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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 COVID-19 questionnaire or call Campus Security at 864-569-9689.

 

May 1, 2020

 

Dear NGU Community,
 
Today we applaud the hard work and many accomplishments of our graduates who have completed bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. They walked through a refining fire caused by the coronavirus outbreak, making them stronger and more resilient than ever. We have every confidence they will make history as transformational leaders in the church and throughout society.  
 
Please take a moment to watch a personal message from President Fant regarding emergency student grants.
 
Emergency Student Grants
An Emergency Student Grant Fund has been established to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus services, including on-campus room and board services, due to the coronavirus pandemic. As the source of these funds includes the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), students are directed to the Department of Education website for information. Eligible students will be contacted via their NGU email regarding next steps.
 
NGUcares
We know students want to remain connected to the NGU community. That is why we are launching NGUcares. Each returning student will have a personal NGUcares partner who will reach out and stay in touch throughout the summer. Students can expect phone calls (clear your voicemails 😁), text messages, FaceTime calls, emails, and postcards filled with uplifting scripture and encouraging words from your NGUcares partner. If students need assistance with anything preparing for the Fall semester, a NGUcares partner will be there to connect students with one of the many helpful resources across our campus. We cannot wait to see all the students back on campus in just a few months!
 
NGU National Day of Prayer Drive-in Event
In partnership with HIS Radio®, we will be hosting an NGU National Day of Prayer Drive-In Event next Thursday, May 7, from 12-12:45 p.m. on NGU’s Tim Brashier Campus (Greer).  Everyone is invited to drive into the TBC parking lot and stay in their respective vehicles while “virtually” participating in our National Day of Prayer Service.  President Fant and area church leaders will lead in prayer for the country, local area, leaders of all kinds, front-line workers, and NGU community.  Additionally, we will be collecting non-perishable food items to donate to Greer Relief & Resources Agency.
 
Please continue monitoring your email and the COVID-19 webpage for updates. We thank you for your continued prayers and support during this time.

+ April 28, 2020

 

Dear NGU Community,

In light of Governor McMaster's executive order extending the state of emergency, the University will extend current modified operations through May 12, 2020. Please continue monitoring your email and the COVID-19 webpage for updates. We thank you for your continued prayers and support during this time.

+ 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 26, 2020

 

Dear NGU Community,


Please take a few moments to read this update, which includes a message from President Fant:

A message from the president

As we head into Easter this weekend, I want to take a moment to touch base with our NGU community.

I’m not sure exactly what happened to March—Spring Break dissolved quickly into the haze of the COVID-19 crisis, but as we head into the heart of April, I want to make sure you know that despite the limited on-campus operations, the university continues to be vibrant and forward-looking. The shift to online instruction has moved quickly, and we decided to continue in the online mode through the summer’s course offerings. As we await the next steps of the return to normal operations, we strategically and confidently are preparing for next year.

I have spent a fair amount of time the last few weeks gazing out windows at the green shades that have crept up the many hillsides near Tigerville. Even with the surreal nature of this crisis and its anxieties, I have adored the way that spring’s blooms have reminded me that the moment, even difficult moments, is always subordinate to the transcendent. Winter gives way to spring, anticipating the way that the gloom of Good Friday is always subordinate to the glories of Easter and Christ’s resurrection. I hope that this weekend you can take time to ponder the wonders of Christ’s work on our behalf, and the love God has displayed to us through His extravagant grace.
Please continue to monitor our official means of communication as we move ahead with the conclusion of the spring semester. We try not to over-post, and we hope you will see the intentionality of each announcement as we manage this crisis and hopefully convert it into opportunities for the university to strengthen its mission and extend its influence to a world that so needs the kinds of leaders we produce.

In conclusion, let me declare what Christians have declared for centuries, taking comfort and encouragement from these simple words: Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed!
Blessings,
Gene

Important Updates:

Recommended Use of Face Cloths
In alignment with CDC guidelines, NGU officials recommend wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, including while on NGU campuses, when social distancing measures cannot be maintained. Suggestions on making cloth face coverings are available from the U.S. Surgeon General or can be found on Pinterest.

Student Move-Out Process
Due to the SCDHEC COVID-19 projection model, the move-out process has been modified for the safety of the NGU community.  As a result, students who need to return to campus to collect their belongings have been sent an email containing a sign-up link which allows them to select one of the following days/times:  

  • Monday, April 13, from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, from 9 a.m. – noon
  • Friday, April 17, from 9 a.m. – noon
  • Monday, April 20, from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.

To minimize risk, each date will be limited to 80 students, and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students returning to campus are asked to follow the procedures below to ensure a safe and efficient move out process:

  • Students must present their student ID to gain access to campus
  • Students are allowed to bring two persons maximum to assist them
  • Students and guests are required to wear a face-covering at all times while on campus
  • Students and guests must be cleared by our medical team before being allowed on campus

Cybersecurity
Due to working and studying remotely, the risk of cyber-attacks has increased during the coronavirus outbreak. As a reminder, IT Services will never request your password, ask you to verify your account or supply personal information as a means of continuing your IT support or services through email. We ask that you do not reply to these emails and notify the IT Help Desk immediately. We also ask that you do not migrate any communication to non-NGU email accounts (like a personal Gmail account instead of an @ngu.edu account), or any other communication channel not endorsed by your instructor or direct supervisor through trusted communication means.

Help Desk Navigation
IT Services continues to offer the NGU community excellence in customer service regardless of the need or location. Please make all requests by emailing helpdesk@ngu.edu or by creating a ticket at https://helpdesk.ngu.edu. When submitting a request, always include a phone number where you can be reached, as well as a time you will be available for a callback. Calls to (864) 977-7272 are answered in the order received.
IT Services Help Desk daily operating hours (except for Sunday):

  • Monday –  Thursday -  8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Friday - 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Saturday - 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Summer Term 2020
All summer term courses will be offered online. Additionally, NGU is providing new courses to assist students in finishing degrees, increasing academic standings, or accelerating degree completion. Additional information regarding Summer 2020 courses will be available early next week.

Questions regarding finances
We recognize there are questions related to refunds on payments made toward room and board costs. Please be assured that we will communicate information directly to students regarding this matter when federal and state guidance is available, and other related factors are understood. We thank you for your continued patience. 

+ 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 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.

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.

    Required health screening through the NGU Clinic will be discontinued effective immediately. Instead, employees are asked to self-monitor as previously requested. If you have a fever, shortness of breath, and/or dry cough, please be tested and remain at home. For fever, remain at home until you are fever-free for 48 hours. If you have been exposed to or have a confirmed case of COVID-19, please self-quarantine for 14 days. The NGU Clinic is now operating on a week-to-week basis, Mondays 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Wednesday’s 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.

     

    Has anyone from the NGU Community tested positive for COVID-19?

     

    We are aware of one individual from within the NGU community who recently tested positive for COVID-19. Protocols as recommended by the CDC and SCDHEC are being followed, including contact tracing and implementation of 14-day quarantine. Notice of additional infection will be given if necessary.
     
    Current NGU students, faculty, staff, and contractors who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 should complete the NGU COVID-19 questionnaire or call Campus Security at 864-569-9689.
     

     

    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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