Frequently Asked Questions:

(Source: S.C. DHEC and CDC)

What is COVID-19?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus from the coronavirus family that has been identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. COVID-19 is called a “novel” coronavirus, meaning it is a new strain of virus. It is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

The most current information on this virus is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2019 Novel Coronavirus portal.

What are the symptoms?

Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pneumonia

The length of time between being exposed to the virus and developing symptoms is estimated to be between two to 14 days.

How is COVID-19 spread?

The COVID-19 virus is spread by droplets created by coughing or sneezing; through close personal contact with an infected individual; and by touching an infected surface or object, then touching your mouth, nose or eyes. This is the same way the flu is spread. How easily a virus spreads person-to-person can vary.

Why is Lander moving to Online Instruction?

We at Lander University care deeply about the safety of our faculty, staff and students, as well as our larger community.

The consensus among epidemiologists is that social distancing is an effective means of reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. They note that some places that have implemented measures such as closing schools and colleges, increasing telecommuting, and banning large gatherings have had increased success in combating the virus.

While COVID-19 presents a low risk for most people, some individuals in our campus community have health conditions that could put them at greater risk. In addition, faculty, staff and students regularly interact with people with increased risk, whether at home or in the community at large, and in the event of an outbreak, could put those people at risk.

Some have questioned why we did not wait until the virus was clearly in our community. There is uncertainty about COVID-19, and in some instances, it is not detected in a community until it has begun to spread. We decided it was better to act before there was a problem.

Has anyone in the university community been infected?

There remains NO confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 on Lander’s campus or in Greenwood County at this time.

Is Lander monitoring the COVID-19 situation?

Lander University officials are closely monitoring the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, including recommendations from national, state, and local public health authorities. Lander is following S.C. DHEC and CDC guidance to help protect the wellbeing of students, faculty and staff on campus.

The university has a pandemic preparedness plan that provides actions that will be followed if cases of COVID-19 are reported in the region or on campus. Should a possible case emerge, Lander will work closely with local and state health authorities to control the spread of the virus and protect those on campus.

Updates will be shared with the university community as new information becomes available or as needed. 

Who is at risk?

Travelers to and from certain international areas are at an increased risk, as are the close contacts of those who are ill. Currently, the risk to the U.S. general public is considered low, and there have been no cases reported in South Carolina.

How do I protect myself?

DHEC and CDC always recommend everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
Is there a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19?

There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms. Additionally, there is currently no vaccine to protect against this specific coronavirus; the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed.

Should students still participate in a study abroad program?

After careful consideration, and based on the latest guidance from both the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lander University has made the difficult decision to suspend all Spring 2020 study abroad programs until further notice. Please contact the Study Abroad Office at with any questions regarding study abroad programs.  

Who can I talk to if this situation has caused me to feel stressed or overwhelmed?

If you have any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact Student Health Services at 864-388-8885 or  The Student Health Services office is located in the Genesis Building, next door to the Lander University Police Department.

For assistance with health and/or counseling services afterhours, contact Lander University Police at 864-388-8222 (non-emergency) or 864-388-8911 (emergency).

Where can I find more information?

The University recommends students, faculty and staff stay up-to-date on the COVID-19 situation by following information and updates from verified news outlets and public health organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control and S.C. DHEC.

What should I do if I feel ill?

Similar to the flu, symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough and shortness of breath. If you develop these symptoms, you are asked to immediately contact Student Health Services or make an appointment to see your health care provider. Student Health Services can be reached at ; 864-388-8885 (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.); 864-388-8222 (After-Hours/Weekends); or 864-388-8911 (Emergency).

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation is for people who are already sick. Quarantine is for people who are not sick, but may have been exposed.

I recently returned from a trip abroad, or had contact with someone who may have COVID-19. What should I do?

Contact Lander's Health Services at 864-388-8885 for guidance.

Has there been any change to the university's academic schedule?

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.

Are any campus events or activities being cancelled because of COVID-19?

All events for the spring 2020 semester have been postponed or cancelled.