The health, safety, and well-being of our campuses is our top priority. We thank our students, faculty, staff, and our circle of alumni and friends for their spirit of cooperation, patience, ingenuity, and kinship in response to this unprecedented situation. Until further notice, the Tim Brashier Campus (TBC) is holding in-person classes for the Fall 2020 semester. All normal services offered by the University will continue regular services, including student affairs, financial aid, career services, enrollment functions, and admissions.
NGU has developed a plan to operate on a full fall semester academic calendar and with learning opportunities offered in-person, with some modifications due to COVID-19 precautions or limitations. Should it become necessary to end all in-person learning opportunities due to COVID-19, the University will attempt to give as much notice as practicable. Regardless of whether the learning opportunities transition to virtual learning, NGU plans to complete the semester’s academic offerings, so no tuition adjustments are anticipated regardless of form of delivery.For questions, please email Director of Operations for the Greer Campus Justin Pitts. For departmental-related questions, students should contact their respective department staff as they normally would for questions or assistance.
NGU will continue to Monitor, Assess, and Communicate
What To Expect
Mandatory Face-Covering Notice
Out of an abundance of caution, effective immediately and until further notice, the University requires mandatory use of face-coverings at all times while on campus with the following exceptions:
The Office of Academic Administration (OAA) has worked with the COVID-19 Response Team along with other University departments to safely accommodate face-to-face instruction this fall. Guidelines, strategies, and protocols have been put in place to ensure appropriate physical distancing, sanitation, and overall health of students and faculty.
NGU faculty and academic support services are committed to helping students to be successful in their courses, flourish spirituality, and achieve their vocational goals. Our goal is to be flexible and responsive to student needs while also guaranteeing a substantial in-person and on-campus educational experience.
The library, located on the Tigerville Campus, will be open to the NGU community and visitors during the Fall 2020 semester. Please check our Hester Memorial Library website for the most up-to-date hours of operation. Here are some things to know before you visit the library:
Students who need assistance may contact library staff by emailing email@example.com or by calling (864) 977-7091 or (864) 977-7094.
NGU Offices & Services
All Adult and Graduate support at the Tim Brashier Campus in Greer is fully functioning in person during the campus’s open hours.
Offices located at the Tim Brashier Campus in Greer include:
University Fall Calendar
The University plans to operate on the regular academic calendar for Fall 2020. Students may leave and return to campus freely during the week, weekends, breaks, and holidays.
Homecoming Commencement Ceremony – October 17
The Spring 2020 graduates have been presented with the opportunity to participate in a special Commencement ceremony during Homecoming 2020, the December 2020 Commencement service, or the May 2021 Commencement service. Summer 2020 graduates will be given the option to participate in the homecoming Commencement ceremony or the December 2020 ceremony. If Homecoming is canceled or rescheduled due to various COVID-19 circumstances, the University will communicate updated information when it is finalized.
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
All attendees will be given the Notice of Risk. Safety protocols such as physical distancing, wearing face-coverings, providing hand sanitizing stations, and regular disinfectant cleaning will be implemented.
Health & Counseling Services
The NGU Clinic, located on the Tigerville Campus, is available to keep the NGU community as healthy and safe as possible. The Clinic, which will be staffed by a Nurse Practitioner or Nurse, is located at West Crain 111 and is open for in-clinic visits along with walk-in appointments. Students may arrange for an appointment by calling the clinic at 864-977-1202. Masks are required for all appointments. The Clinic hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday.
It is understandable to feel uncertain or anxious during this pandemic. For students struggling with anxiety, please complete and submit the Counseling Form. If you believe you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call campus security at 864-569-9689 or 911.
Cleaning & Sanitization
The University, including the Tim Brashier Campus in Greer, will increase regimens to clean and disinfect high-use areas. The community will be encouraged to participate in efforts to clean and sanitize space before and after use. The Budd Group will disinfect touchpoints in offices, lobbies, restrooms, entryways, and corridors. The focus will be on areas, such as keyboards, computer mouse, desk phones, switch plates, push bars, door handles, tabletops, arms of chairs, elevator buttons, restroom fixtures, water fountains, and handrails. Classrooms and conference rooms will be cleaned and disinfected more frequently. To avoid the possible spread of germs, water fountains were turned off throughout The Tim Brashier Campus in Greer. A water bottle filler station for the lower level will be available soon.
NGU Covid-19 Best Practices & Guidelines
The health, safety, and well-being of every student, faculty, and staff member is our top priority. Across the university, we continue to work diligently to put the appropriate safety measures in place. Please remember to wear a face covering, adhere to physical distancing protocols, continue to practice appropriate hand washing hygiene, follow posted signage, and take a proactive role in monitoring yourself through self-screening. Please do your part in keeping our community in safe hands.
Notice of Risk, Self-Isolation & Quarantine
NGU Notice of Risk
We commit to giving our best effort in providing reasonable protocols to mitigate the opportunity for being exposed to COVID-19. However, the nature of a live-and-learn community such as NGU makes eliminating the potential contact with the coronavirus impossible. All members of the NGU community and visitors to the institution will be expected to read our Notice of Risk.
What happens if I test positive?
When a student tests as confirmed or is presumed positive, we ask that the student self-isolate for 10 days. Students are asked to not return to campus until the isolation period is up, and the student has been cleared to return.
What happens if I am exposed?
Individuals who have been exposed as defined by the CDC are required to wear masks in all settings while on campus, and self-monitor for 14 days. If individuals begin to show symptoms during the 14-day period, they should seek the attention of a medical provider and take appropriate precautions.
Returning from Off-site Isolation
When returning to campus from off-site isolation, students must be symptom-free for 72 hours and provide medical documentation to the NGU Clinic upon return to campus.
Reporting & Tracing
NGU will practice contact tracing to lower the possible spread of COVID-19. NGU students, faculty, staff, and contractors who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 should complete the NGU COVID-19 Reporting Form. Students should only respond to official follow-up from someone identified as an NGU contact tracer. We will seek to protect confidentiality and privacy but may need to share information for accurate and timely tracing.
We welcome guests and family members to attend NGU activities at our Tim Brashier Campus in Greer. We ask that visitors abide by the University guidelines for physical distancing, self-screening, hand washing, and face-coverings. Guests will be notified in advance by the hosting department if certain activities require enhanced protocols such as required usage of face-coverings.
NGU Covid-19 Accommodations
North Greenville University has developed protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus. However, the University recognizes that some students or a family member may have pre-existing medical conditions that place them at an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by the CDC guidelines. Students in this situation may request consideration for a COVID-19 accommodation. Medical documentation must be provided upon request. These accommodation requests are only applicable for the Fall 2020 semester. Permission to not wear a face covering in class – Deadline September 7.
Academic Outreach and Professional Programs
Much of the Tim Brashier Campus in Greer’s Academic Outreach and Professional Programs are canceled for the Fall 2020 semester.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ How will NGUStrong Protocols Impact the NGU Tim Brashier Campus in Greer?
All approved NGU protocols and mandates listed in the NGU+YOU initiative will be followed at the NGU Tim Brashier Campus in Greer.
+ Is there a risk of being exposed to COVID-19 at NGU?
NGU NOTICE OF RISK: While our goal is to safeguard the health and safety of the North Greenville University (NGU) community, there is risk of infection by associating with the University. As 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 being on campus at 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 interactions by students, employees, and visitors, the characteristics of the virus, and the characteristics of attending campus activities, there is a risk of you contracting the virus by merely being on campus.
+ If it becomes necessary for NGU to transition to only offering online classes after thesemester begins, will I receive a refund on tuition?
NGU has developed a plan to operate on a full fall semester academic calendar and with learning opportunities offered in-person, with some modifications due to COVID-19 precautions or limitations. Regardless of whether the learning opportunities transition to virtual learning, NGU plans to complete the semester’s academic offerings, so no tuition adjustments are anticipated regardless of form of delivery.
+ What is the plan for when someone tests as confirmed or is presumed positive for COVID-19?
When a student tests as confirmed or is presumed positive, we will ask the student to self-isolate for 10 days.
+ What happens if I am exposed to COVID-19?
Individuals who have been exposed as defined by the CDC are required to wear masks in all settings while on campus, including public areas where physical distancing is not possible, and self-monitor for 14 days. If individuals begin to show symptoms during the 14-day period, they should seek the attention of a medical provider and take appropriate precautions. A nurse is available for temperature checks and symptom monitoring weekdays during posted clinic hours.
+ Has anyone from the NGU Community tested positive for COVID-19?
+ What should I do if I feel sick?
+ How will we practice physical distancing in on-campus common areas?
See information on NGU's physical distancing guidelines.
+ Will I be required to wear a face-covering?
+ Where can I find Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the University?
The campus store will provide a limited selection of personal protection equipment for purchase.
+ Will I be required to be tested for COVID-19?
Mandatory testing is not required. North Greenville University's approach to testing is informed by Guidance for Universities and Colleges issued by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), which does not recommend required testing at universities and colleges.