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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


We want to assure our Greer campus community that we will continue to monitor this international health situation in a measured and proactive way and will continue to communicate to students as planning and decision-making progress. The COVID-19 Response Team has been charged with overseeing the resumption of activities, both for employees and students. The plans will be informed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Guidance for Universities and Colleges, and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Please send your suggestions, questions, and concerns via email to NGUofficial@ngu.edu.
 
Continued updates to the Fall 2020 plan for opening will be frequently communicated using one or more of the following messaging platforms:

  • Posted signage throughout the campus
  • NGUstrong website
  • Social Media
  • University Email
  • Text message

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:

    • Individuals and/or courses with face-mask exemptions
    • Outdoors when separated by at least 6 feet at all times 
    • In assigned residence hall rooms with assigned roommates 
    • Alone while in offices
    While traveling together in vehicles, members of the NGU community are also strongly advised to wear face-coverings at all times.
       

      Academics

      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.

       

      Library

      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:

      • In the library, as throughout campus, Masks are required.
      • Masks properly worn are required to receive service. Patrons should bring their masks.
      • Physical distancing is required in the library.
      • Guests should check in at the circulation desk.
      • Books should be returned using the book drop located on the library balcony on the Hayes side of the building.
      • Masks and hand sanitizer or hand washing is required before handling library materials.

      Students who need assistance may contact library staff by emailing reference@ngu.edu 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: 

          • NGU Online
          • Graduate Academics
            • Adult and Graduate Admissions
              • Adult and Graduate Academic Services
                • The Physician Assistant Program
                  • IT Services
                    • Greer Campus Operations
                    • Professional Programs

                    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.

                    • Monday, Aug. 31 – First day of PA Program in-person classes
                    • Wednesday, Sept 23 - Founder's Day
                    • Monday, Oct. 12 – First day of Adult and Graduate Fall 2 Term
                    • Saturday, Oct 17 - Homecoming Commencement Ceremony
                    • Friday, Oct 23 - Monday, Oct 26 - Fall Break
                    • Wednesday, Nov 25 - Friday, Nov 27 - Thanksgiving Break
                    • Friday, Dec 11 – Adult, Graduate School, and PA Commencement

                     

                    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.

                    Campus Visitors

                     

                    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.

                    Due the potential risk of exposure, the NGU community and guests are asked to practice social distancing, engage in frequent handwashing, refrain from activities known to spread the virus, and to wear appropriate face-coverings. Events, places and instances on campus where face-coverings are required will be posted and/or announced in advance. Members of the NGU community and guests to the campus are expected to familiarize themselves with NGU’s practices and protocols regarding COVID19 (ngu.edu/NGUstrong), as well as guidance from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.​

                    + 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?

                    Yes; a small number of individuals from within the NGU community have reported that they have tested positive over the course of the last six months. Protocols as recommended by the CDC, SCDHEC and as implemented by NGU, have been followed. To date, no cases have been linked to exposure that occurred while on the NGU campus.

                    The NGU community, guests and contractors are asked to report COVID-19 testing, exposure and/or positive diagnosis by completing the NGU COVID-19 Reporting Form.

                    + What should I do if I feel sick?

                    NGU will provide a clinic on campus to help students when feeling sick. A Nurse Practitioner or nurse will be available at the NGU clinic, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. 

                    NGU community members that show symptoms consistent with the coronavirus should fill out NGU's Covid-19 Reporting Form and seek immediate medical direction.

                    + 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?

                    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:

                    • Individuals and/or courses with face-mask exemptions
                    • Outdoors when separated by at least 6 feet at all times 
                    • In assigned residence hall rooms with assigned roommates 
                    • Alone while in offices
                    While traveling together in vehicles, members of the NGU community are also strongly advised to wear face-coverings at all times. See information on NGU's face-covering guidelines.

                    + 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.

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