To minimize the spread of COVID-19 among the University community, CDC-recommended guidelines for quarantine and isolation will be followed for individuals who:

  • Test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Have close-contact exposure to an individual with COVID-19 AND are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
  • Develop symptoms of COVID-19 following a close-contact exposure, regardless of vaccination status.

Note: Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

 

Isolation Requirements for Positive COVID-19 Test:

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, they must isolate until they meet the following guidelines for resuming regular activity:

  • Asymptomatic Positive (has no symptoms of illness): Remain in isolation until 10 days have passed since the date of the positive test. If symptoms of illness develop during that period, follow symptomatic guidelines.
  • Symptomatic Positive (has symptoms of illness): Remain in isolation until fever free for 24 hours and respiratory symptoms have improved, AND it has been at least 10 days since the onset of symptoms.

 

Quarantine Requirements Following Close-Contact Exposure:

Unvaccinated or Partially Vaccinated: Students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to complete a quarantine period after verified close-contact exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Vaccinated: Fully vaccinated students are not required to complete a quarantine period after close-contact exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and may continue to attend regular activities while monitoring for symptoms of illness. If you begin to develop symptoms of illness, you will be required to complete a quarantine/isolation period. You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after your second dose in a 2-dose series (i.e., Pfizer or Moderna vaccines); or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (i.e., Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine).

Students who meet criteria for quarantine will be required to:

  • Quarantine for the CDC-recommended period of 10 days, beginning with the last date of known close-contact; OR
  • Quarantine for a period of seven days from the last known date of exposure AND obtain a negative COVID-19 test. (Note: Test must be PCR or antigen, AND be performed after at least Day 5 the last date of exposure; must be obtained by nasal or oral pharyngeal swab. Quarantine may be discontinued after day 7 if no symptoms present AND the COVID-19 test is negative.)
  • If you test positive at any point during your quarantine period, you must follow isolation guidance for a positive COVID-19 test, regardless of symptom presentation or vaccination status.

 

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.