The following message regarding changes to COVID-19 protocols for the spring 2022 semester was shared with the College of Charleston community on Friday, January 7, 2022:

Dear students,

Welcome to the spring semester 2022! As you prepare for the start of classes on Monday, January 10, we want you to be prepared for our COVID-19 prevention measures that will be in place as we continue to navigate the changing nature of the pandemic. We will come back regularly to these measures depending on the spread of the virus. Updated information and resources are also available on the Back on the Bricks website.

Mask mandate:

Face masks should be worn inside all campus facilities, unless actively eating or drinking. Limited exceptions are noted below.

Masks in campus recreation facilities:

  • Effective immediately, although face masks are not required when participating in physical activity at our recreation centers on campus, we will be reducing capacity as noted below. These capacity limits will be posted and applied in the recreation centers at all times.
  • For Johnson Gym, Silcox Gym and George Street Fitness Center, the maximum capacity will be 40 people.
  • For the J201 at the Johnson Center, the capacity will be 15 people.
  • The multi-purpose room at the George Street Fitness Center will be limited to 10 people.

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Masks in residential facilities on campus:

Face masks are not required for students when they are in their own residence or in the rooms or suites of the historic house. Masks are mandatory in the public spaces of the residences, including entrances, halls, corridors and lounges.

Advice on visiting university residences:

Current residence visit guidelines will continue to allow any currently enrolled CofC student to log into a residence as a guest. The current restriction on non-CofC student guests will remain in place.

Updated indoor event capacity guidelines:

As of January 10, 2022, indoor events and meetings will be limited to 30 people or the capacity of the space fire code (whichever is smaller) at all College sponsored gatherings (on or off campus) for all non-academic meetings.

All other indoor gathering requirements remain in place as noted:

  • Face coverings are mandatory and social distancing is strongly encouraged.
  • A non-student employee of the College must be present (in person or virtually) to help manage the event.
  • Eating and drinking should be very limited. Food must be prepackaged and we encourage providing food and drink in a “take out” format when guests leave the event.
  • Whenever possible and to minimize direct contact, events / gatherings should not include mingling or receiving activities.
  • Maintain a list of attendees in case a follow-up is required for contact tracing purposes.
  • NOTE: Sports facilities and the Sottile Theater will manage their own gathering policies.
  • Limited exceptions to the interior policy can be considered by completing the application form.

Tips on the capacity of outdoor events:

As of January 10, 2022, gatherings in outdoor spaces must meet the capacity of the Space Fire Code at all College-sponsored gatherings (on or off campus) for all non-academic meetings. All other requirements mentioned above for indoor gatherings will also apply to outdoor gatherings and face coverings are strongly encouraged.

Student travel:

Currently, the student travel guidelines announced in November 2021 remain in effect.

We appreciate your continued support and understanding as we all work to maintain the in-person experiences that are so important to academic and student life.

Truly,

COVID-19 CofC management team