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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.

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

University Housing has begun preparations for the Spring 2021 semester.  As we continue to navigate the ever-changing landscape, we are pleased to release the following residence hall opening dates:

  • January 8, 2021: New Resident Move-In Day.  Additional information about requirements for move-in will be released in the coming weeks.
  • January 10, 2021: Returning Student Arrival. All returning residents will be allowed to return to on-campus housing beginning Sunday, January 10.  As we clean and prepare residence halls for the new semester, access to residence halls will not be available before this date.  Additional information about requirements for move-in will be released in the coming weeks.  

Residents returning to campus for Spring 2021 must complete the following requirements:

  • Register for a check-in time via housing portal for their return to campus on Sunday, January 10 or later.  More information on sign-up time registration dates will be released in the coming days.
  • Gain clearance from Student Health Services for the required COVID-19 testing.  Information on testing requirements and timelines for testing can be found on the University’s COVID-19 testing webpage.
  • Provide documentation of their COVID-19 clearance to housing staff when checking in to their residence hall.
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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. 

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.

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

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. No classes, assignments or tests due on any holidays or wellness days.

Date(s) Event 
 Jan. 11 Classes begin
Jan. 18  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
 Feb. 15 President's Day holiday
 Feb. 25 Wellness Day
 March 12 Wellness Day 
 March 30 Wellness Day
 April 21 Wellness Day
 April 26 Last day of classes
 April 27 Reading Day
 April 28-May 5 Final Exam period 

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