The University of South Carolina will extend remote learning for students through the remainder of the spring semester. Students will begin online instruction as previously scheduled, and it will continue through the completion of final exams in May. This applies to all institutions across the university system (Columbia, Aiken, Beaufort, Upstate, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter and Union).
In addition, traditional May commencement ceremonies on all campuses will be postponed. The university is committed to and is actively exploring options for rescheduled in-person ceremonies when it is safe to host them and will be planning experiences for graduates to celebrate their achievements. Cancellation of the May commencement ceremony will not impact students’ degree completion status for those scheduled to graduate in May.
Students previously granted permission to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances will be allowed to stay. All other students residing in residence halls will have an opportunity to retrieve their belongings at a later date. University Housing is developing a schedule for retrieval and will update students as soon as possible. Plans also are being developed for a reimbursement schedule for students who paid for university housing, parking and meal plans. The state’s Commission on Higher Education is coordinating with colleges and universities to ensure student investments are protected.
In accordance with Thursday’s executive order from Gov. Henry McMaster, only essential, mission critical employees will be reporting to campuses for work.
Visit the university’s coronavirus website for up-to-date news and information for students, parents, faculty and staff.