COVID-19 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu Fri, 28 Jan 2022 16:00:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.4 https://today.citadel.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Citadel-Favion-new-150x150.png COVID-19 – The Citadel Today https://today.citadel.edu 32 32 144096890 The Citadel removes mask requirement effective Monday, Jan. 31 https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-removes-mask-requirement-effective-monday-jan-31/ Fri, 28 Jan 2022 16:00:51 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=30219 Beginning Monday, Jan. 31, The Citadel will no longer require masks to be worn on campus. Masks will still be required during classes taught by professors with medical accommodations.]]>

Beginning Monday, Jan. 31, The Citadel will no longer require masks to be worn on campus. This change was made possible by the mitigation efforts of the campus community after returning from winter furlough.

Masks will still be required during classes taught by professors with medical accommodations. Cadets and students will be informed if they are enrolled in any classes where masks will continue to be required; faculty may still apply for medical accommodations by emailing hr@citadel.edu.

Anyone wishing to continue wearing a mask on campus may continue to do so. And members of the campus community are reminded that, when interacting with someone wearing a mask, it is considered proper etiquette to wear one as well.

For current guidance on masks from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.

To continue to ensure the safety of those on campus, The Citadel will continue to offer testing on campus, free of charge, every Wednesday from 9 a.m. – 1 a.m. on the second floor of McAlister Field House. Pre-registration is encouraged for all employees, but walk-ins by cadets, students, contractors and employees are always welcome.

To register for the testing event on Wednesday, Feb. 2, click here.

Campus COVID statistics and information — as well as updated guidance, protocols and registration for future testing events — can be found here.

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The Citadel to temporarily require masks in classrooms, laboratories, the library and medical facilities to begin the spring 2022 semester https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-to-temporarily-require-masks-in-classrooms-laboratories-the-library-and-medical-facilities-to-begin-the-spring-2022-semester/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 19:00:43 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=29716 The Citadel will temporarily require face masks to be worn in select areas on campus, effective Sunday, Jan. 9.]]>

The limited mask policy is effective starting Sunday, Jan. 9

Based on current COVID conditions – driven by the recent spike of the Omicron variant – The Citadel will temporarily require face masks to be worn in select areas on campus, effective Sunday, Jan. 9.

This policy will be reevaluated weekly as the semester progresses, with the goal of returning to normal operations as soon as possible.

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear masks in the following areas:

  • All academic classrooms and laboratories
  • All academic office spaces (does not apply when faculty or staff are alone in their offices)
  • Daniel Library
  • The Infirmary
  • The Counseling Center

Masks will not be required outdoors, in the barracks or in any location not listed above.

Anyone who wishes to wear a mask in other areas of campus may do so. All members of the campus community are asked to be respectful of others; when interacting with someone wearing a mask, it is considered proper etiquette to wear one as well.

The robust efforts of the cadets, students, faculty and staff allowed The Citadel to remove mask requirements in early October while successfully completing in-person classes.

To ensure the campus community remains as healthy as possible, The Citadel will hold a COVID testing clinic on campus from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10 on the second floor of McAlister Field House. Throughout the semester, the college will also offer weekly testing; dates and times will be announced soon. Additionally, a Pfizer vaccine booster clinic will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Campus COVID statistics and information, as well as further guidance and protocols, can be found here.

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Returning to campus: instructions from the Commandant of Cadets https://today.citadel.edu/returning-to-campus-instructions-from-the-commandant-of-cadets/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 16:21:17 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=29663 "We encourage you to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus on 9 January."]]>

Reconstitution Jan. 9 for South Carolina Corps of Cadets

Photo above: Knobs listen to an address from The Citadel Commandant of Cadets, Col. Thomas J. Gordon, USMC (Ret.), ’91, in McAlister Field House during Challenge Week at The Citadel on August 16, 2021.

Cadets,

I hope you had a great holiday. We are excited to have you back.

As you know most of the country is experiencing a significant surge in COVID infections. Therefore, we encourage you to get tested for COVID-19 before returning to campus on 9 January. If you are positive, please stay home and send the results to your TAC. The infirmary will then put you on quarantine orders in accordance with the new CDC guidelines.  

We have arranged for additional COVID testing to be available on campus on 10 January.  Furthermore, vaccine and booster shots will also be available on campus 20 Jan. 

Please note, when the CDC published their new quarantine guidelines they also changed the rules for close contacts. If it has been greater than two months since a Johnson & Johnson vaccine, or six months since the second shot of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, you will be required to quarantine for five days if you have been in close contact with an infected person.  Therefore, to keep you and the community well, we encourage all to get vaccinated and to get boosted.

Stay well and see you Sunday. 

Very Respectfully,  

Col Tom Gordon, USMC (Ret) ‘91, The Citadel Commandant of Cadets 

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The Citadel to remove indoor mask requirement https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-to-remove-indoor-mask-requirement/ Thu, 30 Sep 2021 20:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=27299 Due to vaccination rates and campus conditions, The Citadel will remove the mask requirements for the entire campus effective Monday, Oct. 4.]]>

A message from the President of The Citadel

Citadel family:

Greetings. I speak for many on campus in saying how excited I am for our upcoming Parents’ Weekend. It is one of our major celebrations, and truly shows how unique and special The Citadel is.

I write today to thank each and every one of you for your efforts to mitigate COVID-19. 

Due to this hard work – as well as reported vaccination rates and current conditions on campus – we have decided to remove the mask requirements for the entire campus effective Monday, Oct. 4.

Individual faculty members with concerns may request continued mask requirements in their classrooms through academic channels, starting with their Department Head.

Additionally, for the upcoming Ring Weekend, masks are not required while attending the Ring Presentation, the Ring Ceremony or the Blessing of the Rings Sunday service.

Other than these exemptions, through Sunday, Oct. 3, masks are required in the following locations:

  • All academic buildings and classrooms
  • Mark Clark Hall
  • Daniel Library
  • Infirmary
  • Counseling Center

I encourage you to continue taking precautionary measures. If you are symptomatic, get tested. Cadets can visit the campus Infirmary to receive a test; testing is also offered to the entire campus community on Wednesdays, located on the second floor of McAlister Field House. We have also ordered 2,000 over-the-counter, rapid testing kits which will be distributed throughout campus for greater access to testing.

Campus COVID statistics, as well as updated guidance and protocols, can be found here.

Since March 2020, we anticipated The Citadel’s return to fully normal operations – removing the mask requirement is a big step. It is only through your efforts we are able to make this happen.

Finally, congratulations to the Class of 2022. You’re just one day and a wake up away!

Semper Fi and Go Dogs!

Glenn M. Walters ‘79
General, USMC (Retired)
President

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Preparing for Parents’ Weekend 2021 https://today.citadel.edu/preparing-for-parents-weekend-2021/ Thu, 30 Sep 2021 13:08:07 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=27247 Relatives and friends will be welcomed to the college campus during The Citadel’s annual Parents’ Weekend Friday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 3. ]]>

Relatives and friends will be welcomed to the college campus during The Citadel’s annual Parents’ Weekend Friday, Oct. 1 – Sunday, Oct. 3.

Highlights of the weekend include a Ring Presentation Ceremony for The Citadel Class of 2022, the promotion of fourth-class cadets from recruits to privates and a Saturday dress parade. There will also be a diverse range of religious services on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Another main event of the weekend will be when The Citadel welcomes Virginia Military Institute to Johnson Hagood Staduim for the Military Classic of the South. The fight for the Silver Shako begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.

Though they are currently required in many locations on campus, masks will be optional for those attending the Ring Presentation, the Ring Ceremony and the Blessing of the Rings Sunday service.

Due to construction related to the Capers Hall replacement project, parking on campus is extremely limited. Carpooling or travelling to campus via taxi, Uber, Lyft or other service is highly recommended. Additionally, construction may affect access to campus through Hagood Ave. and Elmwood St.; visitors should plan accordingly.

Parents’ Weekend 2021 schedule

Friday, Oct. 1

10:30 a.m.Gen. Walters speaks during The Citadel Family Association annual meetingBuyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall
2:45 p.m.Seniors march to Summerall Chapel for the Ring Presentation Summerall Field
3 p.m.Class of 2022 Ring Presentation Ceremony – open only to cadetsSummerall Chapel
5 p.m.Ring ReceptionDeas Hall
6 p.m.Ring Ceremony, including the Ring walk-through and a Junior Sword Arch performanceMcAlister Fieldhouse

Saturday, Oct. 2

8:30 –
10:30 a.m.
All barracks open
(2nd Battalion Band rooms open to parents at 8 a.m.)
Pipe Band performs in barracks
8:45 a.m.Kelly Cup FinalsPadgett-Thomas barracks quad
10:10 a.m.Freshmen Promotion ceremoniesAll barracks
11 a.m.Dress paradeSummerall Field
1 p.m.Formation and march to Johnson Hagood StadiumAcross campus
2 p.m.Bulldogs vs. VMIJohnson Hagood Stadium

Sunday, Oct. 3

8 a.m.Catholic MassSummerall Chapel
10 a.m.General Protestant worship with a Blessing of the Rings serviceSummerall Chapel
After serviceReceptionBuyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall

The first Parents’ Day at The Citadel was held in 1934. Today it is one of the college’s four major weekends.

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The rewind: celebrating the Class of 1970 and more https://today.citadel.edu/the-rewind-celebrating-the-class-of-1970-and-more/ Mon, 13 Sep 2021 20:13:24 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26649 The postponed Homecoming recognized the milestone reunions for classes ending in '0 and '5 and, especially, members of the Class of 1970 who celebrated their 50th reunion.]]>

Recognizing the reunions that would have happened in 2020

The alumni who waited an extra year to reunite with their former classmates don’t have to wait anymore.

Though it came a year later than planned, The Citadel and The Citadel Alumni Association held Homecoming 2020 on Sept. 10-12, 2021.

The postponed Homecoming recognized the milestone reunions for classes ending in ‘0 and ‘5 and, especially, members of the Class of 1970 who celebrated their 50th reunion.

Despite the delay and some modifications required by the pandemic, many activities looked like they have in years past.

Saturday, Sept. 11 began with the barracks on campus open to visitors, as well as the traditional performance by The Citadel’s Regimental Pipe Band.

Later in the morning, cadets marched in the Homecoming dress parade in honor of the Class of 1970. That parade also included a Jeep review by The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’77; Regimental Commander Cadet Col. Kathryn Christmas; and 2020 President of The Citadel Alumni Association Col. Ed White Jr., USAF (Ret.), ’66.

There were also multiple events on campus to honor the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, including a memorial display — hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) with support from the Fine Arts Program — of a fragment of steel from the World Trade Center.

Photo courtesy: Tiffany Silverman, director of the Fine Arts program at The Citadel

The SHSS received the fragment in 2013; it was displayed in the lobby of Capers Hall until it was relocated for the building’s demolition. A new, permanent location will be established when the new Capers Hall is complete.

Saturday afternoon, The Citadel football team competed with Charleston Southern University. That game also included multiple tributes to those lost on 9/11 as well as military members and first responders.

Homecoming 2021 — honoring classes ending in ‘1 and ‘6 — is scheduled for Nov. 12-14. More information can be found here.

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The Citadel temporarily requiring masks indoors https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadel-temporarily-requiring-masks-indoors/ Tue, 24 Aug 2021 21:05:17 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=26103 Based on current conditions, The Citadel will temporarily require face coverings to be worn while inside select campus buildings.]]>

The modified mask policy is effective starting Aug. 25

Based on current conditions, The Citadel will require face coverings to be worn while inside select campus buildings. This protocol is temporary and will be reviewed on Sept. 7.

This applies to all individuals – cadets, students, faculty, staff and visitors – regardless of vaccination status in the following locations:

  • All academic buildings and classrooms
  • Additional buildings that require masks are:
    • Mark Clark Hall
    • Summerall Chapel
    • Daniel Library

Masks are not required outdoors, in barracks or in any facility not described above.

Supervisors are authorized to utilize discretion to require their employees to wear masks in close contact or indoor settings.

In order to achieve the goal of normal operations, The Citadel is seeking 85% immunity campus-wide.

These temporary measures and an increase in campus-wide vaccination rates will help the college achieve the objective of normal operations.

Those who have already been vaccinated and not yet reported their status are asked to report your vaccination status via an e-form here or through Banner here. This information will remain confidential and will only be shared with college officials who have a legitimate need to fulfill their professional responsibilities for The Citadel, such as contact-tracing.

Campus COVID statistics, as well as further guidance and protocols, can be found here.

To learn more about the college’s successful, on-campus experience for the 2020-21 academic year, click here.

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The Citadel’s Matriculation Day welcomes new freshman cadets on campus https://today.citadel.edu/the-citadels-matriculation-day-welcomes-new-freshman-cadets-on-campus/ Fri, 20 Aug 2021 15:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25869 After a few days of settling in, freshmen are met with a shocking feat, Challenge Week, in preparation for their first year at school.]]>

As seen on WCBD-TV News2, by Diante Gibbs, Katie Augustine

Saturday (August 14) was Matriculation Day at The Citadel where around 700 new cadets moved in and are ready for the next four years of college.

Matriculation Day is a longstanding tradition at The Citadel, as it marks the beginning of freshmen year for newly admitted students – who are referred to as “knobs” says Regimental Commander Kathryn Christmas.

“Matriculation day is just a day to bring the freshmen in before the rest of the core to get them acclimated to the experience and environment,” Christmas adds.

Moving into the barracks and getting the appropriate haircut are just a few things for new students to check off their lists.

“We’re trying to make it as smooth as possible for the parents, but it’s gonna be a shock to the freshman,” says Colonel Tom Gordon, Commandant of Cadets.

After a few days of settling in, freshmen are met with a shocking feat, Challenge Week, in preparation for their first year at school. South Carolina colleges and universities to receive more than $520M in funding to offset pandemic woes

“It’s meant to shock the freshmen and challenge them mentally, physically, we do PT every morning. We shock them with new things every day,” says Christmas.

Citadel leaders prepared for months, putting the safety of students and staff first this year as COVID-19 cases rise across the country.

“When the upperclassmen come in, we’re going to ask the upperclassmen to either be vaccinated or to report with a negative covid test,” Gordon says.

Considering the widespread locations the new cadets are coming from, the Citadel encourages students to wear their masks and get vaccinated.

“About 55% are from South Carolina, we have 33 states represented and ten countries.”

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Reconstitution: Welcoming upper class cadets back to campus Aug. 22 https://today.citadel.edu/reconstitution-welcoming-upper-class-cadets-back-to-campus-aug-22/ Sun, 15 Aug 2021 16:00:00 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25757 Cadets march to McAllister Field House from Fifth Battalion to hear from Citadel Commandant of Cadets Captain Geno F. Peluso '89, USN and Sargeant Major Andrew Yagle, USMC (Retired) during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ first day back on campus at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 13, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Cadets march to McAllister Field House from Fifth Battalion to hear from Citadel Commandant of Cadets Captain Geno F. Peluso '89, USN and Sargeant Major Andrew Yagle, USMC (Retired) during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ first day back on campus at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 13, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)“I am confident the Corps of Cadets will help lead us out of this pandemic; therefore, I am incentivizing cadets to get vaccinated with an overnight. Additionally, the company with the highest vaccination rate will be excused from the Commandant's Inspection."]]> Cadets march to McAllister Field House from Fifth Battalion to hear from Citadel Commandant of Cadets Captain Geno F. Peluso '89, USN and Sargeant Major Andrew Yagle, USMC (Retired) during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ first day back on campus at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 13, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)Cadets march to McAllister Field House from Fifth Battalion to hear from Citadel Commandant of Cadets Captain Geno F. Peluso '89, USN and Sargeant Major Andrew Yagle, USMC (Retired) during the South Carolina Corps of Cadets’ first day back on campus at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Monday, January 13, 2020. (Photo by Cameron Pollack / The Citadel)

Special instructions for reconstitution and incentives to get cadets vaccinated

The Citadel is prepared to welcome the college’s upper class cadets back to campus for Reconstitution.

Cadet athletes, and the sophomores, juniors and seniors on the freshman training cadre, along with the freshmen themselves are already on campus preparing for the fall semester. The rest of the Corps returns for Reconstitution on Sunday, August 22.

Due to a significant rise in COVID infections, we are strongly encouraging Cadets to get vaccinated prior to reporting back to campus. Once vaccinated, cadets need to report their COVID vaccination status on this online form. (Your information will only be shared with college officials who have a legitimate educational interest to fulfill their professional responsibilities for The Citadel, such as contact-tracing for someone who may become infected with the virus).

Upon reporting to campus, all cadets will provide one of the following:

  • Vaccinated cadets. Verify your status has been properly reported.
  • Unvaccinated cadets. Cadets who have not been vaccinated must upon arrival:
    • Provide Negative COVID-19 test results from test taken within the last seven days. (Proof of negative results from test taken on August 15 or later).
    • COVID-19 diagnosis and recovery in last 90 days (documentation of COVID diagnosis and recovery from May 24, 2021, or later).
    • Unvaccinated cadets without a negative test will be sent to the 2nd floor, McAlister Field House for testing. Cadets may incur a charge for the cost of the test.

The duty to protect others: Aug. 24 vaccination clinic, cadet incentives

Citadel campus community members receive COVID-19 vaccinations during a clinic hosted by Delta Pharmacy in Buyer Auditorium at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

The college will hold a free vaccination clinic on Aug. 24th in Buyer Auditorium from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. for anyone on campus who would like to attend.

“We respect the virus and will reconstitute responsibly. The best way to protect our Citadel family and build resiliency to allow us to get back to normal is to get vaccinated,” said The Citadel’s Commandant of Cadets, Col. Thomas Gordon, USMC (Ret.), ’91. “I am asking all cadets to do the right thing and get vaccinated; if not for you, do it for your classmates, professors, and the community.”

Gordon added extra motivation for cadets.  “I am confident the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will help lead us out of this pandemic; therefore, I am incentivizing cadets to get vaccinated with an overnight (this includes freshmen). Additionally, the company with the highest vaccination rate will be excused from the Commandant’s Inspection.”

The college is “ready for the challenges the pandemic brings, and is maintaining resources and best practices that led The Citadel to a successful on-campus experience for the Corps last year,” according to The Citadel President Gen. Glenn M. Waters, USMC (Ret.), ’79.

Some of the precautionary measures include:

  • Faculty and staff vaccination rates exceeding 75%.
  • Hand and surface sanitization stations and supplies located throughout campus, including each barrack.
  • Enhanced cleaning processes by campus janitorial staff.
  • Over 11,000 masks or other face coverings in stock and distributed at no cost, as needed.
  • On campus quarantine facilities for use if needed, with all academic resources remaining accessible to quarantined cadets.

Campus COVID statistics can be seen online here. 

Fall semester classes for all cadets and students begin on Aug. 25.

Leaders from the South Carolina Corps of Cadets getting tested for COVID-19 before reconstitution in at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

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COVID Protocol Reminders for Employees https://today.citadel.edu/covid-protocol-reminders-for-employees/ Tue, 10 Aug 2021 19:54:38 +0000 https://today.citadel.edu/?p=25668 Ahead of the fall semester, HR is reminding everyone about protocols for suspected, close contact and positive employee COVID-19 cases.]]>

As we plan for the upcoming fall semester, HR wanted to remind everyone about important protocols for suspected, close contact and positive employee COVID-19 cases. In addition, there are various testing and vaccination sites in our area if you or your family members are in need. Ultimately, your health and wellness are extremely important to us and are vital to the success of our campus community and students.

Protocol if you suspect or are positive for COVID-19

COVID testing sites

  • As outlined in our protocol, virtual visits to Roper or MUSC can connect you to testing facilities in our area.
  • MUSC also has several COVID-19 testing sites that do not require an appointment or doctor’s order.
  • DHEC has several free mobile sites and pop up clinics available throughout the state: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/find-covid-19-testing-location
  • A rapid antigen 15 Minute COVID-19 test (shallow nasal swab) is available at Dottie’s Pharmacy at 325 Folly Road, Suite 101 on James Island. The cost is $75 and no appointment is necessary. These tests can only tell if you have an active infection, so you should still monitor for symptoms and PCR testing is still considered the “gold standard” for clinical diagnostic detection by the CDC. Dottie’s also offers PCR testing with a 24-48 hour turnaround for $150.
  • All Doctor’s Care locations are offering 15 minute rapid antigen (for those with symptoms or close exposure) and PCR testing. No appointment necessary.

COVID vaccination information

  • We continue to strongly encourage employees to get a COVID vaccine. 
  • Over 75% of our entire employee population are fully vaccinated. Your vaccination status is held in strict confidence and HR utilizes this information if you are deemed a close contact or test positive. 
  • Vaccinated employees typically do not have to quarantine, but unvaccinated employees will have to quarantine and be out of work if they are in close contact with a positive case.
  • If you’ve received the vaccine: We are encouraging reporting through the online form or in Lesesne Gateway that you received a vaccination.
  • If you do not plan on getting the vaccination: We do not need any additional information from you, except to remind you that you should be masked indoors when around others. 
  • If you are in need of assistance in finding a vaccine provider: Please go to this website or give HR a call at 953-6922. We will also be hosting a campus-wide vaccination clinic on August 24th. More details to come.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus community healthy!

Leah Schonfeld
Assistant Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

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