June 5, 2020
The leadership at the University of South Carolina is diligently working to prepare for your return to campus this fall as well as implement measures to provide exceptional instruction during a global pandemic.
As you recall in President Caslen’s email [pdf] regarding changes to the Fall 2020 academic calendar on May 17, the President outlined the need for fall classes that were “scheduled to be delivered face-to-face and for which many students are already registered will need to be switched over the summer to online for the safety of students and their instructors. All undergraduate students and graduate students will have the opportunity to be re-advised.”
Beginning the first week in June, you may have seen an updated instructional method if you log into Self-Service Carolina and review your class details. Based on concerns for the health and safety of faculty and students and the social distancing guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control that can be achieved in a classroom, classes will be offered face-to-face, online, and in a hybrid of online and face-to-face instruction. As these instructional method changes are being made, undergraduate students are encouraged to contact their Academic Advisor or the University Advising Center to ask questions or seek guidance. Graduate students should contact their advisor or program coordinator for guidance.
While these adjustments are taking place now in preparation for August, deans and academic staff are also evaluating opportunities to hire additional faculty members to provide more previously-scheduled courses face-to-face in an effort to provide students with the best fit for their learning styles and desires.
Please remember that these changes are being made to protect our students and faculty against the spread of COVID-19. While there will be some risk associated with the virus for the foreseeable future, our plan allows for the in-person instruction students desire without needlessly jeopardizing community health by hosting large in-person instruction.
It is important to note that faculty are working this summer to adapt their instructional methods for a unique and rich academic experience in the fall semester. The University of South Carolina is home to leading researchers and expert faculty which allows us to maintain national and international rankings for our degree programs, facilities, resources, and experiential learning opportunities.
Our student services staff also is working hard in preparation for your return. Things on campus will be different--and they must be as a condition of returning safely--but you will still have ample opportunities to enjoy an exceptional student experience both in and outside the classroom.
We look forward to seeing you in the fall and providing our campus community a superior education even during these unprecedented times.
Thank you for your patience.
Executive Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Interim