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While Winthrop's campus is closed in compliance with state and national guidelines for COVID-19, our dedicated Admissions team is available to help you. To speak with someone from Admissions, please call 803-323-2191 between the hours of 9am-3pm (Monday-Friday) or email any questions to Admissions@winthrop.edu. The health and safety of our staff and students is of the utmost importance so we will do our best to be available for you as long as we can.

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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Academics/Coursework

    Online instruction typically refers to coursework that is fully digital and usually asynchronous (an online course, for example). Remote delivery is not fully online; rather, it is providing instruction that might normally be face-to-face in another way, usually digital. Winthrop is not expecting faculty to transform face-to-face classes into fully online classes, but to use digital tools (Blackboard, email, social media, etc.) to maintain continuity of instruction for the two-week time period.

    The registrar has posted frequently asked questions and answers about the process to help you. Visit that page.

    If you are not on campus and have rented textbooks, they can be returned free by mail. You will need your order number to print the shipping label. This can be found in the confirmation email from your online order or if you rented your textbook in store, find it in any of your rental reminder emails. The UPS label can be printed on or before your Charge Date. Below is the direct link on the bookstore's website:

    Print rental return

    Each individual faculty member teaching a lab or studio section will communicate a plan to the students enrolled in that course. Please reach out to your professor.

    The Office of Extended Education is working on modifications to summer session courses. Decisions will be finalized soon, and may include shifting some face-to-face courses to fully online modalities, adding additional options for students who may need credit recovery, and/or shifting courses that require in person modalities to a window of time later in the summer session.

    Students should register for fall semester based on the assumption that we will be back to normal campus operations. We will keep students updated on any changes to Fall 2020 course offerings. There are none at this time.

    Students should not have to purchase additional technology for their courses, unless they choose to do so on their own. Please talk to your faculty about technology needs and licenses that have been made available to students for home use.

    Tutoring services remain available. Students can receive remote tutoring from the Winthrop University Writing CenterMath Tutorial Center, and Academic Success Center at https://www.winthrop.edu/success/how-to-receive-a-tutor.aspx.

    Dacus offers online chat every day and every evening, and on Saturdays.  You can also Book-a-Librarian from their site for a virtual walk-through on how to do your research.  Follow Dacus on social media for regular updates about resources and guides.  You can also request course reserve readings though ILL.  For more information, follow this link: http://libguides.library.winthrop.edu/libraryservices_covid.

 

Support Services

    The library is currently closed, but as decisions are made as to staffing in the remote instruction period, times and availability will be posted here and on the library's website. 

    Your faculty may need to make some adjustments due to the closure, but delivery of these courses will continue according to their approved schedule unless you are otherwise notified.

    The help desk will be available with limited staffing 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    With the cancellation of all on campus events for the remainder of the spring semester, students who are graduating in May or August 2020 will have the remainder of their cultural event requirement waived.  For students who are not graduating in May or August 2020, you will have plenty of opportunities to complete the requirement once Winthrop returns to normal operations. For more info, see the cultural events page. 

 

Athletics/Recreation

    Winthrop’s Athletic Department has suspended all spring regular season competition through March 30, 2020. Additionally, the Big South Conference has suspended athletic team events through March 31, 2020.

    No, the West Center is closed, and it is expected to reopen on Monday, April 6.

    The Athletics, Recreation and Research Complex is now completely closed because individuals were choosing to ignore Governor McMaster’s executive orders about congregating and sports in general. As soon as we are safely able, we will reopen the area to the community.

 

International Students/Study Abroad

    There are plans in place for many of these specific student scenarios. If you have questions about your specific situation, please contact our International Center.

 

Residence Life

    There are plans in place that are evolving for many of these specific student scenarios. We will work with students who have extenuating circumstances that make the extension of spring break and/or remote instruction complicated. The Department of Residence Life is a good place to start these conversations.

 

Commencement

    The decision has been made to postpone our spring commencement ceremonies. Although these circumstances are beyond our control, we can assure our students that their Winthrop experience will not end without recognizing and celebrating their accomplishment. At this time, we cannot say when or how commencement will happen, but we will communicate with the Winthrop community when those decisions are made.

 

General COVID-19 Information/Campus Safety & Infection Prevention

    If you are prescribed self-quarantine, stay home. Do not come to campus. This will protect your health and the health of others. The Dean of Students office will handle student absence verification and resulting faculty notification. Faculty and staff members who self-quarantine should contact Human Resources.

    • Practice respiratory etiquette to include:
      • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% rubbing alcohol.
      • Avoiding touching of eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
      • Covering mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; immediately discarding used tissues in a trash can.
      • If tissues are not readily available, the cough or sneeze may be caught by the sleeve at the elbow or shoulder. Remove mucus or debris with a tissue and then wash your hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Change or cover clothing contaminated with mucus to prevent spreading.
      • Washing or sanitizing hands after using tissues and after contact with respiratory secretions.
      • Washing hands after interacting with people, touching high volume places (door handles, tables, shopping carts, gas pumps, etc.), before eating, and once you arrive home.
      • Avoid shaking hands or other greetings that involve touching another person.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    The university is taking additional sanitizing measures throughout campus, including disinfecting high-contact surfaces such as light switches, desks, doorknobs, and handrails throughout the day. Custodial staff are restocking hand soap and sanitizer in all restrooms frequently. Social distancing is strongly recommended, so some common study areas may be closed so custodial staff can focus more on more frequently used open spaces, labs, restrooms, etc. 

 

Faculty/Staff Information

    Faculty and staff may review workplace-related COVID-19 information here.

    The uncertainty of this unusual situation may cause high levels of anxiety and stress. Employees have access to counselors 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 800-633-3353 or 704-529-1428. To access work-life services, log in to mygroup.com using the username "winthrop303" and password "guest".

 

Other Questions

    Educational Testing Services has announced the cancellation of the GRE Subject test for Saturday, April 4, 2020, without a make-up date. Subsequently, Winthrop will not be hosting the GRE Subject test on Saturday, April 4, 2020, and will not provide a make-up date unless announced by ETS. Winthrop is scheduled to administer the LSAT on Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Owens Hall. Based upon current information, we plan to continue to offer the LSAT on Saturday, April 25, as scheduled. However, this is subject to change contingent upon LSAC (the administrator of the LSAT) continuing the date for testing at Winthrop and the university's own plans for events such as this in late April.

    Student Affairs has prepared this info form as a way for you to ask questions if you’re not sure to whom to direct your inquiry. Your info will be routed to the appropriate office or department.

    See this flier (pdf - 174 KB) for the criteria.  A list of statewide wifi can be found here.

 

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Last Updated: 4/2/20