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COVID-19 Resources and Information

COVID-19 Resources and Information

While the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve rapidly, our top priority remains the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community, on and off campus.

During this time of remote teaching, learning, and working, Coker University’s offices and services are open and operating, but with a very limited presence on campus. 

All university-sponsored events have been cancelled, postponed, or moved to a virtual setting. To stay up to date on events happening at Coker, check out the campus calendar. Also, be sure to follow @cokersuccess and @cokercobras on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to find out about events and resources at Coker.

In lieu of on-campus events, please check out Coker’s Virtual Events, Activities, and Resources. 

Residential Students: Please note, as of May 18, 2020, all room and board adjustments have been posted to student accounts. Please login to Webadvisor to view your student account. Go to webadvisor.coker.edu, log in, and click on “My Account Statement.” You will see “Early Move Out Adj Board” and/or “Early Move Out Adj Room” on your statement.  Click here to learn more.

For information regarding CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting, please click here.

Please continue to check this page for updates. 

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All Undergraduate Students

With the knowledge that some students may have limited access to the internet, faculty are prepared to accommodate a variety of situations that will enable students to continue to meet their academic requirements. Any student that is having difficulty during this transition to online instruction must assume responsibility to communicate those limitations to their professors or success coach in order to consider alternative arrangements.  

 

  1. On April 13, 2020, Coker University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  The U.S. Department of Education provided Coker University with an electronically signed Grant Award Notification (GAN) on April 28, 2020.
  2. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid to Students is $573,846.
  3. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of May 28, 2020, is $0.
  4. The estimated total number of Coker University students at the institution eligible to participate in the program under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 728.
  5. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of this update is zero.
  6. The method(s) used to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) is as follows:
    1. $1,075 to students at least halftime and with a zero EFC.
    2. $700 to students at least halftime and with an EFC between 1 and 5,576.
    3. $500 to students at least halftime and with an EFC between 5,577 and 10,000.
    4. $300 to students at least halftime and with an EFC between 10,000 and 29,999.
    5. $100 to students at least halftime and with an EFC between 30,000 and 34,999.
    6. The remaining funds will be disbursed by an application process.
  7. Once students are awarded the emergency fund grant they will be sent an email to their Coker email address and can see the grant in CobraStop.

Updated May 28, 2020

Adjustments are being made to the May Term schedule. CobraStop will be updated as changes are made and a final schedule will be communicated at a later date.

Success Coaches and Faculty Advisors are available to assist students with course planning for the Summer and Fall semesters. The week of March 23-27 is a great time for students to contact their faculty advisor to schedule a time to discuss future classes, check CobraStop for any holds that may prevent a student from registering, review their academic progress in CobraStop, and review their academic plan. This document gives students step-by-step instructions on how to prepare for registration.

In lieu of on-campus events, please check out Coker’s Virtual Events, Activities, and Resources.

Students completing work study should continue to enter their regularly scheduled hours in the payroll system. Student payroll will continue to be processed on the regular schedule. Students with questions about hours should schedule a meeting with their work study supervisor. 

Students with questions about their internship should schedule a meeting with their faculty supervisor. Faculty supervisors continue to work with students to complete internships virtually.

After careful consideration, we have decided that it is best to postpone Spring Commencement to a time in which we can safely gather as one Coker community. All graduating students will have their degrees conferred at the end of the semester, though we will not hold a traditional ceremony. This is a heartbreaking decision, as we know that for each graduating student Commencement represents years of hard work and significant academic commitment. We want to reassure you that Coker is committed to Commencement ceremonies that allow us to recognize the achievements of our new graduates at a date later this year. As we develop plans for a rescheduled ceremony, we will provide updates giving as much advance notice as possible regarding date and time for this important celebration.

Upon successful completion of all degree requirements, you will be sent two final copies of your official transcript from the Office of Academic Records. These will be dated with your degree completion date. Your diploma will be given at the rescheduled commencement ceremony.

Even though we won’t be holding commencement in May, we will celebrate the class of 2020 virtually. We encourage all our May 2020 graduates, along with their family, friends, and supporters, to join us on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10am for a virtual celebration! We’ll hear from former Major League baseball player Chris Singleton, athletics, interviews with members of the class of 2020, and more. More information about the event is available at coker.edu/celebrate-u

 

Residential Students 

Residential students received an email on March 23 about signing up for a move out time. Move out will take place between Thursday, 3/26, and Monday, 3/30, and students will need to schedule a 3-hour move-out window. Students should refer to their email for more detailed information.  You will receive instructions on how to retrieve any mail during move out.

If a student is unable to return to campus during their scheduled move out time, please email list.reslife@coker.edu

Residential students that have extenuating circumstances and have to remain on campus, should email list.reslife@coker.edu. For questions, please email list.reslife@coker.edu. Dining Services will continue to provide “meals to go” available for pick-up in the serving area through April 4. The dining area of Linville Dining Hall remains closed. Meal pick up times are as follows: Breakfast: 9-10 a.m.; Lunch: 12-1 p.m.; Dinner: 5-6 p.m.

As a reminder to residential students remaining on campus, guests are not allowed in the residence halls, including commuter students. Students found in violation of safety protocols in the residence halls are subject to a $150 fine and removal from campus.

Please note, as of May 18, 2020, all adjustments have been posted to student accounts. Please login to Webadvisor to view your student account. Go to webadvisor.coker.edu, log in, and click on “My Account Statement.” You will see “Early Move Out Adj Board” and/or “Early Move Out Adj Room” on your statement.  

Coker University used the following formula to determine the prorated adjustments for residential students:

  1. We identified the total amount of room and board for each individual student for the semester (amounts varied based on residence hall and meal plan). 
  2. We determined the percentage of the total amount paid by institutional aid funds (Coker University scholarships and grants) for each individual student, which gives the amount paid by the student. 
  3. We multiplied the amount of room and board paid by the student by .4 (in consideration of approximately 40% of the semester, according to the date of March 23, 2020, when residential students were notified they would be moving out of their dorm rooms and continuing with online instruction for the remainder of the semester).  
  4. After multiplying the amounts in step 3, the remaining amount is the determined adjustment.

For example, Joe Q. Public’s room and board is $10,000 (step 1), and that $10,000 was discounted 48% through institutional aid from Coker University. 48% of $10,000 is $5,200, which is the amount Joe paid for room and board (step 2). 40% of $5,200 is $2,080 (step 3). The amount for the adjustment is $2,080, which Joe would see reflected on his student account (step 4). 

If a student has any questions or concerns about their financial statement, please contact the Student Solution Center at ssc@coker.edu

For residential students that will be moving out of the residence halls the week of March 23, we will have your mail available for pick up at the check-in tables. For commuter students with mail, please email mjohnson@coker.edu to arrange a time to pick up your mail.

Residence Life can be reached at list.reslife@coker.edu.

Graduate Students 

Commencement
After careful consideration, we have decided that it is best to postpone Spring Commencement to a time in which we can safely gather as one Coker community. All graduating students will have their degrees conferred at the end of the semester, though we will not hold a traditional ceremony. This is a heartbreaking decision, as we know that for each graduating student Commencement represents years of hard work and significant academic commitment. We want to reassure you that Coker is committed to Commencement ceremonies that allow us to recognize the achievements of our new graduates at a date later this year. As we develop plans for a rescheduled ceremony, we will provide updates giving as much advance notice as possible regarding date and time for this important celebration.

Even though we won’t be holding commencement in May, we will celebrate the class of 2020 virtually. We encourage all our May 2020 graduates, along with their family, friends, and supporters, to join us on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10am for a virtual celebration! We’ll hear from former Major League baseball player Chris Singleton, athletics, interviews with members of the class of 2020, and more. More information about the event is available at coker.edu/celebrate-u

Bridge, Online, and Evening Students

Students taking in-seat classes at our bridge program sites – Florence-Darlington Technical College, Midlands Technical College, and Northeastern Technical College – will continue to meet online for the remainder of the term.

Commencement
After careful consideration, we have decided that it is best to postpone Spring Commencement to a time in which we can safely gather as one Coker community. All graduating students will have their degrees conferred at the end of the semester, though we will not hold a traditional ceremony. This is a heartbreaking decision, as we know that for each graduating student Commencement represents years of hard work and significant academic commitment. We want to reassure you that Coker is committed to Commencement ceremonies that allow us to recognize the achievements of our new graduates at a date later this year. As we develop plans for a rescheduled ceremony, we will provide updates giving as much advance notice as possible regarding date and time for this important celebration.

Even though we won’t be holding commencement in May, we will celebrate the class of 2020 virtually. We encourage all our May 2020 graduates, along with their family, friends, and supporters, to join us on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10am for a virtual celebration! We’ll hear from former Major League baseball player Chris Singleton, athletics, interviews with members of the class of 2020, and more. More information about the event is available at coker.edu/celebrate-u

Student Athletes

The South Atlantic Conference and the NCAA cancelled all remaining competitions and practices for this academic year.  The NCAA has provided the following link for general questions: NCAA.

Starting Tuesday, March 30, the Athletics office will begin hosting office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM -1PM. Feel free to drop in to talk about academics, eligibility, life, or just pop in and say hello! Please follow this link to visit Athletics during office hours: meet.google.com/rvp-qxau-zws.

Employees 

All offices will continue operating remotely until further notice. Employees are asked to work from home unless otherwise notified and approved by a supervisor. All buildings on campus will remain closed until further notice. For example, the student center, fitness center, library, mailroom, classroom buildings, and offices will not be open. If you need access to a building on campus for extenuating circumstances, please notify your supervisor, who will let campus safety know via this Google form.

If you need to forward your office phone to a new phone number or your voicemail to your email, please complete this Google form.  IT will work to complete this process. At this time, phone messages can’t be changed remotely.

Please continue to check email on a regular basis. Email will be our primary means of communication regarding work arrangements during this time. Out of office messages are generally not necessary while maintaining a daily work schedule. Please reserve out of office messages for time off or to emphasize phone and virtual meeting availability. 

Until further notice, university-related travel to any location is prohibited. 

Prospective Students

In lieu of campus visits, Coker University is offering online events for prospective students.

Please visit coker.edu/visit for additional information and be sure and follow Coker University on social media!

Offices and Services

Coker University’s offices remain open with staff and faculty working remotely, and services may look a little different at this time. Employee contact information can be found online at coker.edu/directory.

Please note that all buildings on campus are closed at this time.

If you have questions about a particular office or service, please see below for details. 

Athletics

The South Atlantic Conference and the NCAA cancelled all remaining competitions and practices for this academic year.  The NCAA has provided the following link for general questions: NCAA.

Starting Tuesday, March 30, the Athletics office will begin hosting office hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11AM -1PM. Feel free to drop in to talk about academics, eligibility, life, or just pop in and say hello! Please follow this link to visit Athletics during office hours: meet.google.com/rvp-qxau-zws.

For more information about the Coker Cobras, please visit cokercobras.com.

Campus Safety

Campus Safety officers will remain on campus 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Campus Safety can be reached at 843-383-8140 or by emailing list.campussafety@coker.edu.

Center for Health and Wellness  

The Center for Health and Wellness is currently closed in order for the hospital to reallocate resources in this time of need.

Coker University Store 

  1. You can communicate with Emily Phillips at the Coker University Store at any time via email at ephillips@coker.edu. 
  2. The Coker University Store website address is https://bookstore.coker.edu/home.
  3. The Coker University Store will continue to process and ship web orders on a daily basis.

  1. Emily Phillips will email each student a reminder of what book(s) are rented from the Coker University Store.
  2. Residential students need to return their book(s) to the store during scheduled move out times.
  3. If you are a commuter, international, online, or evening student, Emily Phillips will email you to set up a time and procedure to return your book(s) to the store.
  4. Once your book has been returned Emily Phillips will email you a link to access your book in an online digital format AT NO CHARGE through the end of the semester. 
  5. There are a few rental books not available in a free online digital format. Emily Phillips will work with students who fall into this category and you will be instructed by email if your book is not available in a digital format.
  1. Online buyback is available at this link:  https://onlinebuyback.mbsbooks.com/index.php?jde=3741
  2. Use this buyback price comparison site to find a buyer for your books: https://www.bookfinder.com/buyback

You will be informed by email the week of June 1st when your package arrives in the campus store. If you still wish to purchase it, you will have the opportunity to pay over the phone by credit/debit card and have your package shipped to you.  

Most of the clothing on our website will be permanently marked half price over the next week. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to purchase Cobra gear and have it shipped to your address or to friends and family at https://bookstore.coker.edu/home. These orders will be processed daily.

Counseling Services  

Counseling Services will continue to be available through Coker’s Center for Health and Wellness by phone or Google Hangouts. Counseling services are available by emailing list.counselingservices@coker.edu to schedule an appointment.

Dining Services

Dining Services will continue to provide “meals to go” available for pick-up in the serving area through April 4. The dining area of Linville Dining Hall remains closed. Meal pick up times are as follows:
Breakfast: 9-10 a.m.
Lunch: 12-1 p.m.
Dinner: 5-6 p.m.

Facilities

Facilities support services will continue as normal during this time. Requests should continue to be submitted via the ticketing system that can be found online at this link.

Financial Aid

Questions about financial aid should be directed to financial_aid@coker.edu.

IT

IT staff will continue to provide support for the campus community. Please continue to enter support tickets at support.coker.edu or by emailing support@coker.edu.
Keep an eye on your CobrAnnouncements and email inbox for IT Virtual Help Desk hours and information.

Library/ LITC

While the library building is closed at this time, there are research resources available:
100+ full-text electronic databases
600,000+ ebooks accessible 24/7
-Articles may still be requested via Interlibrary Loan as they can be sent via email
-Physical books from other libraries can be requested for delivery to other college and university libraries (if they remain open) using PASCAL-Delivers Pick Up Anywhere service – make sure you have your Coker ID available for checkout
-Ask a Librarian by emailing reference@coker.edu anytime or visit the About Us page to chat with a librarian

Mailroom

For residential students that will be moving out of the residence halls the week of March 23, we will have your mail available for pick up at the check-in tables. For commuter students with mail, email mjohnson@coker.edu to arrange a time to pick up your mail.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions can be reached at admissions@coker.edu
Please visit coker.edu/visit for additional information.

Office of Graduate Admissions

The Office of Graduate Admissions can be reached at masters@coker.edu.

Residence Life

The University has a carefully organized move-out process so that the health and safety recommendations of National and State healthcare leaders are maintained at all times. Residential students received an email the evening of March 23 with information regarding the move-out process. If there are extenuating circumstances preventing a student from moving out of the residence halls for the remainder of the semester, email list.reslife@coker.edu.

Residence Life can be reached at list.reslife@coker.edu. 

Student Solution Center/ Student Accounts

We ask for your continued patience while the university reviews credits, as these often may be affected by scholarships, federal and state financial aid, and payment plans.

The Student Solution Center can be reached at ssc@coker.edu

Student Success Center

Student Success coaches are available for any guidance or support through Google Hangouts or Google Meet. 

Here is a list of resources from the Student Success Center.

The Student Success Center can be reached at student.success@coker.edu