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CAS COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

The College of Arts and Sciences is closely monitoring the university response to the novel coronavirus outbreak and will provide clear and consistent information and guidance to our faculty, staff and students as it becomes available.

Fall 2021 Updates

Forms and procedures for college faculty and staff for the upcoming academic year.

College of Arts and Sciences sponsored events with more than 25 expected participants to be scheduled on or after August 16, 2021 must be approved by the Office of the Dean prior to promotion of the event using the Large Event Registration Form.

Event approval requests may only be submitted by a CAS chair or director.  Individual event sponsors should reach out to their unit chair or director with the required information in advance of the event.

Event approval requests should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event whenever possible

In all cases, university guidance regarding COVID-19 health and safety protocols for group gatherings should be followed in both the planning and execution of the event.

Unit HR contacts should continue to submit the COVID-19 Census Report to CAS HR Office by 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday.  Please note that all unit employees must be included in the weekly census reports.

All faculty, staff and student employees should complete a UofSC Universal Health Attestation Form The Universal Health Attestation eForm allows employees to commit to daily self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms.  Effective immediately, the Universal Health Attestation eForm replaces the Daily COVID-19 Health Screening Form.  The form only needs to be  completed one time.


CAS Academic Resources

Resources for college academic units and faculty, staff and students related to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak.

To help faculty navigate the challenges of teaching in the classroom during to the current pandemic, the Faculty Welfare Committee and the Committee on Scholastic Standards and Petitions, in conjunction with others across campus, have developed a website to provide guidance to faculty about COVID-19 and the Classroom.

The Office of the Provost has created the Keep Teaching website to provide support and assistance to instructors who are converting courses currently taught in-person to online.  Information includes:

  • Preparing for course disruptions
  • Communicating with your students
  • Teaching remotely: Tips, tools and resources
  • Blackboard basics
  • Individual and group assistance
  • COVID-19 and the Classroom 

The university has suspended all university-sponsored or affiliated travel, both domestic and international. Please visit the UofSC COVID-19 Faculty and Staff Information website for updated information.

CAS Mission Critical Travel Request Process

Approval for mission critical travel by college faculty and staff, or by a non-employee visitor sponsored by a college unit, may be requested using the process below:

  •  A departmental memo should be sent through the Unit Budget Manager to the CAS Budget Contact at least ten (10) business days prior to the date of travel.  Blanket travel requests will not be approved.
  • The memo should include:
    • Traveler’s name
    • Dates and location of the travel
    • Estimated cost and source of funds (the full accounting chartstring) for the travel
    • Detailed explanation of why the travel is mission critical
    • Approval signature of the unit chair/director
    • If the traveler is a non-employee visitor coming to campus, please note that a copy of the approved SOCR application should also be attached to the departmental memo.
  • The CAS Budget Contact will review the memo and then route it through the appropriate university channels for approval. 
  • If approved, theCAS Budget Contact will forward the approval documentation (the request memo with the Dean’s signature and the approval email from the Travel Office) to the Unit Budget Manager. 
    • Please note:  The Travel Office approval MUST be uploaded as an attachment to the TA and/or Expense Report.  The Travel Office will NOT approve without it. 
    • It is also recommended that the Dean's approval is uploaded for reference.


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