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ECPI University reopens campuses

Staff Report //May 21, 2020//

ECPI University reopens campuses

Staff Report //May 21, 2020//

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ECPI University is requiring that all faculty, staff and students have their temperatures taken before entering campus. If a person has a temperature over 100.4 degrees, they will be sent home. (Photo/ECPI University)ECPI University has reopened all of its Southeastern campuses, including those in North Charleston, Greenville and Columbia, with safety protocols in place.

Many classes will continue to meet remotely, according to COO Barbara Larar, but many courses require a hands-on learning component.

“We will limit the number of students who participate in labs at any given time to ensure safety, rotating them in and out to ensure they receive the hands-on learning experience that drew them to ECPI University in the first place,” Larar said in a news release.

Cleaning procedures now include cleaning and disinfecting commons areas, restrooms and high-touch surfaces each day. Faculty, staff and students will be expected to clean and disinfect workstations, classrooms and labs before starting and ending their work each day.

Common break areas and vending machines will be temporarily inaccessible as the campus reopens.

Faculty and staff will be required to enter buildings through designated entrances, and everyone will have their temperature taken when they enter. A person with a temperature over 100.4 degrees will be asked to go home and self-quarantine.

Face masks must be worn at all times in common areas, and sanitizing stations have been set up near all entryways, elevators, stairwells and other high-touch surface areas.

Faculty, staff and students must also complete a confidential health assessment before returning to campus.

“Rigorously following CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines, we believe we have established a reopening plan that will help ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” Larar said.