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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.

 

June 26, 2020

 

Dear NGU Community,

We have already initiated the phased, transitional re-opening of the Tigerville and Greer campuses with prospective students and their families beginning with campus visits on June 1, the opening of campus to all visitors on June 15, and our New Student Connect event for all new incoming students on June 22. We are eager to see the campus come back to life slowly, but surely, guided by our state health leaders and COVID-19 Response Team.

This communication conveys some general expectations for the return to campus in August, mainly focused on dates. It also covers individuals arriving earlier to prepare for the opening of the campus.  Due to the changing nature of local, state, and national guidelines, we are taking an information-driven adaptable approach when making final decisions.  There will be more follow-up communications with specific action items, protocols, and detailed plans for students and employees as we near the fall semester. These include social distancing, cleaning, wellness, housing, health monitoring, orientation, and in-person instruction protocols that will make your NGU experience a safe and enriching one. We continue to ask for grace and patience as we formulate our final approach to the fall. 

Improved Live, Learn, and Play Experience

NGU has been taking advantage of the time while students are away over the summer by refurbishing classrooms, several residence halls,  which will include updates to rooms and common lounge spaces, and updates to our wireless network services to ensure you can access the resources you need for your schoolwork easily. Volunteers, including members of our faculty and staff, will be engaging in Great Days of Service, four days this summer focused on a variety of projects, including painting and cleaning for the upcoming semester.  

Reduce the Spread Protocols

NGU officials continue to encourage the community to adhere to local, state, and national health guidelines designed to help actively reduce the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, and proper use of face cloths. The university strongly recommends the use of masks in public spaces. A Notice of Risk is posted near campus entrances, in the FAQ section of the COVID-19 webpage, and in campus visit confirmation emails. We strongly urge the entire NGU community to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 prevention measures. 

Health-Conscious

Throughout the summer, The Budd Group, a national leader in sanitization and janitorial services, and NGU’s Campus Enhancement Services team, has been engaged in deep cleaning of all our facilities. NGU is also expanding health initiatives, including an on-campus health clinic and enhanced mental health services through the university’s Office of Counseling Services.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation for new and transfer students will be on Saturday, August 15. Residential students will be directed to move in at specific times on Saturday, August 15. Good news, many of us will be here to help you unload and move-in. During New Student Orientation, students will be invited to become part of the NGU community and will be introduced to all the services and opportunities that their time at NGU will provide. We can’t wait to welcome you to our great family!

You will enjoy FASTpass, a process for students that will expedite the check-in process. With a FASTpass, residential students will not need to leave their cars until they are at the front door of their residence hall. Your road map to the FASTpass will be available in your student portal under the Student Tab in a newly designed “My Requirements and Holds” section. Further details will be sent to students as they are available.

Need a place to stay when traveling to NGU? Try area accommodations and ask about possible NGU discounts.

Returning Student Check-in 

Returning students will be able to check in on Tuesday, August 18, or Wednesday, August 19. Classes will begin on Thursday, August 20.

We have a FASTpass process for you that will expedite your check-in process as well. With a FASTpass, residential students will not need to leave their cars until they are at the front door of their residence hall, and returning commuters will not need to come to campus during one of the check-in days. Your road map to the FASTpass will be available in your student portal under the Student Tab in a newly designed “My Requirements and Holds” section. Further details will be sent to students as they are available.

Questions About the Fall

Students, we want to allow you an opportunity to ask questions that you may have regarding your return and about campus life this fall. Please use the Questions About Fall form to submit your questions, and an NGU team member will reply soon.

+ June 1, 2020

 
Dear NGU Community,
 
The university stands strong and ready to continue serving the NGU community during the 2020-21 school year. Now more than ever, our community, nation, and the world needs transformational leaders who can offer innovative solutions to unexpected challenges. The university issues the following guidelines as we prepare for Fall 2020: 
 
Campus Visits
NGU’s Tigerville and Greer campuses will remain closed to the public except for on-site campus visits. Both campuses will resume prospective student visits effective June 1. We will follow DHEC guidelines regarding the use of personal protective equipment, social distancing, and cleaning to ensure the health and safety of all NGU stakeholders. To schedule a visit for the Tigerville campus contact Admissions. To visit the Tim Brashier Campus in Greer, contact Maria Kithcart.
 
Summer 2020
Summer registration is now open for the five-week online summer session June 22 - July 24. Summer course offerings may be accessed in the Student Portal or by viewing the course offering on the Summer 2020 webpage. To register for classes, contact the Academic Records office.
 
Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above may enroll in a maximum of four courses. Permission from your academic advisor and Associate Provost will be required to register for more than four courses. Students with a GPA below 3.0 may enroll in a maximum of two courses. Permission from your academic advisor and Dean will be required to register in more than two courses.   
 
Open & Ready for the Fall
The university announced that in-person class instruction would resume for Fall 2020 on August 20. Check-in for new students will be Saturday, August 15, and will begin Tuesday, August 18, for upperclassmen. Move-in details will be communicated at a later date. The first day of class for online and graduate school is Monday, August 10. 
 
Tree of Life Bookstores
The university is excited to partner with Tree of Life Bookstores (TOL), which will provide students with more affordable and convenient course materials. Students can connect to the TOL site to view required course materials by logging in to the My NGU portal and selecting the “Tree of Life”  link under the “Quick Links” section or visit the site directly at ngu.treeoflifebooks.com

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?

 

To read the entire University Contingency Operation Plan, visit ngu.edu/contingencyplan.

 

Is North Greenville University currently offering campus visits?

 

NGU’s Tigerville and Greer campuses are now open effective June 15. We will follow DHEC guidelines regarding the use of personal protective equipment, social distancing, and cleaning to ensure the health and safety of all NGU stakeholders. To schedule a visit for the Tigerville campus contact Admissions. To visit the Tim Brashier Campus in Greer, contact Maria Kithcart. For more information, visit the Prospective Student Section on the University Contingency Operation Plan.

 

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 Covid-19 Reporting 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.

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 is your COVID-19 Notice of Risk?

 

As our goal is to safeguard the health and safety of the NGU community, this notice provides information we ask you to observe and understand regarding the COVID‐19 virus. Since the COVID‐19 virus is highly contagious and could be contracted from a variety of sources, our institution wants to ensure you are aware of the risks associated with visiting NGU. The COVID‐19 virus has a long incubation period; you or the campus staff may have the virus and not show symptoms and yet still be highly contagious. Due to the frequency and timing of visits by outside guests and the characteristics of the virus there is a risk of you contracting the COVID-19 virus simply by being on campus. Pursuant to statements from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, guests are encouraged to practice social distancing, engage in frequent handwashing, and to refrain from activities known to spread the virus. If you are running a fever, have a dry cough and experience shortness of breath, you are not permitted on campus. If you are running a fever and show other symptoms, you are also not permitted on campus. It should also be acknowledged that you could contract the COVID‐19 virus from outside this campus and unrelated to your visit to campus. If you are concerned that you may be exposed to the virus by visiting campus, you would be advised not to visit.

 

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

 

We are aware of a small number of individuals from within the NGU community who 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 Reporting Form 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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