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Coronavirus Response: To find out more about the guidelines for returning to campus and to view student, parent and staff resources, see Campus Reopening and COVID-19 Resources on the website. Additional resources on the university's system response can be found on Columbia's coronavirus landing page.

Campus Changes

      Face coverings on campus. Classrooms with fewer desks to promote physical distancing. Changed traffic patterns.  These changes – and many more – will help protect our students’ health and safety.  We'll continue to update this information as changes occur.

Classrooms and Campus Spaces

  • Face coverings are required for entry into classrooms.
  • Classroom capacities have been adjusted to reflect best practice recommendations. 
  • The CDC recommended physical distancing of 6-feet will be maintained where feasible. If spatial adjustment is necessary, USC Salkehatchie will follow WHO guidance of not less than 3 feet in combination with face coverings and other mitigation strategies.
  • Occupancy limits are posted where people might normally congregate.
  • Web cameras have been added to classrooms to allow faculty to record lectures.

Cleaning and Disinfection

Staffing of custodial and janitorial services has been increased. Cleaning crews are trained to provide enhanced cleaning and sanitizing in all workplaces, offices and classrooms. Along with their daily cleaning requirements, custodial services will increase the frequency of necessary cleanings, such as high-touch surfaces in common areas.

Traffic Patterns

  • Changes in traffic flow are indicated by one-way signs and markers with doors labeled as entrance- or exit-only.
  • Furniture has been rearranged or eliminated.
  • Occupancy limits are posted where people might normally congregate.

 Student Activities

The core focus for programming and student engagement events will be based on students’ and staff members’ safety and health as well as community and relationship building. Among the changes to be implemented this fall are:

  • Programming and engagement will be focused on smaller groups of students to actively build relationships and community.
  • RSVPs will be required to limit the number of individuals at an event to 50 or less.
  • Social distancing etiquette will be reviewed prior to students’ arrival to campus and reiterated in creative ways using videos, social media, etc.
  • Many of our events will be virtual and all our events will comply with current health guidelines.

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