NGU recognizes the valuable role on-campus housing plays in the overall university student experience and is dedicated to providing students an opportunity to continue this practice. NGU is committed to providing our residential students a healthy and inviting environment.
Students living in the residence halls do so with the awareness that exposure to COVID-19 may occur. The University has established isolation spaces for those who test positive and are unable to return to their homes. However, due to space limitations, students with confirmed positive cases will likely need to isolate themselves for the required 10-day period in their residence hall rooms. Roommates in these circumstances will always need to wear a face-covering for 14 days. Please thoroughly read the circumstances and requirements for isolation and quarantine in the protocols section.
Common areas will be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing. Students are expected to clean their shared bathroom areas in their residence halls per the suggested disinfection guidelines provided by the CDC. NGU performs regular health and safety checks in the residence halls to ensure a positive environment for all. NGU Residence Life leadership will share details in your New Student Orientation focused on living in our residence halls.
Request for Housing Exemption Accommodation
Should a student have concerns about living on campus in residential housing, a housing accommodation may be requested. To qualify for an accommodation, the student will be asked to provide medical documentation that demonstrates an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19 as defined by the CDC guidelines. The University is committed to working with students to provide a residential space that meets their needs.
Commuting students will enjoy their usual experience coming and going from campus to accomplish their coursework and participate in the life of the campus under the same University conditions and protocols for COVID-19.
Students and guests will enjoy eating in Todd Dining Hall! Yes, you can count on Fried Chicken Wednesday. Enhanced and increased frequency of cleaning will keep areas sanitized for the NGU community. Food service options and seating may be modified but will be designed to accommodate the on-campus population as needed. Initial modifications include:
- Trays available
- Meals pre-plated
- To-go options (reusable cups or to-go containers prohibited)
- Spaced tables with max seating of 8 (SCDHEC guidelines)
- Outside dining encouraged
- Marked directional flow for using the space
Physical distancing guidelines due to COVID-19 caused us to make a few modifications to our alternate dining operations.
If you are running a fever, we ask that you not eat in-person at any indoor or outdoor University dining area. Contact Aramark’s General Manager, Helen Cox, and she will arrange take out pick-up for you.
Adjustments occurred to open hours and meal equivalency. Residential students and those who have purchased the unlimited meal plan will be allowed six (6) swipes a week, with a maximum of two (2) swipes per day. You may choose the mealtime you would like to use your meal equivalency. And Crusader Bucks will still be usable for purchasing meals. A face covering is required while waiting in the serving line when you place your order, and while waiting to receive your food. If your food is not ready at the time you order, please wait in the area by the door and maintain physical distancing.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Meal Equivalency: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. | Meal Equivalency: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Einstein Bros. Bagels will not open for this academic year. The location does not allow adequate space for social distancing and a safe environment for its customers and staff.
Papa John’s and General Store
Papa John’s and the General Store will run on a regular operating schedule. Face coverings are required when entering and exiting Papa John’s and will always need to be worn except when actively engaged in eating or drinking. Occupancy levels will be monitored to comply with DHEC guidelines. Outside seating will be available, and the Loft seating will be adjusted to accommodate physical distancing guidelines.
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday: 9 a.m. – 11 p.m., Papa John’s Opens at: 11 a.m.
Sundays: 1:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Faith and spiritual formation are hallmarks of the NGU experience, of which chapel stands at the center. The chapel format has been modified to allow for in-person and online attendance options. Chapel teaching will be live twice a week in Turner Chapel with physically distance seating required and a max capacity of 250 persons – so arrive early! Masks are required while entering and exiting, and during singing but not while seated.
Chapel services will be streamed live and those watching online will be required to submit an assessment to earn their credit for the day.
Chapel services address the imperatives of the Christian message related to worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, prayer, and ministry. Some sessions may be utilized for special university emphases.
NGU Offices & Services
Information Technology Services
NGU’s talented team of IT professionals is ready to serve student needs during regular business hours in the fall. We will take a remote-first approach that adds convenience and safety for you and the IT staff.
Please make requests by emailing or by creating a ticket whenever possible as these are the preferred methods, and provide additional information that enables an expedited response, including a call back number.
If students need in-person help to resolve problems, they can arrange an appointment by reaching out to our supportive Help Desk or calling 864.977.7272.
Textbook and Course Material Pick-up
- NGU, in partnership with Slingshot Bookstore, now offers students a convenient and affordable book and course material rental program, Textbook Butler. Students save time, avoid hassle, and, on average, save money, all leading to a great first day of class. Learn more.
- Residential Students: Textbooks and course materials, automatically sourced through The Slingshot Bookstore service, will be placed in your Resident Hall Room before your arrival to campus!
- Commuter Students: Textbooks and course materials, automatically sourced through The Slingshot Bookstore service, will be available for pick-up at the campus store beginning Saturday, August 15, 2020.
- Tim Brashier Campus: A distribution plan will be communicated soon.
North Greenville remains “students first” in everything we do. The University will continue to host enriching events and activities to build friendships, make memories, and foster community. Our Student Engagement team is dedicated to ensuring programming is safe for students to thrive and helping them navigate their time at NGU.
Institute for Global Leadership (IGL)
The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) plans to host the Global Impact Conference this fall. At this time, international travel opportunities will not be provided during the fall semester. If domestic travel is not allowed, IGL will partner with the Office of Campus Ministry and Student Engagement to find local opportunities for students to get involved throughout the semester. This effort will be contingent on the K-12 public schools’ fall schedules. IGL will host the Third Culture Kid/Missionary Kid (MK) Luncheon to welcome new, first-year students to the campus during move-in day in August. Several outings and in-person gatherings for MKs are planned on campus throughout the semester.
Fitness & Exercise
We want students to stay active in support of living balanced lives. The nature-rich setting of the Tigerville campus gives students ample outdoor recreational opportunities to promote physical wellness.
Younts Fitness Center
The Younts Fitness Center will adhere to all CDC guidelines as it pertains to number of students using the facility, physical distancing, and sanitization. Maximum occupancy is 10 guests working out in the facility at one time. Guests are asked to enter through the front door and exit through the back door. Face coverings will be required while using the Center. All workouts should be limited to 30 minutes. The Fitness Center staff will provide a sanitation station at the front desk and hand each guest a sanitization spray bottle and towel to sanitize any equipment used. Once the workout is complete, the guest is asked to return the spray bottle and towel to the front desk before exiting. The Center will close at 10:00 a.m. each day (Monday-Friday) for cleaning.
Younts Fitness Center Hours:
Monday – Thursday 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday 6 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday 2 p.m. – 5p.m.
Monday and Wednesday the Fitness Center will remain closed through the chapel hour.
Hayes Gym will also adhere to all CDC guidelines as it pertains to number of students using the facility, physical distancing, and sanitization. Maximum occupancy for the gym is 30 guests at one time; play will be limited to one hour when others are waiting. Guests are asked to enter through the lobby doors and exit through the two doors in the coach’s offices and locker rooms hallway. Directional signs are posted. Guests will be required to check-in and have a valid NGU ID. ID’s should be left with the staff at the check-in desk and returned when the guest exits the gym. Face coverings are required while in the gym and guests are asked to bring their own sporting equipment. NO NGU equipment will be used.
Hayes Gym Hours:
Monday – Thursday 9 p.m. – midnight
Friday 7 p.m. – midnight
Saturday 1 p.m. – midnight
Sunday 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Students participating in intramural events are required to wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible. For events in the Game Room (ping pong, pool, video game tournaments, etc.) face coverings are required and students are encouraged to bring their own equipment. If school issued equipment is used, the campus recreation staff will sanitize before and after each game or event. Spectators will be expected to adhere to all physical distancing guidelines when possible. If not possible, face coverings will be required. If an event is indoors, masks will be required.