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A letter from the president

Despite the uncertainties that come with a global pandemic, NGU stands strong and ready to serve you and your family during the 2020-21 school year. Our caring and highly qualified faculty members are preparing for in-person instruction, beginning in a matter of weeks, and we are genuinely excited to see your smiling faces! Moreover, we have planned numerous on-campus activities and ministry opportunities to connect with one another within our authentic, vibrant Christian community. We are carefully and intentionally planning for these coming days, hoping that you will find an incredible environment and great experiences.

Our traditional campus in Tigerville, where the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains merge with the trendy towns of the Upstate of South Carolina, has some distance from the denser population areas that have had recent COVID-19 flare-ups. In this time of pandemic, we are taking many precautions, but we also recognize that freely participating in NGU's mission to equip transformational leaders for church and society comes with some inherent risks which are impossible to avoid. That is why we are asking that every NGU community member make an informed choice to participate in our learning community and gain the benefits of working, studying, and experiencing residential university life. Every member of our community will be expected to read our Notice of Risk which will serve as a mechanism to ensure people understand the potential of exposure to COVID-19.

From the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, North Greenville University's COVID-19 Response Team has worked ceaselessly on the University's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our campuses have been sanitized and deeply cleaned over the summer, and many spaces have been completely renovated, but we want to take great care in communicating risks to our community. The Response Team has carefully worked with offices across the University to create a sound, practical plan to bring students back to the campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Below you will learn details of the plan, which has been informed by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) Guidance for Universities and Colleges.

The plan was developed to provide the University community with guidance on the strategy to open. Additionally, it will provide necessary guidelines for members of the community to understand their role in striving for a safer environment which will contribute toward helping keep NGU community members healthy. The multi-pronged protocols for the fall serve as a living document, which is sure to mature as more hard data and best practices become available.

It remains our highest priority to provide as safe an environment as reasonably possible to fulfill our mission faithfully. Because now, more than ever, what our community, our nation, and our world need are transformational leaders, which NGU produces who can look unexpected challenges in the face, roll up their sleeves, and get to work on innovative solutions.

Sincerely,

Gene C. Fant, Jr., Ph.D.
President

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

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

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.

  • Monday, Aug 10 - First day for graduate and online
  • Saturday, Aug 15 - New Student Orientation and online
  • Thursday, Aug 20 - First day for undergraduate
  • 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 Ė 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 and 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 864-901-7487. 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 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.
 

NGU COVID-19 Health Best Practices & Guidelines

 

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

 

 

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation and quarantine are understood in the following ways. Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own homes. Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others. NGU will use this framework to guide our approach in response to possible positive cases and exposure scenarios.

 

When will I need to self-isolate?

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.

 

When will I need to Quarantine?

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. 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, or call Campus Security at 864-569-9689. 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:
  • Wearing of face-covering
  • Housing exemption accommodation 
  • Living off campus and requesting consideration to complete current course schedule online
  • Living off campus and switching to an NGU online program

+ 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 NGUís practices and protocols regarding COVID19 (ngu.edu/NGUstrong), as well as guidance from the South Carolina Department of Environmental Controls, and the Center for Disease Controls.​

+ Will there be online course offerings for those who do not feel safe returning in the fall?

You may make a request to complete the Fall 2020 semester online or switch to an NGU online program. Details on the process and procedure for requesting an accommodation are available in the accommodations section above.​

+ 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.

+ 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 and 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?

The NGU community is strongly encouraged to wear an appropriate face-covering, especially at times when physical distancing is not possible. Additionally, face-coverings are mandated in the classrooms. 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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