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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Student and Family Information

Campus life has been reimagined in order to reopen the university. Remaining open will depend on you. We'll continue to update this page as changes occur.

Academic Calendar

Two major changes to the academic calendar are 1) no fall break, and 2) face-to-face instruction concludes at Thanksgiving break. Remote learning will be in place for the final weeks of the fall semester before winter break in December 2020.

Date(s) Event 
 Aug. 20 Classes begin
Sept. 7  Labor Day is a Remote Class Day 
 Oct. 15-16 Fall Break cancelled; class in session 
 Nov. 3 General Election Day is a Remote Class Day 
 Nov. 24 Face-to-face instruction ends 
 Nov. 25-29 Thanksgiving Break 
 Nov. 30 Remote Class Day 
 Dec. 1 Remote Class Day
 Dec. 2-4 Reading Days 
 Dec. 7-14 Final Exam period 


Classrooms and Instruction

Instruction will take place in a variety of modes:

  • fully in-person,
  • hybrid in-person/online, and
  • fully online - synchronous (live-streamed) or asynchronous (recorded).

Classroom capacities will be adjusted in light of best practice recommendations. No class larger than 100 will meet in person.

Maintain CDC-recommended physical distancing of 6-feet where feasible. If spatial adjustment is necessary, follow WHO guidance of not less than 3 feet in combination with face coverings and other mitigation strategies.

Face coverings are required in every classroom.

Timing does not permit professional cleaning of classrooms between each session. Be considerate of the classes that follow yours.

All instruction and final exams after Thanksgiving must be conducted remotely, and in-person exams must be concluded by Nov. 24.

Students who are registered with the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) should continue to schedule their tests (online or in-person) through AIM.


Student Spaces and Activities


On-Campus Living

Residence halls, dining facilities and other campus spaces have been modified.

The housing contract each student signs each year will have an addendum that requires the student to acknowledge and agree to a number of new conditions before being allowed to live in University Housing.

Students will wear face coverings in common gathering spaces (lounges, study rooms, community rooms, lobbies and elevator waiting areas).

When not wearing face coverings, students will be asked to physically distance themselves 6 feet from others.

Visitation policy now only allows visitors who are members of the UofSC community and the families of residence hall students.

Instructions for move-in and other on-campus residence information is available via University Housing.


Off-Campus Living

A large percentage of UofSC students live off-campus in neighborhoods close to campus and in student apartment complexes. Off-campus students must follow university expectations and can be held accountable.

A system is in place between Student Health Services and Student Life to monitor off-campus cases and provide appropriate follow up and guidance. Students living off campus will not be isolated/quarantined on campus.

Off-campus students in quarantine will be responsible for their own food, unless they have a current Aramark meal plan. Food pick-up arrangements will be made for students on a meal plan.

The university will collaborate with apartment managers, landlords, external and internal law enforcement, local residents and the Office of Student Conduct to discourage large gatherings in private apartments and houses.

Community members living in neighborhoods surrounding campus can report concerning student through the off-campus incident reporting process. Reports are followed up by the Office of Student Conduct or the Off-Campus Living and Neighborhood Relations offices.


Student Life

Face coverings must be worn in the Russell House, and staff will monitor compliance. The student union has adjusted operating hours, entrances and exits, dining facilities and meeting rooms. Changes have been made to the gathering spaces and lounges throughout the building to reduce custodial cleaning burden.

Student activities will focus on outdoor, virtual and small group programs of up to 50 people. Carolina Welcome is “choose your own adventure” this year, designed for students to explore the many units, organizations and services on campus as well as student-friendly businesses off-campus.

Campus Recreation has adjusted recreation facility building hours, entrances and exits, fitness spaces and program offerings. All patrons will be required to complete a brief health screening, including temperature check, upon entry into the fitness facilities. The indoor pool will be used for lap swimming only (one person per lane). The outdoor pool will not open until staffing requirements can be met. The Challenge Course will remain closed. The climbing wall is available by reservation only. Intramurals and sport clubs will be limited for summer and fall to meet physical distancing and participation standards and guidelines.

Greek Village access is limited to residents and members. House corporations are following SCDHEC guidelines for restaurants. Seating in common areas is reduced. Hand washing stations will be located throughout the area. Students living in the Greek Village that require isolation due to exposure or contraction of COVID-19 will be asked to move home. If that is not possible, they will be isolated in their room or pre-identified room or wing in the building.

Gamecock Athletics

The University of South Carolina Athletics Department is committed to following the requirements as outlined in UofSC Campus Reopen and Risk Mitigation Plan. At this point, we do not know what the 2020 football season will look like. Our goal is to communicate the plan for the season in early August. We want to be able to gather as much information as possible, working with the SEC office and the member institutions before any decisions are made.

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