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Emergency Resources

Exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19 should be taken very seriously. If you are feeling sick or suspect you may have been exposed, visit the COVID-19 Medical Reference for next steps.

The resources on this page are NOT appropriate if the individual or situation require immediate attention or there is an emergency of any kind. Instead, please call 911. This page is designed to provide Clemson University students, faculty and staff with campus and community resources to assist during the COVID-19 crisis.

Campus Resources for Students

CARE Network (for student support)

The CARE Network, managed by the Office of Advocacy and Success, is designed to be an entry point for concerns regarding current Clemson students. The Office of Advocacy and Success serves all current Clemson students as a trusted place for care, advocacy and referrals to campus and community partners.

Paw Pantry

Clemson's student food bank is open with adjusted operations and food pickup processes. Students are invited to complete the Paw Pantry Client Intake Form Summer 2020 to schedule curbside pickup of a pre-packaged bag of food.

  • The request form must be completed by 11:59 p.m. the day prior to pickup.
  • The form collects details including dietary restrictions/preferences as well as the option to request personal hygiene products.
  • Students can expect to receive a mix of breakfast items, canned meat protein, canned vegetables, canned fruits, nut protein, rice, and pasta.
  • Pickup times will be Wednesday and Friday from 12-2 p.m.
  • All students who complete this form will receive details for how to conduct their food pickup.

Student Health Services

Campus Resources for Employees

Employee Assistance Program (faculty and staff)

Clemson encourages employees to contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for assistance with concerns related to the current situation. The EAP has resources specific to COVID-19. For more information, visit Clemson's EAP site.

Employee Emergency Fund (faculty and staff)

This fund is designed to assist Clemson University employees (full-time or part-time) who are facing unforeseen financial hardships.

CARES Act

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting – Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

The following disclosure is in compliance with HEERF reporting as required in the Office of Postsecondary Education’s Electronic Announcement 2020-05-06.

Clemson University signed a certification with the US Department of Education agreeing to use no less than 50% of our allocation from the CARES Act to provide emergency grants to students. Clemson University was allocated $6,789,998 for emergency grants, which were disbursed under the name Clemson CARES Grants beginning May 5, 2020.

In the first 30 days, Clemson disbursed $6,766,200 to 9166 students. Clemson University had approximately 12,500 students who were eligible to participate in federal student financial aid programs, but we prioritized our students with the greatest need as encouraged by the Secretary of Education.

We disbursed the funds in three tiers: we awarded $1,000 to Federal Pell Grant recipients; $900 to students with Expected Family Contributions (EFC) less than 10,000; and $500 to students with any gross financial need as demonstrated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students were notified of the award at their Clemson email address as follows:

We hope that you had a successful close to your semester, and that you and your family are healthy and safe. We are pleased to share some good news.

On March 27, 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provided Clemson University with funding for emergency financial aid grants. The US Department of Education limited the funding to students eligible for federal student aid, and encouraged schools to prioritize students with the greatest need. The funds are to assist students with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Because you were identified as a student in need who was impacted by the campus closure, you have been awarded a Clemson CARES Grant.

To view your grant, please login to your financial aid award page in iROAR. If you have authorized eRefund with the billing office, your refund will be deposited in the account you designated. If not, we will send a paper check to your permanent address.

By accepting the Clemson CARES Grant, you certify that you incurred expenses (such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, or childcare) related to the disruption to campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and you are prepared to provide documentation (if requested) that your expenses were greater than or equal to the amount of your grant. If your expenses were not greater than or equal to the amount of your grant, you must notify finaid@clemson.edu to reduce or remove your grant, and then repay your refund with eCheck on iROAR.

We hope this grant will ease the financial strain caused by the pandemic, and we look forward to your safe return to campus.

Community Resources

United Way

Dial 211 or visit SC211.org. 211 is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Clemson Community Care

Clemson Community Care works in cooperation with local religious, civic, educational, and private agencies to support low-income families and individuals by helping them overcome periods of financial crisis and become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.

Ten at the Top

A collaborative organization that addresses challenges that span the Upstate, Ten at the Top has compiled a list of information and resources related to COVID-19.