Spring 2021 Departure

From a COVID-19 standpoint, what do I need to do in preparation for the end of the semester?

If you are not fully vaccinated (two weeks out from the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine 2nd dose or two weeks out from the J&J Janssen single dose) and have not been COVID-19 positive in the last 90 days and plan to leave the campus community at the end of April/beginning of May, please consider a few things.

  • Reduce any potentially high-risk activities (such as social gatherings or time spent in crowds) or high-risk individuals (people who engage in high-risk activities) in the two weeks before you plan to leave campus. Stay home as much as possible.
  • Avoid visiting anyone at your destination who is at risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Consider if there are there restrictions at your destination — many places have restrictions in place regarding travel. Be sure to check before you go.
  • Think about travelling by car. Private car travel offers the lowest risk of transmission of illness.
  • Travel by private vehicle if you have the virus and are in isolation or who have been exposed and are in quarantine.
  • Students who remain in campus housing because they are positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine due to close contact, the College will provide space, meals and other support for the remainder of the isolation/quarantine period as needed.
  • Students who will be staying in their off-campus housing and are in isolation due to COVID-19 will get daily check-ins by Student Health Services staff. Please answer your phone.

What will move-out for residence halls look like this spring?

Please go to campus housing for details about what moving out of residence halls will be like this spring.

I am in quarantine or isolation and the residence halls are closing, what do I do?

For students who remain in campus housing because they are positive for COVID-19 or are in quarantine due to close contact, the College will provide space, meals and other support for the remainder of the isolation/quarantine period as needed.

For more information about isolation and quarantine, please visit https://cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks/covid-19-testing/isolation-and-quarantine/index.php.

Should students be tested for COVID-19 before leaving for the semester?

If you are leaving campus, we recommend you get a COVID-19 PCR test or rapid antigen test before departure. Do not travel if you test positive.

The College of Charleston has several testing events planned for the coming days preceding the end of the semester. Please check here for testing options.

Remember that a negative COVID test only indicates that you are not positive on day of the test. People can become infectious with COVID-19 anytime within 14 days after exposure to a COVID-19 positive person. So, if you are traveling away from campus, follow all COVID precautions we have recommended throughout the year and consider self-quarantining for at least 10 days after arriving at your destination. This will help to ensure that you don’t unwittingly become a vector of the virus to friends and family you may be headed toward.

Students who have tested positive in the 90 days prior to travel should not get an additional test prior to travel. Students who are fully vaccinated do not need a test to travel safely as long as masking, physical distancing and hand washing remains a priority.

Can students get vaccinated before Ieaving campus?

Yes. Students can schedule appointments by logging into their student health portal account at: https://cofc.medicatconnect.com/Please select appointments (top of patient portal), select “COVID Vaccine Administration,” select an appointment date and complete the required forms to confirm your appointment. Students will receive a card documenting their vaccine (please do not complete a medical record release form). 

Appointments will take place at Student Health Services located at 181 Calhoun Street (behind the Robert Scott Small Building). Currently, appointments can be made for the following days: 

  • Wednesday, April 14th 
  • Tuesday, April 20th 
  • Monday, April 26th 
  • Wednesday, April 28th 
  • Friday, April 30th 

Alternatively, students can check out https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov/ for vaccination clinics that are taking place in the community.