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Fall 2021 COVID-19 FAQs for Students

Information regarding COVID-19 can be found at www.tctc.edu/coronavirus. We will continue to monitor the pandemic closely and follow public health guidance issued by federal and state health officials, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC).

No. As a state agency, TCTC cannot require students to be vaccinated. However, the College strongly encourages all individuals to get vaccinated. We believe vaccination is critical to our ability to keep our campuses open and for in-person instruction to continue.

There are more than 81,000 places to get a COVID-19 vaccine in America, including right here at Tri-County. Monthly vaccine clinics are being hosted on the Pendleton Campus throughout the fall semester and are open to anyone age 18 and older. You can also text your zip code to 4-3-8-8-2-9 to get three locations near you with vaccines in stock.

Students who are fully vaccinated can enter to win great prizes, ranging from TCTC swag and retail gift cards to textbook vouchers and parking passes. Click here to enter the weekly prize drawing.

Students, including Bridge to Clemson students, should review a COVID-19 health screening form on a weekly basis. Students, regardless of vaccination status, who come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, experience symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive for the virus should notify the Student Support Office using the COVID-19 Student Issues and Help Form.

The College is following CDC and SC DHEC guidelines regarding students in these situations. 

  • Test Positive. Any student, regardless of vaccination status, who tests positive for COVID-19 should report their situation using the COVID-19 Student Issues and Help Form. Students will need to isolate away from campus and avoid in-person classes and activities for a defined period of time.
  • Experiencing Symptoms. Any student, regardless of vaccination status, who is experiencing symptoms should report their situation using the COVID-19 Student Issues and Help Form. Students are also encouraged to connect with their medical provider. Students will need to quarantine away from campus and avoid in-person classes and activities for a defined period of time.
  • Close Contact with an individual with COVID-19. Any student, regardless of vaccination status, who comes into close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19 should report their situation using the COVID-19 Student Issues and Help Form. Students who have not been vaccinated and come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for 14 days from last date of exposure. There is an opportunity to reduce the quarantine timeframe to 7 or 10 days, depending on criteria related to negative test results and symptomatic status. Students who are fully vaccinated and come into close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine but should closely monitor their personal health. If the student starts to experience symptoms, they will need to quarantine according to the timeframe outlined above.

 

Bridge to Clemson students: In addition to reporting at Tri-County, be sure to upload any positive COVID-19 test result to the Clemson University Upload Tool if the test was conducted by an off-campus provider. Please note: You will receive guidance from both Tri-County’s COVID-19 Response Team and Clemson’s Redfern Health Center. Additionally, Clemson Home will provide guidance regarding housing and dining accommodations, as necessary.

Students who report a COVID-19 situation should stay home and avoid any in-person classes or activities. Students will be contacted by a member of the Student Response Team, who will work with the student to determine the appropriate response, including the timeframe that a student must isolate/quarantine. Instructors will work with each individual to determine the best method to support the student’s engagement in the class. This may look different for each student depending on the class structure, assignments and learning objectives.

The College is engaging in contact tracing for individuals who test positive and have been in class. If, through that process, you are determined to have been exposed to an infected individual, a member of the Student Response Team will contact you and provide guidance on what to do. In this circumstance, you will likely be required to quarantine away from campus for a period of time.

No. The College is offering a variety of delivery methods. Not every class will be offered in a remote format. Students are encouraged to consider the delivery mode when registering for classes.

There are a variety of course delivery modes being utilized for Fall 2021. Please review the delivery mode for each course on the Schedule of Classes. (Note: You will need to log in with your TCTC credentials to view the schedule.)

Yes. When courses are offered in-person, students are expected to attend in person.

Requests for disability accommodations related to COVID-19 should be submitted through the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), which can be found here. ARC professional staff will work directly with each student to assess their individual needs and develop a reasonable accommodation plan.

Prior to the start of the academic term, students may register for online classes through the regular registration process, including through the Drop/Add period, as outlined on the Academic Calendar. Students should understand that courses that are offered on campus cannot be changed to online delivery. After the registration period has closed, and during the academic term, requests to adjust delivery modes or provide accommodations for online instruction will be reviewed on an individual basis. The ability to grant such requests may be limited. 

ARC will review individual situations with students, their treating medical professional, and relevant faculty and staff via an interactive process. This will involve gathering detailed information on the student’s medical condition and the design and requirements of the course(s) the student is requesting to attend remotely. A number of accommodations and adjustments will be explored, if supported by appropriate medical documentation, to develop reasonable accommodations for the student.

The College is following guidance provided by CDC, SC DHEC, and other authorities and putting best practices in place to maintain a safe teaching and learning environment. Students should consider what is right for them based on circumstances, preferences, goals, and personal judgements of risk. We encourage all students to speak with their academic advisor before making this decision to understand the impact of a potential delay in their degree progress.