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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Fall 2021 Testing Information

Getting tested for COVID-19 helps keep our campus community, as well as our city, safer. Medical experts and research have established the vital role that regular and ongoing testing has in limiting the spread of COVID-19 within communities. That’s why UofSC has established a testing program for students, faculty and staff. Here’s what you need to know.

Required Monthly Testing

Thanks to the Gamecock community's compliance with the Spring 2021 testing program, the university successfully maintained low incidence of COVID-19 throughout the semester. As part of our commitment to a safe, healthy campus, we are implementing a similar comprehensive testing plan for students, faculty and staff for Fall 2021.

Students, faculty and staff can be tested on campus and the results will automatically be recorded. Before you visit a campus testing site, be sure to acknowledge the updated consent in MyHealthSpace. If you get tested off campus, you must upload the results through your MyHealthSpace portal.

Campus community members are invited to test more frequently than once a month if that is their preference or if they believe they have had a risk, but you must still test during your required week, even if you've recently tested negative.

Students

In fall 2021, the following members of our community must participate in monthly COVID-19 testing:

  • Students living in university-owned or -leased housing (residence halls, 650 Lincoln, Park Place, Greek Village, Greene Crossing and YOUnion);
  • Students registered for at least one face-to-face or hybrid course;
  • Students with Greek Village meal plans;
  • Students whose employment requires them to be present on campus property.

This testing requirement applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated students.

Students will receive a notification email the week that they are scheduled for testing, and they will have seven days to participate in on-campus testing or to submit documentation of outside testing to be compliant. Nasal tests, saliva tests and antigen/rapid tests are all acceptable forms of testing. 

Students have been divided into four groups, which have been assigned regular testing weeks. However, individuals will remain in their original group number once assigned. Specifically, students who were assigned to a group based on their first year housing assignments will remain in that group for 2021-2022. You can check your group number on the Medical Clearances page of MyHealthSpace

On campus:

  • East Quad
  • Green Quad
  • McBryde
  • Preston
  • South Quad
  • South Tower

Off campus:

  • Last name starts with Aa through Du

Test weeks:

  • Aug. 30 – Sept. 6
  • Sept. 27 – Oct. 4
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 8

On campus:

  • Capstone
  • Columbia
  • McClintock
  • Patterson
  • Sims
  • Wade Hampton

Off campus:

  • Last name starts with Dv through Ks

Test weeks:

  • Sept. 6 – Sept. 13
  • Oct. 11 – Oct. 18
  • Nov. 8 – Nov. 15

On campus:

  • Bates House
  • Bates West
  • Desaussure
  • Greek Village
  • Harper-Elliott
  • Honors
  • Maxcy
  • Pinckney-Legare
  • Rutledge
  • Thornwell
  • Woodrow

Off campus:

  • Last name starts with Kt through Rh

Test weeks:

  • Sept. 13 – Sept. 20
  • Oct. 18 – Oct. 25
  • Nov. 15 – Nov. 22

On campus:

  • 650 Lincoln
  • Greene Crossing
  • Park Place
  • YOUnion

Off campus:

  • Last name starts with Ri through Zz, and foreign keyboard characters

Test weeks:

  • Sept. 20 – Sept. 27
  • Oct. 25 – Nov. 1
  • Nov. 15 – Nov. 22

To be exempted from monthly testing due to prior infection, students must provide results of a positive PCR or antigen COVID-19 test. This will exempt them during the 90-day period immediately following the date of the positive result. Off-campus positive results must be uploaded to the MyHealthSpace portal for review.

 

Faculty and Staff

All faculty and staff reporting to campus for work must participate in monthly COVID-19 testing regardless of vaccination status.

Faculty and staff will receive an email once per month notifying them that they must get tested during the following calendar week. They must participate in on-campus testing or submit documentation of outside testing to be compliant. Nasal tests, saliva tests and antigen/rapid tests are all acceptable forms of testing.

Faculty and staff have been divided into four groups, which have been assigned regular testing weeks according to the schedule below:

Last name starts with Aa through Du.

Test weeks:

  • Aug. 30 – Sept. 6
  • Sept. 27 – Oct. 4
  • Nov. 1 – Nov. 8

Last name starts with Dv through Ks.

Test weeks:

  • Sept. 6 – Sept. 13
  • Oct. 11 – Oct. 18
  • Nov. 8 – Nov. 15

Last name starts with Kt through Rh.

Test weeks:

  • Sept. 13 – Sept. 20
  • Oct. 18 – Oct. 25
  • Nov. 15 – Nov. 22

Last names start with Ri through Zz and start with foreign keyboard characters.

Test weeks:

  • Sept. 20 – Sept. 27
  • Oct. 25 – Nov. 1
  • Nov. 15 – Nov. 22

To be exempted from monthly testing due to prior infection, faculty and staff must provide results of a positive PCR or antigen COVID-10 test. This will exempt them during the 90-day period immediately following the date of the positive result. Off-campus positive results must be uploaded to the MyHealthSpace portal for review.

 

University Health Services will continue to provide appointments and walk-in opportunities for students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. We highly encourage you to get vaccinated even if you have already had COVID-19. If you are off campus, see where you can get vaccinated in your community.

 

COVID-19 Questions

For any questions or concerns about coronavirus that have not been addressed on this page, please contact us using the form below.


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