College of Charleston Board of Trustees approves mask mandate

Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 4:43 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2021 at 5:49 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The College of Charleston Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday during an emergency meeting to approve a mask mandate for students.

It will now be up to the college’s president, Dr. Andrew Hsu, to come up with the protocol.

Board members said the vote was in response to a South Carolina Supreme Court ruling issued earlier Tuesday ruling that the University of South Carolina can require its students to wear masks on campus. The state’s high court said one of the temporary laws, or provisos, passed with the state budget, “does not prohibit a universal mask mandate.”

While most attention in the past week has been focused on Proviso 1.108, which prohibits school districts and schools from imposing mask mandates for their students, the Supreme Court looked at a second law, Proviso 117.190.

“Nothing in the proviso manifests the General Assembly’s intent to prohibit all mask mandates at public institutions of higher learning,” the court ruling states. “Instead, the proviso clearly prevents state-supported institutions of higher education from using funds from the 2021-2022 appropriations to fund efforts requiring only unvaccinated individuals to wear face masks.”

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