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COVID-19 Updates

As of April 8, 2020 at 43:30 p.m.

  • There are no confirmed cases at SWU and 21 confirmed cases in Pickens County.
  • There are 2,552 confirmed cases in SC, (85 in Anderson County, 223 in Greenville). 
  • There are 22,082 negative tests.
  • For the latest up to date information in SC check the SC DHEC website:

https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/monitoring-testing-covid-19

UPDATE FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2020 8:00PM

We continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus in South Carolina, and it is now clear that the governor will not be lifting the ban on group interaction in time for us to resume face-to-face classes. 

The best path forward to complete this Spring semester is to continue to provide courses in the online/remote format. 

If a student is a residence hall student and needs to return to campus to collect personal items, a plan to do that is being developed by Student Life. The plan will include a process where students may collect their personal items in smaller numbers at a time per hall to maintain the social distancing mandate.There will be no rush to return to collect belongings, and the university will be very accommodating to each student’s schedule. Direct information will be sent to resident students soon. 

Questions have been received about rebates for pro-rated board costs.  We are looking at several variables including contracts to which the University is obligated, impact of State and Federal financial aid and Federal Government decisions. While this is very important, the university is dealing with the ongoing challenges of this pandemic as a top priority in support of student, faculty, staff, and the community’s safety. Thank you for your patience as we plan to provide more information in the coming weeks. 

The university deeply values its sense of community; however, the health and well-being of the SWU family must be kept at the forefront during challenging times such as this.  The campus is operating with as many employees working from home as possible.  All needed services are available virtually or via technology by employees with great dedication and commitment to serving students.   

The university will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation closely.

Existing SWU Online classes continue to operate normally without any interruption or change. 

The NCAA has canceled all athletic events


Southern Wesleyan University has maintained an updated Infectious Disease Response Plan for many years. The purpose of the Infectious Disease Response Plan is to assist Southern Wesleyan in preparing for and responding to a possible infectious disease outbreak. This plan will assist the University in continuing to provide services to our students, faculty, and staff to prevent the spread of disease on campus during an outbreak. The University will also work with local and state agencies to ensure the best  possible response for the health and safety of the campus, as well as the local and state populations. 

The plan is divided into three levels of response preparedness. Key departments on campus will have a separate protocol for each level to maximize an effective response to the infectious disease outbreak. Communication and cooperation with all members of the campus community are paramount to the success of this plan. The response levels for key departments are as follows:

Level 1                         

No local disease transmission reports. Business as usual; regular services continue. (Campus prepares behind the scenes for a possible infectious disease response.)

Level 2                         

Increased awareness and prevention – presence of minimal number of cases.

Level 3                           

Significant disease transmission.

Southern Wesleyan University is currently at a Level 2 in response to the coronavirus, COVID-19. 


The spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.  How to get additional reliable information: