Coronavirus Updates and Resources

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.

Latest Updates

As of  7:15 a.m. on Wednesday, April 8, the College can confirm the following:

  • Remote learning for the undergraduate campus will continue through the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester, including final exams for undergraduates in late April and early May.
  • The School of Pharmacy and the Physician Assistant Studies program will continue classes online. Graduate students will complete their semesters remotely.
  • Undergraduates who complete requirements for graduation will be issued diplomas on May 9. These students will receive diplomas by postal mail.
  • Pharmacy students who complete requirements for graduation will be issued diplomas on May 8. These pharmacy students will receive diplomas by postal mail.
  • Commencement activities will be rescheduled for a later date. An updated plan for this year’s Commencement activities will be communicated by Wednesday, April 15.
  • Greenville Dining Hall is open only to students and staff who are still on campus. Dining hours have been reduced as Dining Services has moved to carry-out meals only. The food court in Springs is closed.
  • Thomason Library building is closed. The 24-hour study area is open to PC ID holders only.
  • 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.
  • All on-campus events are canceled until further notice.
  • All non-essential domestic and international travel by faculty and staff has been suspended.
  • All regular-season competition, conference championships, and athletics activities that are required or that include coach involvement are canceled through the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
  • There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at PC.
  • There are 2 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clinton.
  • There are 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Laurens County.
  • There are 2,417 confirmed positives in S.C., according to S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

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 if you are sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting

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

Past Communications

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.

Commencement

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

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. 

Classes

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 reslife@presby.edu. 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.  

Events

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.

Travel

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. 

Conclusion 

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 covid19@presby.edu.

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 reslife@presby.edu 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 covid19@presby.edu with questions.

Sincerely,
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 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

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: https://www.presby.edu/campus-life/counseling-health/campus-health-notice-novel-coronavirus/.

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

FAQs

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

Since campus is closed, 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 open only to students and staff who are still on campus. Dining hours have been reduced as Dining Services has moved to carry-out meals only. The food court in Springs will be closed. This will stay in effect until further notice.

GDH is limited to carry-out orders only and is operating on reduced hours.
Monday – Friday:
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday
Brunch: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Snacks, candy and personal items are available for purchase in GDH.

Meals are only available for students on meal plans and staff remaining on campus, closed to the public. Food donations are being sent to The Open Door and United ministries of Clinton when available.

Is Springs Food Court open?

Springs Food Court will remain closed.

Is Springs Gym open?

No, Springs Gym and all the rest of Springs Student Center is closed.

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.

Will I still have access to my counselor in the counseling center if I am home?

Counseling Services has contacted every student who is scheduled for a session during the extended Spring Break through email about how to access services if the student is not present on campus.

In addition, student appointments were automatically rescheduled (pending student feedback) for the same day and time of the following week. Any student who needs to talk with a counselor or who currently has a counselor can contact the Counseling and Health Services Center 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.

How does this impact PC's athletic programs?

The Big South Conference announced it is cancelling all regular-season competition, conference championships, and athletics activities that are required or that include coach involvement, through the remainder of the 2019-20 season.

Will I get fined for items I currently have checked out through PASCAL Delivers Service or the Thomason Library?

The PASCAL Delivers Service has been suspended statewide. If you currently have an item checked-out from either PASCAL or PC’s Thomason Library, please hold it until further notice.  Overdue fines will NOT accrue while campus is closed.  If you receive an overdue email notification, please disregard it.  We will, however, continue to charge for any lost materials, so be sure to store items in a safe place until you are able to return to campus.

How will the housing selection be conducted for next fall?

The Residence Life Office is in the process of converting our in-person Housing Selection process to a more electronic-friendly process.  Additional information will be emailed to students’ presby.edu emails and updated on the Residence Life website when it is available.

How do I request items I need from my residence hall room?

To assist you during this period of social distancing due to the Coronavirus, Campus Life staff will retrieve critical and essential items that relate to your health or academic work from your room and send them to you. If you have need for this assistance, please complete the Emergency Item Retrieval Request Form at the link below and submit it to Campuslife@presby.edu.

Emergency Item Retrieval Request Form »

Will academic advising go as scheduled?

The time frame for academic advising has been extended through Easter Break. Academic advising will conclude on Monday, April 13. 

When will fall registration begin?

Registration for summer and fall 2020 classes will begin Tuesday, April 14, at 7:00 a.m. 

What about holds?

Holds that stem from Assessment Day will be removed.

What is the deadline for me to withdraw from a class?

The deadline for students to withdraw from an individual class has been extended to Thursday, April 9, at 5:00 p.m. 

Will we have Honors Day this year?

The 2020 Honors Day Symposium will move to an online format. The event will take place on Thursday, April 23. Please see Annual Honors Day Symposium Moves to Virtual Format for more information.

What about the Honors Day Ceremony?

Regretfully, we will not be able to hold the Honors Day Ceremony this year. Students and faculty slated to receive awards at the event will be notified soon and will be recognized virtually. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions about PC’s response to this ongoing situation, please email covid19@presby.edu.