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+ March 20, 2020

 

Dear NGU Community,

The COVID-19 Response Team will continue to monitor guidelines and protocols as outlined by local, state, and national authorities, making recommendations to the senior administration regarding the ongoing operation of NGU. We are continually working to ensure our students, faculty, and staff are all safe should this illness impact our community.

As we wrap-up the week and head into the weekend, please note the following:

In Person Classes Going Online

As of 5:00 p.m. on March 20, online content for all NGU courses through April 6 should be uploaded into Blackboard. Professors should have communicated their expectations with each of their students by that time. All online classes go live first thing on the morning of March 23. During the time courses are online, students should check Blackboard daily and faculty members should remain accessible via their NGU email and any other means they have shared with their courses. Students should contact their professors directly if they have any questions about their courses. Students who wish to meet one-on-one with their professors or academic advisors between March 23 and April 6 should schedule a time to do so remotely.

Course Materials

During our transition to on-line learning our new textbook and course material partner is providing a great opportunity for our students and faculty. Although our partnership with Tree of Life does not begin until the fall, they are allowing our students and faculty to take advantage of their digital/ebook vendor free of charge until May 25.They are providing this opportunity to all their partner schools and are graciously allowing NGU to be a part of this offer.

Students who may have left textbooks on campus or do not have access to their course materials for other reasons can now have access to their books if available digitally through May 25. For questions, please reference these instructions or contact Billy Watson.

Housing Agreements

As a reminder, due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, NGU officials are approving requests from residence hall students desiring to be released from housing contracts without penalty. If any students have moved off campus, and desire to move back into their dorm, they may do so as long as the residence halls remain open and they adhere to protocols regarding COVID-19 exposure. For students that have chosen to move off campus, we recognize there may be questions related to refunds on payments made toward room and board costs. We will communicate information directly to you regarding this matter as soon as federal and state guidance, as well as a variety of other factors, are available. We thank you for your patience at this time.

Exposure to COVID-19

It is still the case that no one in the NGU community has reported testing positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19. Any student, faculty or staff that is exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or is diagnosed with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is asked to complete the NGU COVID-19 Questionnaire. The form is now available on the Health Services page.

As a Reminder

An NGU health resource page is now available on the University’s website. The page titled Health Services provides a wealth of healthcare information for reference during the current health crisis.

If you know someone interested in receiving future updates, please direct them to Keep Me Informed.

The NGU community is encouraged to review the University Contingency Operations Plan for additional details, especially throughout the next two weeks. Should it become necessary to do so, additional changes to the operation of the University, will be announced immediately through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19.

+ March 19, 2020

 

NGU Community,                                                                  

An NGU health resource page is now available on the University’s website. The page titled Health Services provides a wealth of health care information for reference during the current health crisis.

The information available on the resource page includes preventive measures for COVID-19, on-campus clinic information, the Medical University of South Carolina free virtual care resource, travel advisory, COVID-19 symptoms, mental health information, and a list of local health providers.

Also, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) offers a resource to update South Carolinians on the status of current COVID-19 cases with interactive monitoring and testing information. 

The NGU community is encouraged to review the University Contingency Operations Plan for additional details, especially throughout the next two weeks. Further changes and updates will be released through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19 and reflected in the plan when available.

If you know someone interested in receiving future updates, please direct them to Keep Me Informed

+ March 18, 2020

 
NGU Community,
 
The NGU Clinic, staffed by a licensed Nurse Practitioner, is open today for students, faculty, and staff (with ID) from 9 am - 1 pm. The service is provided free of charge. Lab work, prescription medication, or follow-up care is the responsibility of the patient. The clinic is located at the McKinney House on the corner of Hwy 414 and 253 (Mountain View Road).

+ March 17, 2020

 
NGU Community,
 

In alignment with the recently released White House 15 day plan, as posted on the CDC website, NGU officials are making the changes outlined below. These changes will be in effect through March 31, 2020. In addition to familiarizing themselves with these changes, the university community is asked to view President Fant's message at their earliest convenience. 

Please note: All in-person classes will begin online instruction on Monday, March 23, as previously announced. The University intends to resume in-person instruction beginning Monday, April 6, pending the status of the coronavirus. 

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020

  • All in-person events and activities are cancelled through March 31
  • No social gatherings larger than ten will be permitted
  • Residence Halls will remain open. Students wishing to remain on campus must go by Residence Life to sign the required paperwork today.

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020

  • Todd Dining Hall to remain open with a limited menu, no self-service options, and social distance seating.
  • Chick-fil-A will be closed; Einstein’s will remain closed.
  • NGU General Store hours will be reduced through March 31.
  • Papa Johns will be available for drive-thru only through March 31
  • The clinic will remain open as scheduled 
  • Tigerville and Greer campuses will be closed to all outside visitors starting at 5:00 pm.
  • The Greer Campus will close at 5:00 pm and remain closed through March 31.

Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020 - March 31, 2020

  • Tigerville Campus will remain operational and will be staffed as needed.
  • Greer Campus will be closed.
  • Employees: notice of your status during this time will be given to you by your senior administrator.

Effective Wednesday, April 1

  • All staff return to work on campus

NGU employees are asked to refer to the Employee section of the University Contingency Operations Plan for additional details. The NGU community is encouraged to review the plan periodically, especially throughout the next two weeks. Additional changes and updates will be released through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19 and reflected in the plan when available.

 

+ March 16, 2020 - 11:36 a.m.

 

NGU Community, 

University officials continue monitoring the latest developments with the U.S. coronavirus outbreak and its impact on University operations. The NGU community is asked to acquaint themselves with the University Contingency Operations Plan, which is available online through ngu.edu/covid-19. Updates, and new information will be added as needed, and the community will be notified through NGUofficial@ngu.edu.  

In cooperation with the Governor's recent executive order, the University Contingency Operations Plan is now in effect, which includes:

  • All in-person courses are suspended immediately. Current online courses will continue as planned.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all courses will be offered in online format for the foreseeable future. All instructors will communicate changes for their courses by Friday, March 20.
  • Residential Housing will continue to be open at this time. Students who elect to remain at home may do so; those who are on campus but who may wish to leave may elect to do so as well. The university will make further announcements about residential operations as quickly as possible.
  • Campus services, including the clinic that opens on Monday, will continue to be available; some services may be scaled back in hours or scope depending upon demand and staffing availability.
  • All faculty and staff should report to work in the morning unless separate arrangements have been made with direct supervisors. The University will announce further instructions as available. 

Please be assured that the COVID-19 Response Team will continue to monitor guidelines and protocols as outlined by localstate, and national authorities, making recommendations to the senior administration regarding the ongoing operation of NGU.

Operational Changes

  • The clinic, staffed by a licensed Nurse Practitioner will open on Monday, March 16 as planned.
  • All remaining self-serve options will be phased out at all NGU food service locations.
  • Chapels are suspended until further notice.
  • On-campus gatherings will be limited to NGU students and members of their immediate families; attendance will be limited to 100 or less.
  • All off-campus, University-related trips are cancelled until further notice. We are requesting everyone—students, faculty & staff—in the community to limit personal travel out of the region if at all possible. 

As a reminder, individuals who have traveled from countries noted as Level 3 by the CDC are required to fill out a form and are subject to 14-day self-quarantine, which must be facilitated off campus.

It remains the case that no one in the NGU community has tested positive for the virus, reported being exposed directly to the virus or showing symptoms consistent with the virus. We want to assure everyone that we are taking this situation quite seriously and are continuing to review all information, data, and recommendations from stakeholders as they develop. In the meantime, please continue using preventative measures as outlined by the CDC. The housekeeping crew continues to give extra attention to cleaning and sanitizing spaces. Daily cleaning includes all doors, door handles and knobs, panic bars, and countertops. Additional sanitizing stations have also been installed around campus.

Remember, if you are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms:

  • Do not visit office areas or public gathering spaces until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • If you are running a fever do not visit office areas or public gathering spaces until fever-free for 48 hours.
  • Contact your professors and/or supervisors and inform them of your illness.
  • 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.

Should it become necessary to do so, additional changes to the operation of the University, will be announced immediately through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19.


+ March 15, 2020 - 6:17 p.m.

 

In cooperation with Governor McMaster’s announcement that the public K-12 and colleges and universities will close effective tomorrow, NGU officials announce that the University has activated its Academic Contingency Plan.  While we are currently awaiting a copy of the Governor’s executive order regarding the closings, the University’s Academic Contingency Plan will go into effect:

  • All in-person courses are suspended immediately. Current online courses will continue as planned.
  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all courses will be offered in online format for the foreseeable future. All instructors will communicate changes for their courses by Friday, March 20.
  • Residential Housing will continue to be open at this time. Students who elect to remain at home may do so; those who are on campus but who may wish to leave may elect to do so as well. The university will make further announcements about residential operations as quickly as possible. 
  • Campus services, including the clinic that opens on Monday, will continue to be available; some services may be scaled back in hours or scope depending upon demand and staffing availability.
  • Remaining details regarding the plan will be released to the community no later than 7:00 A.M. local time on Monday, March 16.
  • All faculty and staff should report to work in the morning unless separate arrangements have been made with direct supervisors. The University will announce further instructions as available.

Please be assured that the COVID-19 Response Team will continue to monitor guidelines and protocols as outlined by localstate  and national  authorities, making recommendations to the senior administration regarding the ongoing operation of NGU.

 Operational Changes

  • The clinic staffed by a licensed Nurse Practitioner will open on Monday, March 16 as planned.
  • All remaining self-serve options will be phased out at all NGU food service locations
  • Chapels are suspended until further notice. 
  • On-campus gatherings will be limited to NGU students and members of their immediate families; attendance will be limited to 100 or less.
  • All off-campus, University-related trips are cancelled until further notice. We are requesting everyone—students, faculty & staff—in the community to limit personal travel out of the region if at all possible. 

As a reminder, individuals who have traveled from countries noted as Level 3 by the CDC are required to fill out a form and are subject to 14 day self-quarantine, which must be facilitated off campus.

It remains the case that no one in the NGU community has tested positive for the virus, reported being exposed directly to the virus or showing symptoms consistent with the virus. We want to assure everyone that we are taking this situation quite seriously and are continuing to review all information, data, and recommendations from stakeholders as they develop. In the meantime, please continue using preventative measures as outlined by the CDC. The housekeeping crew continues to give extra attention to cleaning and sanitizing spaces. Daily cleaning includes all doors, door handles and knobs, panic bars, and countertops. Additional sanitizing stations have also been installed around campus.

Remember, if you are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms:

  • Do not visit office areas or public gathering spaces until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • If you are running a fever do not visit office areas or public gathering spaces until fever-free for 48 hours.
  • Contact your professors and/or supervisors and inform them of your illness.
  • 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.

Should it become necessary to do so, additional changes to the operation of the University, will be announced immediately through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19.

+ March 15, 2020 - 3:14 p.m.

 
NGU Community,
 
University officials are aware of the reports indicating that the Governor will be announcing the closing of South Carolina public schools at a 4 p.m. press conference. An official statement regarding any additional changes impacting NGU operations will be released afterward.

+ March 13, 2020 

 

North Greenville University continues to follow guidelines from both the CDC and SCDHEC for how schools should respond to Covid-19. University officials announce the following modifications to Tigerville and Greer operations effective immediately:

  • A part-time clinic staffed by a licensed Nurse Practitioner, will be available Mondays 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. and Wednesdays 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. beginning Monday, March 16. This is available for use by students, faculty & staff. We are trying to get more hours for use but the high demand on appropriate healthcare professions has created a shortage. Details on this will be forthcoming.
  • Chapels are suspended until further notice.
  • On-campus gatherings will be limited to NGU students and members of their immediate families; attendance will be limited to 100 or less.
  • All off-campus, University-related trips are cancelled until further notice. We are requesting everyone—students, faculty & staff—in the community to limit personal travel out of the region if at all possible.
  • Members of the University community (students, faculty and staff) with underlying health concerns, should consult their medical provider to determine if additional accommodations are advised. Requests for accommodations should be in writing and directed to the Executive Vice President’s office, who will facilitate immediate review of the request with the appropriate parties.

With respect to moving on-ground classes to an online environment, the university has been planning for this contingency for several weeks. Should it be necessary to implement this plan, notice will be given to the community through formal channels (official email, ngu.edu, official social media), along with guidance as to how this transition would be implemented. It should be noted that according to the best data available, as of today, less than 10% of universities nationwide have shifted operations entirely online.

It is still the case that no one in the NGU community has reported being exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19 or showing symptoms consistent with the virus. No confirmed cases have been reported in Greenville County. We want to assure everyone that we are taking this situation quite seriously and are continuing to review all information, data, and recommendations from stakeholders as they develop. In the meantime, please continue using preventative measures as outlined by the CDC. The housekeeping crew continues to give extra attention to cleaning and sanitizing spaces. Daily cleaning includes all doors, door handles and knobs, panic bars, and countertops. Additional sanitizing stations have also been installed around campus.

Remember, if you are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms:

  • Do not attend class or visit office areas or public gathering spaces until you are symptom-free for 24 hours.
  • If you are running a fever do not attend class or visit office areas or public gathering spaces until fever-free for 48 hours.
  • Contact your professors and/or supervisors and inform them of your illness.
  • 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.

Should it become necessary to do so, additional changes to the operation of the University, will be announced immediately through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19.

+ March 12, 2020 - 9 p.m. 

 

NGU Community,

This evening our athletic partner, Conference Carolinas, voted to suspend athletic competition indefinitely in order to allow its member institutions to focus on the challenges related to the COVID-19 outbreak. This follows today’s decision of the national NCAA to cancel all championships for all sports at all levels for the remainder of this semester. North Greenville University will follow suit, discontinuing competition effective immediately. We anticipate communicating additional information to our student-athletes and coaches as soon as details are available.

Please note: as of this evening, the regular University calendar and schedule remains in effect; all face-to-face classes will continue until further notice. While we continue to prepare for various possibilities, we continue to operate normally. Any change in the schedule will be announced through NGUoffical@ngu.edu and posted on the official NGU COVID-19 website. We anticipate making another update tomorrow, March 13.

It is still the case that no one in the NGU community has reported being exposed to the virus or showing symptoms consistent with the virus. We want to assure everyone that we are taking this situation quite seriously and are continuing to review all information, data, and recommendations from stakeholders as they develop. In the meantime, please continue using preventative measures as outlined by the CDC. The housekeeping crew continues to give extra attention to cleaning and sanitizing spaces. Daily cleaning includes all doors, door handles and knobs, panic bars, and countertops. Additional sanitizing stations have also been installed around campus.

 
Remember, if you are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms:

  • Do not attend class or visit office areas or public gathering spaces for 24 hours.
  • If you are running a fever do not attend class or visit office areas or public gathering spaces until fever-free for 48 hours.
  • Contact your professors and/or supervisors and inform them of your illness.
  • 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.

Once again, please be assured that we are planning for contingencies related to the virus, and will update the community as needed through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19.

+ March 12, 2020  

 NGU Community,
 

Thank you for your continued prayers and support as we navigate the impact of COVID-19 on our community. It is still the case that no one has reported being exposed to the virus or showing symptoms consistent with the virus, for which we give thanks. We are also not aware of any confirmed cases in Greenville County. The COVID-19 Response Team continues to monitor the situation and is in close contact with local, state and national officials and networks regarding best practices and efforts related to the virus.

 
Please note:
  • The regular University calendar and schedule remains in effect; no cancellations are announced.
  • The community is asked to continue using preventative measures as outlined by the CDC.
  • The Housekeeping crew continues to give extra attention to cleaning and sanitizing spaces. Daily cleaning includes restroom doors and door handles; door knobs, panic bars, and door handles; and countertops. Additional sanitizing stations have also been installed around campus.
 
Remember, if you are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms:
  • Do not attend class or visit office areas or public gathering spaces for 24 hours.
  • If you are running a fever do not attend class or visit office areas or public gathering spaces until fever-free for 48 hours.
  • Contact your professors and/or supervisors and inform them of your illness.
  • 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.

Please be assured that we are planning for contingencies related to the virus, and will update the community as needed through NGUofficial@ngu.edu and ngu.edu/covid-19.

Gene

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (ESV).

+ March 11, 2020  

 

From the President

Dear NGU Community,

We are thankful that no one in the NGU community has reported being exposed to the coronavirus or showing symptoms consistent with the virus. We remain vigilant and, as noted in our March 8 campus update, encourage you to follow precautions.  

As of yesterday, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) released news that the Centers for Disease Control have confirmed two cases of COVID-19 in our state; there are seven additional presumptive positive COVID-19 tests awaiting confirmation. This brings the total of confirmed and presumptive positive cases to nine in South Carolina.

As these and future cases appear, it is important that we stay updated and that we do our best to remain calm. Although this situation can bring about feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, our hope and confidence in God provides peace and assurance. 

As a reminder, several weeks ago we formed a COVID-19 Response Team, which is comprised of representatives from throughout the University. That group, along with senior leadership and others, continues to monitor updates closely on the situation. I am grateful for those that are serving on the Team as they work together to help keep NGU prepared and informed. Feel free to contact the Response Team through NGUofficial@ngu.edu, or through the Team’s chair, Rich Grimm.

Currently, there are no changes to classes or activities planned for this week. Should that change, the community will be notified immediately through NGUofficial@ngu.edu.

Also, the latest updates and resources are available on our COVID-19 webpage.

Gene

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (ESV).

+ March 8, 2020  

 

NGU Community,

University officials continue to monitor advisories and updates from the CDC, SCDHEC and other sources regarding the spread of COVID-19. We are not aware of any members of the NGU community who have been exposed to the coronavirus, or who are showing symptoms consistent with the virus, however, there are now at least six (6) presumptive positive cases in South Carolina. Consequently, we are asking for the University community’s support with the following:

1) If you traveled this semester to China, South Korea, Italy or Iran (CDC Warning – Level 3: Avoid Nonessential Travel Area), please complete this form. All medical information will be kept in confidence.

2) If you become aware that you have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19, or show symptoms consistent with the virus, please immediately call Campus Security at 864.569.9689 for further instruction.

3) If you are feeling ill or experiencing respiratory symptoms such as frequent coughing,

  • Do not attend class, office areas or public gathering spaces for 24 hours.
  • If you are running a fever do not attend class, office areas or public gathering spaces until fever-free for 48 hours.
  • Follow recommended preventative practices.
  • Contact your professors and/or supervisors and inform them of your illness.
  • 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.

Currently, there are no changes to classes or activities planned for the week of March 9 due to the coronavirus. Should that change, the community will be notified immediately through NGUoffical@ngu.edu.  Updates will also be available at ngu.edu/covid-19.

+ March 5, 2020  

 

North Greenville University continues to closely monitor the global outbreak of COVID-19, more commonly referred to as “coronavirus.” While there are currently no confirmed cases in South Carolina, we are aware of how quickly this illness has spread, and the university takes this potential threat very seriously. We are continually working to ensure our students, faculty, and staff are all safe should this illness impact our community. NGU will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and will proactively update the NGU community on the NGU website, email, and social media channels. 

As we anticipate gearing up from spring break, please note the following:

  • An NGU Alert webpage is now available for you to receive official information regarding the University’s response to the virus. We will alert you via several channels, including this email account, whenever updates are available. 
  • Individuals running a fever should not return to campus next week until fever-free for 48 hours. Students should email professors if they miss class; employees should email their supervisors.
  • Individuals who have reason to believe they have been exposed to the virus should seek medical attention. 
Although this situation can bring about feelings of uncertainty and anxiety, God through His Word tells us not to be afraid or discouraged. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (ESV).

+ February 27, 2020   

 

As we head into spring break, we’d like to ask that you take time to read the attached document regarding the coronavirus, which has been prepared by NGU’s Dr. Jordan Hairr, PA Medicine Chair and Program Director. We hope this will be a helpful resource to you, especially if you will be traveling internationally.

Please be assured that University officials are monitoring the situation and are taking precautions as recommended by the healthcare community. We will advise you of any implications regarding University operations, should it become necessary to do so

 

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