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Timeframes and protocols outlined are subject to change due to the rapidly changing information.

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Commencement Update from the President

March 30, 2020 | 10:01 a.m. | Office of the President

Dear Tiger Family,

These last several weeks have been filled with unanticipated challenges and unavoidable change. Thank you for your patience as we navigated the closure of the campus and the transition to online learning.  On behalf of your professors, staff and the entire Benedict College family, we applaud your strength and resilience during this difficult time. We genuinely appreciate your cooperation. 

To the Class of 2020, we know that the changes brought about by the global pandemic (COVID 19 – Corona Virus), have been especially difficult. I know that commencement is the moment you have been waiting for since your arrival on Benedict’s campus. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I write today to share the difficult news that the Commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 9, 2020 has been postponed to Saturday, August 8, 2020.  Given the many the precautions that the city, the state and the country are taking, based on  information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), it is my hope that this delay will afford ample time to get beyond this public health crisis and ensure the safety of all of our students, faculty, staff and families.  While we are disappointed about the delay, I am hopeful that the new date will afford your families an opportunity to make travel plans and that the Commencement will occur prior to the start of graduate school etc. for all of our graduates.  

For those who have satisfied all graduation requirements and need to have their degrees certified prior to August 8, 2020 to satisfy employment or graduate school admissions, please rest assured that the commencement ceremony date will not arbitrarily delay the conferral of your degrees.  We are available to answer any questions you may have as we continue to navigate the next several months.

In the meantime, each of you is in my thoughts and prayers.  Let’s finish strong as #TheBESTofBC!

Dr. Roslyn Clark Artis

President & CEO – Benedict College

2019 HBCU of the Year #TheBESTofBC #BC=BESTChoice!

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The College is currently creating a plan for students to return and retrieve belongings from the residence halls/houses.  We are creating this plan in the best interest of the student body while adhering to Federal and State Government regulations.

  • Some staff employees will begin to work from home and others may be excused from reporting due to the nature of their work during this time.  Additional details will be provided through supervisors and Human Resources that may involve teleworking. 
  • Please stay abreast of campus and public health updates and, if you present any symptoms as outlined by the CDC and SCDHEC, please see your health care provider immediately.
  • Update your emergency contact information
  • Enable Call Forwarding: To enable the call forwarding option dial*92 from your office phone and follow the prompts to enter the destination number (example *93 (803) 777-7777).
    To cancel the call forwarding setting dial *93 (example *93 (803) 777-777) from your office phone.
  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the same caution with your personal travel for the safety and well-being of the larger community. Please be mindful that national travel restrictions are changing every day www.cdc.gov
  • All BC-sponsored events have been cancelled until further notice. 
  • The Founder’s Day Convocation and the Founder’s Day Rally has been rescheduled to September 3, 2020. The program and featured speakers and guests will remain the same as originally scheduled. 
  • If a widespread outbreak occurs in our region, we encourage students, faculty and staff to take emergency preparedness measures, and anticipate possible disruptions in supply chains. Plan to have medication, food, personal hygiene products available for a three-day period, at a minimum. Please follow CDC and SC DHEC, www.scdhec.govwww.cdc.gov for recommendations to help prevent transmission of COVID-19 such as:
  • 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. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • 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. 
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Assistance and Resources

  • Auto Rental
  • Storage
  • Internet Service
  • Mental Health

ENTERPRISE DISCOUNT (Waiving the $20 a day Younger Driver Fee)

With colleges and universities announcing campus closures in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, Enterprise wants to make it easier for students to get home to their families by reducing the age minimum and waiving the young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020.

  • Available to College Students 18 – 24 years of age
  • Valid for rentals of an economy through full size cars, minivans, small pick-up trucks and cargo vans
  • Offer valid at U.S. locations only for car rentals reserved in advance.
  • Standard driver and credit requirements apply, except for the minimum car rental age per this offer
  • Official Student ID must be presented at the time of rental
  • Offer expires 5/31/2020

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
2638 Two Notch Rd
Columbia, SC 29204

Enterprise Rent-A-Car
1307 Assembly St
Columbia, SC 29201

UHaul Moving and Storage of Fort Jackson
5604 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC 29206

  • 30 Days  FREE 5x5 Storage
  • Will need Credit or Debit card to hold space, nothing would be charged for 30 days
  • Student would need their College ID and apply as a new customer. 

U-Haul Moving & Storage at Elmwood
1037 Elmwood Ave, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 256-2499

U-Haul Moving & Storage of Arcadia Lakes
125 Decker Park Rd, Columbia, SC 29206
(Woodfield Park)
(803) 699-9397

MY FUTURE HEALTH - My Future Health made a decision on March 24 to provide its documentaries on Depression and Anxiety free of charge for the next 60 days.

AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION FREE WEBINAR to help students navigate the shifting COVID-19 Crisis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that are common in many different species of animals. Rarely, animal coronaviruses can infect people and then spread between people such as with MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and now with this novel (new) coronavirus, which was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.  The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”). Source: CDC

The virus is thought to be transmitted from person-to-person in close contact (about 6 feet). The virus may be spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes and produces respiratory droplets that infect a nearby person. People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic; however, some spread might be possible before people show symptoms. Source: CDC

The symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Source: CDC

If you are experiencing symptoms, you should contact your medical provider or our Student Health Center, if applicable.

At this time, there is no vaccine that prevents COVID-19 infection. You can reduce your risk of contracting respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, by taking the following precautions:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Cover your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Talk to your medical provider about getting an influenza vaccine. While the influenza vaccine does not protect against coronavirus infection, it can help keep you healthy during the flu season. Flu activity has been high in the United States this year. Currently, your risk of getting the flu is much greater than your risk of contracting COVID-19.

All Benedict students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms are encouraged to remain home and seek professional health care.  Students should contact their instructors, and employees should contact their supervisors should they need to miss time.  DHEC recommends everyone prepare and monitor for absenteeism.

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