COVID-19 Guidelines


The following guidelines are provided for CofC employees and are based on the most recent CDC guidance related to COVID-19. We expect members of our campus community to follow these recommendations to help protect their own health and the health of others.

Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, the College of Charleston has relied on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for guidance on how to keep our community safe and healthy.  In March 2024, the CDC announced updated respiratory illness guidance which recommends that COVID precautions now mirror those of other respiratory illnesses, such as the flu and RSV.   

You may see the current guidance on the CDC website:  

To align our policies with this current guidance, the following are now in place: 

  • An individual must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing agents before returning to class, work, activities, or events. 
  • The 5-day isolation after positive infection is no longer required.
  • Consider wearing a mask 5 days after the fever-free mark to increase prevention strategies.

We will continue to monitor for any future updates.

Campus Resources and Information

  • COVID-19 Testing

The federal COVID-19 public health emergency ended on May 11, 2023. As such, beginning May 12, 2023, the State Health Plan covers testing for COVID-19 as follows:

    • Diagnostic tests. Commonly known as COVID-19 PCR test or simply PCR, the State Health Plan covers this test under normal Plan provisions, and tests are subject to member cost share.

    • At-home tests. The State Health Plan does not cover at-home, over-the-counter tests.

    • Return to work/school tests. The State Health Plan does not cover testing for this purpose.

  • COVID-19 Vaccines

    • COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe infection.  Employees can visit the SCDHEC Vax Locator or to locate vaccine options within the local community and throughout South Carolina.