(864) 977-7000
 

 

A positive semester on campus depends on every one of us following health and safety guidelines and maintaining a commitment to the continued well-being of our community. We are all excited to see one another, and doing your part will help us keep the NGU community stay together.
 
Knowing how the virus spreads is key to protecting yourself and others.  Spread occurs mainly from person-to-person respiratory droplets that transfer when in close contact (within 6 feet).

Everyone Should

  • Model wearing face coverings when physical distancing is not possible
  • Continue to practice appropriate hand washing hygiene with soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Follow the new directional signage that will help you know where to enter and exit as well as move around in university spaces.  Please note, in the case of an emergency, the nearest exit should be used
  • Take a proactive role in monitoring yourself through self-checking to detect the possible presence of COVID-19 early, which reduces the spread
Completing this year on campus will require diligence and perseverance, and when we do, we will all be justly appreciative and proud.

Explore our COVID-19 archives to learn what NGU did from the beginning of the outbreak and over the summer.

Campus Advisory

 

September 17, 2020 - 7:50 p.m.

 

Dear NGU Community,

What an impact the Global Impact Conference had on our campus this week. We are thankful for how God has moved and how he spoke to the hearts of our students, faculty, and staff. We also give thanks for those who have come to Christ, as well as number of individuals who have responded to the call to serve Christ on the mission field. Please pray that God’s hand will continue to be over our community.    

We appreciate all that you are doing to take care of yourselves and each other during this time. We encourage you to keep it up! Please don’t drop your guard. Continue to wear your face-coverings, observe physical distancing, and practice good hygiene. Avoid situations that put you at risk and take advantage of our health services and opportunities that promote your wellbeing.

Noted below is an update on the reported positive test results from our campuses. Even though reported cases continue to be relatively mild, with no hospitalizations, we need to keep working together to remain NGUstrong.

Reported Positives

Aug 10 –  Sept 17

Total

Active

Recovered

Students

24

5

19

Staff

0

0

0

Faculty

0

0

0

Other

0

0

0

Total

24

5

19

 

Again, we ask all members of the NGU community to report COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, testing, and/or positive diagnosis by completing the NGU COVID-19 Reporting Form.

We are proud to serve you and grateful to each of you for your dedication to our great University.

NGU+You!

COVID-19 Response Team


+September 11, 2020 - 9:35 a.m.

Dear NGU Community,

We celebrate completing another week together.

Thank you for your support of our collective efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 within our community. The most helpful steps you can continue taking are to follow the precautionary measures outlined on the NGUstrong webpage, and to continue wearing face coverings, observing physical distancing, and practicing good hygiene.

Noted below is an update on the reported positive test results from our campuses. Even though reported cases continue to be relatively mild, with no hospitalizations, we need to keep working together to remain NGUstrong.

Reported Positives

Aug 10 – Sept 10

Total

Active

Recovered

Students

20

7

13

Staff

0

0

0

Faculty

0

0

0

Other

0

0

0

Total

20

7

13

 

We ask all members of the NGU community to report COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, testing, and/or positive diagnosis by completing the NGU COVID-19 Reporting Form.

NGU+You!

COVID-19 Response Team

+ September 3, 2020 - 12:30 p.m.

Dear NGU Community,

The Labor Day weekend is fast approaching, and University officials and the COVID-19 Response Team recommend to members of the community to make safe, responsible plans to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Please take a moment to watch a message from President Fant.

The entire NGU community—all 3,000+ students, faculty, and staff—is asked to continue taking all precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Whether traveling or staying local this weekend, please mask up, maintain social distancing and wash your hands frequently. Remember, we are all responsible for safe-guarding our campus environment.

As you’ll note below, the instances of reported positives on our campus remains low. While all reported cases have been relatively mild, with no hospitalizations, we need to continue working hard to keep NGUstrong.

Reported Positives

Aug 10 – Sept 2

Total

Active

Recovered

Students

13

9

4

Staff

0

0

0

Faculty

0

0

0

Other

0

0

0

Total

13

9

4

Members of the NGU community are asked to immediately report COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, testing, and/or positive diagnosis by completing the NGU COVID-19 Reporting Form.

NGU+You!

COVID-19 Response Team

+ August 28, 2020 - 11 a.m.

Since the resumption of in-person activities on Aug 10, four (4) traditional undergraduate students have reported testing positive for COVID-19, two residential and two commuters. We have no known positive tests among faculty or staff. All four (4) students are following established protocols and are being monitored. At this time, one student is being cared for in our on-campus isolation housing.
 
While it is difficult to know for sure the exact point of exposure, contact tracing seems to indicate that exposure happened while these students were off campus. This would be consistent with what is being reported at universities nation-wide. However, since they may have been shedding the virus on campus before becoming aware that they were positive for COVID-19, the campus is advised to continue taking precautions.
 
As we head into the weekend, the entire community is reminded to refrain from activities and situations where exposure may occur. The NGU community, guests, and contractors are asked to report COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, testing, and/or positive diagnosis immediately by completing the NGU COVID-19 Reporting Form. While Greenville County continues to experience a significant decline in cases (only 9 new confirmed cases were reported in Greenville county by DHEC yesterday, along with a recent daily low in state-wide cases, 466 confirmed or probable new cases), we must all remain vigilant and careful to avoid exposure.
 
Please be assured that the COVID-19 Response Team continues to facilitate the University’s management of COVID-19 mitigation efforts. However, the commitment and involvement of the entire community are critical to keeping us healthy and safe. Please do your part by masking up, practicing social distancing, monitoring your health, and staying informed via NGUstrong. It is also important that everyone use caution in engaging with rumors or other unofficial communications regarding COVID-19 or related matters. The regular campus advisories that are sent out by this team are the only accurate source of data and other information related to our community.
 
Remember, it’s NGU+You.
 
COVID-19 Response Team

NGU Will Continue to Monitor, Assess, and Communicate

 

We want to assure Tigerville and Greer campus communities 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.
 
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

+ Page Updates

9.18.20 7 a.m. Campus Advisory

9.17.20 4:20 p.m. Loss of Taste and/or Smell

9.11.20 9:35 a.m. Campus Advisory

9.5.20 10 a.m. FAQ 

9.3.20 2 p.m. In-person Dining Protocol 

9.3.20 12:30 p.m. Campus Advisory

9.2.20 Noon Greer Campus Guidelines

8.31.20 2:15 p.m. Face Covering mandate above

8.29.20 9 p.m. Chapel Information  – Campus Life Page

8.28.20 8 p.m. Chapel Information  – Campus Life Page

8.28.20 11 a.m. Campus Advisory

8.27.20 9:15 a.m. Academics & Library Page

8.26.20 7:30 a.m. Report and Tracing Section

8.25.20 8 a.m. Dining Section –  Campus Life Page

8.24.20 3:19 p.m. Academics & Library Page 

8.24.20 2:32 p.m. Fitness and Exercise – Campus Life Page

8.24.20 1 p.m  Notice of Risk Section

8.24.20 1 p.m. Face Covering page

8.24.20 10 a.m. Calendar updates

8.24.20 9:30 a.m. Athletics Section – Athletic Guidelines Page.

8.24.20 8 a.m. Accommodations sections

8.21.20 11 a.m. opening information and video

8.14.20 10 a.m. Face Covering updates – Face Coverings Page. 

8.7.20 9 a.m. Time updates for returning student schedule. New Student Orientation Check in Page

8.6.20 9 a.m. FAQ question added -  FAQ section

8.2.20 3:40 p.m. New Student Orientation scheduled - New Student Orientation & Returning Student Check-in page.

7.31.20 2 p.m. Accommodations Request Form - NGU COVID-19 Accommodations Section

What to Expect

 

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.

  • Wednesday, Sept 23 - Founder's Day
  • Saturday, Oct 17 - Homecoming Commencement Ceremony
  • Friday, Oct 23 - Monday, Oct 26 - Fall Break
  • Wednesday, Nov 25 - Friday, Nov 27 - Thanksgiving Break
  • Monday, Dec 7-9 - Final Exams
  • Friday, Dec 11 - December 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 is here to help keep the NGU community healthy and safe. 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 as follows:

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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 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, we turned off water fountains throughout campus. Bottle filler stations will remain operational.
 

NGU COVID-19 Health Best Practices & Guidelines

 

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Notice of Risk, Self-Isolation & Exposure

 

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. The Notice provides information we ask you to acknowledge and understand regarding the COVID‐19 virus. The Notice states:

 

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. While special housing may be available to residential students to self-isolate, it cannot be guaranteed, which may result in students staying in their residence hall or apartment rooms during self-isolation.  Any student who wishes to leave and go to a home address off-campus is encouraged to do so but cannot return until the isolation period is up, and the student has been cleared to return.

While in isolation at NGU, the Office of Campus Ministry and Student Engagement will have a representative check in daily to ensure students have everything needed during their stay in isolation. Students in an isolation area on campus will be provided food for the duration of their stay. Depending on their meal plan, meals or Crusader Bucks will be deducted accordingly. Students will also have other personnel checking in to see how they are doing health-wise; further, students will have access to telehealth to connect with a counselor.

 

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, including public areas of residence halls and individual dorm rooms 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.

Quarantine housing is not available for residential students who have been exposed to COVID-19. Students who may have been exposed may remain in their residence halls but must follow the required mask protocol. It should be noted that it is possible exposed students may be rooming with other exposed students, or with students who have tested positive for COVID19. Residential students who wish to move home during their prescribed self-monitoring or self-isolation may do so and should work directly with Residential Life regarding the protocol for exiting and returning to campus.

 

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. The NGU community, guests and contractors are asked to report COVID-19 exposure, symptoms, testing and/or positive diagnosis by completing 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 Tigerville and Greer campuses.  We planned a rich menu of theatre, music, athletic, and prospective student visit opportunities for the fall, and we are ready to host you well. We ask that visitors abide by the University guidelines for physical distancing, self-screening, 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.

All visitors to the institution are expected to read our Notice of Risk.

Prospective Student Visits

  • Specific protocols for prospective student visits at our Tigerville and Greer campuses are located on the Plan Your Visit page.

Athletic events

  • We are hopeful spectators will be permitted to attend games but are following the guidance of the NCAA, Conference Carolinas, and Gulf South Conference.

Cultural events (theatre, band, choir, art, etc.)

  • The NGU's Cline School of Music and School of Theatre are hopeful of welcoming audiences in-person at events this fall. Check out the cultural events calendar for the latest events and information. COVID-19 protocols will be in place for any such events.

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.

 
Accommodations:

+ 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, room and board charges? 

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, as NGU did in the spring semester the University intends to offer residential students an opportunity to remain in the residence halls with additional modified access to support services. Of course, in those circumstances residential students may move out if they choose to do so in accordance with University procedures. If it becomes necessary to close the residence halls and thus require students to move out,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. Should circumstances require changes in services this semester, the University will review implications regarding students accounts specifically as they relate to payments owed or credits to be received for room or board, and will communicate details as soon as they are available.

+ 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. While special housing may be available to residential students to self-isolate, it cannot be guaranteed, which may result in students staying in their residence hall or apartment room during self-isolation. Any student who wishes to leave and go to a home address off-campus is encouraged to do so but cannot return until the isolation period is up, and the student has been cleared to return.

While in isolation at NGU, the Office of Campus Ministry and Student Engagement will have a representative check in daily to ensure students have everything needed during their stay in isolation. Students in an isolation area on campus will be provided food for the duration of their stay. Depending on their meal plan, meals or Crusader Bucks will be deducted accordingly. Students will also have other personnel checking in to see how they are doing health-wise; further, students will have access to telehealth to connect with a counselor.

+ 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 of residence halls and individual dorm rooms 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.

+ I'm in a high-risk group due to my health condition. May I live in University Housing?

You may be permitted to do so but will need to understand and acknowledge the potential of exposure and associated risk to your health.

If you have any medical concerns about living in campus housing, we recommend you reach out via email to the Office of Residence Life and Housing. They will work with you to explore different on-campus housing options. All students are responsible for their health. If you are in the high-risk category, or concerned for your health, please contact us; we provide several medical-accommodation options. The Office of Residence Life and Housing will help guide you through the process of seeking accommodations or housing exemptions. At any point in the year, a student commuting may request to move into campus housing.

+ If COVID-19 flares back up, will Campus Housing shut down?

Our goal is to set up a housing operation that can continue to house students here at North Greenville if a flare-up occurs, unless instructed to do otherwise by local, state, or federal authorities.

+ 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.

+ Due to possible COVID-19 cases, I'm nervous about living with a roommate and being around others. What can I do?

Limited single room housing is available. Should a student have concerns about living on campus in residential housing they may request an accommodation (see accommodation section). To qualify for an accommodation the student will be asked to provide medical documentation that demonstrates increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by the CDC guidelines. The University is committed to working with each student to provide a residential space that meets their needs.

+ How will we practice physical distancing in on-campus living and 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.

+ How will I be notified if I have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

Responsibility for official contact tracing in South Carolina is assigned to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), which has employed professional contact tracers who are following up on reports of positive tests in our area. Select North Greenville University employees have been trained to follow up with individuals who have submitted a COVID-19 reporting form to determine if there is immediate risk of infection, in which case affected individuals will be notified. However, since neither SCDHEC nor NGU can guarantee notification, members of the NGU community are reminded of the risk of infection and advised to mask-up, practice social distancing whenever possible, and wash their hands regularly.

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