To minimize the spread of COVID-19 among the campus community, Lander University will use the following CDC-recommended guidelines for isolation and quarantine:

If you have tested positive for Covid-19, regardless of vaccination status, follow these guidelines:

  • Isolate for a period of five days, starting with symptom onset, or positive test if asymptomatic.
    • You may resume regular activity with a mask on day six if asymptomatic; or with improvement in symptoms AND fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.
    • If symptoms worsen or fever continues, stay in isolation until you improve.
  • Wear a mask while in public for the immediate 10 days following symptom onset, or from the date of positive test if asymptomatic.

 

If you have had close contact (within 6 ft. of distance for greater than 15 minutes) with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you

  • have been boosted; OR
  • have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months; OR
  • have completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last 2 months,

follow these guidelines:

  • You do not need to quarantine.
  • Wear a mask in public for the immediate 10 days following exposure, and consider testing for COVID-19 on day five after exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, it is recommended that you be tested and then quarantine until your test results. If you test positive at any time during your quarantine, follow guidelines for individuals who test positive.

 

If you had had close contact (within 6 ft. of distance for greater than 15 minutes) with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 and you

  • have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over six months ago and are not boosted; OR
  • have completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson vaccine over two months ago and are not boosted; OR
  • are unvaccinated,

follow these guidelines:

  • Quarantine for five days, starting with the last date of close contact exposure.
  • Consider testing on quarantine day five.
  • You may terminate quarantine on post-exposure day six, if asymptomatic.
  • Wear a mask while in public during days 6-10 after exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, it is recommended that you be tested and remain in quarantine until your test results. If you test positive at any time during your quarantine, follow guidelines for individuals who test positive.

 

Isolation and Quarantine Protocols for Students

Students who meet the criteria for isolation or quarantine outlined above will be required to: 

  • Move Off Campus: Residential students will be required to move off campus for the CDC-recommended period of isolation or quarantine. This includes the option of moving home. In addition to providing a more comfortable environment, this allows students to have access to their primary care physicians, should they need additional medical evaluation or treatment.
  • Isolate/Quarantine in Designated Room: If moving off campus is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, residential students may file an appeal to request that their isolation/quarantine period occur in a designated space separate from their residence hall assignment. Appeals may be filed through the Office of Student Affairs. All appeal decisions are final.
    • If a student’s appeal is granted, they will be required to remain in the designated space until being cleared to resume regular activity. Those students will not be permitted to have visitors or leave the designated space for any purpose other than attending a physician visit or receiving emergency medical care. Students will have access to support services during their period of isolation/quarantine. This includes meal delivery and twice-daily check-ins with University nurses or staff, who will ensure those students’ needs are being met and that no higher level of medical care is needed.
  • Non-resident students must complete the CDC-recommended isolation/quarantine period off campus until they meet criteria to resume regular activity.

Resident students requiring quarantine or isolation will be tracked by a case investigator from Student Health Services, who will give quarantine, isolation and return-to-campus guidance. Through Lander University’s partnership with Self Regional Healthcare and the Montgomery Center for Family Medicine, students will have access to physician care services, if needed. The University can also supply free, over-the-counter medications (as appropriate) for students who are experiencing symptoms.

Lander University Police will be notified of students’ quarantine or isolation location for safety purposes. Students who violate university quarantine or isolation policies may be subject to sanctions in accordance with Lander’s Student Code of Conduct.

Students completing a quarantine or isolation period must communicate with their faculty to recover missed coursework during their absences; all make-up accommodations will be done at the discretion of the individual faculty member. Student Health Services will assist with faculty notification of a student’s absence.

 

Isolation and Quarantine Protocol for Employees

Faculty and staff who meet the criteria for required quarantine or isolation (listed above) will be required to complete the recommended guidelines for isolation or quarantine off campus. Student Wellness Center staff will provide a date they are eligible to return to campus, based on the latest guidance from the CDC and S.C. DHEC.

 

Contact Tracing

Positive cases reported to the University will be tracked by a case investigator from Student Health Services. As part of the contact tracing, the case investigator will identify and notify close campus contacts (faculty, staff or students) via email or phone of their possible exposure. The case investigator will also provide guidance regarding quarantine or isolation in accordance with current CDC and DHEC protocols.

Please keep in mind that federal health privacy laws prohibit Lander from releasing any identifying information that could compromise the health privacy of students and employees. DHEC provides regular updates about cases across South Carolina, including Greenwood County, and the agency will determine what information can be released publicly regarding positive cases.

If you have concerns about potential exposure to COVID-19, or if you develop symptoms, please contact your health care provider, or Student Health Services at 864-388-8885, for guidance. It is extremely important that you notify Student Health Services or your supervisor if you:

  • Experience symptoms of COVID-19;
  • Have tested positive or are being tested for the virus; and/or
  • Have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed positive.

Your health information will be kept private, and this timely communication will allow health officials to conduct accurate and thorough contact tracing.

 

Testing Out of Quarantine

Students, faculty, and staff who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are allowed to test out of quarantine. For information on quarantine guidelines, contact Health Services at 864-388-8885.

There are two categories of pending tests:

  • Students, faculty and staff who are tested as part of surveillance (without symptoms or known exposure) do not have to quarantine while their test is pending.  
  • Students, faculty and staff who are tested diagnostically (with symptoms and/or known exposure) must quarantine while their test is pending.