LIST: S.C. universities, colleges announce extension of Spring break, continuation of online courses

Colleges and universities across South Carolina are working to keep students and faculty...
Colleges and universities across South Carolina are working to keep students and faculty informed of any schedule changes because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.(Pexels)
Updated: Mar. 19, 2020 at 6:04 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - South Carolina universities and colleges have announced extensions of Spring break and continuations of online courses following the governor’s order.

The order comes as a precaution to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Here’s a list of the latest updates from schools across the state:

Officials with the College of Charleston have announced that they are extending online and remote instruction through the remainder of the Spring semester and final exam period.

“Based on the most recent guidance from federal and state governments, we are extending our e-learning through the end of the spring semester, which will include final exams,” College of Charleston officials said in a statement.

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Classes at The Citadel have moved to online instruction which began on March 23.

This includes all undergraduate and graduate courses currently offered on campus.

“Faculty continue preparing to offer online instruction, and they will reach out to cadets and students by 9 p.m. March 22 with information about the completion of coursework. The transition to online instruction is a significant undertaking, and we will be testing the resiliency of our online infrastructure as we modify operations. Please report any problems through your instructors, be flexible and do not get frustrated. We are committed to ensuring that cadets and students can complete the semester.”

University officials say Charleston Southern University will finish its Spring semester online.

“After much prayerful consideration regarding the COVID-19 pandemic’s apparent course over the next few weeks, Charleston Southern University has decided to finish the spring semester online,” CSU officials said in a statement."Consistent with accreditation mandates, faculty are modifying certain experiential learning requirements when necessary, including those for student teachers and nursing students."

In addition, the May graduation ceremony is postponed and will be conducted on a future date to be determined.

“Degrees will be conferred on May 8 and placed in the mail for all seniors who complete their degree requirements,” CSU officials said."We look forward to celebrating this milestone with our graduates and their families in a meaningful way when it is considered safe to do so."

Claflin University will offer online, distance learning for all of its on-ground classes beginning Monday, March 23, until Tuesday, March 31, pending updated recommendations.

“This will allow the University additional time to assess the pandemic as more information is shared from local, state and national entities,” college officials said.

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Gov. Henry McMaster announced that all schools, including all colleges and universities, will be closed March 16-31 to prevent spread of COVID-19.

“To clarify, we will move lecture classes online and continue instruction to the best of our abilities during this time. Starting Monday, March 16, all campuses and sites will be closed to the public.”

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Officials at the University of South Carolina have announced that all campuses within their system will be closed through the end of the semester because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The university initially extended spring break for students while monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. Classes were also expected to resume online through April 3.

University officials also announced that students attending the Columbia campus will start virtual instruction on March 23.

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Online instruction to be delivered and all University events suspended through end of the spring semester.

Online instruction has been implemented following spring break, through at least Sunday, April 5. In addition, no programs, events or activities will be held through the same time frame.

All students, faculty and staff returning from international travel must contact University health services (864-656-2457) to undergo thorough medical screening.

“In response to the public health threat posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19), South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has issued an executive order that all public schools and publicly supported universities in the state be closed through March 31, 2020,” school officials said."In keeping with the governor’s directive, the South Carolina State University campus is CLOSED. While face-to-face classes on campus will not take place, students will resume coursework remotely.

In an updated posted to the university’s website, CCU is extending spring break for students through March 20. Classes will resume on March 23.

The Provost’s Office issued an advisory Sunday to correct incorrect information circulated that the school had planned to cancel classes.

“To dispel any rumors, please be advised that the University has no plans to cancel classes or otherwise alter class schedules this week or after students return from spring break,” the advisory stated. “Students and faculty are encouraged to use your voices and roles as influencers and peer leaders on campus to dispel this rumor and assure all that the University will continue to operate as normal.”

Students will not return to campus for the spring semester, and remote instruction will continue through final exams.

No classes will be held on Monday or Tuesday, March 16 and 17.

Remote instruction for all classes will start on Wednesday, March 18, and will continue at least through Friday, April 3.

Wofford College has chosen to extend spring break to promote social distancing at this time. The college will continue academic programming through Friday, March 20. Then, the college will remain on spring break, with a plan to return to classes on Monday, April 6.

“The health and safety of our campus community is Wofford College’s top priority,” President Nayef Samhat said. “It is important for all of us to look out for our friends and neighbors while showing compassion and erring on the side of caution at this time.”

The campus will remain open for faculty and staff during the extended break for students. The college will continue to closely follow the situation involving COVID-19 to make the most informed decision possible for a plan after spring break. Wofford is prepared to continue the semester remotely through online teaching if necessary.

The college will make accommodations for students facing extenuating circumstances and unable to return home.

All campus events are canceled until further notice.

Winthrop University is shifting to remote instruction from March 23 to April 3. During this time, Winthrop residence halls will only be available to students who are approved to remain due to specific extenuating circumstances.

Dining Services will operate on a limited hours schedule. Self-service options also will be limited to avoid potential cross-contamination of serving utensils.

Dacus Library will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during spring break. During the March 23-April 3 remote instruction period, the library will be open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight. Note that the Information Commons Desk will close at 5 p.m. See more information on the library’s website.

The West Center is expected to reopen on April 6.

The DiGiorgio Campus Center will be closed weekends through the end of March. The building is open for staff and limited business activities only Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 3.

All campus-related events using Winthrop facilities are canceled through April 3, including such internal campus events as scheduled student meetings, Winthrop-sponsored events like the Model United Nations, and externally sponsored events.

McBryde Hall will remain closed until Thursday when it will be cleaned and reopen.

The Athletics Department has suspended all spring regular season competition through March 30. Additionally, the Big South Conference has suspended athletic team events through March 31.

Campus remains closed until at least April 1.

Columbia International University is extending Spring Break one week for residential courses, through March 20. CIU will continue to monitor the situation and make a determination next week regarding the possibility of temporarily moving to e-learning.

Note that while classes will not take place in person, CIU will remain open and operational. Employees are expected to report for work as normal, unless they are sick.

If circumstances require it, students who do return should note some operational modifications including:

  • Dining services will be available, but modified to reduce risk.
  • Extracurricular events or activities that would result in large gatherings are canceled.
  • The Library will be open but students may not congregate in common spaces.

Meanwhile, the John Maxwell event scheduled for Tuesday on the CIU campus is postponed.

Classes will end after this Friday, March 13, and will resume through online delivery on March 30 following Spring Break.

On campus events are cancelled from March 14-May 1

In response to the spread of COVID-19, SWU will be moving on-campus courses online beginning Thursday, March 19.

The main campus of the university will remain open and operate at a Level 2 status as outlined in the university’s Infectious Disease Response Plan as a part of our heightened awareness; however, currently there are no confirmed or presumptive cases of the virus on campus or in the immediate area.

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This list will be updated as schedule changes are announced. Check back for updates.

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