. For students that have chosen to move off campus, we recognize there may be questions related to refunds on payments made toward room and board costs. We will communicate information directly to you regarding this matter as soon as federal and state guidance, as well as a variety of other factors, are available. We thank you for your patience at this time.

Exposure to COVID-19

It is still the case that no one in the NGU community has reported testing positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. Any student, faculty or staff that is exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or is diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is asked to complete the NGU COVID-19 Questionnaire. The form is now available on the Health Services page.

As a Reminder

An NGU health resource page is now available on the University’s website. The page titled Health Services provides a wealth of healthcare information for reference during the current health crisis.

If you know someone interested in receiving future updates, please direct them to Keep Me Informed.

The NGU community is encouraged to review the University Contingency Operations Plan for additional details, especially throughout the next two weeks. Should it become necessary to do so, additional changes to the operation of the University, will be announced immediately through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19.

+ March 19, 2020

 

NGU Community,                                                                  

An NGU health resource page is now available on the University’s website. The page titled Health Services provides a wealth of health care information for reference during the current health crisis.

The information available on the resource page includes preventive measures for COVID-19, on-campus clinic information, the Medical University of South Carolina free virtual care resource, travel advisory, COVID-19 symptoms, mental health information, and a list of local health providers.

Also, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) offers a resource to update South Carolinians on the status of current COVID-19 cases with interactive monitoring and testing information. 

The NGU community is encouraged to review the University Contingency Operations Plan for additional details, especially throughout the next two weeks. Further changes and updates will be released through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19 and reflected in the plan when available.

If you know someone interested in receiving future updates, please direct them to Keep Me Informed

+ March 18, 2020

 
NGU Community,
 
The NGU Clinic, staffed by a licensed Nurse Practitioner, is open today for students, faculty, and staff (with ID) from 9 am - 1 pm. The service is provided free of charge. Lab work, prescription medication, or follow-up care is the responsibility of the patient. The clinic is located at the McKinney House on the corner of Hwy 414 and 253 (Mountain View Road).

To view past Covid-19 updates, please visit our Archive page.

We strongly urge the entire NGU community to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 prevention measures, such as:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 65% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Additionally, recognizing the symptoms of COVID-19 is an important step in combating the spread of the illness. If you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you seek medical attention.

What is the University Contingency Operation Plan?

 

  • Current online courses will continue as planned.
  • Housing and related services, including dining, will continue to be provided on a limited basis so long as it is feasible to do so. Residence Life policies and procedures will be modified in alignment with recommendations from the health care community and government leaders. Students currently in residential housing may choose to remain in housing or officially check out for the remainder of the semester. Students desiring to move back on campus should contact residence.life@ngu.edu as soon as possible; they must return to campus by April 3, 2020. Students who moved off campus over the last few weeks will be provided additional information related to the official check out process. More details, including modified housing policies and procedures, will be sent to all residential students via their ngu.edu email accounts within the next 24 hours.
  • The clinic will remain open as scheduled. 
  • To read the entire University Contingency Operation Plan, visit ngu.edu/contingencyplan.
 

Is North Greenville University currently offering campus visits?

 

Any in-person visits are suspended until May 3. Upon request, prospective students can connect with an Admissions Counselor by virtual connection through Zoom. If you have an individual visit scheduled through the end of April, a counselor will be reaching out to you to reschedule.

 

What is 2019 Novel Coronavirus?

 

The 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, is a new respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Learn about 2019 Novel Coronavirus.

 

How does the virus spread?

 

This virus seems to be spreading from person-to-person. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

 

How can I best protect myself?

 

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 65% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

     

    What should I do if I have a fever?

     

    NGU community members that show symptoms should fill out NGU’s Health Questionnaire form.

    The clinic, staffed by a licensed Nurse Practitioner, will be available Mondays 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesdays and Friday from 8 a.m. - noon. This is available for use by NGU students, faculty & staff with ID. NGU is seeking to provide additional hours.

    The service is provided free of charge. Lab work, prescription medication, or follow-up care is the responsibility of the patient.

    The clinic is located at the corner of Hwy 414 & 253 (Mountain View Road). Parking is marked and can occur on location. Entrance is marked facing Hwy 253.

    Seek medical care from your preferred medical care provider. South Carolina residents are eligible to use the Medical University of South Carolina virtual care service free of charge by using the code “covid19” at the payment portal.

     

    What should I do if I traveled or have been around someone that has traveled to CDC Warning – Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel Area?

     

    For a current listing of the Level 3 areas please reference the CDC Level 3 Warning site. If you or someone you have been around has visited those countries, please complete this form. All medical information will be kept in confidence.

     

    If I become aware that I have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19, what should I do?

     

    If you have been exposed to or have a positive confirmed case of COVID-19, we ask NGU students, faculty, and staff to complete the NGU COVID-19 Questionnaire or call Campus Security at 864-569-9689 for further instruction.

     

    What is NGU doing to prevent the spread of illness on campus?

     

    The university has established a COVID-19 Response Team that is prepared to respond to prevent the spread of any infectious disease. That group, along with senior leadership, is closely monitoring updates on the situation from the Centers for Disease Control and is using their guidance and recommendations to inform our campus response. We are also working closely with local and state officials, and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to help address communicable diseases and help keep our students, faculty, staff and university community safe and healthy.

     

    Where can I find the latest information on coronavirus and its impact at NGU?

     

    NGU will be sending out periodic updates through the official NGU email account (NGUofficial@ngu.edu), website, channel 2, text alerts, and social media. Check the CDC website for the most recent updates on the virus and confirmed cases across the world.

     

    I am feeling unsure and anxious about the possibility of exposure to coronavirus from people on campus who I think may have been exposed. How can I find help?

     

    It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during a public health crisis. For any NGU faculty, staff, or student struggling with anxiety, please fill out our Counseling Form. If you believe you are in a mental health crisis please call campus security at 864-569-9689.

     

    What is NGU’s recommendation regarding current or future travel?

     

    The University is following the travel guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control. Additionally, we are requesting everyone—students, faculty & staff—in the community to limit personal travel out of the region if at all possible.

    We will continue to monitor advisories and provide additional updates as it becomes necessary to do so.

    NGU will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and will proactively update the NGU community through the official NGU email account (NGUofficial@ngu.edu), website, channel 2, text alerts, and social media. For questions, please email NGUofficial@ngu.edu or call 864-663-0186. For media inquiries, contact Director of Communications LaVerne Howell at lhowell@ngu.edu or 864-977-7013.

    The University Contingency Operations Plan is now available. Updates will be released periodically through NGUofficial@ngu.edu.

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