January 4, 2021
Dear UofSC Employees,
Happy New Year! I hope you had a relaxing holiday break and had time to connect with family and friends.
The fall semester brought new and unprecedented challenges, but together we persevered and achieved our university's essential mission to serve students. I thank each of you for the important contributions you made to our success. I am extremely proud and appreciative of the work and excellence we achieved as a team.
Together, we tested new ideas, created new approaches and adapted to the changing conditions COVID-19 presented us. We have continued to consult with our internal faculty and staff and medical public health experts, as well as external public health experts. Our priorities remain to protect the health and welfare of our people, limit the spread of the virus in our community, maintain excellence in our academic, research and athletic efforts and to support student success. As always, when changes in the environment require us to take specific actions, we will do so.
Leaders and experts working within our Future Planning Group have carefully considered the lessons learned throughout the fall semester and have now updated our plan for Spring 2021. The Return to Learn Plan [pdf] offers a flexible blueprint for responding to COVID-19 and fulfilling our commitment to our students and employees.
As we announced last month, a key component of our updated approach is a comprehensive, mandatory testing plan for those who will be on campus this spring. Please visit our testing site to make sure you are familiar with the requirements as it relates to UofSC employees. I urge you to make a plan to get an initial return test, either on-campus or at an off-campus community location. We're extremely fortunate to have free testing available on campus, but we do anticipate longer than usual wait times as a result of increased demand. You are also welcome to test more often than our testing plan requires – all free of charge. If you plan to get tested during work hours, make sure you consult with your supervisor in advance.
Again, thank you for your hard work and dedication last year. I'm excited to see what 2021 has in store for all of us at the University of South Carolina. Together, we will make this a year to remember!