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The most up-to-date information and resources can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and the South Carolina DHEC website.

Updated May 28, 2020

As the situation with COVID-19 rapidly evolves, Converse administrators continue to meet regularly and continue to make difficult decisions to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

Health & Safety

Our goal is to return to campus and resume a face-to-face learning environment as soon as it is physically safe to do so. We continue to watch the flattening of the curve of this virus thanks to people acting responsibly by staying at home and taking precautions when venturing out. With that in mind, our plan is to have all of our faculty and staff return to Converse in the fall to welcome our new and returning students. We will constantly evaluate this situation and the projections and will keep you informed as we make these difficult decisions, always placing your safety and health first.

Classes

Faculty will communicate with you about their plans and details for each of your classes. Online instruction will extend to the first session of 2020 Summer School. Courses will begin on June 1, 2020 and end on July 24, 2020. All Session 1A courses have been consolidated with the Session 1B schedule to provide continuity with the online offerings. You can view the course offerings here.

Faculty Advising

Faculty advisors will be in touch with students to help you with your graduation plans. Appointments with advisors will be virtual moving forward.

Campus Housing

In adherence to the Governor of the State of South Carolina’s Executive Order on April 6, 2020, Converse is suspending access to residence hall rooms for any student not already residing on campus, effective immediately. Exceptions will only be granted with express prior and written permission from Rhonda Mingo, Dean of Students or Kathy Hennigan, Director of Residential Life. 

Exceptions will be granted as they fall within the guidance provided by the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-21 of April 6, and may include access to obtain necessary medical supplies or medication, supplies and equipment needed to work from home, and products needed to maintain safety, sanitation, and essential maintenance of the home or residence.

Campus Offices

Campus offices are operating under modified hours. Please contact the campus office you need before coming to campus.

Fall 2020 Tuition Deposit and Room Selections

Converse is waiving the fall 2020 student tuition deposit for all undergraduate students.  For any student who has already made their deposit, it will be credited towards your 20-21 account balance.  If you have any questions, please contact Student Billing at studentbilling@converse.edu or 864.596.9032.

Room selections for next year will be held virtually.

Financial Planning

Even though we are working remotely, the Financial Planning Staff is still working for you.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at financial.planning@converse.edu.  The Director and Associate Director are available for Zoom, GoogleHangouts, or FaceTime meetings if you would rather chat face to face.

Converse has received funding under the CARES Act to help students whose education has been disrupted by this pandemic. To receive these funds, you must have filed a FAFSA. We strongly encourage you to file a FAFSA for the upcoming year as soon as possible. If you have had a change of circumstances that won’t be reflected on the FAFSA, you may fill out this form with that information. Please contact our Office of Financial Aid if you need assistance as we want to be sure you have every opportunity to access any and all necessary financial aid.

Read about how the CARES Act assists Converse students:

Cares Act Consumer Information and Disclosure

The Student Benevolence Fund has received some donations from students, faculty, employees, and alumnae/i. If you have faced additional travel, housing, technology, healthcare, or other costs because of the disruption caused by this pandemic and are enduring exceptional financial hardship, submit an application to the Benevolence Fund specifying and documenting your situation. As part of the request process, please explain your needs and how much money you are requesting. Any information you provide is confidential.

Commencement

We know that Commencement is an important time for seniors and their families.

Undergraduate and graduate 2020 Commencement in-person ceremonies are now rescheduled for Saturday, August 1, 2020 in Zimmerli Performance Center’s Twichell Auditorium, with special elements from Celebration Week to be held that weekend.

Celebration Weekend

All events for Celebration Weekend have been postponed. This includes Awards Day, May Day, the Freshman Pinning, Ring Ceremony, and Sisterhood Dinner. We are looking into options for celebrating these virtually and/or in fall 2020 and will provide further details soon.

As the situation around COVID-19 continues to evolve quickly, we will inform you of any changes as new information becomes available and decisions are made. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the process and make modifications as necessary.

CLASSES

  • Spring classes were moved online on March 30 and continued through final exams.

EMPLOYEES

  • Converse supervisors are strongly encouraged to require non-essential employees to work from home effective March 16. Essential employees whose work requires them on campus should coordinate with their supervisors. Employees who are non-essential and who are unable to telework (as determined by their supervisor) will coordinate with their supervisors to cover their time off of work during this period.
  • For additional information see the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act)

With the situation rapidly changing, we will provide you with any updates as we continue to monitor information related to COVID-19 and make adjustments as needed.

We know that these changes are inconvenient.  Like you, we are receiving this information and are working as quickly as possible to make decisions and provide updates.  These steps, although inconvenient, are necessary to protect our loved ones and the public at large.  Our priority is to maintain a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff – and also support the health of your families, and the wider Spartanburg community.

COVID-19 Faculty and Staff Policies and Resources

On April 29, 2020 Converse College signed the Recipient’s Funding Certification and Agreement to receive $663,442 in emergency grant funds for students from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  In compliance with section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act, this is no less than fifty percent of the total appropriation for Converse College.  Converse received notification from the U.S. Department of Education on May 20, 2020, that the funds were available.  The emergency grants were immediately administered, and grant check processing began on May 22, 2020.

Read the full Cares Act Consumer Information and Disclosure here:

Cares Act Consumer Information and Disclosure

Campus Technology has compiled informational pages on MyConverse for faculty, staff and students in regards to working and learning from home. These pages are accessible to Faculty, Staff and Students and you must be logged into MyConverse to view the resources.

Commencement is an important day for each of our graduates, their family members and friends, and for the Converse community as we recognize and celebrate all of the hard work it took for our graduates to reach that accomplishment.  Please see our announcement regarding 2020 undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies.

With recent concerns surrounding the community spread of COVID-19, the emphasis on social distancing, and the tightening of restrictions for social gatherings, Converse has made the difficult decision to cancel or postpone a number of our Spring 2020 social events held on campus:

  • Silver Soirée, to celebrate Lifetime Society members, honor the 2020 Dexter Edgar Converse award recipient Carolyn Duer Pennell ’50 (1928-2018), and recognize Converse Life Trustee, Walter S. Montgomery, Jr., will be postponed until September 17.
  • Celebration Weekend events have been postponed. This includes Awards Day, May Day, the Freshman Pinning, Ring Ceremony, and Sisterhood Dinner. We are looking into options for celebrating these virtually and/or in fall 2020 and will provide further details soon.

These events at Converse are personal, important, and meaningful to each of you. Know that these decisions were made with the best intentions to protect the health and safety of our Converse community.

Although we are facing a challenge that none of us have seen in our lifetimes, Converse is strong and the Converse community is resilient. We will make the necessary changes when needed, we will adapt, and once we emerge, we will be ready to resume our mission with bold plans and a vibrant future.

Gee Dining Hall is closed for the summer.

Visits are APPOINTMENT ONLY. We are not accepting any walk-in appointments. All patients must call 864.596.9258 or email in advance so that the Wellness Center can screen you prior to coming in.

IF YOU HAVE A FEVER AND RESPIRATORY ISSUES PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU CALL.

LIBRARY HOURS SUSPENDED

Essential library personnel will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through the “Ask a Librarian” service. We can also be reached by phone at 864.596.9071. Due to concerns about COVID-19, routine access to the library building has been suspended until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Converse students, faculty, and staff still have the option of 24/7 access, via the Internet, to periodical and reference databases, eBooks, and other online resources and services on the library’s homepage. Please let us know if you need a barcode in order to log in. Users who need books or other circulating items from the print collection should submit requests through “Ask a Librarian.”

If you have any items checked out from Mickel Library with a due date between March 15, 2020, and the end of the term, those due dates were extended to May 14, 2020.

Please feel free to contact the library staff at mickel.library@converse.edu or through Ask a Librarian if you have any questions about your patron account.

The Office of the Registrar will be open on Monday-Thursday from 8:30 AM-12:30 PM to assist faculty, staff and students.

Please practice social distancing by waiting outside the door if another person is being assisted by the staff.  After 12:30 PM, please feel free to send an email to registrar@converse.edu for assistance.

Converse administrators took care to develop a formula for the pro-rated remittances to ensure that as many needs as possible of the student community were taken into consideration. Converse will proceed with pro-rated room and board remittances for residential students who have moved out of Converse residence halls as of April 5, 2020. The remittance will be specific to each student and will be determined as follows:

  1. Converse will offer a pro-rated remittance of housing and dining fees using a move-out date of April 5, 2020, for all students, regardless of the day that they departed campus. The formula will be based on individual student federal, state, and institutional aid. Students who are recipients of grant/ scholarship aid that covers 100% of their charges (regardless of the source), will have their institutional aid proportionately reduced, and a refund will not be issued. Students who receive funds from the U.S Veteran’s Administration (VA), may have required adjustments made by the VA to the amount of funds received before Converse can issue a refund.
  2. Students who had planned to stay in housing but whose circumstances have changed may request an extension to coordinate their move-out. For those students, we will extend their move-out date to the end of business on April 8, 2020.
  3. Any remittance will first be applied to any outstanding amount owed by the student to the institution and to any loss of deposit due to room damage. Room damages will be assessed by Residential Life staff beginning April 13, 2020 (this date chosen to protect our staff from any potential virus on surfaces), and students whose rooms have damage that wasn’t noted during the check-in process will be notified.
  4. After the remittance is applied to outstanding balances and/or loss of deposits, students may choose how they want the remaining amount applied:
    1. Reduce their loan amount by this remittance;
    2. Apply the amount to their Converse fall 2020 charges;
    3. Donate some or all of the amount to the Student Benevolence Fund to help others who are facing unusual hardship as a result of COVID-19;
    4. Request a check.

Other Decisions to Aid Students

In addition to the pro-rated remittances for room and board fees, Converse will also take several other important steps to help its students:

  1. Finance Charges: Converse will suspend all finance charges applied to student accounts for late payments beginning April 1, 2020. This is to help alleviate the financial challenges that COVID-19 has brought to families and individuals, including students who lost track of their account status with all of the disruptions caused by the virus.
  2. Commencement Fees: Although Converse will host virtual commencement ceremonies on May 16, and an in-person commencement in August, the institution will return the $150 graduation fee to those students who have paid it, knowing that students may take on additional travel charges to return to campus to participate in the August commencement ceremonies.

Converse’s Office of Accounting and Administration will be going through each student’s account individually and will communicate to each student through their Converse email address as quickly as the remittance is calculated.

Mail room hours for this week are: Tuesday, May 26, Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 10 am – 2 pm.

As of April 16, 2020, first class mail for students is being forwarded to the home address on file. If your mail needs to go to a different address, please notify the mail room immediately at 864.596.9138 or email carol.gibbs@converse.edu.

The on-campus store is currently closed. The online store is accessible 24/7 and is offering free shipping on most items. For questions please call or email Alex Talley:

Phone: 864-596-9453 or 864-596-9454

Email: 1484mgr@follett.com

RENTAL RETURNS

Rental returns must completed online and shipped to the campus store via FedEx.  You can obtain a prepaid shipping label in one of two ways:
  1. Go to our bookstore website and search the rental pages.
  2. Wait for your rental return reminder email and follow the links to obtain the prepaid label.
You will have to drop them at the nearest FedEx store or ship box.  Please include the printout that contains the necessary information:  name, phone number on the rental account, email address, patron ID#, and anything else that might help us locate your rental account.

Late charges will be extended for two weeks beyond the May 14, 2020 due date since there could be shipping delays.

Please note only one label may be generated, so it is best to ship all the rental returns in one parcel to avoid shipping expenses. Please package the items and ship them from the nearest FedEx shipping location.

You need to print your prepaid label before the due date of May 14th (for Spring rentals).

If a printer is not accessible, you can email the label to your email address or save it to a flash drive. FedEx shipping stores have been able to print the label from that file.

Each rental patron will receive rental return reminder emails.  Rental reminder emails will show a link for students to access a shipping return label.  The reminder emails will be sent to the email address associated with the rental account.  In most cases, this is the Converse email account, but it also could be a parent, guardian, or other account.  These shipments will need to be dropped off at a local FedEx shipping location. The return label will need to be printed prior to the original due date of the rental items.  The labels are being provided free of charge.

Do you have a question about returning rentals? See Follett’s FAQ.

Faculty and adjuncts

Someone from the campus store will reach out for your course requirements for 2020 Summer and Fall semesters.

Status as of March 12, 2020

Effective March 12, 2020, Conference Carolinas has suspended all athletic competition until further notice.

While there are no known or suspected cases on the Converse campus or at our location at University Center of Greenville, or with anyone directly connected to Converse (students, faculty, or staff), this action is being taken in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) recommendations to reduce large social gatherings to help mitigate community spread of the virus.

Our main priority is to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. We will provide you with any updates as we continue to monitor information related to COVID-19 and make adjustments as needed.

Update from April 4, 2020

Converse College will be providing pro-rated remittances for room and board fees. Read the press release here.

Update from March 25, 2020

None of us could have imagined that we would be sending these notices and updates just a few short weeks ago. As the situation with COVID-19 rapidly evolves, Converse administrators continue to meet on a regular basis and continue to make difficult decisions to ensure the health and safety of our campus community.

With this in mind, we want to share with you the decisions made today.

Classes

Online classes will begin on March 30 and will continue through final exams. Your faculty will communicate with you about their plans and details for each of your classes. 

Faculty Advising

Faculty advisors will be in touch with students to help you with your graduation plans. Appointments with advisors will be virtual moving forward.

Personal Belongings

Residential students may return to campus next week to remove belongings from residence halls.  Before you return, you will need to schedule a time to retrieve your personal items from campus so we can ensure that this is done in an efficient and safe manner. Move-out will begin Wednesday, March 25; to comply with social distancing guidelines we are imposing a strict limit of 5 families in each residence hall at a time. Trash, all food, and any food or materials in microfridges should be removed and disposed of in bins outside the building.  Upon move-out, keys should be returned in the Express Move-Out Boxes in Montgomery outside the Student Life Office and Mail Room.

Please schedule your move-out time using this form.  

We cannot allow you to retrieve your items if you have not filled out that form first.

If you are unable to return to campus to retrieve your items due to living a long distance away or another hardship, please contact Kathy Hennigan. Ms. Hennigan will work with you on a plan to have your items moved out and stored.  There is only a limited amount of storage space, so please only choose this option if it is necessary. You will need to sign a waiver of liability form if you select this option. If two people in a shared space both choose this option, items from the room will be boxed up together.

Room inspections will occur after all belongings are moved out of the residence halls. We will be assessing for property damage and will provide an itemized list of any damages once the room inspections have occurred.

Campus Housing

With the exception of international students, students who currently are residing in campus housing are strongly encouraged to depart. Those students whose situations require them to stay in campus housing should work with Rhonda Mingo and Kathy Hennigan.

Fall 2020 Tuition Deposit and Room Selections

The due date for the fall 2020 tuition deposit for returning students has been moved to May 15.

Room selections for next year are on hold until further notice.

Celebration Weekend

All events for Celebration Weekend have been postponed. This includes Awards Day, May Day, the Freshman Pinning, Ring Ceremony, and Sisterhood Dinner. We are looking into options for celebrating these virtually and/or in fall 2020 and will provide further details soon.

Commencement

We know that Commencement is an important time for seniors and their families. Please see our announcement regarding 2020 undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies.

Please know that we do not make these decisions lightly.  We are doing our very best to balance the inconvenience and disappointment of these decisions with our need to keep you and our community safe.

Updated March 16, 2020

As the situation around the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is fluid, we are continually reassessing our operating status and informing you of any changes as new information becomes available.

This is an unprecedented time for the Converse community. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the process and make modifications as necessary.

As always, the health of our students and employees remains our first priority.  With the announcement of the temporary closure of all South Carolina K-12 schools and all public colleges and universities by South Carolina’s governor and the strong encouragement by him for all private institutions to follow this executive order, Converse has modified its operating status to the following to minimize the health and safety risks to students, faculty, staff and the wider community in response to COVID-19:

Classes

  • Converse will be closed for classes effective immediately.
  • Classes will not be held March 16 – March 29.
  • Spring Break for students will be moved up and will now be from March 16 – March 29.
  • Classes will resume on Monday, March 30, with the plan that all will be delivered online. Some classes that require special circumstances are being evaluated now and updates will be provided by your faculty members.
  • Converse administrators will continue monitoring the situation with COVID-19 community spread and will determine if online course delivery will be extended past the week of March 30.
  • At this point in time we plan to resume normal operations the week of April 6; updates will be provided should this change. 
  • Students can login to MyConverse for additional resources to help them with learning from home.

Residence Halls, Building Access, and Campus Services

  • Residence halls and dining services (take-out only) will remain open the week of March 23 and resume operating again on April 6. Students may stay on campus during these weeks if they choose.  Students who need to stay in residence halls the week of March 30 may do so, as well.   Students should complete this form if they plan to remain on campus for all or a portion of the extended and original Spring Break period (March 21 through April 5).
  • Academic and Athletic building access will be restricted.
  • Dining services will have limited operating hours for dining services will be in starting March 16 and continue through March 29.
  • We strongly encourage all residential students who do not need campus accommodations to go home, if possible.

Internet and Moodle Access

Internet access

Many internet providers have special offers due to COVID-19; some of these are included below:

Moodle

  • Students should download the Moodle app on their phone: https://docs.moodle.org/38/en/Moodle_app
  • VERY IMPORTANT: The url to use in the app for Converse’s Moodle is: https://moodle.converse.edu/moodle
  • When online classes begin the week of March 30, we are planning to have one computer lab open for students who do not have access at home. Additional details will be provided closer to March 30.

Employees

  • Converse supervisors are strongly encouraged to require non-essential employees to work from home effective March 16. Essential employees whose work requires them on campus should coordinate with their supervisors. Employees who are non-essential and who are unable to telework (as determined by their supervisor) will coordinate with their supervisors on using Converse leave to cover their time off of work during this period.
  • March 16 – March 20, Converse will continue to operate as normal for faculty and staff who will focus their work on completing and testing continuity plans, including testing teleworking operations and the delivery of online courses.
  • Employees can login to MyConverse for additional resources to assist them with working remotely.

With the situation rapidly changing, we will provide you with any updates as we continue to monitor information related to COVID-19 and make adjustments as needed.

We know that these changes are inconvenient.  Like you, we are receiving this information and are working as quickly as possible to make decisions and provide updates.  These steps, although inconvenient, are necessary to protect our loved ones and the public at large.  Our priority is to maintain a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff – and also support the health of your families, and the wider Spartanburg community.

Updated March 13, 2020

News of about the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus is changing rapidly. We have been proactively addressing and monitoring the situation as it relates to the Converse community, updated guidance from federal and state agencies, and recent decisions made by other higher education institutions in the Upstate and across the country.

As the situation around COVID-19 is fluid, we will continue to reassess our operating status and inform you of any changes as new information becomes available. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through the process and make modifications as necessary.

As always the health of our students and employees remains our first priority.  Converse administrators and the Board of Trustees have decided to take the following measures to minimize the health and safety risks to students, faculty, staff and the wider community in response to COVID-19:

Classes, Campus Services and Remote Work

We will continue operations as planned for next week (March 16), with one exception: classes with more than 30 students will be moved into larger classrooms to allow greater distance between students.

  • For any students who are immunocompromised, please contact Tania McDuffie at tania.mcduffie@converse.edu / 864.596.9027 or Boone Hopkins at boone.hopkins@converse.edu / 864.596.9227 to work through accommodations.
  • For any faculty or staff who are immunocompromised, please contact Keshia Gilliam at nikeshiajackson.gilliam@converse.edu / 864.596.9029 to work through accommodations.
  • Spring Break will begin one week early (the week of March 23) for students. Converse will continue to operate as normal for faculty and staff who will focus their work on completing and testing continuity plans, including testing teleworking operations and the delivery of online courses.
  • Residence halls and dining services will remain open the week of March 23 and resume operating again on April 6. Students may stay on campus during these weeks if they choose. Students who need to stay in residence halls the week of March 30 may do so, as well. Students should complete this form if they plan to remain on campus for all or a portion of the extended and original Spring Break period (March 21 through April 5).
  • Dining services will operate under normal hours through March 20. Modified dining operations and operating hours will be in effect March 21 through April 5.
  • When classes resume on Monday, April 6, Converse will provide alternatives where feasible to provide students and faculty with online, hybrid, and other instructional options during this week.  The modality of courses will be faculty-driven and faculty will determine if students are expected to return to campus for their course. Faculty members will provide guidance on how each class will continue operating no later than March 20. The expectation is that the majority of classes will be held online. 
  • Students should indicate their intent to return to campus the week of April 6 via this form.
  • Converse administrators will continue monitoring the situation with COVID-19 community spread and will determine if online course delivery will be extended past the week of April 6. At this point in time we plan to resume normal operations the week of April 13; updates will be provided should this change.

Events

  • Converse-led events of 50 or more individuals scheduled for March 13 – April 10 will be suspended effective immediately. This includes Converse Activities Board (CAB) events and formal or informal meetings of 50 or more people. This also includes recruiting events on campus.  Smaller campus-sponsored events and meetings will continue as normal.
  • All overnight campus recruiting visits will be suspended until April 10.
  • Junior or Senior Recitals will be suspended through April 10 and at that point further guidance will be given from the Dean of the School of Fine Arts.
  • College-sponsored travel to events with 50 or more people are currently discontinued.
  • Event rentals of Twichell Auditorium in the Zimmerli Performance Center or other spaces on campus by outside groups for cultural events will continue, with the continued implementation of special cleaning.
  • Effective March 12, 2020, Conference Carolinas has suspended all athletic competition until further notice.

Spring Break and Travel

As we look towards the increased frequency of travel due to Spring Break plans, we encourage everyone to be prudent in their travel choices. In addition, anyone in the Converse community who has plans to travel during Spring Break should report via this form.

The CDC has established geographic risk-stratification criteria for the purpose of issuing travel health notices for countries with COVID-19 transmission and guiding public health management decisions for people with potential travel-related exposures to COVID-19. As of March 13, 2020, Level 3 areas that have widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission and restrictions on entry to the United States include China, Iran, and most of Europe; South Korea is a Level 3 area experiencing widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission.  We anticipate that the specific travel designations may change, so the most up-to-date information for travelers can be found here.

If you are planning future travel, we recommend that your reservations allow you to make changes and/or that you obtain travel insurance that will cover the cancellation or other costs associated with changing reservations, and that the insurance covers situations like COVID-19, as conventional travel insurance policies typically do not.

With the safety of our community in mind, Converse reserves the right to require a faculty member, employee, or student to wait 14-days before returning to school and/or pending a physician’s release if they have traveled to a location deemed a Level 2 or 3 by the CDC or a virus hotspot due to COVID-19 contagion or have had interaction with a Patient Under Investigation. 

Cleaning and Prevention

Our campus facilities staff are cleaning and sanitizing our campus daily.  They are using hospital-grade cleaning supplies for common areas, and regularly wiping down doorknobs, light switches, and key pads.  We are ensuring that hand sanitizing stations are filled daily and we have added extra sanitizer and tissues across campus.  In addition, we have adjusted the self-serve formats of our meals so that food service staff serves our dining hall guests.

As we continue to engage in best practices for health and wellness across campus, we ask you to do the same by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Cleaning and disinfecting items that you touch often, such as your phone and keyboard
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

It is recommended to practice social distancing to stop or slow the spread of a contagious disease, which includes avoiding close contact with people, avoiding crowded public spaces where close contact with others may occur, and staying six feet apart as space allows.

Protect Yourself

If you have not yet gotten a flu shot and/or never received the MMR vaccine, we strongly encourage you to do so. Visit your physician’s office, an urgent care/drop-in clinic or contact the Converse Wellness Center to schedule.

If You Feel Sick

If you are sick, and especially if you have a fever (100.4 or higher), stay home (employees and commuter students) or contact the Wellness Center (residential students). If you are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory disease, including fever, persistent cough, and shortness of breath, please seek medical care as soon as possible and call our Wellness Center at 864.596.9258. It is important that you do not visit the Wellness Center but call them first so that they can conduct a remote assessment of your symptoms.

If you or any close contacts are diagnosed with COVID-19, call the Wellness Center at 864.596.9258 immediately so we can respond.

Testing for COVID-19 is conducted by the DHEC Public Health Laboratory and updated results are provided on their website on a regular basis.

For additional up-to-date information and resources, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Managing Anxiety and Stress

We recognize that you or those around you may experience anxiety or panic about the rapidly changing news regarding COVID-19.  A little bit of anxiety about the situation is normal; to help manage these feelings, we encourage you to:

  • Stay informed the right way. Use reputable sources, such as the CDC, for accurate information.
  • Maintain a balanced perspective. Media attention surrounding negative events can lead to increased perceptions of risk. The risk of healthy adults contracting COVID-19 is still relatively very low. Those in the US who are at greater risk of exposure are those who are living in concentrated areas of outbreaks (Washington, California, Oregon); healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients; those who come in close contact with persons who have COVID-19; and travelers returning from affected countries.
  • Take care of yourself. Getting good sleep, exercising regularly, practicing relaxation and maintaining a healthy diet can help you manage anxiety and stress.
  • Seek available resources. If you feel stressed and anxious, talk with a trusted advisor or counselor, or call the Wellness Center to schedule an appointment with one of our staff counselors. Employees may contact Converse’s Employee Assistance Program, which is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for employees and their family members at 888-628-4824.  These sessions are completely confidential and are not reported in any way to Converse.

This is an unprecedented time for the Converse community. We are conscious of the disruption this will create; however, our priority is to maintain a safe learning environment for our students, faculty, and staff – and also support the health of your families, and the wider Spartanburg community.

Converse is aware of the National and State Emergency declarations on March 13, 2020. The declaration does not modify this operating status announcement on March 13. Converse is constantly monitoring this situation and will continue to reassess the institution’s operating status and provide updates as new information becomes available and as this situation changes.

With the situation rapidly changing, we will provide you with any updates as we continue to monitor information related to COVID-19 and make adjustments as needed.

Updated March 12, 2020

News about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United States is changing rapidly. Converse administrators are carefully monitoring this situation as we continue to ensure the safety and health of our community as our main priority.

At this point, there are no known or suspected cases on the Converse campus or at our location at University Center of Greenville, or with anyone connected directly or indirectly to Converse (students, faculty or staff).

Testing for COVID-19 is conducted by the DHEC Public Health Laboratory and updated results are provided on their website on a regular basis.

If you are sick, and especially if you have a fever (100.4 or higher), stay home. If you are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory disease, including fever, persistent cough, and shortness of breath, please seek medical care as soon as possible and call our Wellness Center at 864.596.9258. It is important that you do not visit the Wellness Center but call them first so that they can conduct a remote assessment of your symptoms.

If you or any close contacts are diagnosed with COVID-19, call the Wellness Center at 864.596.9258 immediately so we can respond.

As a reminder, engaging in best practices for health and wellness can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like COVID-19 and the flu. These best practices include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Cleaning and disinfecting items that you touch often, such as your phone and keyboard
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.  Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you have not yet gotten a flu shot and/or never received the MMR vaccine, we strongly encourage you to do so. Visit your physician’s office, an urgent care/drop-in clinic or contact the Converse Wellness Center to schedule.

Discrimination

COVID-19 is a global health issue; it is not limited to one group of people from one area of the world. We care for and protect ALL students and community members.

At Converse, we take care to foster a community of inclusiveness and ensure that all students are able to study and learn in an environment that is healthy, safe, and free from bias or discrimination.

Discrimination can take many forms, ranging from verbal abuse to physical attacks based on race, ancestry, or misunderstandings about cultural traditions.  In an environment of fear, anxiety, and stress, some individuals may regrettably engage in discriminatory behavior based on national origin or other categories.

Three of Converse’s Core Values are Diversity, Respect, and Community.  Ethnic harassment or bullying is a violation of all three of these values and will not be tolerated.  If you have experienced discrimination, we encourage you to follow our procedure as outlined in the Student Handbook (p.49) for reporting this.

Operating Status

The Converse COVID-19 task force has been meeting regularly this week to evaluate recommendations from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) as they relate to colleges and universities, and recent decisions made by other higher education institutions the Upstate. The team is addressing next steps for the Converse community and we will be providing an update to you on our operating status tomorrow, March 13, 2020, by the end of the day.

Updated March 9, 2020

Over the weekend, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) provided information that it is investigating additional cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

As of Sunday afternoon (March 8, 2020), four presumptive positive cases were identified after testing for COVID-19 was completed at DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory. These are in addition to the two presumptive positive cases the agency announced on March 6. That brings the total number of presumptive positive cases in South Carolina to six.

While the majority of the presumptive cases are in Camden/Kershaw County and Charleston County, one of the new cases is a man from Spartanburg County with no known connection, at this time, to any of the other presumptive positive cases. He is not hospitalized and is currently isolated at home. He had recently traveled to Italy.

“Presumptive positive” means samples from these individuals tested positive for COVID-19 at DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory, however, these results are required to be confirmed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It takes 24-48 hours for the CDC to confirm samples after they’re received.

As of the afternoon of March 8, 2020, DHEC has tested a total of 18 individuals for COVID-19, which includes the six presumptive positives. The remaining tests are negative. DHEC will update the public as soon as the confirmatory test results from the CDC are available, and as other new information is known.

We are following CDC guidance and DHEC recommendations that schools should not be closed or public events cancelled at this time. DHEC also is providing updated recommendations to schools and day care facilities, colleges and universities, and organizers of large events. That updated information is publicly available at scdhec.gov/COVID-19.

Our nurse practitioners at the Wellness Center are staying up-to-date with information being provided by federal, state and local public health officials. Converse administrators are deeply engaged in planning for a potential campus response and are prepared to act quickly should there be an outbreak in this region.

We are carefully monitoring this situation and are taking steps to keep our campus and community safe, and will continue to provide you with updates and guidance as this situation evolves.

We understand that you many have concerns about this new indication of community spread. Please remain calm and continue to engage in best practices for health and wellness to prevent the spread of illness, which include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Cleaning and disinfecting items that you touch often, such as your phone and keyboard
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.  Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

If you have not yet gotten a flu shot and/or never received the MMR vaccine, we strongly encourage you to do so. Visit your physician’s office, an urgent care/drop-in clinic or contact the Converse Wellness Center to schedule.

If You Feel Sick

If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory disease, including fever, persistent cough, and shortness of breath, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact our Wellness Center at 864.596.9258.

For additional up-to-date information and resources, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

March 6, 2020

You may have read in the news over the past day that 13 people are being monitored in South Carolina for the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Please note that there are no confirmed cases in South Carolina, and there are no known or suspected cases on the Converse campus, at our location at University Center of Greenville, or with anyone connected directly to Converse (students, faculty or staff).

The CDC warns that the spread of the virus may severely disrupt daily life. While we do not know if or how COVID-19 may directly affect the Converse community, we continue to proactively prepare should our day-to-day activities be impacted.

Converse College Current Operating Status

For local, regional and domestic travel for both personal and business, we are operating as normal until further notice.

Travel

As we look towards our spring break at the end of March, and increased frequency of travel, we encourage everyone to be prudent in their travel choices. In addition, anyone in the Converse community who has plans in the next three months to visit a Level 2 or Level 3 COVID-19 country as designated by the CDC should report via this form. At this point in time, Level 3 areas that have widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission and restrictions on entry to the United States include China and Iran, and those experiencing widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission are South Korea and Italy.  Japan is a Level 2 area that has sustained (ongoing) community transmission, and older adults or those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing travel to this destination. We anticipate that the specific travel designations may change, so the most up-to-date information for travelers can be found here.

With the safety of our community in mind, Converse reserves the right to require a faculty member, employee, or student to wait 14-days before returning to school and/or pending a physician’s release if they have traveled to a location deemed a Level 2 or 3 by the CDC due to contagion. 

If you are planning future travel, we recommend that your reservations allow you to make changes and/or that you obtain travel insurance that will cover the cancellation or other costs associated with changing reservations, and that the insurance covers situations like COVID-19, as conventional travel insurance policies typically do not.

For Our Students

If there are interruptions to scheduled classes on campus due to COVID-19, these interruptions could last a week or more.

We have informed our students that every Converse course has a course Moodle through which professors can continue instruction in the event that public health measures prevent classes from meeting in the face-to-face format. Some courses may need to adapt assignments and activities on a temporary basis, and operations for these courses may have to continue online for at least a limited period of time.

If a student reports that they are ill with a fever (100.4), please encourage them not to attend class and to contact the Wellness Center at 864.596.9258.  Please work with them on makeup work and extensions.

Employees

For Converse employees, think through what your contingency plan will be if you have to work remotely for an extended period. Consider what information, data and tools you will need to perform essential functions. If you do not have access to the tools you need to work in a remote capacity, contact hr@converse.edu to review next steps.

Also, collaborate with your supervisor to determine who in your department will be your back-up if you are sick. Develop a plan of action, conduct cross-training of duties and responsibilities, and discuss access to the files and/or resources needed for that person to perform your duties.

Faculty

For faculty, Dr. Barker is developing the overall continuity of operations for academic programs. Department chairs should work with your Dean to address specific needs within your department.

Illness

If you are sick, and especially if you have a fever (100.4 or higher), stay home. If you are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory disease, including fever, persistent cough, and shortness of breath, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact our Wellness Center at 864.596.9258.

If you or any close contacts are diagnosed with COVID-19, contact the Wellness Center at 864.596.9258 immediately so we can respond.

Contact Human Resources with any questions: hr@converse.edu

Practice Good Hygiene

As a reminder, continue to engage in best practices for health and wellness, which include:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Cleaning and disinfecting items that you touch often, such as your phone and keyboard
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.  Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Get Vaccinated

If you have not yet gotten a flu shot and/or never received the MMR vaccine, we strongly encourage you to do so. Although neither the flu nor the MMR vaccine will stop COVID-19, they will still help with the spread of the flu/MMR or possible infection by both the seasonal flu/MMR and COVID-19. Visit your physician’s office, an urgent care/drop-in clinic or contact the Converse Wellness Center to schedule vaccinations.

For additional up-to-date information and resources, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

We are carefully monitoring this situation and are taking steps to keep our campus and community safe.  Thank you for your help as we work to ensure we are prepared should this situation worsen or begin to impact our operations.

March 5, 2020

News is changing rapidly every day as it relates to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).  While there have been 13 states to-date with confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States, including in our neighboring states of North Carolina and Georgia, at this point there are no cases in South Carolina, and there are no known or suspected cases on Converse campus or at our location at University Center of Greenville, or with anyone connected directly to Converse (students, faculty or staff).

Preparation

Converse administrators met this morning (Wednesday, March 4, 2020) to review protocols and contingency plans as part of ongoing, weekly discussions about COVID-19. This task force has been in close contact with federal, state, and local health authorities – including the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) – and will continue to proactively monitor and address the situation as it relates to the Converse community. We will provide regular updates to ensure that you stay informed and have access to the information you need to protect your health and safety. In addition to emails, our updates will be posted on this web page.

Our campus facilities staff are cleaning and sanitizing our campus daily.  They are using hospital-grade cleaning supplies for common areas.  We will be ensuring that hand sanitizing stations are filled daily and we are adding extra sanitizer and tissues across campus.  As we continue to engage in best practices for health and wellness across campus, we ask you to do the same by:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Staying home when you are sick
  • Coughing or sneezing into your elbow or with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
  • Cleaning and disinfecting items that you touch often, such as your phone and keyboard
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, particularly after going to the bathroom, before eating, or after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing.  Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

Travel

As we look towards our spring break at the end of March, and increased frequency of travel, we encourage everyone to be prudent in their travel choices. In addition, anyone in the Converse community who has plans in the next three months to visit a Level 2 or Level 3 COVID-19 country as designated by the CDC should report via this form. At this point in time, Level 3 areas that have widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission and restrictions on entry to the United States include China and Iran, and those experiencing widespread sustained (ongoing) transmission are South Korea and Italy.  Japan is a Level 2 area that has sustained (ongoing) community transmission, and older adults or those with chronic medical conditions should consider postponing travel to this destination. We anticipate that the specific travel designations may change, so the most up-to-date information for travelers can be found here.

With the safety of our community in mind, Converse reserves the right to require a faculty member, employee, or student to wait 14-days before returning to school and/or pending a physician’s release if they have traveled to a location deemed a Level 2 or 3 by the CDC due to contagion. 

If you are planning future travel, we recommend that your reservations allow you to make changes and/or that you obtain travel insurance that will cover the cancellation or other costs associated with changing reservations, and that the insurance covers situations like COVID-19, as conventional travel insurance policies typically do not.

Operating Status

For local, regional and domestic travel for both personal and business, we are operating as normal until further notice.

If You Feel Sick

As a reminder, if you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory disease, including fever, persistent cough, and shortness of breath, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact our Wellness Center at 864.596.9258.

For additional up-to-date information and resources, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

February 28, 2020

As many of you are aware, news on the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus to the United States has been prevalent this week.

At this point, there are no cases of COVID-19 reported in South Carolina, at Converse, at the University Center of Greenville, or with anyone connected directly to Converse (students, faculty or staff). Our nurse practitioners at the Wellness Center are staying up-to-date with information being provided by federal, state and local public health officials. Converse administrators are deeply engaged in planning for a potential campus response and are prepared to act quickly should there be an outbreak in this region.

We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to provide updates to ensure that members of the Converse community have access to the information and support you need to protect your health and safety.

The best way to prevent viral illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. As a reminder, everyday preventive actions help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Converse has been taking additional preventative measures to address the spread of viruses, including wiping down common areas, doorknobs, and light switches with hospital-grade cleaners and having the food service staff serve dining hall guests.

If you believe you are exhibiting symptoms of a respiratory disease, including fever, persistent cough, and shortness of breath, please seek medical care as soon as possible and contact our Wellness Center at 864.596.9258.

We will provide future updates and guidance as this situation evolves.

See additional up-to-date information and resources on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

If you or any close contacts are diagnosed with COVID-19, call the Wellness Center at 864.596.9258 immediately so we can respond.

The best way to prevent viral illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. As a reminder, everyday preventive actions help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Converse has been taking additional preventative measures to address the spread of viruses, including wiping down common areas, doorknobs, and light switches with hospital-grade cleaners and having the food service staff serve dining hall guests.

If you are sick, and especially if you have a fever (100.4 or higher), stay home. If you are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory disease, including fever, persistent cough, and shortness of breath, please seek medical care as soon as possible and call our Wellness Center at 864.596.9258. It is important that you do not visit the Wellness Center but call them first so that they can conduct a remote assessment of your symptoms.

See additional up-to-date information and resources on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Anyone in the Converse community who has plans to travel should report via this form.

We anticipate that the specific travel designations may change, so the most up-to-date information for travelers can be found here.

With the safety of our community in mind, Converse reserves the right to require a faculty member, employee, or student to wait 14-days before returning to school and/or pending a physician’s release if they have traveled to a location deemed a Level 2 or 3 by the CDC due to contagion. 

If you are planning future travel, we recommend that your reservations allow you to make changes and/or that you obtain travel insurance that will cover the cancellation or other costs associated with changing reservations, and that the insurance covers situations like COVID-19, as conventional travel insurance policies typically do not.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Web Page

Symptoms of COVID-19

S.C. Department of Mental Health

CDC Travel Health Notices

Coronavirus Cases in the United States Reported to CDC

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

Will I receive partial reimbursement for housing and dining fees?

Pro-Rated Room and Board Remittance information was emailed to students and families on April 4, 2020. You can read the announcement here

Are residential students allowed to remain on campus?

Students who currently are residing in campus housing are strongly encouraged to depart for their own safety and protection. Those students whose situations require them to stay in campus housing, including many of our international students, should work with Rhonda Mingo and Kathy Hennigan.

When can I get my personal belongings from my residence hall?

Residential students were permited to return to campus March 25 – April 5 to remove belongings from residence halls.  They were required to schedule a time to retrieve personal items from campus so we could ensure it was done in an efficient and safe manner. To comply with social distancing guidelines we imposed a strict limit of 5 families in each residence hall at a time.

If you were unable to return to campus to retrieve your items due to living a long distance away or another hardship, please contact Kathy Hennigan. Ms. Hennigan will work with you on a plan to have your items moved out and stored.  There is only a limited amount of storage space, so please only choose this option if it is necessary. You will need to sign a waiver of liability form if you select this option. If two people in a shared space both choose this option, items from the room will be boxed up together. 

Room inspections will occur after all belongings are moved out of the residence halls. We will assess property damage at that time and will provide an itemized list of any damages once the room inspections have occurred.

How do I get my mail? 

The mail room is open under modified hours. Hours are updated weekly and posted in Daily Announcements and here.

As of April 16, 2020, first-class mail for students has been forwarded to the home address on file. If your mail needs to go to a different address, please notify the mail room immediately at 864.596.9138 or email carol.gibbs@converse.edu. 

You should stop having mail and packages shipped to campus. If you have a monthly recurring mailing or shipment, please make arrangements to cancel or redirect.

What if I need to use the Wellness Center?

The Wellness Center is operating under modified hours.

Please note that the Wellness Center is not accepting any walk-in appointments. All patients must call 864.596.9258 or email wellnesscenter@converse.edu in advance so that the Wellness Center can screen you prior to coming in.

Students who have already left campus who need refills of a prescription should call the Wellness Center to schedule a phone consultation.

The food pantry for those who are food insecure is available outside of the Chaplin’s office in Montgomery.

Students who are living on campus who are unable to access personal hygiene supplies at this time due to finances or lack of access to transportation may access Coco’s Corner at the Wellness Center for supplies. In order to maintain social distancing and keep our supplies clean and germ-free, we ask that you call the Wellness Center in advance to let us know what you need and to arrange for a pick-up time for your supplies.    

Also, you can access the Wellness Center’s COVID-19 page on my.converse. Here you will find COVID-19-related information that is specific to the Converse community, including more in-depth information about the disease, as well as ways of maintaining emotional wellbeing during this time. You’ll also find handouts and videos on topics such as yoga practice and studying from home.

How do I access library resources?

Routine access to the Mickel Library building has been suspended until further notice. Essential library personnel will be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5 pm through the “Ask a Librarian” service on the library’s homepage (see https://www.converse.edu/academics/mickel-library/). They can also be reached by phone at 864.596.9071.

Converse students, faculty, and staff still have the option of 24/7 access, via the Internet, to periodical and reference databases, eBooks, and other online resources and services listed on the library’s homepage. Please let the Mickel Library staff know if you need a barcode in order to log in. Users who need books or other circulating items from the print collection should submit requests through “Ask a Librarian.”

How do I return my rental books to the Campus Bookstore ?

The Campus Bookstore is closed. Each rental patron will receive rental return reminder emails.  Rental reminder emails will show a link for students to access a shipping return label.  The reminder emails will be sent to the email address associated with the rental account.  In most cases, this is the Converse email account, but it also could be a parent, guardian, or other account.  These shipments will need to be dropped off at a local FedEx shipping location. The return label will need to be printed prior to the original due date of the rental items.  The labels are being provided free of charge. 

The due date for book rentals has been extended 14 days to allow for shipping.

Additional information can be found on the bookstore website: https://www.bkstr.com/conversecollegestore/help-faq/textbook-rental

For faculty and adjuncts, Alex Talley will be reaching out for your course requirements for Summer and Fall semesters.  Please respond as quickly as possible in order to aid the bookstore in the providing correct information.      

Can I schedule a meeting with Financial Planning?

During this time, if you would like a meeting with a financial planning staff member, they are available via Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime or email. 

Email them at financial.planning@converse.edu to schedule.

I have a question for the Office of the Registrar. How do I contact them?

Please feel free to contact the Office of the Registrar by phone at 864.596.9095 or by email at registrar@converse.edu for assistance.

When is my tuition deposit for Fall 2020 due?

Converse is waiving the fall 2020 student tuition deposit for all undergraduate students. For any student who has already made their deposit, it will be credited towards your 20-21 account balance. If you have any questions, please contact Student Billing at studentbilling@converse.edu or 864-596-9032.

Will graduation be cancelled?

We know that Commencement is an important time for seniors and their families. Please see our announcement regarding 2020 undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies.

How will I receive my diploma? How about my transcripts?

If the graduating students complete their required coursework on time, they will receive their diploma. The Office of the Registrar will mail your diploma to you.  To order a transcript, please visit https://www.converse.edu/office/registrar/transcript-request/

Does the school have a plan for the pandemic?

Yes. Converse has convened a task force to meet regularly about COVID-19. This task force has been in close contact with federal, state, and local health authorities – including the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) – and will continue to proactively monitor and address the situation as it relates to the Converse community. This task force is constantly adjusting to the changing situation with guidance from government officials. 

What is Converse doing to keep common areas on campus clean?

Across campus, cleaning crews are paying special attention to doorknobs, light switches and commonly touched areas, and are deep cleaning all athletics and academic buildings using hospital-grade disinfectants. Residence hall common areas and bathrooms are regularly cleaned using hospital-grade disinfectants.

What happens if a residential student or employee becomes infected?

In the event that a residential student becomes infected, and the student cannot go home to self-quarantine, special on-campus housing has been designated to quarantine the student for the appropriate amount of time – based on CDC guidelines. If their condition requires medical attention they will go to Spartanburg Regional Hospital or another local hospital for treatment.

Converse students and employees who are able to self-quarantine off campus would be asked to do so, to prevent further spread of the virus on campus.

Those who were in close contact with the individual would be notified and given instructions by local public health officials regarding their next steps. Our Wellness Center and Residential Life teams would be in contact with the affected individuals to offer support and guidance as appropriate.

How can I receive updates on Converse’s decisions on COVID-19?

Updates are posted on this webpage.

President Newkirk regularly sends out emails to students and employees using their converse.edu email address. If you are a student or employee and are not receiving the updates, please email Campus Technology: helpdesk@converse.edu.

Parents are receiving emails separately; to be added to the list visit this link.

See our Converse COVID-19 resource web page for community updates including classes, campus office hours, events, tuition deposits and more.  Converse Community Updates >
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