COVID-19 Testing Policy For Limestone University

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 1:45pm
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July 29, 2020:

Limestone University’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic needs the support of our students to be successful.

To protect the health and well-being of the campus community, it is essential that Limestone University students have a COVID-19 diagnostic test prior to the new 2020-2021 academic year that begins in August. Students must submit online the necessary testing results prior to moving into residential housing or attending classes on the Day Campus in Gaffney.

Limestone Day Campus students are required to show proof of COVID-19 testing before moving into residence halls (for residents) or before attending the first day of classes (for non-residents).  Testing information must be uploaded using the Student COVID-19 Response Questionnaire (non-athletes) or submitted to Athletics (athletes) and can include one of the following:

1) Proof of prior COVID-19 infection;

2) Proof of presence of COVID-19 antibodies; or

3) Proof of negative COVID-19 test results which was taken within 10 days of your scheduled move in day (for residents) or start of classes (for non-residents).

Limestone University expects all students to be tested for COVID-19. Individuals should obtain a test shortly before their return to campus, by a method of their choosing. Testing may be obtained through community-based testing sites (many at no charge), commercial providers, or a primary care physician.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by the Department of Student Success for guidance.

If a student tests positive for COVID-19 after coming to campus and/or beginning face-to-face classes, Limestone’s response actions will include health monitoring, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine, as well as a heightened disinfection of classrooms and other necessary areas.

Limestone University remains confident in its plan to reopen. Our Crisis Response Team has worked diligently to develop our plan that embodies best practices in risk mitigation and provides clear indicators of when and how to adapt to changing conditions. We will be re-evaluating our plan regularly to create the safest possible conditions in which to study, work, and live together at Limestone.

Our plan to mitigate risk and limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the local community will succeed only if every student, faculty, and staff member commits to appropriate public health behavior both on and off campus.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

If you have questions regarding the necessary COVID-19 testing, please send an email covidresponse [at] limestone.edu.