The Citadel supports the safe and efficient return of cadets to conduct Cadre training, Matriculation and training of the class of 2024; and reconstitution of the SCCC. For more information on Matriculation, please visit Matriculation HQ.
Additional measures will be adapted or added as needed throughout the return of individuals to campus to ensure safety.
Are all cadets required to be tested for COVID-19 prior to reporting to campus?
Yes, all cadets will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test that was administered within two weeks of reporting to campus.
Will the cadets need to self-isolate for two weeks before reporting?
Other than being administered a test for COVID-19, cadets are asked to self-isolate at home for 14 days before entering campus.
When should a cadet get tested for COVID-19? How far in advance before arriving on campus?
- Returning cadets should get a COVID-19 diagnostic test two weeks prior to your return and email a copy of the negative test result to your TAC before your report date. For example, cadre returning on Aug. 1 should have the test as close to July 17 as possible. If arriving for reconstitution Aug. 15, get a COVID-19 test by July 31.
- Incoming freshman should get a COVID-19 test in their hometown by July 24. A copy of the negative test result should be emailed to the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where should COVID test results be sent?
- Incoming freshmen cadets will report their results to the Office of Admissions.
- Upper-class cadets will report their results to their respective TAC officer.
What if an incoming freshman cadet has tested positive for COVID-19 within two weeks of returning to campus?
- Should a freshman test positive, do not report and call the Admissions Office at (843) 953-5230 for a private conversation about next steps. Remote classes will be provided, and the cadet can return in the fall of 2021 for the required fourth-class (knob) training components.
- Freshman cadets that test positive prior to Matriculation Day will not be admitted and will be offered the option of taking online courses, with the opportunity to join the Corps of Cadets the following fall.
- Freshman cadets that test positive after arrival on campus will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
What if a returning cadet has tested positive for COVID- 19 within two weeks of returning to campus?
If the result is positive, do not return to campus. Isolate at home and email a copy of the result to your TAC and call your TAC for further instructions. In this case, a cadet will begin classes remotely on August 19. After isolating a minimum of 10 days and receiving two negative COVID-19 tests, provide results to your TAC to obtain clearance for return.
What if a cadet is not able to schedule a COVID-19 test?
- If a returning cadet cannot get a COVID-19 test at home or your results are not delivered by the testing entity in time, communicate that to your TAC prior to your return, and a test will be administered upon arrival to campus at the infirmary.
- If an incoming freshman cannot get a COVID-19 test at home, or your results are not delivered by the testing agency in time, email the admissions office prior to matriculation and a test will be administered upon arrival at the infirmary.
Do CGC students have to get tested as well?
All CGC students who take in-person classes including graduate, college transfer, veteran, veteran-day, and active duty students should get a COVID-19 diagnostic test as close to August 4th as possible and email the negative test result to the CGC office at email@example.com.
What if a CGC student receives a positive test result?
To report a positive test result, call the CGC Office (843) 953-5089 and begin classes remotely. Students should isolate for a minimum of ten days and get another COVID test. When receiving two negative results in a row, provide those results via email to the CGC office and return to campus for classes.
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 confidently, who can I contact?
Call your admissions officer, your company TAC, the CGC office, arrange for an appointment with The Citadel Counseling Center or an ombudsperson.
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 a face-to-face Citadel classroom be arranged in Fall 2020?
- 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 fall start 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.
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.
Will The Citadel provide masks?
Every cadet will be provided with four washable face coverings at check in. A face covering must always be worn other than when alone in a room or in living quarters with designated roommate.
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.
When do classes start?
- The South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College will begin classes on Wednesday, August 19th.
- The Citadel Graduate College students enrolled in the first eight-week session will begin classes Monday, August 24th.
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 long does The Citadel plan to hold face-to-face classes in Fall 2020?
After a shortened fall furlough, which will take place over the Thanksgiving holiday, the end of the semester will be completed remotely.
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.
Will The Citadel be increasing tuition for Fall 2020?
The Citadel announced it will not raise tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year.
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.
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)?
Depending on the size of the class and the ability to safely teach the class under the 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.
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