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 judgment, and following all guidance and protocols put in place to protect your health and wellbeing.

 

Masks and Face Coverings

Following the decision by the S.C. Supreme Court allowing colleges and universities to implement mask mandates, and in light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in our region, Lander University will temporarily require the use of masks inside all campus buildings and transportation, has been extended through October 31.

Classroom instructors may choose to remove masks for instructional purposes, provided adequate physical distancing can be maintained

The temporary mandate will allow the University to operate safely while monitoring COVID-19 developments as students return and fall classes begin. The University will continue to closely examine trends and conditions, and will reevaluate the need for masks at the end of this month, based on current campus conditions and any updated guidance from public health or government agencies. 

 

Testing Opportunities

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) provides free community testing clinics in multiple locations across the region and state. To find a testing facility or event near you, please visit DHEC’s COVID-19 Testing Location website.

 

Health Self-Monitoring and Reporting

Students and 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.

It is extremely important that you contact Student Health Services if you:

  • develop symptoms of COVID-19;
  • have tested positive or are being tested for COVID-19; or
  • are a close-contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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. Do not report to work, class or activities until you are cleared by Student Health Services or your health care provider, and/or have met the criteria for resuming regular activities.

Employees who experience symptoms of COVID-19 should notify their supervisor of their absence due to illness, and then contact Student Health Services.

 

Additional Resources:

Telephone/Virtual Health Care 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

 

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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

 

Steps for Staying Healthy

Because COVID-19 is so widespread, you should assume that anyone you meet could have the virus. 

All faculty, staff and students, whether on campus or off, are urged to continue following the guidelines issued by the CDC and DHEC to protect their health and limit the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Staying home when you are ill.
  • Wearing face masks or coverings when necessary.
  • Using sound hygiene, such as covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching your face, and washing your hands thoroughly and frequently.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and items.

 

Emotional Health and Wellbeing

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our daily lives, and many people may be experiencing increased pressures or anxiety as a result. Lander students and employees have resources available to help cope with stress in a healthy way.

Confidential counseling services through Lander’s Wellness Center are available to all currently enrolled students, regardless of whether they are taking classes in person or online. Counseling sessions are available online via Microsoft Teams, and different arrangements can be made to meet students’ specific needs. Counselors will be on campus throughout the semester, but face-to-face services will be reserved for emergencies only.

To connect with a counselor, please call 864-388-8885 or email Lander’s counseling staff at jbrewer@lander.edummilligan@lander.edu or eglenn@lander.edu. For emergencies or afterhours counseling needs, please contact 864-388-8222 to reach the counselor on call.

Lander employees also have access to counseling services through the Wellness Center, as well as through Lander’s Employee Assistance Program, LifeServices EAP. LifeServices counselors are available 24/7 and can provide resources and support with certain personal or work-related challenges. To reach a counselor, please call 1-800-822-4847. This service is free of charge to all Lander employees.

 

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.