Past COVID-19 Communications

August 3, 2020, 4:31 p.m. (Undergraduate Academic Experience)

This message was sent to all undergraduate students, faculty and staff from Dr. Don Raber, provost.

PC Undergraduate Students,

I hope everyone is doing great and enjoying the last few days and weeks of summer. I know many of you will be arriving on campus this week, and others will be joining us next week. Classes start in just two weeks, on Monday, August 17. Dr. Smith sent some reminders your way last week about our First Day Ready process, and Reagan Osbon ’21 shared with you the #ProtectPC Pledge and a video about everyone doing their part to slow the spread of COVID-19. Here are some other items for you to know as we prepare the 2020-2021 academic year:

The academic calendar for the fall term that you find in BannerWeb is out of date. Do not rely on it until we let you know and have it fixed. The dates you need to remember are:

  • Classes start on Monday, August 17.
    • We are exploring extending the drop-add deadline to Wednesday, August 26. If that is finalized and approved, I will let you know.
    • The last day of fall term classes is Friday, November 20. We are exploring extending the withdrawal deadline to this date as well. If that is finalized and approved, I will let you know.
    • Fall term exams will be held from Sunday, November 22 to Wednesday, November 25.
  • I will communicate any other changes to dates or academic policies as they are considered or approved by the faculty. For those of you returning to campus, there are no plans at this point to extend the pass/fail options adopted the faculty for the spring 2020 semester.
  • Faculty have been working with me to finalize their plans for teaching this fall – whether classes will be held in person, in a hybrid model, or fully online. One of the incredible strengths of our faculty is their flexibility; another is their creativity; and the most important strength to me is their commitment to you and your success as students. More than 95% of their teaching plans have been finalized and discussed with me, and I have asked them to share those with you starting today.
  • 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. Roughly 10% of our classes will be completely online, as individual faculty have been approved to teach in that fashion, but there will be a good mix of hybrid approaches that reflect flexibility, creativity, and the commitment PC has made to in-person instruction for the fall semester. I encourage you to contact your faculty members if you have not heard from them about teaching plans by this time next week.
  • Given that we believe an environment where we encourage as much personal, face-to-face interaction between faculty and students is a hallmark of a PC education, we are not offering a model for students to take all classes online, nor are we expecting faculty to teach all classes online.
  • You may have seen other schools delaying the start of classes, beginning all classes online and then moving to in-person instruction, or offering alternatives to do classes either in-person or online. Again, there are no plans for these steps at PC: classes will begin as planned on Monday, August 17.
  • I have had inquiries about attendance policies, and what students should do if they have symptoms of any illness and cannot attend class. If you have symptoms of an illness, the best advice I can give is: don’t go to class. I am encouraging faculty to be very flexible, both at the individual level and in departments, about attendance, but those policies are set at the departmental level. I encourage you as students to keep in regular contact with faculty if you have questions about specific class policies or syllabi.
  • 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). There will be hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes across campus, and a small number of classes will be shifting locations (and even meeting outdoors).

Later this month, we will publish the college catalog for this upcoming academic year. We will have in a section in the catalog that highlights the changes to the academic experience for the year, and we will also highlight there the expectations we have for you as you begin your studies. In providing this information to you in the catalog, there is one change from what we sent last week: we are not pursuing at this time a separate acknowledgement of risk form that you will need to review and sign.

As I’ve highlighted throughout the summer, we are continuing to work daily to finalize and refine our plans for the fall term. With only two weeks to go until classes begin, we will continue to update the PC website and your PC email regularly as we provide additional information. Until then, be on the lookout for communications from your professors, and we will see you on campus soon.

Don Raber

July 31, 2020, 1:41 p.m. (#ProtectPC Pledge)

This message was sent to all undergraduate students from Reagan Osbon, Presbyterian College SGA President.

Good afternoon,

I know that I’m ready to return to campus, and hopefully, you are, too.

When we start this fall, the semester will look different than any semester any PC student has ever experienced. With students across the country returning to classrooms, athletic facilities, and residence halls, the resurgence of the pandemic couldn’t have come at a worse time.

But now is a chance for us to exhibit our campus ideals of service and honor so that we can return to normal in the future. Now is a time to serve our classmates, our teammates, our faculty, and College staff by signing the #ProtectPC Pledge.

The student body is the largest part of the PC community and has the largest part to play in keeping our campus safe. What we do at all times, but especially during this pandemic, affects our health and the health of those around us.

Together, we as students can lead the way in slowing it down by taking the necessary precautions.

Join me, and let’s all do our part to slow the spread by taking two steps:

1. Watch this video to know what you’re required to do this fall to help slow the spread.

2. Sign the #ProtectPC Pledge:

  • “I understand that everyone in our campus community, including me, shares the responsibility for the health of the community. My individual effort is critical to the success of the 2020-2021 academic year.

  • I will wear a mask or shield whenever appropriate to protect my fellow Blue Hose and myself.

  • I will commit to engage in frequent handwashing and frequent cleaning of surfaces in residence halls, classrooms, and other spaces.

  • I will adhere to the College’s social distancing and gathering guidelines in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • I will monitor myself for symptoms of the virus and follow the College’s guidance for quarantine if I am exposed and for isolating if I am sick.”

Sign the #ProtectPC Pledge here »

The pandemic is changing all the time. PC can’t promise the next two semesters will be all in-person classes. It is possible that campus may have to close again if circumstances require, possibly even transitioning back to online learning.

We don’t want that. To give us a better chance of returning to normal and staying on campus for the whole semester, please sign the #ProtectPC Pledge and stand together to do our part to slow the spread.

I can’t wait to see you when we get back to campus and I look forward to a safe and happy semester.

As always, Go Blue Hose!

Reagan Osbon
Presbyterian College SGA President

July 28, 2020, 4:20 p.m. (First-Day Ready / Move-In)

This message was sent to all undergraduate students.

Good morning, Blue Hose!

I hope this email finds you and your family safe and healthy.

Can you believe we’re only two weeks away from move-in and three weeks from starting classes at PC? We are so excited about your arrival, and we want you to get ready for First Day Ready starting now.

Here are five quick reminders:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 if you have any of the above conditions so that we can arrange an alternative date for your arrival.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. This Friday, check your PC email for a message about the #ProtectPC Pledge from SGA President Reagan Osbon asking everyone to make a commitment to follow safety and health precautions this fall. You will also receive an Acknowledgement of Risk Agreement to review, sign, and return during the First Day Ready process.

What you do at all times, but especially during this pandemic, affects your health and the health of those around you. Let’s take good care of one another.

July 10, 2020, 3:21 p.m. (Academic Updates)

This message was sent to all undergraduate students and the current parent’s list.

PC Undergraduate Students,

Last week, you received information about what to expect at PC this fall related to health screening and monitoring, physical distancing, face covering, increased cleaning, and limited gatherings on campus. I’m following up with some thoughts and plans related to your academic experience – what you should expect when classes begin in the College of Arts and Sciences on Monday, August 17.

Students, an incredibly dedicated faculty and staff is working on your behalf to prepare for the fall term. One of the hallmarks of a PC education is flexibility: individual faculty teach their classes in different ways, but we all share the desire to make PC the best institution of higher education it can be and to work with students to make each of you the best you can be.

So, what does all this mean for the fall term and the upcoming academic year? It means that in the last few weeks we have seen at PC:

  • Faculty and staff engaged on their own time in training on how to deliver classes both in-person and remotely, so if circumstances mandate us to move classes exclusively online or to offer both in-person and virtual experiences we are prepared to do so.
    A new learning management system, BrightSpace, in place that is designed to do much more for faculty and students in how to engage each other and to access assignments and course materials.
  • Academic departments engaged in active planning, both as individual faculty members and with each other, to discuss what is needed for technology in the classroom, for delivery of classes and labs, for interactions in office hours, and for adjusting policies and procedures for different course experiences. Individual courses will have individual solutions, and there is no one-size-fits-all standard that addresses all circumstances.
  • Funds authorized to upgrade classrooms, computers, and facilities to prepare for multiple ways to learn.
  • Faculty and staff members beginning on their own to move desks and try setups for physical distancing in the classroom, and sharing wisdom with each other as they prepare to deliver different types of experiences to students this year.

What does the fall semester look like, though, in practice? You will see and experience:

  • A compressed calendar: we are going to run for 15 weeks straight, with no breaks. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and you will need to persevere throughout so we can make sure to end the term by Thanksgiving and have you be safe and healthy throughout.
  • An environment where we are encouraging as much personal, face-to-face interaction between faculty and students as we can: we believe, as we have since 1880, that these one-on-one and small group encounters are what make our model of education the best you can get.
  • You should not presume, however, that 100% of all your classes and each one of your connections with faculty will occur in person: we are living through a pandemic, and for health and safety reasons – not just for you, but for those faculty and staff at PC personally committed to student success – we need to create an environment that addresses the risks inherent in personal interaction. Reducing those risks means limiting in-person interaction in classes as well as other areas.
  • You will, for instance, probably have some classes that meet in a hybrid mode: you will have perhaps one day in class and then one day in a virtual environment with your instructor. If you are in a classroom, it will look very different: you will have to maintain and deal with physical distancing, where classes that previously filled to capacity are much more spread out. Locations for your classes may change, and, yes, 100% of the time you will have to wear a face covering. That is a requirement, not a partisan statement nor a negotiable outcome. Along with the use of hand sanitizer, limits on access to buildings, and the other provisions we have previously shared and will continue to develop, the use of face coverings is mandatory for all of us to be on campus this fall.
  • Even with those protections in place, however, you will have some cases where, for different health and safety reasons, particular classes will need to be offered in an 100% online or virtual setting. I can’t predict what percentage of your individual classes will be online, and we will encourage in-person interaction or hybrid alternatives wherever feasible. Delivering on our mission to you will not compel us to take inappropriate risks on the health and safety of our employees, however, and online education will certainly be used in those instances where additional safeguards are warranted.
  • We are still working on additional plans – what happens if students or faculty fall ill, for instance, and what options exist to catch up on or revisit any missed work. Faculty are also exploring whether to modify any additional academic policies and procedures as we approach the fall semester.
    • No matter which way your classes materialize this term, what will not change is the effort made by staff and faculty to deliver a top-notch education to you: whether in person or on-screen by Zoom, you will still have rigorous assignments, books and articles to read, papers to write, samples to analyze, arguments to make, discussions to hold, and conversations and lectures to make you think, to make you challenge yourself, and to make you work harder than you’d like at times but that will pay off in ways you cannot anticipate right now.

We are continuing to work daily to update and refine our plans for the fall term: these topics are moving targets, and flexibility is essential as we finalize decisions. When we do so, we will continue to update the PC website. Please continue to check there and your PC email regularly during the summer as we provide additional information.

July 9, 2020, 12:51 p.m. (Faculty/Staff Safety Protocols)

This message was sent to all faculty and staff on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

PC’s policies and protocols for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic are formulated to protect the health and safety of our community while ensuring that we deliver on our mission, with faculty, students, and staff engaging each other in meaningful ways during the fall term. You will find the Return to Campus Safety Guidelines on the Human Resources page within PC’s website. We continue to carefully monitor circumstances around the area and on campus, and we will refresh the guidelines as needed.

PC will review and assess requests for reasonable accommodations that, absent undue hardship, could offer protection to an employee who, due to a preexisting disability, is at higher risk of severe infection from COVID-19. Instructions covering the process for requesting accommodations and the required forms are posted to the HR page.

We look forward to welcoming you and our students to campus soon. For the health and safety of yourselves and others, please remember to use your face coverings, to engage in physical distancing, and to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19. Our beautiful campus has not been the same without you.

PC Leadership Team

July 7, 2020, 1:03 p.m. (First-Day Ready Introduction)

This message was sent to all undergraduate students.

Dear Students,

The Residence Life Office is excited to welcome you to campus for the Fall 2020 semester. Please read through this information carefully, as there are a number of requirements necessary to keep our community safe and healthy as we begin the semester together.

Students and guests will be required to bring and wear a face mask or shield for the duration of the move-in process whenever they are inside a building or within 6 feet of another person. Students may have no more than two (2) guests to assist them with move-in.

First Day Ready:

As was shared last week, the College has created a First Day Ready health screening and check-in station at the Thomason Library. ALL STUDENTS AND THOSE GUESTS ASSISTING STUDENTS MUST GO THROUGH THE HEALTH SCREENING AND CHECK-IN THROUGH THE LIBRARY PRIOR TO ENTERING ANY OTHER BUILDING ON CAMPUS. Students who fail to go through the health screening process prior to entering buildings on campus may be sent through Student Conduct with sanctions up to and including suspension for the semester. The only exception to this arrival location will be pre-approved early arrivals who will be provided specific information on how to be screened as they arrive on campus. All students and guests will need to complete the health screening.

Once your health screening is completed, you will enter the library and stop by check-in areas for each of the following offices:

  • Admissions (check-in),
  • Health Services (drop off paperwork if necessary),
  • Financial Aid,
  • the Business Office/Student Accounts and Billing,
  • Residence Life (ID cards for new students and keys),
  • and Campus Police (parking passes – Bring a photo of your license plate to register your vehicle).

Please complete as much information as you can for these offices electronically prior to your arrival (student billing, loan agreement information, health forms, vehicle information in iParq, etc…).

Scheduled Move-In Timeline:

Athletes/Invited Student Leaders
July 31-August 9
Provided by Coach/Advisor

New Students
August 10 – 13
SignUp Genius Appointment (see email)

Returning Students
August 10-14
SignUp Genius Appointment (see email)

Check-In Information:

Including the First Day Ready Process, students will have three hours to complete their move-in before guests must exit the building and depart. Students must arrive at Thomason Library within the first hour of their three-hour appointment.

Residence halls will have important phone numbers for the Residence Life staff and Campus Police posted outside the RA/RD room on each floor should you need any assistance as you move in.

Room and Roommate Information: 

Please check BannerWeb to confirm your roommate for the fall semester. There has been some movement of students in the past few weeks. If you have been assigned a new roommate, their contact information should be in BannerWeb for you to connect with them. Remember that we cannot hold out spaces in double rooms and so you may have been assigned a new roommate if you had a space open in your room. If you do not currently have an assigned roommate, please be aware that we continue to make assignments even as the start of the academic year approaches. Please be aware that there are no single rooms available and very few remaining open spaces at this time.

Meal Plans: 

Students in the residence halls may choose either the All Access (default) or Premium Access Plans (additional cost with additional Bonus Bucks). Students in Spradley, Townhouses, Scottish Arms, New Apartments and those who are student teaching for the semester may additionally select the 160-block meal plan. An additional meal plan is available for commuters. Please contact the Residence Life Office if you are an approved commuter and are interested in a limited meal plan. If you need to make a change, please do so immediately by emailing with your name, ID number, and to which plan you would like to be changed. We are unable to make changes once classes begin, so please do this as soon as possible.

Student Account Information: 

Changes to housing or meal assignments may take 1-2 business days to be accurately reflected on your account. Please also check for any unpaid fines, fees, or charges when you review your student account details so that you may rectify those before or upon your return to campus.

Residence Life Assistance:

Questions or concerns about housing can be addressed 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday via email at or by calling 864-833-8277.

Once move-in begins, there are staff on-call after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends to help address more urgent on-campus student needs. Students living on West Campus (Georgia Hall, Smyth Hall, the New Apartments and Scottish Arms) can call 864-872-0958 for the RA on Duty. Students on East Campus (Clinton, Belk, Reynolds, Grotnes, CIH, Barron, Spradley, Fraternity Houses, MSU and Townhouses) can call 864-872-0979. For emergencies, you may also contact Campus Police at 864-833-8911.


We are thrilled to have you moving in and look forward to a great year together. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know by emailing us at or calling our office at 864-833-8277.

The Residence Life Staff

July 3, 2020, 11:01 a.m. (Campus Updates on COVID-19)

This message was sent to all undergraduate students and the current parent’s listserv.

Good morning, PC students,

We’ve been busy this summer preparing to welcome you safely back to campus next month. Several groups comprised of professors, staff members, administrators, and students have met, and continue to meet, to discuss plans to reopen campus for the 2020-21 academic year.

As a member of the student body, you’re a significant part of the campus community. Your actions at all times, but particularly during the pandemic, affect your own health and safety as well as the health and safety of others.

Student input has been invaluable as we balance implementing the following precautions while delivering a first-quality academic program.

Health Screening and Monitoring

Please do your part to keep yourself and others on campus safe before you arrive on campus. Two weeks before you arrive, please self-monitor for COVID-19 by checking your temperature every day and noting any exposures or symptoms you may have. Please do not come to campus if you’re experiencing any symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19.

The symptoms include:

  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • difficulty breathing
  • fever
  • chills
  • repeated shaking with chills
  • muscle pain
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • new loss of taste or smell

The college has created a First Day Ready Check-in process for all students that will be located in the Thomason Library. Early next week, you will receive specific information about how to schedule a day and a time to arrive on campus for your First Day Ready Check-in. All students will use the reservation program called Sign Up Genius that was used for residence hall move-out scheduling in May.

The first step in your arrival will be screening for COVID-19. Any students who arrive on campus with a temperature of 100.4 or above or with any COVID symptom or recent exposure will need to return home for an appropriate period of quarantine.

Once on campus, you’ll be expected to check your temperature and self-monitor for symptoms every day. You’ll also be expected to report COVID-19 symptoms or exposure immediately to Student Health Services (

From there, you will be assisted in following the protocols for testing and quarantining during recovery. The college has set aside a limited number of rooms for isolating students who test positive for COVID-19 but cannot go home. Because the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends isolation of a person who tests positive for COVID-19 for 10 days, we will encourage all sick students to return home for their quarantine period if that is possible.

Physical Distancing

The CDC advises that “keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.”

Whenever feasible, you should maintain a distance of 6 feet from other individuals on campus. This is expected indoors and outdoors. Since practicing social distancing may be difficult in some indoor areas, we are identifying new spaces, reallocating existing rooms, and reconfiguring some classrooms to ensure this effective precaution.

Face Covering

On the day of your arrival on campus, you and those assisting you must wear face masks or shields for your own health and safety as well as the health and safety of others. You will receive a cloth mask and a protective face shield during check-in. You are expected to wear your personal protective mask or shield whenever maintaining 6 feet distance from others is not feasible.

Masks or shields must be worn:

  • In academic and office areas and buildings. Face coverings are required in classrooms, in office areas, and in other campus facilities where people circulate within 6 feet of each other.
  • In residential areas. The only exception to this is when students are within their own “PC residence family,” which includes roommates in your own room or apartment or suitemates in your own suite.
  • In dining areas. You are required to wear a personal protective mask or shield in dining areas on campus except when you are seated to eat.
  • Outside. You are required to wear a personal protective mask or shield whenever you’re within 6 feet of anyone outside on campus.

Increased Cleaning

The CDC continues to recommend protecting yourself by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds as well as cleaning and disinfecting surfaces that are frequently touched. Hard-working staff members continue to conduct frequent and thorough cleaning to increase safety and health in classrooms and labs. This increased cleaning will include dining facilities and all buildings on campus.

Limited Gatherings

As stated, social distancing is vital to slow the spread of COVID-19. To lower the risk of sharing the virus, the CDC recommends “smaller outdoor and in-person gatherings [where individuals] remain spaced at least 6 feet apart, wear cloth face coverings, do not share objects, and come from the same local area.” Since maintaining 6 feet of distance from others at events is practically impossible, some events have been canceled and others have been modified significantly or moved online.

This fall, the size of gatherings on campus will be limited. Obviously, the need to maintain physical distances and wear protective face coverings will make for a different out-of-class experience than what you might have experienced in the past at PC. Please know that we are working hard to plan for safe and healthy experiences outside class this semester. We would enjoy hearing your creative ideas for activities and small group events as well. Please email your ideas to Taylor Dement, the assistant director of student involvement, at

We’re in this Together

We understand that these precautions can be regarded as drastic measures. The pandemic has caused many around the world to make radical changes to their daily lives. With the recent surge of cases in the U.S., we believe it is urgent that we take extraordinary measures to provide for your health and safety when you return to campus next month.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. Please visit our Coronavirus Updates and Resources page to see how we’ve responded and continue to respond to the pandemic.

June 3, 2020, 3:38 p.m. (CARES Act Funding)

June 3, 2020, 3:38 p.m.

PC Announces Financial Changes to Secure the College’s Future

This email was sent to all Faculty and Staff on June 3, 2020, at 3:38 p.m.:

Dear Faculty and Staff,

For each of us, the past few months have been a time of adapting and making adjustments in all aspects of our lives. It has been amazing to observe the way our faculty, staff and students adjusted to teaching and learning online this past spring. While online instruction is not the way any of us wanted to complete the spring semester, we adapted and made it happen.

We began the fall of 2019 with our largest class of new students and the largest-ever total enrollment, including undergraduate and graduate students. We opened our new senior housing. And we welcomed our first class of PA students. It seems like such a long time ago, but, at that moment, we were on track with the anticipated outcomes set forth in The Promise of PC.

Then, without warning, came the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic collapse which changed our world. Ripples related to the pandemic impact all areas of life. Incomes of millions of Americans have been and continue to be significantly impacted. PC, along with colleges and universities throughout the country, have felt the impact and are making adjustments to reflect lost revenues and increased expenses. We are all operating in uncharted waters as we work to balance budgets during a time of uncertainty.

While enrollment and retention are never guaranteed, in the past we had historical references that allowed us to model, with some degree of certainty, our projected enrollment and revenues. But current conditions have rendered these models useless. This hinders our ability to confidently project anticipated revenues. In the midst of all the chaos and uncertainty, we did receive some good news: We secured CARES Act funding and an SBA loan which will help, but not balance, our budget over the next two years.

You are valued and essential to doing what we do so well. You enable us to deliver our mission to our students. This is why, when we transitioned to remote learning in March, we made the commitment to continue to pay all faculty and staff through the end of the spring semester.  We have honored this commitment.

While historical data does not provide good guidance in the current environment, we are encouraged by our deposits for the fall, although they are not in line with original projections for the upcoming year. It is important that we all continue to encourage new students to attend PC and current students to return.  We have developed models for the upcoming year which I would term “best guesstimates.” Currently we are trending toward our most likely model, which reflects a deficit of approximately $4 million. The actions we are announcing today will reduce this estimated deficit by approximately $3 million.

As we continue the work to address our deficit, we are reviewing all aspects of the College– administration, athletics and academics. Reviewing each area will contribute to creating a balanced budget for next year.

You might have noticed that some colleges are making drastic changes to their athletic programs as a way of balancing their budgets. We’re not making such changes because the actions being announced by these schools reflect the actions we took in 2017. We are not reopening the decisions made and implemented in 2017 regarding our athletic program. We remain on track to hit the savings targets set forth at that time.

This brings us to the decisions we are announcing today. These are decisions none of us want to make, as they are difficult but necessary decisions to secure the future of PC.

Today, with the endorsement of the PC Board of Trustees, we are announcing that, effective July 1, 2020, we are implementing the following actions:

  • PC’s contribution to employee retirement accounts will be suspended for the 2020-21 fiscal year. Retirement contributions are an important component of our employee benefits. It is our intent to resume these contributions, but not make up the payments being suspended, as soon as possible after the 2020-21 fiscal year. It should be noted that our ability to resume contributions will depend on the financial and economic circumstances at that time.

Each employee may continue to contribute to his or her retirement plan up to the limits permitted by the IRS.

  • Effective July 1, 2020, the salaries of employees will be reduced as follows:
    • The officers of the College recognize their responsibility to be part of the solution to the challenges we are facing. As a result, they will receive the following salary reductions:
      • President:                   20%
      • Provost:                      12%
      • Officers and AD            6%
    • Faculty and staff salaries will be reduced by 3% except those:
      • Hired after December 31, 2019
      • Who earn less than $30,000 annually
    • While we have considered implementing furloughs, we have decided, at this time, not to furlough employees. We may consider this option if conditions change.
  • Voluntary early retirement programs:
    • We are developing a voluntary early retirement program for employees who meet certain criteria. The plan will be shared with employees when it is finalized.
    • The faculty voluntary early retirement program will continue to be available to eligible members of the faculty.
  • Operating Budgets:
    • Nonessential travel has been eliminated. Nonessential travel is defined as all travel excluding travel pertaining to the President’s Office, the Office of Admission, the Office of Advancement, and the Department of Athletics. Any exceptions to the elimination of nonessential travel must be approved by the VP for Finance and Administration.
    • We are continuing to hold the hiring of new positions and are only hiring personnel needed to fill critical positions. Each position must be reviewed and approved through the College’s position approval process. Recruitment activity for such positions must not begin until the approval process is complete. Contact the VP of Human Resources if you have questions or want more information.
    • We are pursuing more effective use of endowment earnings, where permitted, to support operating budgets.

As I stated earlier, these are difficult decisions that impact each of us, but they are necessary for PC to continue to deliver our mission. In taking these actions, we have been able to reduce our deficit by approximately $3 million without permanently eliminating any positions. We are in a dynamic and fluid environment. I want to be clear that if circumstances and conditions change, including not being able to open on campus in the fall, we will review other options which could impact positions. No additional changes are planned as of today.

These decisions are difficult, but these unprecedented times require us to act. We value what you contribute to the life and work of PC and have tried to take actions that minimize the impact on your paycheck and make every effort to avoid eliminating positions.

We have the ability to get through this crisis and move PC forward. There is no question that these are challenging times. Together, we can embody the PC spirit and commitment of those who came before us and navigate these difficult times and continue to do what we do well—prepare students for a lifetime of personal and vocational fulfillment and responsible contributions to our democratic society.

Thank you for all you do each day to make PC a special place. We will continue to keep you posted as we prepare and finalize budgets for next year, and we will be sure to also keep you informed as we update and develop plans for the fall semester.

May 29, 2020, 5:20 p.m. (Academic Updates)

May 29, 2020, 5:20 p.m.

This email was sent to all Faculty, Staff, and Students on May 29, 2020, at 5:20 p.m. 

PC Students, Staff, and Faculty,

On May 15, I shared with you that a working group has been charged with doing the necessary work to prepare for opening on campus this fall. That work is accelerating. We are working carefully and thoroughly on how to manage public spaces on campus, how to address needs for personal protective equipment (PPE) and procedures for physical distancing, and what measures are required to deliver a first-quality academic program that offers the personal connections faculty, students, and staff treasure yet recognizes our top priority always will be the safety and health of our community in a highly uncertain environment.

As we prepare for the fall term, I want to share one important decision we have made that impacts all undergraduate students, faculty, and staff. (This change does not impact graduate programs.) We are modifying the fall 2020 undergraduate academic calendar to minimize travel during the semester, to recognize our current operating environment in the summer, and to provide extra flexibility in the late autumn and early winter if that environment changes. To that end, we are updating the academic calendar as follows:

  • Classes on campus for the fall term will begin on Monday, August 17.
  • There will be no fall break this year.
  • Classes for the fall term will end on Friday, November 20.
  • Final exams will occur on campus from the afternoon of Sunday, November 22 through mid-day on Wednesday, November 25.
  • Students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving, November 26, until the start of the spring term, currently slated for Tuesday, January 5. If the spring semester dates change, we will provide ample notice to all of you.

We are making a couple of other date changes to accommodate this new calendar:

  • Virtual orientation meetings for the incoming class occurring online will be completed by Friday, July 17. In-person orientation meetings will be held on campus on dates coinciding with new student resident move-in dates to be announced.
  • Registration for incoming students will now begin at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 9.
  • We are modifying processes for new and returning student resident move-in on campus, to begin a week before classes begin. Please review emails you’ll receive from our Campus Life office about how move-in will work.
  • Reporting dates for fall sport student-athletes may shift slightly due to the revised fall semester calendar. If you are a fall sport student-athlete scheduled to return to campus for preseason team training activities prior to the start of classes, watch for communications from the Athletic Department about potential new dates for you to return to campus.
  • Opening Convocation will occur virtually on Friday, August 21. The dates and times for other Week of Welcome events will also change, and many events that would normally gather large numbers of students together may occur in the virtual realm instead. We will provide more information as those events and activities (such as New Student Assessment) are finalized.

To ensure that faculty, students, and staff engage each other in meaningful ways once classes on campus resume this fall, we will provide additional information throughout the next few weeks about housing, classroom life, athletic practices and events, and other aspects of the campus experience. As we’ve said before, we continue to monitor the world around us, and we will not hesitate to be flexible when circumstances require that.

We will continue to update the PC website, so please check there and your PC email regularly during the summer as we provide additional information.

Don Raber

May 15, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

May 15, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

This email was sent to all Faculty, Staff, and Students on May 15, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. 

PC Students, Staff, and Faculty,

On April 27, President Staton announced that we intend to be open, on campus, as scheduled for the fall semester. PC remains committed to providing the best possible experience—consistent with our mission, for everyone in our community—from brand new students in the class of 2024 to longtime staff, faculty, and friends of PC.

President Staton also highlighted that a working group has been charged with assessing the necessary preparation to be successful for the fall semester and the 2020-2021 academic year in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The work of that group is now well underway to develop operational plans, aligned with guidance from health officials, for opening PC this fall. Together, we are examining needs for physical distancing in classroom spaces as we plan for fall courses, ways to deliver particular experiences remotely where appropriate while maintaining in-person connections, options for gathering people in both residential facilities and athletic venues, requirements for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, and other procedures necessary for operating the campus under different scenarios. Many factors are under consideration in each area on campus, and our top priority always will be the safety and health of our community in a highly uncertain environment.

Throughout the summer, we will provide you with regular updates on our progress to prepare for the fall term on campus. We continue to monitor the world around us, and we will not hesitate to be flexible when circumstances require that of us. We intend to have students, staff, and faculty on campus this fall, but things may not look exactly like you might expect as we develop and implement our plans. I want to assure you, though, that we will provide the best information we have as it develops.

We will continue to update the PC website, so please check there and your PC email regularly during the summer as we provide additional information.

Don Raber

May 9, 2020, 11:00 a.m.

This email was sent to all Faculty, Staff and Students on May 9, 2020 at 11 a.m. 

May 9, 2020

PC Family,

We’re missing everyone on campus, especially this weekend! Though we are unable to be together in person for Commencement exercises right now, we are definitely planning to honor our class of 2020 graduates, on campus, when and as circumstances permit.

Save these tentative dates, and we will send out more details as we get closer to these events:

  • Hooding Ceremony, School of Pharmacy – Saturday, August 22, 2020
  • Baccalaureate Service, College of Arts and Sciences – Friday, October 2, 2020
  • Commencement Celebration, College of Arts and Sciences – Saturday, October 3, 2020

I ask faculty, staff, and all other students to please join me in offering best wishes to the class of 2020. Graduates, we look forward to having you back on campus to celebrate your achievements!

Dr. Donald R. Raber II

May 4, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

This email is being sent on behalf of the VP for Campus Life and Dean of Students. 

Dear students,

Campus Life is excited to announce the plans for Presbyterian College residential areas move-out now that the governor has eased social restrictions. We have been working on a move-out process that will allow you to safely gather your belongings and successfully check out from your room assignment for the year. Please see the link in the message from Residence Life below to sign up for the day and time of your move.

We appreciate the patience you have shown during this unprecedented time. We trust that you will follow all of the instructions carefully to ensure the safety and health of your family, friends and the PC community.


Joy Smith
Vice President for Campus Life and Dean of Students

Information on how to check out of your room and answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found on our website.

To schedule a time to move out, sign up here

You may bring no more than two (2) other people with you, if absolutely necessary, to assist you in packing and removing your belongings. Coordinate with your roommates and/or suitemates to ensure that you are not scheduled at the same time, unless you are designating each other as the person who is helping you.  No more than three people may be assisting in moving out a room at any time.

We ask that you keep the following in mind as you are moving out:

  • Please either wear and change gloves or wash your hands regularly.
  • Face masks are strongly recommended.
  • Do not prop open doors or allow others to enter with you.
  • SC DHEC recommends people maintain at least 6 feet of distance from others while in public.

Move-out times will begin with 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 10. Times will go in three-hour increments through 8:00 p.m. each day through Sunday, May 24. To ensure that everyone has adequate time and space to move belongings, we are asking that you take no longer than three hours to pack and remove your belongings from the building. No one will be permitted to stay overnight in the residential facilities. If you have already moved out, please email to let us know that you have moved out of your room and if you have already returned your key.

The Campus Life Staff will remain available by phone during the posted move-out hours.  You may call the West Campus (Georgia, Smyth, New Apartments, and Scottish Arms) RA Duty Phone at 864-872-0958 or the East Campus (Clinton, Belk, Grotnes, CIH, Barron, Spradley, Reynolds, Townhouses, Fraternity Houses, and MSU) RA Duty Phone at 864-872-0979 if you have questions or need to contact us.

If you have lost your key, please email us and let us know.  If you have already removed everything from your room and need to mail your key to us, please ensure that you use a padded envelope. Standard business envelopes will tear open in mail sorters and the key will be lost in transit. All keys should be returned shortly after the move-out deadline and may be sent to:

PC Residence Life
207 East Maple St.
Clinton, SC 29325

The Residence Life staff will wait until after May 24 to complete room inspections and damage billing.  If damage has occurred in your room, please have the person responsible for the damage email with their name, ID number, and the damage that was caused. Use subject line: Room Damage in [Your Building/Room Number].

Students who have any remaining mail or packages can pick them up as they move out during regular mailroom hours.  The mailroom will be open from 8:30 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Students who are unable to move out during the scheduled dates/times will need to email the Residence Life Office at with as much information as possible regarding their situation.

We appreciate you following these instructions for everyone’s safety.  If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at


The Residence Life Staff

April 27, 2020, 4:30 p.m.

Send to students, parents, faculty, and staff on April 27, 2020, at 4:30 p.m.

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff,  

Over the last two months, our world has changed in dramatic, unexpected, and challenging ways. As we approach final exams in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Pharmacy, I am grateful for the dedication to excellence and generosity of spirit I have seen each and every day in the PC community. We continue to show this dedication to excellence and generosity of spirit as we all grapple with our current circumstances and strive to achieve our mission in a very different environment than when the semester began. 

The safety and well-being of our community remains our top priority. As the leadership team and I continue to monitor daily the COVID-19 outbreak, we are taking the following steps to manage campus life over the summer and to begin planning for the fall semester. 

Residence Hall Move-Out

For students with belongings in residence halls, Residence Life will communicate with you soon our process for how you will reclaim those belongings. Please watch for the communication by e-mail. You must use the process we outline there: It is important to maintain social distancing and compliance with state orders as we ensure you can retrieve what is yours from our facilities. Please know we are closely following the SC Governor’s directives, and, right now, the directives continue to be to “stay at home.”  

Summer Classes and Events 

Classes in the undergraduate program and the physician assistant studies curriculum will remain online through the summer terms. Those of you who have already registered for on-campus summer classes will have your registration automatically converted to online sections before classes begin. There is nothing you need to do, and your registration will remain in place. 

If you are enrolled in on-campus classes (not P4 rotations) in the pharmacy program, those will be online for June and determined later for July. Please contact Dr. Shealy for additional details. 

The Office of Academic Success will continue to provide virtual assistance for our undergraduates this summer. Our graduate programs will continue to offer academic support as well. If you are planning an internship for the summer, you will need to complete this virtually unless you receive a waiver from the Provost’s office. Students participating in this summer’s research programs (Summer Fellows, SC-INBRE, PRSI) will work remotely. 

To comply with social distancing guidelines and maximize safety for our guests, we are not offering programming or on-campus camps and activities through our Campus Life office or Athletic department for the months of June and July. Coaches will not hold their summer sports camps, nor will off-campus groups host camps at PC. 

Residential facilities will be closed, and events on campus will only be scheduled with approval by the leadership team.

The CHAMPS program, which marks its 25th anniversary in 2020, will not be held on the Presbyterian College campus this summer. CHAMPS families and those working with CHAMPS are being contacted now to investigate the possibility of virtual engagement opportunities for June.

Future Planning 

Although much needs to be done to prepare for a virtual summer for PC, we are maintaining the arrangements we have set for those of you working from home through the end of May. Over the next few weeks, we will continue to communicate with our faculty and staff if circumstances change in order to move successfully through the summer months. 

With all the work to move online for the summer, the fall semester will be here before we know it. I know many of you are wondering what PC plans to do for the next academic year, especially if the COVID-19 outbreak remains, as expected, an ongoing concern for the next several months. 

As of today, our plan is to open on-campus, as scheduled, for the fall semester

If the last two months have taught us anything, however, it is that we will need to be responsive to changes in our environment, nimble in offering options that meet the needs and challenges of our students, staff, and faculty, and flexible in developing creative alternatives that meet our situation head-on. Most important, though, we can, and must, be committed to maintaining a first-quality education that delivers on our mission and prepares students more than ever for responsible contributions to a world community that needs them more than ever before.    

While we plan to proceed as normal for the fall, I have asked the Provost, Dr. Raber, to lead a working group that will prepare us to be successful for the fall semester and the 2020-2021 academic year in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The group will determine different strategies for us to consider and provide us those creative alternatives to explore so that we can, and will, deliver the best education we may for our students next year. 

We will keep you updated as we move through the summer. As I have said before, we will do our best to provide answers and more information as we have it, and I am confident we will be successful as we address the challenges we face together.

Bob Staton
Presbyterian College

April 20, 2020, 4:55 p.m.

Sent to students on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 4:55 p.m.

Undergraduate students,

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Presbyterian College has credited a prorated amount to the accounts of eligible campus residents for any unused room and board fees incurred this semester.

Please click the Remittance Form link below to learn how to view the amount of your credit for room and board charges for the Spring 2020 semester. Also, use the Remittance Form to select how you want your credit to be processed.

Please complete the Remittance Form by April 24 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Student accounts with a credit balance for which a form is not returned will have the credit balance remitted by either direct deposit (if current instructions are on file) or mailing a check to the student’s home address.

Please email the Business Office at or call 864-833-8477 if you have questions.

April 15, 2020, 5:12 p.m.

Sent to students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 5:12 p.m.

Dear undergraduate students and parents,

I hope that you are well and are staying safe while away from campus. With the semester quickly coming to a close, I encourage you to invest the time and energy to finish strong this semester.

When I emailed you on March 27, I noted that we were working to address the issue of remittances for housing and dining services for the period you’ve been away from campus. I’m pleased to let you know that we will be crediting a portion of those charges you paid this semester to your student account. The details of how the credit will be calculated is below.

The prorated room and board credit is a result of the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to protect the health of the campus community, the College followed the recommendations of national experts to practice social distancing and moved academic instruction to online delivery. Following this same guidance, we also restricted students from returning to campus after spring break.

Students participating in any room and board plan during the Spring 2020 semester will receive a prorated credit to the student’s account for unused room and board fees incurred this semester.

The Spring 2020 semester includes 16 weeks. The credit for room and board fees will be prorated to cover the period from the end of PC’s regular spring break on March 16 through May 1, the scheduled date for closing residence halls. This equates to seven weeks.

The credit will be calculated for each student based on direct charges paid by the student for the semester after adjusting for grant aid applied to the student’s account. Grant-in-aid includes scholarships and grants from institutional, state and federal sources. An example formula for calculating a student’s credit follows this email.

If a student has an outstanding balance, the credit will be applied to the outstanding balance before calculating the amount you will receive.

All affected students will receive an email on Monday, April 20 detailing any credit related to PC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The email will also include a form for a student to select how they would like any remaining credit balance on their account to be processed.

A student can select any of the following options for processing any remaining credit balance. A remaining credit balance: 

  • can be credited to a student’s Fall 2020 charges
  • can be remitted to the student via check or existing direct deposit instructions
  • can be donated to helping PC continue to provide an exceptional education for our students during these challenging times

Campus is not the same without you. We look forward to the time we can be back together. Best wishes for the remainder of this semester. Stay well, safe and remember to help one another during these challenging times.

For more information about COVID-19 and the steps PC is taking to maintain the safety and health of our campus community, please visit our Coronavirus Updates and Resources page.


Bob Staton
President, Presbyterian College

An example calculation for an individual remittance is as follows:

Total Charges Spring 2020$25,620% of Total Charges
Tuition and Fees$20,28079.2%
Total Charges$25,620100%
Less: Institutional Aid(12,450)
   State Aid(4,550)
Individual Finacial Obligation for Semester$8,620
Individual Financial Obligation for Room ($8,620 X 10.1%)$871
Prorated Credit for Room ($871/16 Weeks*7 Weeks)$381
Individual Financial Obligation for Board ($8,620 X 10.7%)$922
Prorated Credit for Board ($922/16 Weeks* 7 Weeks)$403
Total Credit for Room and Board ($410 + 434)$784

April 14, 2020, 4:48 p.m.

Sent to students, faculty, and staff on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 4:48 p.m.

Graduating Students,

We plan to reschedule as many of the activities of graduation weekend as we can, including the Hooding Ceremony for the School of Pharmacy, the Teacher Induction Ceremony, Baccalaureate, and our 137th Commencement. As we do so, we will work to include as many of the traditions of this special time as we can, including the walk-through of Neville Hall, the presentation during Commencement of speeches from our Outstanding Senior and the Professor of the Year, and the different events and services in Belk Auditorium, Kuhne Auditorium and Edmunds Hall.

We will plan for a weekend later this summer or in the fall for these events, although given the fluid circumstances we’re facing together, we have not picked the dates as yet.

If you successfully graduate from either the School of Pharmacy or the College of Arts and Sciences this spring, we do plan to ship you your diploma in mid-May.

One option we are considering is to present your diploma covers at the rescheduled events. If you would like to participate in a rescheduled ceremony and want us to do this for you, please let the Office of the Registrar know by Monday, May 11, whether you would like your diploma cover to be shipped to you alongside your degree. Contact the office at Otherwise, we’ll hold your cover and present it to you in person later this summer or fall.

Although we will make the final decision about when to hold a rescheduled graduation weekend based on ensuring the safety and well-being of everyone in the PC family, if you have a preference for a new date for the ceremony, please let the Office of the Registrar know at by Monday, May 11.

We will continue to provide updates as we finalize plans to celebrate you, the class of 2020, and your significant achievements throughout your time at PC.

Dr. Raber

March 27, 2020, 12:10 p.m.

Sent to students, parents, faculty, and staff on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

The world is a different place than it was even a month ago. Over the past few weeks, the leadership team, our COVID-19 working group, and I have met regularly to discuss how to navigate PC through this unprecedented time.

As we have evaluated the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, we’ve kept the safety of the campus community as our top priority. We’ve made all of our decisions to ensure, as much as we may, students, faculty and staff, as well as the Clinton community, will remain safe during this ongoing pandemic.

Transitioning to online classes, which we did earlier this month in our graduate programs and this week for our undergraduate students, was a difficult decision to make. But it was the right call.

Today, we find ourselves with deep regret making another difficult decision designed to keep everyone in the PC Family safe: We’ve decided to extend remote learning for the undergraduate campus through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester, including final exams for undergraduates in late April and early May. Students at the School of Pharmacy and in the Physician Assistant Studies program will also continue their classes online and will complete their semesters remotely.


For those of you completing requirements and planning to graduate on May 8 for the pharmacy school and May 9 for the undergraduate college, we will issue your diplomas effective on those dates and send them to you by postal mail, but we will need to reschedule our Commencement activities for a later date. I look forward to addressing the graduating classes each spring, and I know this is the signature event for our campus. I am, like many of you, heartbroken about this change, but I promise we will develop a way we may properly recognize your academic achievements and celebrate the traditions of that weekend, including the granting of hoods to our pharmacy graduates and the walk through Neville Hall for our seniors. We will communicate an updated plan for this year’s Commencement activities by Wednesday, April 15.

I understand this news is heartbreaking for students, many of whom say they knew they found their college home the moment they arrived on campus. My heart goes out to all students, especially the seniors and P4’s, who were looking forward to spending their last semester on campus. Campus simply won’t be the same without students here.

It saddens me to think about our students not eating together in GDH and Springs, not hanging out in their residence halls, not preparing for their futures in classrooms across campus. However, heeding the advice of the CDC and DHEC is what we must do now to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Sadly, that means closing campus completely for the rest of the semester.

Student Housing

The Residence Life office is working on a plan for students to return to campus to retrieve their belongings. As we develop this plan, we will proceed in a manner that follows good health practices to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and loved ones who return to campus with them. We will communicate this plan in the next few days.

Since students will not reside on campus the rest of the academic year, we are also working to address the questions many of you have raised about remittances for housing as well as dining services. That is an ongoing process, and we will communicate more information as well as options for students and families by Wednesday, April 15.

We’ll Get Through These Challenging Times

We live in challenging times. We’ll get through this challenge together, as we’ve gotten through other challenges we’ve faced. Students, you may be hundreds or even thousands of miles away from campus, but PC is as much your home now as it ever was. I am eager to see you on campus when it is safe for us to have you back in Clinton.

Until then, I ask that students continue to put the same amount of effort into their courses as they would if they were sitting in Neville, Jacobs, Richardson, HP, or the PCSP building. Professors and staff members remain ready and willing to help students navigate these challenges we all face.

As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak remains a fluid situation. We will provide more details about our next steps as they become available. We are working on these matters constantly, and we will do our best to provide answers and more information a we have it. We’ll continue to update the community about our response to the pandemic on our Coronavirus Updates and Resources page.

We will overcome this challenge together.

With sincerity,
Bob Staton ‘68

March 23, 2020, 8:00 a.m.

Dear PC Community:

As the undergraduate campus resumes classes this week online, and as both pharmacy and physician assistant studies are continuing their classes online, I’m writing to thank all of you for your commitment and hard work as we continue delivering on our mission of preparing our students for lives of personal and vocational fulfillment and responsible contribution to a rapidly changing and uncertain world around us.

Within this temporary reality of online classes, working remotely, and tremendous disruption everywhere you look, I imagine that many of you are experiencing some anxiety and discomfort, especially in not knowing what comes next. It’s hard on everyone, me included. It would be easy to stand still, or to retreat into a wait-and-see mode on everything. What is easy is not always right, however, and we need to move forward and adapt to this new environment. PC, along with most educational institutions around the country, from Pre-K to Ph.D., has made this rapid shift because it is what this moment in time requires of us.

Many have worked countless hours over the past few weeks to engage all of us in this transition to online learning, and I am very proud of what I have seen and heard from PC students, faculty, staff, alumni, board members, and others who have worked diligently to work through this process of change. I am impressed by how the spirit of PC has risen to the challenge of the moment.

With any change as significant as this, I would encourage us to remember that many of us – students, faculty, and staff – will have a true learning curve as we go online, and we need to acknowledge that some items may not work as anticipated. When they don’t, we should be open to innovation, change, trial and error, and adaptation along the way. We must also be patient with each other and work together to find solutions as we encounter problems. We will bring different perspectives to online delivery and remote work, and those need to be recognized. Communications will be critical, and we must be attuned to the need for information among those we serve.

I also imagine that, with the anxiety and discomfort that comes with uncertainty for us and our loved ones, we all have questions for which there are no answers at this time or that have answers that change from day to day. Some of our families, furthermore, have already been impacted by current events, and the closing of many businesses has a long reach and will touch most of us. On a personal note, at least two of my adult children and their families have been impacted.

In times of extreme uncertainty, I sometimes find myself getting distracted by things over which I have no control instead of focusing on things I can impact. Over the years, I have found that focusing on the things we can control, such as how we do our jobs, how we respond to each other, and how we take care of ourselves enables us to move forward even when surrounded by uncertainty.

Over the coming weeks I would ask each of us to focus on where we can make the most impact. I encourage:

Our great students to embrace remote learning and treat course work and studying with the same seriousness of purpose as you would on campus. This is a key moment in attaining your college degree. Don’t just try to get by – commit to excelling. This positive approach will benefit you throughout your life.

Our outstanding faculty to continue to deliver, just in a different manner, their courses with the same quality and commitment they have always demonstrated.

Our exceptional staff to maintain its commitment to carrying out different tasks, just away from campus. The work of PC continues across campus life, admission, advancement, marketing, campus services, academic affairs, athletics, alumni relations, and numerous other areas.

All the PC family (students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters) to come together as never before to show others how we join, as one, during challenging times to continue to deliver on PC’s mission in this time of change.

I have confidence that, together, we will successfully manage the challenges ahead of us. Although the future will be different in ways we cannot predict, as a collective community we can and will adapt to the world we find on the other side of the current crisis and successfully move forward.

PC was created 140 years ago with faith as a cornerstone. I pray each day for God’s guidance and to open our hearts and minds to God’s will in all we do. We are sustained, particularly in times like these, by our various support systems. Faith, family and friends have served to sustain me over the course of my life. I consider you to be my family and friends, and I know we can and will get through these stressful times and create success in the days that lie ahead.

Thanks again for the great work you have done and will do to prepare to deliver our educational programs remotely! Be well in the coming days.

With sincerity,
Bob Staton ’68

March 16, 2020, 6:15 p.m.

Sent to faculty, staff, students and parents on March 16, 2020, at 6:15 p.m.

PC’s leadership team continues to closely monitor the spread of the coronavirus throughout South Carolina, the U.S., and the world. The team met this morning to discuss various aspects of campus operations given the newest information regarding our response to the ongoing global health situation. Please know that we are working through many topics within a constantly changing landscape, but what remains constant is our commitment to the health and well-being of each member of our community. 


Students in the College of Arts and Sciences will remain on spring break during the week of March 16 – 22. We will begin online instruction on Monday, March 23 to last through Thursday, April 9. During that period of time, we will evaluate circumstances to determine the potential for resuming classes on campus after Easter Break on Tuesday, April 14.

As we transition to online instruction, we recognize that students will need to have access to residence halls and campus housing in order to retrieve needed books, clothing, and other items for the next few weeks. Our Residence Life Office will be sending a separate communication to students later this evening about how we will manage access and provide opportunities for students to get what they need in a timely and safe manner.

Our Arts and Sciences faculty have begun the process of transitioning to online instruction beginning next week. The Office of Information Technology and the Office of Academic Affairs will be providing additional resources to faculty over the next week to assist with this transition and to prepare students for the challenges of working online, including internet access, availability of equipment, and delivery on learning outcomes. Students will also receive additional information by email that includes recommendations and resources as we pursue this transition into virtual teaching.  

College housing 

As part of the transition to online instruction, we do not anticipate students should live on campus unless there is a documented exemption in place that has been approved by our Office for Residence Life. Requests for exemptions may be addressed to If you do not have an exemption from Residence Life, you will be asked to return home. 

College facilities 

We will provide dining options through Greenville Dining Hall for students with residential exemptions who do remain on campus. These will be available this week, including the weekend. The food court in Springs Campus Center and fitness center will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17. Access to Templeton Center and other athletic facilities will be restricted, as will access to most academic buildings. The library will remain open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Many of the services offered by the library are delivered virtually. More information may be found at Library web pages.  


All on-campus events are canceled effective immediately through Monday, April 13. The leadership team will determine at a later date the status of events scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, and later, but plans for Commencement on Saturday, May 9 remain in place at this time.


All non-essential domestic and international travel by faculty and staff will be suspended through Monday, April 13. Jeff Scaccia, vice president for finance and administration, will determine if any trips before then are considered essential.

Room and board refunds

We have received questions about the possibility of refunds on room and board given the transition to online instruction. The leadership team is exploring options in this area, but no decisions will be made until we have determined the length of time students will be off campus and engaged in online instruction. 

Offices open 

College offices will remain open during this transition to online instruction. Those employees who have a demonstrated need to work remotely should contact their leadership team member as soon as possible for approval and documentation. 


The coronavirus pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone throughout the world, not just in the PC community. Please keep those directly impacted already in your thoughts and prayers, and please know that we will continue to monitor the situation and will update you when we have more information to provide. The latest updates can be found on our Coronavirus Updates and Resources page

If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please email us at

Sincerely, PC Leadership Team

March 13, 2020, 4:20 p.m.

Sent to students and student-athletes who are currently staying on campus

Extended Spring Break Dining Hours

GDH opens Sunday, March 15 at 5 p.m.  The weekend hours apply to March 21 & 22.
Greenville Dining Hall will operate during the extended spring break with the following hours:

Monday – Friday:
Breakfast: 7:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday:
Brunch: 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Springs Food Court is closed.

A few service changes you will see include:

  • Pre-plated entrees, sides, sandwiches and sweets
  • Breads, bagels and ice cream cones are available upon request
  • Napkins are available at the service platforms
  • Using a fresh cup for each trip to the beverage stations

High touch areas will have extra attention in the cleaning schedule.

March 12, 2020, 12:44 p.m.

March 12, 2020, 12:44 p.m.

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

Since Spring Break began six days ago, you have undoubtedly seen a number of reports about the spread of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) throughout the United States. You may have also seen or heard information about the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, public events, local schools, colleges and universities across the country.

As of noon on Thursday, March 12, there are no instances of COVID-19 at PC, in Clinton, or in Laurens County, and only 10 instances across the state of South Carolina.

A COVID-19 working group on the PC campus has been in discussions each day this week about how to proceed with this rapidly evolving situation. The health and safety of everyone in the PC community is our first and foremost priority. We want to be sure all students, faculty and staff work and live in an environment where the risks of COVID-19 are minimized as much as possible.

To accomplish this in the short term, we have decided to extend Spring Break for the campus of the College of Arts and Sciences through Sunday, March 22. No classes for undergraduate students will be held on campus during the week of Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 20. The PC School of Pharmacy and the PC School of Health Professions will send separate communications to faculty, staff, and students about any modifications in the pharmacy and physician assistant studies programs later this afternoon.

Here is additional information to assist in your planning for the next 10 days:

  • Only those undergraduate students who have obligations on campus (i.e. – participation on an active athletic team) should remain in residential facilities from now through Sunday, March 22. Otherwise, students are not return to campus until we provide additional notice. If you do not have a safe place to stay, please contact the Office of Residence Life at as soon as possible to explore alternative housing options.
  • The working group on campus will determine by 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 19 whether we resume classes on campus on Monday, March 23 or move to virtual, online instruction in the undergraduate program on that date. During this next week, our faculty will be working to prepare online alternatives for those classes offered on campus, and we want to use the next week wisely to prepare to deliver a strong and vibrant academic experience however we decide to proceed during this extraordinary situation.
  • Even as we extend Spring Break through Sunday, March 22, the College will continue to operate on our current schedule. Faculty and staff across campus will continue to work normal hours, and we will provide a variety of dining, library and other services to those students who will remain on campus next week.
  • We are actively reviewing events to be held on campus over the next few weeks, and we will work with individuals as necessary to continue or modify those gatherings as appropriate.
  • For those faculty and staff with travel plans (either domestic or international), we ask that you confirm those plans with the officer in your area before embarking on your trip. While travel is not suspended, we ask that you clear those trips in advance.
  • Athletic events on campus remain in place. Visitors to campus remain welcome, but we ask that those with illnesses caused by COVID-19 or who have symptoms including fever, cough or shortness of breath not visit campus at this point.

Given the ongoing threat to public health represented by COVID-19, it is vital that we be flexible in how we work, diligent in how we approach this extraordinary circumstance, charitable to one other in how we react to change, and committed to our shared success in ways we could have not anticipated even at the beginning of the semester.

As we have said previously, you should practice good hygiene, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Take steps to protect others.
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are not sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

As a leadership team, we recognize this is a situation that is challenging, frustrating, and concerning for everyone in the PC community. The COVID-19 working group will continue to meet regularly to address factors as they develop, and we will continue to inform you as soon as we have more information to provide.

We are developing an email account you may use for any questions you have about PC’s response to this ongoing situation: Please email us at with questions.

PC Leadership Team

March 11, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

March 11, 2020, 2:30 p.m.

Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, and Parents,

The College’s main priority is always the safety of everyone on campus. The working group continues to monitor the current situation and will provide an update by noon tomorrow (Thursday, March 12).

March 4, 2020, 2:52 p.m.

March 4, 2020, 2:52 p.m.

The following message regarding the coronavirus was delivered to students, faculty, staff and parents on March 4: 

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Parents,

As you prepare for Spring Break next week, we want you to have the latest information related to the coronavirus and to update you on the work the College is doing to continuously monitor and prepare any needed response for the ongoing situation.

Presbyterian College’s main priority remains the health and safety of everyone on campus. As you may have seen in the news, there are now over 100 coronavirus cases in the United States that are spread over 15 states. There are currently no identified cases in South Carolina, however, and in that context the current threat to the PC community is still considered to be low.

You may have seen that some universities are withdrawing students from current international programs and cancelling upcoming study away trips. College officials are in regular communication with those students who are off campus, as well as their host schools, and given where our students are in Europe this semester, we do not anticipate an immediate cessation of our programs. We will continue to monitor this, however, and we will make sure to keep both students who are away from PC this semester and those who are planning travel later this spring posted about their current and potential trips.

Since many of you will be leaving PC to pursue fun experiences over Spring Break, however, we want to strongly encourage you to be safe and healthy as you do so.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can help stop the coronavirus by knowing the signs and symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The CDC recommends keeping yourself and others healthy by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Covering your cough or sneezing with a tissue, then throwing the tissue in the trash

If you’re planning to travel over Spring Break, please see the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for frequently asked questions regarding travel. There, you will see that the “CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area.” For more information, you should visit

College officials continue to monitor this significant public health concern. Members of the leadership team have engaged in conversations with academic department chairs, directors across campus offices and programs, and others responsible for implementing potential plans if a coronavirus outbreak were to impact South Carolina, Laurens County, or PC in the near term. To be clear, we anticipate no changes in our campus operations at this time, and you should plan to keep your normal schedule in place both next week and later this spring. 

A working group is in place, however, in order to continue our conversations and to implement and share any updated plans as necessary. In doing so, we will keep you posted regularly by email as well as by notices on the webpage we have developed to share new information as we receive it about the coronavirus and its spread. You may find this at:

We want everyone on campus to have a great spring break, but as you do please be safe and healthy wherever you may be.

Thank you,

PC Leadership Team

February 28, 2020, 3:55 p.m.

FEBRUARY 28, 2020, 3:55 p.m.

The following message regarding the coronavirus was delivered to students, parents, faculty, and staff on Feb. 28:

Dear Students, Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

Over the last few weeks, you have likely heard about the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China. We are writing to you today to update you on news related to the virus and to share precautions the College is taking as we continuously monitor the situation.

Outbreaks of new viruses are always a public health concern, and the College’s main priority is always the safety of everyone on campus. Please be assured that the current threat to the Presbyterian College community, and to the United States, is considered low.

As of today, the “United States has 60 known cases of the infection, with 59 among people who traveled to Asia or were close contacts of people who went there. The vast majority, 42, picked up the virus while quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship off Japan,” according to The Washington Post.

There have been no reported deaths as a result of the coronavirus in the U.S.

College officials are in constant communication with local health providers and with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. A protocol is in place to treat anyone who may be affected by the coronavirus. It is important to note that there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus on campus, in the local community or in the state of South Carolina.

The College will implement an action plan if there are any suspected cases of the coronavirus on campus or in the local community. We also have a plan in place if any cases of the coronavirus on campus or in the local community are confirmed. We will share the details of the plans if either of these situations arises.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can help stop the coronavirus by knowing the signs and symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

The CDC also advises that you seek medical advice if you have traveled to China in the past 14 days and feel sick. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

The CDC recommends keeping yourself and others healthy by:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Covering your cough or sneezing with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash

College officials continue to monitor this public health concern. We will update you regarding the coronavirus as we receive new information.

If you want to learn more about the political, economic and public health impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak, please watch this video of a recent panel discussion held on campus.

Thank you,
PC Leadership Team