Lander University is closely monitoring the emerging COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) developments in the U.S. and abroad. University officials remain in daily contact with government and public health agencies for the latest updates and are following all guidelines from the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This page will provide regular updates and important information related to COVID-19’s impact at Lander University. Statewide updates, including testing and reported cases, are available through the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (S.C. DHEC) website.

 

Updated 4/6/20 at 2:00 p.m.:

  • In accordance with S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s Executive Order 2020-11, until further notice, only essential personnel are permitted to physically report to campus. All other personnel are prohibited from reporting to campus for work, and instead should utilize telecommuting or work-from-home options. Supervisors will be in contact with their employees regarding possible telecommuting and essential personnel assignments.
  • Online instruction at Lander University will be extended through the conclusion of the spring semester, with all classes, instruction, labs and final exams administered virtually. Face-to-face instruction will not resume for Spring 2020.
  • All campus events scheduled through the end of the Spring 2020 semester are cancelled or postponed.
  • Under guidance recently issued by the Commission on Higher Education (CHE), Lander University has announced its plans to issue prorated refunds for Spring 2020 housing, dining and parking charges for students who were displaced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.​ For more information, please visit www.lander.edu/COVID19/refund.​
  • At this time, there are NO confirmed cases of COVID-19 on the Lander University campus.
  • To see the most current statistics regarding confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina, please visit DHEC’s website.  
  • Regular campus updates will be issued each Monday and Thursday at 6 p.m., or as-needed as important news and information becomes available.  
Campus Information

Find the most up-to-date information on the status of classes, events, activities, and the entire Lander campus.


 

FAQs

Learn more about COVID-19, and find answers to some of the most common questions regarding the virus and how it will affect the university.
 

Recent Communications

Read the latest communications issued to the Lander University campus regarding COVID-19 developments.

 

Task Force

To protect the health and safety of the campus community, Lander has convened a high-level task force to plan for and guide the university’s response to COVID-19.

COVID-19 Refund Information

Lander announces its plans to issue prorated refunds for Spring 2020 housing, dining and parking charges for students who were displaced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Resources

Find resources and education regarding COVID-19 and the everyday steps that can help prevent and limit its spread.

Preventing the Spread of Flu and COVID-19

Because the safety and wellbeing of our campus community is our highest priority, Lander University is encouraging all students, faculty and staff -- whether on campus or off – to follow everyday guidelines for preventing the spread of infectious illnesses.

Additionally, flu activity is high in the U.S. and is expected to continue for several weeks. Following these good hygiene guidelines can also help prevent the spread of colds and influenza among our campus community:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with others who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. For information about handwashing, see CDC’s Handwashing website.

 

If You Experience Symptoms

Student Health Services will observe new clinical hours beginning Thursday, March 19. A nurse will be available in the Student Wellness Center Monday through Friday, from 12-3 p.m., for student visits.

If you are experiencing any of the following potentially contagious symptoms, please call 864-388-8885 to speak with a nurse PRIOR to coming into the office: fever, cough, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Students requesting evaluation by a healthcare provider during times that are outside of Student Health Services clinical hours are encouraged to use the following telephone triage lines or virtual doctor visits for medical advice.

 

For More Information

If you have questions regarding COVID-19, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information, or contact Student Health Services at 864-388-8885 or studentwellness@lander.edu.

For questions regarding Lander University’s COVID-19 task force and response, contact the Office of University Relations at univrel@lander.edu, or Rodney Boyter, Director of Safety, at rbboyter@lander.edu.