COVID-19 Resources for Faculty & Staff


In line with State Law and CDC guidelines, all USCB students, employees, and visitors are required to wear face masks when indoors and in the presence of others on all campuses.

Employees

Employees are requsted to provide evidence of COVID Vaccination

Upload Vaccine Card

upload COVID Booster Vaccine records

 

COVID Testing

USCB is providing free COVID testing for students and employees.

Beginning Jan. 17

PCR COVID Testing will be available during the Spring 2022 term as follows (excluding state holidays)

Bluffton Campus

Monday through Friday, 9am– 4pm, Sci Tec Building, Room 204

Beaufort Campus

Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, 8:30am – 12:30pm, Sandstone Building Room 118

Hilton Head Campus

Mondays and Thursdays, 10am-2pm, Hilton Head Island Campus Building Lobby

How to Get Test Results

***In Spring Semester 2022, USCB will also conduct random screening. This testing is important to keep the campus safe. Randomly selected participants will be notified via email.

 

USCB's Campus Health Protocols

Safely Wearing a Mask

  • All students, employees, and visitors are required to wear face masks when indoors and in the presence of others on all USCB campuses. Read the CDC's latest mask recommendations
  • All students, employees, and visitors are encouraged to maintain 3-foot physical distancing when indoors on all USCB campuses.

Please note interim mask guidelines are subject to change based on community and university COVID infection rates and/or revised CDC or SCDHEC Guidelines.

Information Resources

 

USCB will resume face-to-face instruction on its three campuses for Spring 2021. Because your well-being remains our priority, the spring semester calendar has been revised to include five single-day Student Well-Being Breaks in place of the traditional five-day Spring Break.

Spring Semester Calendar

  • January 11:  Classes begin
  • January 18:  MLK Day – No classes
  • January 27:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • February 12:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • March 4:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • April 6:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • April 26:  Student Well-Being Break – No classes
  • April 27:  Reading Day
  • April 28:  Final Exams begin
  • April 30:  Commencement
  • May 5:  Final Exams end

Employees who are sick should stay at home and not return to work until they are well. SCDHEC recommends that people, who have been infected with COVID-19, remain in isolation until: a) at least ten (10) days to feel better. days have passed since their symptoms began, b) they have no fever (body temperature of 100.4 degrees F or less using an oral thermometer) for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medicines, and c) their symptoms are improving. Please note that some people may require more than ten (10) days to feel better.

Using the CDC’s Self-Checker, employees are required to self-monitor daily for the following symptoms:

  • Fever Greater Than 100.4°F
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath or Difficulty Breathing
  • Sore Throat
  • Muscle or Body Aches
  • Headache
  • Chills or Shaking
  • New Loss of Sense of Smell and/or Taste
  • Congestion or Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting (more common in children)
  • Diarrhea (more common in children).

USCB has instituted requirements for students and employees prior to their return for the fall semester. Further, ongoing testing protocols – consistent with SCDHEC recommendations – include: 1) routine testing for student athletes in alignment with National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recommendations, 2) random surveillance testing of 100 students and employees weekly, and 3) testing for any student or employee who reports symptoms, believes they might have been exposed, or requests testing.

Our health and wellness partner, Beaufort Memorial Hospital, provides ongoing telehealth services via the BMH Anywhere app (for Apple or Android) and a kiosk on the Bluffton campus in Library #227.

SCDHEC is responsible for the process of contact tracing. Members of the USCB Public Health Response Team have completed contact-tracing training through the Johns Hopkins University and will support SCDHEC to implement contact tracing and additive practices, e.g. verification of student class attendance, seating charts, student ID swipes, and portable swipes at student events.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created challenges for each of us.  Individuals who are experiencing feelings of isolation, anxiety, and/or stress are encouraged to use the Employee Assistance Program.

Further, the federal government’s Family First Coronavirus Response Act expands employee protections and relief.