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  5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, the College can confirm the following:

  • Students can now safely gather belongings and successfully check out from room assignments. Please visit the Residence Hall Closing Process for details, including move-out days and times, instructions, and how to sign up.
  • Classes in the undergraduate program and the physician assistant studies program will remain online through the summer terms.
  • 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.
  • Programming and on-campus camps and activities through our Campus Life office or Athletic department for the months of June and July have been cancelled.
  • Undergraduates who complete requirements for graduation were issued diplomas on May 9. These students will receive diplomas by postal mail.
  • Pharmacy students who complete requirements for graduation were issued diplomas on May 8. These pharmacy students will receive diplomas by postal mail.
  • The Hooding Ceremony for the School of Pharmacy has been rescheduled to Saturday, August 22. Baccalaureate Service has been rescheduled to Friday, October 2. The 137th Commencement has been rescheduled to Saturday, October 3. These dates are tentative.
  • The Teacher Induction Ceremony will be rescheduled for a weekend later this summer or in the fall. A date has not been determined.
  • Greenville Dining Hall is closed until further notice.
  • 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 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Clinton.
  • There are 63 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Laurens County.
  • There are 10,788 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

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.

Sincerely,
Don Raber
Provost

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.

Sincerely,
Don Raber
Provost

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!

Respectfully,
Dr. Donald R. Raber II
Provost

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.

Sincerely,

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 at: https://www.presby.edu/campus-life/residence-life/residence-hall-closing-process/

To schedule a time to move out, sign up here https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040b48a9ac23a0fa7-maymove.

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.

DATES AND TIMES:
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 reslife@presby.edu 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.

KEYS:
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

INSPECTIONS AND DAMAGE:
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 reslife@presby.edu with their name, ID number, and the damage that was caused. Use subject line: Room Damage in [Your Building/Room Number].

MAIL:
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.

EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES:
Students who are unable to move out during the scheduled dates/times will need to email the Residence Life Office at reslife@presby.edu 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 reslife@presby.edu.

Sincerely,

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.

Sincerely,
Bob Staton
President
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 busofcbills@presby.edu 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.

Sincerely,

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%
Housing2,60010.1%
Meal2,74010.7%
_______________
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 registrar@presby.edu. 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 registrar@presby.edu 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.

Sincerely,
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.

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 closed until further notice.

Is Springs Food Court open?

Springs Food Court is closed until further notice.

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.

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.

Contact Us

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