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All University of South Carolina system institutions will be closed through the end of the spring semester. Columbia campus virtual instruction will continue through the conclusion of final exams in May. Details can be found on the coronavirus landing page.

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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.

University Guidance and Resources

Guidance regarding the spring semester academic schedule and campus activities continues to be updated on the university’s  COVID-19 landing page.  A university-level dedicated COVID-19 hotline has also been created at 803-576-8511. 

Additional guidance and resources for faculty, staff and students provided by university offices is linked below.


CAS Academic Resources

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

CAS Administrative Resources

  • Administrative Planning Calendar:  All dates and deadlines for the programs listed below have been updated through the end of April.  The online Administrative Planning Calendar has a new COVID-19 filter to show the affected dates to easily identify revised dates.
    • Chair/Director Reviews
    • Dean’s Initiatives (see below)
    • Bilinski Nominations
    • NTT Faculty Teaching Award
    • Theme Semester Co-curricular Programming Grants
  • Dean’s Initiatives:  All internal deadlines for college Dean’s Initiatives have been extended with the exception of the Graduate Assistantship Enhancement Program which was not changed due to the national graduate admissions schedule. End dates for all active Dean’s Initiative awards and commitments in all programs have been extended to December 31, 2020.
  • Dean’s Commitments:  End dates for all current active commitments made by the College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Office will be extended twelve months from current end date in order to provide stability for faculty research and travel plans.

CAS IT & Technology Support

As the campus adapts to changes brought about by COVID-19 policies and transitions to new instructional models, campus-wide technical resources, including IT support groups in CAS are still available and accessible remotely to users with technology needs.

  • CTE (Center for Teaching Excellence) : 777-8322,       
  • DoIT (Division of IT) Service Desk: 777-1800  
  • CAS Help Desk : 777-7840,

Increased web traffic around the world has placed tremendous strain on the internet infrastructure.  In an effort to minimize course content with large bandwidth requirements, use these strategies when posting content to Blackboard 

  • Upload lecture notes in pdf or ppt (PowerPoint) formats
  • Embed audio in ppt files
  • Use speech to text feature in Word
  • Use Collaborate Ultra video option in Bb
  • Create larger video files on other sites like YouTube or OneDrive and link to them in Bb
  • Virtual Meetings options can include Skype for Business or Microsoft Teams conferencing which require more technical, bandwidth and end-user considerations
  • Microsoft Campus Agreement allows for 5 downloads of Office 365 on computers and personal devices, including at home. View the tools available and the DoIT Microsoft support pages for Office 365
  • Adobe Creative Cloud is providing free student access for two months (students notified via email)
  • FinalDraft script writing software is being provided for SVAD students, up to 120 licenses
  • Spectrum Broadband is offering free internet for at-home students on a temporary basis



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