As we return to on-campus operations, it is critical that each individual take responsibility for their role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 on campus and ensuring the safety of all students, faculty and staff.

This will be done through practicing good hygiene, exercising good judgement, and following all guidance and protocols put in place to protect your health and wellbeing.

 

Mandatory Employee Training

Before returning to the workplace, all employees will be required to undergo health and safety training to ensure understanding of the University’s current guidelines and best practices from S.C. DHEC and the CDC.

The employee training will include topics such as:

  • Phased Staffing Summary
    • Remote Work, Alternating Work Days and Staggered Reporting/Departing
  • Workplace Expectations and Guidelines
    • Symptom Monitoring Requirements, Personal Safety Practices, Cleaning and Disinfection, and Working in Office Environments
  • Additional Resources, FAQ and Submit-a-Question Forum

Employee Training Access:

To access the required employee training, log into the MyLander Portal, ​click Blackboard in the top Quick Links bar. You will land on the My Institution tab. Locate Organizations, click on Employee Return-to-Workplace Requirements. You must complete the training prior to returning to campus.

 

Additional Resources:

 

Employee Health Self-Monitoring and Reporting

Throughout all phases of the Return-to-Work process and beyond, employees are expected to continue to monitor their health daily. If you are sick, stay at home. If you are running a fever but have no other symptoms, stay at home.

Individuals experiencing any of the following symptoms of illness should contact their health care provider for guidance. Do not report to work, class or activities until you are cleared by your health care provider and/or have met the CDC’s criteria to discontinue home isolation

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Employees who experience these symptoms should notify their supervisor of their absence due to illness, and then contact Student Health Services. Campus nurses will keep your health information confidential, and they will provide guidance regarding steps to take, as well as provide additional support, education and helpful resources.

 

Additional Resources:

Telephone/Virtual Health Care Resources:

 

Using Face Coverings

Based upon the latest guidance from the CDC, the University is strongly encouraging all students and employees to wear face coverings when in public spaces. Wearing a cloth mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Wearing a mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Lander University is procuring high-quality, washable/reusable face coverings for all students, faculty and staff. Details regarding distribution of these masks will be shared with the campus community soon. You also have the option to wear your own mask or face covering, provided it covers the nose and mouth fully.

In general, face coverings:

  • Should always be worn around others, even if social distancing can be maintained.
  • May be removed if it impedes vision, if an individual has a medical condition, or if it would create unsafe conditions for operating equipment or executing a task.
  • May be removed to eat or drink during breaks and lunch periods; however, at those times, social distancing should be practiced.
  • May be removed when driving alone or when isolated in a personal office.
  • Should be applied with clean hands (cleaned with alcohol-based hand sanitizer or soap and water for at least 20 seconds).
  • Should fit snugly around the mouth and nose.
  • Cloth masks should be washed frequently. Disposable masks should be discarded daily, or more frequently if soiled.
  • Remove the mask from behind or by the ear loops, being careful not to touch the front. Immediately wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds after removing a mask.

 

Additional Resources:

 

Handwashing and Hand Hygiene

One of the most effective – and simplest – practices that you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (and other infectious illnesses, such as the common cold and flu) is to frequently and thoroughly wash your hands.

 

Practicing Good Hand Hygiene

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Follow these steps every time:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
  • Also remember - avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Hand sanitizer stations are placed throughout campus in common and high-traffic areas, and Lander’s custodial staff will ensure that all stations remain stocked.  

During a pandemic, it is especially important to clean your hands after you have been in a public space, or touched an item or surface that may have been touched by others, such as:

•   Door knobs and handles

•   Desks, tables and chairs

•   Handrails

•   Elevator buttons

•   Computer equipment

•   Phones

•   Copiers/printers

•   Pens/writing utensils

 

When to Use Gloves

For the general public, CDC recommends wearing gloves when you are cleaning or caring for someone who is sick. In most other situations, wearing gloves is not necessary. Instead, practice everyday preventive actions like keeping social distance (at least 6 feet) from others, washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds (or using a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol), and wearing a cloth face covering when you must go out in public.

 

Additional Resources:

 

Social Distancing

Social distancing has been shown to be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. In essence, social distancing means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home.

To practice social distancing:

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people
  • Do not gather in groups
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings

University divisions/units will be expected to make modifications to office spaces and operations to ensure adequate social distancing in the workplace. Those modifications may include (but are not limited to):

  • Reducing the number of workstations in an office space.
  • Staggering schedules/days for employees, especially when employees share offices or workspaces.
  • Reducing the number of chairs or desks in classrooms and lobbies.
  • Avoiding face-to-face meetings, and instead using teleconferencing technology, such as Microsoft Teams, WebEx and Zoom.
  • Prohibiting/discouraging congregation in breakrooms, conference rooms or other high-traffic areas, such as restrooms, elevators and stairwells. Instead, wait to enter an area until appropriate space is available, and respect the personal space of others.
  • Avoiding use of shared equipment when possible, or switching to single-use items when feasible.
  • Placing plexiglass or other barriers that limit connection to other workspaces, especially in areas where contact with others is likely (i.e., check-in stations, front desks, greeting areas, etc.)
  • Prohibiting or restricting non-essential visitors.
  • Assessing and redirecting traffic flow in buildings to limit contact and discourage group congregation.​ 

 

Additional Resources:

 

Enhanced Sanitation and Custodial Operations

Lander University is committed to taking necessary steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the surrounding community. As part of efforts to mitigate the risks and interruptions associated with the virus, the University will continue to implement heightened cleaning and sanitation services throughout campus.

Enhanced cleaning will take place in academic, residential, dining, recreational, athletic and other high-traffic/shared spaces, such as computer labs, library spaces and building entrances/lobbies. Employees and students will be expected to share in this responsibility of keeping workspaces and commonly-touched surfaces cleaned before and after use.

  • Frequently clean personal and shared equipment and surfaces (doorknobs, light switches, desks, copiers, phones, keyboards, etc.). 
  • Sanitizers and cleaning supplies will be placed in classrooms, common areas and other high-traffic locations to enable faculty, staff and students to clean their classrooms/workspaces before and after use, in addition to frequent custodial services.
  • Avoid using shared equipment when possible, or switch to single-use items when feasible.

 

Obtaining Office Cleaning Supplies

The University has developed a system to assist units and divisions in obtaining Lander-approved cleaning and sanitation supplies to assist in their return to work and instruction. Information will be provided through the University’s Physical Plant to area managers and contacts on how to assess office needs and obtain these supplies.

 

Additional Resources

 

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

The COVID-19 pandemic has required each of us to make numerous changes to our daily lives, all with the ultimate goal of limiting the spread of the coronavirus and mitigating its impact on our communities.

These changes, while necessary, can create additional stress and anxiety for many individuals and their families.

It is extremely important that you take steps to recognize and address any anxiety you may be experiencing related to COVID-19. The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control recommends that you:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories and social media. Hearing about COVID-19 or other stress-inducing issues repeatedly can be upsetting.
  • Take care of your body. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercise regularly; get plenty of sleep; and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind and participate in activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

 

Reach Out for Assistance

Lander University’s counselors and health officials are available to speak with any students or employees who have concerns about COVID-19 or need assistance in coping with stress caused by the virus.

To speak with a university counselor on call, please contact 864-388-8885 or 864-388-8222 (after hours and weekends). Online counseling services are also available through Microsoft Teams (click to download app), and counselors can be reached at jbrewer@lander.edu, mmilligan@lander.edu or eglenn@lander.edu.

Additionally, Lander University employees can receive free, confidential counseling, assessment and referral through LifeServices EAP. This program is available to all employees who need support and resources related to certain personal or work-related challenges that may occur during this time. LifeServices counselors are available 24/7/365 and can be reached at 1-800-822-4847. This service is free-of-charge to all Lander employees.

 

Avoiding Stigma and Discrimination

With so many unknowns still surrounding COVID-19, feelings of fear and anxiety are understandable. Social stigma and discrimination, however, are not acceptable and will not be tolerated at Lander University.

As global experts continue to develop a better understanding of the novel coronavirus and its extensive impact, it is important to remember that COVID-19 is not connected to any one particular demographic.

Members of the Lander University community are expected to adhere to codes of conduct outlined in the Bearcat Creed, which embraces the qualities of civility, community and citizenship. Be respectful of others’ privacy, opinions and personal space, and be empathetic toward all those who are affected. Remember that COVID-19 can – and does – impact all of us.

 

Additional Resources

 

*Information on this page is subject to change, based on future conditions and/or guidance and directives issued by government and public health agencies.