Given the transmission of the virus in local communities, as well as the increased availability of testing, it is expected that cases of COVID-19 will be identified at Lander throughout the semester. With the safety of our students, faculty and staff as our highest priority, the University has developed quarantine, isolation and contact tracing plans that are consistent with the latest guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

KEY DEFINITIONS:

  • Close contact exposure is defined as being within six feet of a COVID-19-positive individual for at least 15 minutes.
  • Isolation separates people who are sick and considered contagious from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts movement of people who are not sick, but who have been exposed to a contagious illness. This allows time to determine whether that individual will develop the illness, and if so, prevent them from exposing others to it.  

 

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.

 

Protocol For Students

In the event that a student tests positive for COVID-19, or is a close contact of an individual who has tested positive, the following protocols will be used:

  • 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.
  • Quarantine/Isolate in Designated Room: If moving off campus is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, residential students may file an appeal to request that their quarantine or isolation period occur in a designated space. Appeals may be filed through the Office of Student Affairs. All appeal decisions are final.
    • If a student is granted permission to isolate or quarantine on campus or in areas that may be otherwise available, 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.
  • Quarantine/Isolate in Off-Campus Residence: Commuting students who reside in off-campus housing may isolate or quarantine in their off-campus residence. Student Health Services will advise them of the date they can return to campus for classes and activities, and they will have access to daily virtual check-ins with University nurses or staff to assess their needs and ensure no higher level of medical care is needed.

Through Lander University’s partnership with Self Regional Healthcare and the Montgomery Center for Family Medicine, Lander 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.

  

Protocol For Employees

Faculty and staff will be asked to quarantine or isolate off campus if they test positive or become exposed to COVID-19. Employees who are advised to quarantine or isolate will be provided with a date when they are eligible to return to campus, based on the latest guidance from the CDC and DHEC.