March 12 COVID-19 Update

CURRENT STATUS OF THE CITADEL CAMPUS COMMUNITY 

As of today, March 12, The Citadel can confirm the following: 
• No confirmed cases. No suspected cases.
• No changes to Spring Break; please abide by CDC travel guidelines and advisories
• If there will be any major changes to campus operations or return schedules and protocols, you will be updated no later than Wed. March 18.

College officials are working with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, and county health officials, as well as monitoring advisories from the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control. As we coordinate with these officials, we will modify operations as appropriate to protect the safety of our cadets, students faculty and staff. We will communicate changes through the website, social media, emails and/or Bulldog Alerts as appropriate.

IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATES

  • Recognition Day activities to include the gauntlet and the barracks recognition ceremony will be held tomorrow, Friday March 13. THIS IS A CLOSED EVENT due to the dynamic conditions related to COVID-19. Please respect this decision and the importance it holds for the safety and sake of the cadets involved.
  • All campus events cancelled through March 31. Following the recognition event tomorrow, all events this month are cancelled including the Corps Day, March to Marion Square, Principled Leadership Symposium, dress parades, guest lectures, the Biloxi Blues play performance and other scheduled events.
  • Southern Conference suspended all athletic competitions through March 30. SoCon and associated college leaders will reassess conditions and provide updates at the end of the month.
  • The Citadel Brigadier Foundation auction is postponed until further notice. “There is nothing we love more than seeing our supporters come together towards the benefit of Citadel Athletics. However, the health and well-being of our TCBF family is more important than our plans to come together.  We hope many of you will consider converting your ticket purchase to a 100% tax-deductible gift. Please email tcbf@citadel.edu with questions.”

CADETS AND STUDENTS LEAVE FOR SPRING BREAK

Cadets depart Friday for spring furlough beginning at 8 a.m. after completing all duties and responsibilities. The Corps is scheduled for reconstitution on Sunday, March 22 with classes resuming March 23.

The Citadel is prepared to move temporarily to an online learning model if in-person class instruction is disrupted. While no decision has been made, students should bring materials necessary for their continued academic progress if the decision is made to move to online instruction. This includes laptop, textbooks and other items needed to complete coursework assigned online. General Walters provided guidance to cadets, students, faculty and staff, which you can review here.

GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYEES

  • Please see the email sent today asking you to fill out a form if you are traveling during spring break.
  • Many of us continue working over the break. If you think you are sick, or you think a colleague is sick, communicate your concerns to your supervisor. 
  • You should say home if you are sick.  If you report to work sick, you may be sent home by your supervisor.
  • If you experience COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever and difficulty breathing, there are two ways to be tested locally.  MUSC has a drive-through COVID-19 testing center at the Citadel Mall in West Ashley. State employees can receive a free virtual screening from MUSC by going to this link, creating an account and using the code COVID19 when logging in.
  • If a health professional recommends quarantine for you and you are a state employee who accrues leave, you may use sick leave.  If a health professional recommends quarantine for you and you are an employee in a non-leave accruing position, please contact Citadel HR to discuss your options.
  • If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Citadel HR at 953-6922.

GENERAL TRAVEL ADVICE

To protect yourself and those around you, we recommend that for the foreseeable future you avoid international personal travel. If you do choose to travel to a high-risk location, please understand you may be subject to additional screenings and/or governmental-imposed quarantine requirements before you can return to campus. 

As the virus continues to spread throughout the world and the United States, we also encourage you to re-consider plans that could restrict freedom of movement (such as cruises) and monitor the CDC’s website of domestic locations you may be considering.

Citadel officials are committed to providing ongoing, accurate information to our entire university community. You can find campus updates, notifications, resources and latest news on Citadel Today. 

Campus constitutes with questions can email HealthAlerts@Citadel.edu