Frequently Asked Questions
Additional measures will be adapted or added as needed throughout the return of individuals to campus to ensure safety.
What if a non-cadet student receives a positive test result?
To report a positive test result, call the CGC Office (843) 953-5089 and begin classes remotely. According to the updated CDC guidelines:
If you are not experiencing any symptoms and continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19.
People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others.
Who will determine the protocol for cadets and students with special circumstances?
The Campus Assessment Team is the campus committee that will determine, or recommend to the President, the outcomes of a special request.
I would like to speak with someone confidentially, who can I contact?
The Citadel’s Ombudspersons, Robert Pickering and Shamus Gillen, are available to speak with any cadet or student who needs a confidential and safe environment in which to share concerns related to COVID-19. To schedule an appointment, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or call them directly at the phone numbers listed on this page.
How will cadet mental health be taken into account? What services will be provided to those isolated?
All mental health services will continue to be available to all students and The Citadel has hired extra nurses to take care of students and properly observe them.
What if a cadet tests positive for COVID-19 once they are on campus? Where will they go?
There are a total of 136 bed spaces that can be used to isolate and treat any cadets who contract COVID-19. All spaces will be equipped with Wifi so students can complete their classes online until they are cleared.
Has The Citadel stopped testing cadets who have previously tested positive and were non-contagious?
No. The CDC states that someone with a previous positive test does not need a repeat test for at least three months and that people can continue to test positive for up to three months after diagnosis and not be infectious to others. Cadets presenting with symptoms of an illness within three months post-test are evaluated and treated for the most-likely illness. Several illnesses mirror COVID-19 symptoms (influenza, streptococcal pharyngitis, several viral illnesses, respiratory allergies, post-COVID loss of taste/smell, etc.). After three months, we perform COVID-19 tests as well as strep tests, flu tests, etc. and treat cadets appropriately.
When will cadets return to campus for spring semester?
The Corps of Cadets will return the week of January 10th. Details will be sent to cadets from The Commandant’s Office.
How will life be different for cadets this semester?
There have been adjustments made to the cadet Blue Book and White Book. All changes can be viewed here.
What changes will be made to living arrangements for spring semester?
In January, cadets will return to live in their assigned 21 home companies, with Reconstitution taking place on a staggered schedule from January 13 – 15.
Are barracks big enough to practice social distancing?
Yes. The Citadel will take actions to avoid grouping cadets together as it has done in the past.
How will the Mess Hall be organized to ensure social distancing?
Cadets will have to schedule breakfast and lunch prior to each. Dinner will be scheduled for them. When they arrive for their scheduled time, they will go through a socially distanced line to get a pre-plated meal and then guided to a clean place to sit. Further information will be provided upon the cadets’ return to campus.
Will cadets be able to use Deas Hall?
Yes, cadets will be able to exercise in Deas Hall under additional safety precautions. The layout has been adjusted to permit social distancing and reduce foot traffic. All cadets will be asked to continue to wipe down their equipment before and after use. Additionally, atomizers will be used throughout the day to disinfect all spaces. Proctors will be present upon arrival and throughout the space to keep track of how many people are in the gym at any given time.
Will cadets be allowed to attend religious services?
Yes, church services will be provided on campus following social distancing protocols. Accommodations will be paid for those who require services off-campus.
Can mail or packages be sent to a cadet at anytime?
Yes, packages can be sent to cadets at anytime. Please be mindful about sending perishable items, since cadets will be required to visit the Post Office to receive them.
Please follow this link for full directions to ensure mail arrives correctly to incoming freshman.
Can I drop off items to my cadet?
You can always mail items to cadets through the Post Office. If you would like to drop items off on campus, please speak with your cadet about the proper protocol.
How can I load money on the OneCard?
You can find the One Card site by clicking here. Once on the site, follow the directions to load money onto the cadet’s card.
There are two types of funding on a cadet’s One Card.
The “One Card Restricted” track is funded through tuition and fee bills, and is used for items required to be a cadet – such as uniforms, books and haircuts. Cadets who purchase these items with their One Card will not accrue additional bills unless they have additional needs. This account is replenished when cadets register for the next semester, with unused funds rolling over from year to year (unused funds are returned upon graduation or withdrawl).
The “One Card Open” track is loaded with money online, via Lesesne Gateway, and is used for non-required items – in places like Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Cadet Store, Brewed Awakenings, etc. – to prevent cadets from needing cash on campus. Knobs and cadets are not required to load money on this track. Unused funds roll from year to year, but can only be returned upon request.
Parents and cadets can follow the balance of both accounts on Lesesne Gateway.
How many cases are on campus? Is The Citadel tracking cases?
Yes, The Citadel has developed a tracker that will be updated daily, Monday-Friday. Click here to be directed to the tracker.
How will a face-to-face Citadel classroom be arranged in Spring 2021?
- When classrooms are not large enough, sections will be divided into two groups and a modified HyFlex teaching model will be followed.
- Students will be informed prior to the start of the fall semester if there have been any alterations to how their class will be served.
- Two times a week all classrooms are disinfected using an atomizer by Citadel Custodial Staff to ensure all surfaces are clean.
What cleaning and safety measures are being taken to ensure cadet/student safety?
- All flat surfaces are to be disinfected everyday by Citadel Custodial Staff.
- Atomizer available on each floor for on demand use by the faculty.
- Disinfection solution in spray bottles with disposable towels are made available to wipe down surfaces at the end of class or as needed.
- Hand sanitizer is made available as needed.
- The Citadel continues to develop safety protocols for specific locations and activities on campus.
For more information, please review all details here.
Are masks required on campus at all times?
Yes, in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, masks are required. When in doubt, please wear your mask to protect yourself and others.
Are masks required off campus?
Yes, the City of Charleston currently has a mask ordinance in place that requires all to wear a mask in public.
How often should I clean my mask?
Masks should be washed after each use. For full guidelines on how to properly wash your mask, please click here.
Will cadets have to wear masks during physical training?
No, physical training will be adjusted to allow for sufficient social distancing.
What changes are being made to on-campus operations?
- Proper signage will indicate the correct foot traffic throughout campus to minimize interactions.
- Building ingress will be adjusted to permit entrance and exit only doorways creating one-way streamline path for each building.
Are there contact tracing procedures in place if a student/faculty member is symptomatic or diagnosed?
Yes, The Citadel has established a contact tracing team to monitor and notify the campus community of potential infection risks.
How do I use an atomizer to sanitize my area?
Please watch the linked video for step by step instructions on how to properly use an atomizer.
What is the last day of classes for the fall semester?
The last day of classes for the Corps of Cadets will be Tuesday, November 24th. Rather than returning to campus after Thanksgiving furlough, The Citadel will hold final exams remotely. The last day of exams will be December 9.
When do spring semester classes start?
- The South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College began classes on Wednesday, January 20th.
- The Citadel Graduate College students enrolled in the first eight-week session began classes on Monday, January 11th.
- For full spring semester academic updates, please click here.
How will the college determine which courses will be offered in person? Will there be a prioritization for classes that need the in-person experience (e.g., labs)?
The size of the class and the ability to safely teach the class under social distancing regulations will determine what further action will be required. All classes will be reviewed individually to ensure safety. Hands-on learning will require additional safety precautions and may split into multiple class sections. Further details will be communicated with each student affected.
What will the campus do to make online learning experiences more robust and beneficial?
For classes that will be partially or fully online, The Citadel will be upgrading the technology required for Modified HyFlex Instruction to elevate the online interactive experience for classes that cannot meet in-person.
How will The Citadel help prepare courses to be provided in a variety of formats (in-person, hybrid, remote)?
The Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Learning and Distance Education (CEITL) and the Information Technology Services (ITS) continue working to ensure a productive and successful fall for any cadets and students who participate in virtual learning.
What if an instructor tests positive during the semester?
The class will be either taken over by another instructor within the department or the class will move online to ensure the safety of students and other instructors. All departments have prepared for this scenario and will be able to carry on classes as planned.
Will there be study abroad?
No, spring study abroad is suspended.
Faculty and Staff
Can faculty and staff request travel?
The College is allowing only essential Citadel-related travel for faculty and staff. Requests for essential travel must be reviewed and approved by both the Dean/Director and Provost/VP
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