Our focus is maintaining a stable, healthy environment and mitigating the risks of
COVID-19 in ways that support greater teaching and student success. We'll continue to update this information as changes occur.
Students, faculty and staff have a variety of diagnostic testing options, including
on-campus testing at the Center for Health and Well-Being and off-campus testing opportunities through community providers. We also partner with Nephron Pharmaceuticals
to provide additional testing events.
Faculty Tips for COVID-19 Cases in the Classroom
To prevent and prepare for cases in your classroom:
Do keep a seating chart, record attendance, and ensure that students are wearing masks.
Do set attendance, participation, make-up work, and grading policies that anticipate
students may legitimately miss class while they wait for a test result or have to
be away from class for a couple of weeks (see the COVID-19 and the Classroom for guidance).
Do assure students that desks spaced at 4 feet or more with the use of face coverings
safe by our public health experts and that UofSC experience confirms this.
Do remind students to wash hands frequently and clean their desks before and after
Do remind students to avoid class if they feel sick and report COVID-19 symptoms to
Student Health Services (SHS).
Do inform students that COVID-19 test results may not be accurate before the third
to fifth day following exposure.
Do not devise procedures for monitoring and reporting student illness that circumvent
SHS or that contradict University polices, CDC/DHEC Guidelines or federal law.
Do not remove signs or re-arrange seating in your classroom.
If a student tells you that they have been instructed to isolate or quarantine or
have a positive test result:
Do express concern for the student and tell them to follow medical advice.
Do tell the student to complete the Student Ombuds COVID-19 report form. This will
provide a confirmed excuse to each of the student’s instructors. (It may take a few
days after the student submits for this to reach you, but it will show when you can
expect the student to return to class).
Do tell the student what they can do to keep up with missed work in your class.
Do work cooperatively with contact tracers who may be in contact and follow the guidance
from Student Health Services and the public health guidance.
Do not cancel class or change it to be completely online. Our risk mitigation strategies
in the classroom should make this need highly unlikely. At any time, if there is a
reason for classes to change based on public health risks you will be notified by
the appropriate authority.
Do not require all students in class to get tested and be negative.
Do not divulge student medical information, such as a positive test result, to anyone
else including other students in your class.
Prioritize your mental and emotional health. Coping with the demands of professional
life, the current social climate, caring for loved ones, the ongoing worries of coronavirus
and COVID-19 makes it easy to focus on the needs of others rather than your own. Your
needs matter, too. If you're dealing with the effects of having COVID-19, grieving
the loss of someone you love to coronavirus, or just feel isolated, our COVID-19 resources can help.
How to Prepare Your Team
As the university safely transitions employees to campus, the Division of Human Resources
provides critical documents and support to help departments and units during the planning process, including resources for
HR Contacts and managers.
Additional "Keep Working" resources to continue supporting remote workers include:
Tools and Technology: The Division of IT offers support to remotely access secure resources; forward calls and access voicemail; conduct meetings;
receive IT support.
Strategies:Review resource guides for succeeding as a virtual team member or leader; find tips
on transitioning to a remote environment; access professional development and learning
Commitment to Staff Support:The university is committed to supporting staff through this crisis by keeping staff
engaged and productive, sustaining income levels, and addressing physical and emotional
Teaching and Student Success
Spring instruction will take place in a variety of modes: fully in-person, hybrid
in-person/online and fully online. Online components may be either live-streamed or
No class larger than 100 will meet in person, and classrooms will be adjusted to reflect
physical distancing guidelines.
To protect the health and safety of the university community, the traditional one
week of Spring Break will not occur in 2021 but will be replaced by a series of wellness
days spread throughout the semester.
Office hours may be held in-person or virtually.
Seating recommendations and traffic flow directions will be provided for classrooms.
To facilitate contact tracing and encourage physical distancing, faculty are encouraged
to keep seating charts, especially in larger classes.
Faculty have been granted the opportunity to choose to teach remotely. Changes in
the modality of how courses are offered will be kept to a minimum so that students
know what type of course they are taking and so classroom space can be assigned to
maximize community safety.
Locating open educational resources for your class
Scanning library content
Providing copyright information
Offering research guides and workshops
Activities taking place in laboratory spaces and associated research facilities, such
as shared research office space, workshops, and studios, referred to here as “laboratories,”
must follow all university guidance related to COVID-19 as well as those specific
to research-related spaces. Upon complying with the university’s Return to Work (RTW)
guidance, approval by the Future Planning Group’s Summer Operations and Campus Return
team and implementing these guidelines, laboratories may resume research activities
by bringing back personnel whose duties cannot be completed remotely and where hygienic
social distancing practices can be maintained.
To help faculty navigate the challenges of teaching in the classroom during to the
current pandemic, the Faculty Senate's Faculty Welfare Committee and the Committee
on Scholastic Standards and Petitions, in conjunction with others across campus, have
developed some useful COVID in the Classroom materials presented in five sections:
an overview of related to COVID-19 public health directives
guidance on the enforcement of public health directives in the classroom
suggestions and recommendations for managing attendance and class participation
other ideas and suggestions that faculty can consider implementing in the classroom
recommendations for language that can be used in course syllabi
The university has suspended all university-sponsored or affiliated travel, both domestic
and international. Please visit the Office of the Controller website for more details and support.
Additional Employee Information and Support
Student Health Services
Student Health Services plays a pivotal role in COVID-19 mitigation and treatment efforts, and beyond. They
will provide COVID-19 diagnostic testing for the campus community, host the Coronavirus
Phone Bank and lead the campus contact tracing efforts. Faculty and staff that need
a COVID-19 test can be tested at a SAFE site or at the Center for Health and Well-Being.
Workplace Safety, Changes and Modifications
Combatting COVID-19 requires an effort from the UofSC community to maintain a clean
and safe environment for all. Workspaces and procedures will be altered using risk mitigation measures in some cases to help avoid the spread of the virus and keep students, faculty and
staff safe and healthy.
The Office of Communications and Public Affairs has developed COVID-19 resources including health and safety graphics, standard signage, sign and digital display
templates, editorial guidelines and more.
Special Events Guidelines
If you are planning a group gathering, be sure to follow the university's special event guidelines and make sure the event is approved. There will be a risk at any event, so event organizers should be mindful of the
risk and consider all factors before planning an event. If there is substantial risk,
planners should conduct the event virtually or in a hybrid of in-person and virtual
The University of South Carolina Athletics Department is committed to following the
requirements as outlined in UofSC Return to Learn Plan. VisitGamecock Athletics COVID-19 updatesfor the latest information.
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