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We recognize the coronavirus situation is challenging, frustrating and concerning for everyone in the PC community as well as those looking to visit campus. The COVID-19 working group on campus continues to meet regularly to address factors as they develop. This page is dedicated to keeping you informed with the latest information we have available.

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As of  10:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, the College can confirm the following

  • Move-in begins on August 10, 2020. Students MUST register to move in. If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for a day and time to move in. Returning students can go here to sign up for move-in, and new students can go here to sign up for move-in.
    • Monitor your temperature and symptoms beginning today and continue every day including the day you arrive on campus. Be sure to ask your two move-in helpers to monitor themselves too! Don’t come to campus if:
      • You have a fever
      • You have been exposed to anyone with Covid-19 in the last 14 days
      • You have been out of the US in the last 14 days
      • You have any of these symptoms related to Covid-19
        • cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever of 100.4° or more, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new GI symptoms, and/or loss of taste or smell.
      • Contact us at campuslife@presby.edu if you have any of the above conditions so that we can arrange an alternative date for your arrival.
    •  Be sure to pack face coverings, plenty of soap and hand sanitizer (if desired), and cleaning products for baths and hard surfaces. Of course, you‘ll be expected to wear your face coverings. We’re stepping up cleaning protocols in the public areas of campus. Your residence hall room, bathroom, and/or apartment will need special cleaning attention from you this fall as well.
    • On your scheduled day to arrive on campus, come to the area between the library and Richardson Hall for a health screening before going into the library for First Day Ready check-in. Please put on your face mask before you get out of your car. The first step in First Day Ready is a health screening. All students and helpers must pass the health screening to continue with check-in and move-in.
  • Classes in the undergraduate program and the pharmacy program for Fall 2020 will begin on August 17, 2020.
  • The last day of fall term classes is Friday, November 20.
  • Fall term exams will be held from Sunday, November 22 to Wednesday, November 25.
  • It is important that you watch for emails from the faculty this week outlining their plans: many classes will be in person, and many more will be in hybrid form.
  • In classes, you will need to do what is required related to the use of masks, face coverings, physical distancing, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • The Hooding Ceremony for the School of Pharmacy has been cancelled.
  • Baccalaureate Service has been rescheduled to Friday, October 2. The 137th Commencement has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 3. These dates are tentative.
  • Greenville Dining Hall is operating on a limited schedule for students arriving early. Operations will resume for all students on Monday, Aug. 10.
  • The Thomason library opens Monday, Aug. 17th for those in the PC community only. The 24-hour study area is open to PC graduate students only after hours.
  • The mail center is open for business, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 pm.
  • All on-campus events are canceled until further notice.
  • All non-essential domestic and international travel by faculty and staff has been suspended.
  • There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at PC.
  • There are 491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clinton.
  • There are 1,251 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Laurens County.
  • There are 94,837 confirmed positives in S.C., according to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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Take Steps to Prevent Illness

Since there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends protecting yourself by cleaning your hands often and avoiding close contact with people who are sick.

You can protect others by:

  • Staying home if you’re sick
  • Covering coughs and sneezes
  • Wearing a facemask in public settings
  • Practicing social distancing (stay at least 6 feet from other people)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting

Please visit the CDC’s page on Steps to Prevent Illness for more information.

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FAQs

I'm interested in going to PC. Can I visit campus?

We’re offering virtual information sessions at this time.

For more information about the enrollment process during this time, please visit the Office of Admission’s COVID-19 Updates page.

Has PC limited travel overseas?

All Maymesters and summer trips for 2020 have been cancelled.

Is the College requiring students currently studying overseas to return?

Yes, we have asked students studying abroad to return.

What hours is GDH open?

 

Greenville Dining Hall is operating on a limited schedule for students arriving early. Operations will resume for all students on Monday, Aug. 10.

Is Springs Student Center, Gym and Food Court open?

No, Springs Student Center including the gym and food court are closed at this time for construction. Our anticipated reopening is the week of August 10th.

How will social distancing be enforced in GDH and Food Court? Will certain seats be marked off so that no one can break the six-feet-apart rule?

Greenville Dining Hall and Springs Food Court have reduced seating and building occupancy levels based on the health agencies guidelines.

  • GDH tables are limited to eight people and spaced six feet apart from one another.
  • Springs Food Court has limited tables to 6 people and each table is spaced six feet apart.  The high top tables and bars are grouped in twos and spaced accordingly.
  • Outdoor dining is available at Springs at umbrella covered tables spaced accordingly.
  • Enhanced Traffic pattern at POD featuring We Proudly Brew Starbucks

What about the to-go program with the cafeteria last year; will this still be an option for people who don't feel comfortable eating in the cafeteria?

Yes, the sustainable to-go box program is still offered from GDH. The to-go meal option  includes:

  • A large container for students to fill with their favorite food selections
  • Packaged salads, fresh fruit and desserts.
  • Bottled water or Canned soft drink

 Please note that if choosing a to-go meal, you may not dine in GDH with your to-go box.

What other changes will I see or not see in dining due to COVID 19?

Over the summer, PC Dining has been working hard to ensure healthy operations and maintain a great student experience.  Using the guidance provided from SC DHEC and CDC, our teams will use:

  • PPE Use – Gloves, face coverings and plexiglass shields
  • Pre shift health checks at the time clocks
  • Antibacterial and antiviral cleaning solutions
  • Increased cleaning schedules
  • Student experience updates include:
  • A to-go program from Greenville Dining Hall
  • Increased selection of Grab & Go menu items from POD
  • An express lane at Boar’s Head Deli
  • Grab n Go option at our Moe’s Southwest Grill
  • Contactless transaction readers at each location (POD, GDH, Moes & Boars Head Deli)
  • Outdoor dining space with umbrella covered tables at Springs Food Court

Should I update the mailing address I have on campus?

Students’ mailing addresses should be updated to their home address or where they are currently located.
The mail center is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for mail and parcel pickup.

Is Counseling Services available?

Counseling Services will be available this fall. Counseling Services has relocated to the Alumni House at 506 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325. Any student who needs to talk with a counselor or who currently have a counselor can contact Counseling Services by calling 864-833-8263.

A counselor may:

  • speak with any student over the phone to provide assistance and support about the student’s concern
  • refer the student to community resources in the student’s local area
  • provide educational information
  • see the student in the office if feasible

Is the Writing Center open?

The Writing Center will continue to offer tutoring remotely while the campus is closed.

Make appointments at the Writing Center. If this is your first time making an appointment, you will need to register an account.

Remote tutoring will take place through WConline, the same service through which appointments are made. A link will be provided to facilitate the online meeting. In the case of technical difficulties, we will rely on Google Meet as a back-up for video conferencing.

While audio and video components of online writing tutoring are available, they are not necessary and we can conference with you even if you are unable to participate in a video conference. In that case, plan on uploading the document you’d like to discuss or emailing it to your tutor.

Email Writing Center Coordinator Jonathan Butler if you have any questions or problems.

Are tutoring services available?

Yes, you can receive online tutoring by visiting www.tutor.com/presby. Sign in with your PC student email address and enter the password: bluehose

You can receive 24/7 tutoring support on-demand or with a scheduled tutoring appointment. All undergraduate students may use this online tutoring service, including student-athletes who would have normally coordinated a tutor with Jonathan Butler, director of the Writing Center.

And while the Writing Center at PC is still providing remote tutoring, Tutor.com also provides an option to submit a paper for review within 12 hours.

Please contact Dr. Amy Davis or academicsuccess@presby.edu if you have any questions or need assistance accessing Tutor.com.