Student face covering distribution

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19 this fall, students should carry a face covering of their choice on campus at all times as they are required in all University of South Carolina buildings. As President Bob Caslen shared in his update to the campus community, there are a few exceptions to this policy for students.

  • Students are not expected to wear face coverings in residence hall rooms and individual study rooms.
  • Individuals are not expected to wear face coverings when eating in campus dining facilities.
  • Students who have documented conditions that could be exacerbated by wearing face coverings should submit an application to become registered with the Student Disability Resource Center. Students who are registered will be allowed reasonable accommodations to help mitigate issues caused by face covering mandates.

All individuals on campus in outdoor areas are expected to wear a face covering whenever physical distancing (six feet or more) is difficult or the risk of infection is high.

All students will receive one university reusable face covering this fall to add to their personal collections. Face coverings will be available during Move-In, both on campus and at some private apartment communities in Columbia; before Panhellenic Sorority Recruitment; from academic colleges and schools; and at Student Health Services, Russell House University Union, Student Package and Mail Pick-Up, and the Carolina Card office during the first week of class.

The campus bookstore and some vending machines will have face coverings for sale and students are encouraged to bring their own face coverings from home.

Face coverings help reduce the transmission of the novel coronvirus that causes COVID-19.  For additional information on the new face covering policy, please see the COVID-19 website.

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