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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.

Student Spaces and Activities


Expanded Study and Learning Spaces

With the demands of safety and physical distancing, students need additional spaces around campus to attend online classes, study and complete class work. These expanded spaces have Wi-Fi and most seats have access to power outlets.

500 seats, 37 reserved seating for online courses

  • Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. 
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 – 11 p.m.

326 seats in lobby and meeting rooms

  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 11 p.m. 
  • Saturday – Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

273 seats across all floors, including exterior patio

  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

In collaboration with Continuing Education and Conferences
160 seats

  • Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Opens August 28 in collaboration with Gamecock Athletics
109 seats

  • Monday – Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

3 computer labs with 62 seats

  • Monday – Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.

In collaboration with the Koger Center
20 seats

  • Monday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


On-Campus Living

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

Housing and dining will remain open until closing day in December. Students who leave for Thanksgiving  are encouraged to remain at home and not return. Residence halls and dining will remain open through the end of the term, therefore University Housing and dining will not compensate residents for days they choose not to stay in their halls.

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 all campus buildings, except residence hall rooms, individual study rooms, individual offices, or when eating in dining facilities. 

Students will be asked to physically distance themselves 6 feet from others whenever possible.

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

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.

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

Off-campus students in quarantine will be responsible for their own food, unless they have a current Carolina Food Co. meal plan. Off-campus students in quarantine with a Carolina Food Co. meal plan will be responsible for requesting pick-up meals from Carolina Food Co. A specific campus location will be designated by Carolina Food Co. for off-campus meal pick-up. Students with a Carolina Food Co. meal plan will also be responsible for designating a responsible party to pick up their meals at the established pick-up location. Meals will not be delivered to students in quarantine living off campus by Carolina Food Co. or university staff.

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.

Mental Health & Emotional Well-Being

Your mental and emotional health matter. Caring for your overall well-being is essential as you face the challenges of your academic pursuits, the current social climate, the ongoing effects of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, and all that comes with everyday life. If you're dealing with the effects of having COVID-19, grieving the loss of someone you love to coronavirus, or just feeling isolated, our COVID-19 resources can help.


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.

A valid CarolinaCard is required to enter Thomas Cooper Library. Face coverings must be worn while in the building. The library has adjusted operating hours, entrances and exits, and study spaces. Students can use the computers and scanners, print, and find individual study space. Levels 4, 5, Main and Mezzanine are open to students.

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. Visit Gamecock Athletics COVID-19 updates for the latest information.


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. 


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 

The spring 2021 academic calendar will not include a traditional spring break. Instead, the schedule replaces the historical March spring break with an equivalent number of "wellness days" spread throughout the semester.

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