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2021-22 OPERATIONS OVERVIEW AND HEALTH GUIDELINES

As Clemson returns to full operational status for the fall, the University will enact the following recommendations of its population health team composed of internal and external experts. These health and safety guidelines for all students, faculty and staff are effective immediately.

Vaccines

Clemson does not require COVID-19 vaccines but strongly encourages anyone who wants and is able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to do so. You can read more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines from the CDC and DHEC.

Clemson students, faculty, and staff across the state of South Carolina can voluntarily upload proof of their COVID-19 vaccination using the Upload Tool and are encouraged to do so.

De-identified data submitted through the upload tool will be used to assist University administration in continued health and safety planning. Identifiable data may be used to implement quarantine exceptions in accordance with CDC and DHEC guidelines.

Those seeking vaccine availability in South Carolina can use DHEC’s Vax Locator or Vaccine.gov to find a nearby vaccination site.

 

Masks and Face Coverings

Following the South Carolina Supreme Court decision which permits higher education institutions to require a universal mask mandate, Clemson will require masks in all of its statewide buildings including classrooms, instructional facilities, offices, labs, and residential and dining halls except while eating or in private spaces. The requirement is effective thorugh Oct. 8.

Masks were shown in our models to a have significant impact on curbing the spread of the virus and correspondingly enhances our ability to stay in person.

The University continues to evaluate all public health data as it mitigates the prevalence of COVID-19 while maximizing opportunities to continue in-person classes.

Physical Distancing

All University facilities, including instructional and research areas, will operate at full capacity. No physical distancing requirements will be in place at this time.

Ongoing Testing Requirements

As the semester begins, the University will require weekly (students) and bi-weekly (employees) testing for all – regardless of vaccination status. The testing requirements will be effective in correlation to pre-semester testing. For instance, if a student or employee receives a move-in or pre-semester test on August 10, the next test must be taken within 7 days (by August 17) for students or within 14 days (by August 24) for employees.

The University will utilize pre-semester and ongoing testing data and will adjust and update the testing requirements as the semester proceeds.

  • Students enrolled at main campus, CU-ICAR and Greenville ONE

    Regardless of vaccination status, residential and non-residential students enrolled in classes on main campus and at CU-ICAR are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test within every seven days – either by testing onsite with Rymedi or uploading documentation in the COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool.

    **Students do not need to be tested within 90 days of previous infection with proper information regarding positive test result.

  • Faculty and staff at main campus, CU-ICAR and Greenville ONE

    Regardless of vaccination status, faculty and staff working on main campus, CU-ICAR and Greenville ONE are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test within every 14 days – either by testing onsite with Rymedi or uploading documentation in the COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool.

    **Employees do not need to be tested within 90 days of previous infection with proper information regarding positive test result.

  • Statewide Extension employees

    Clemson Extension will adopt a uniform testing strategy effective September 24, 2021.

    Regardless of vaccination status, Extension faculty and staff are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test collected within every 14 days – by uploading documentation in the COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool.

    DHEC has provided saliva test kits for easy access to testing. However, shipping and processing will take time and may delay posting of results. Therefore, it’s best for employees to submit a saliva test through the Extension office each Friday.

  • Emeritus Faculty

    Regardless of vaccination status, emeritus faculty accessing University facilties including the Emeritus College located in Pendleton, S.C., are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test within every 14 days – either by testing onsite with Rymedi or uploading documentation in the COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool.

  • On-campus testing availability

    COVID testing coordinated by Rymedi will be conducted at Littlejohn Coliseum.

    Faculty, staff and students can participate in required testing with Rymedi at both the CU-ICAR campus and Greenville ONE building.

    CU-ICAR: 5 Research Dr., Greenville, SC ­ TD Gallery

    • Monday and Thursday, 12-3 p.m.

    Greenville ONE: 1 N. Main St., Greenville SC – 5th floor lobby

    • Monday through Thursday, 4-6 p.m.

    CH Nursing Building: 605 Grove Rd., Greenville, SC – Lobby

    • Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

    Registration for testing is required, and detailed schedule information and instructions for obtaining QR codes are available through Clemson’s testing information page.

    Rymedi QR code

    For those registering for a test for the first time, please note it requires a two-step registration process. Upon registering for a day and time, you will be redirected to a Rymedi webpage to obtain your QR code. The QR code you obtain from your initial COVID-19 testing registration may be used as many times in the future as needed without re-registering for this code. As you arrive at the testing location, you will need to have your Rymedi QR code pulled up on your smartphone or printed out to check-in for testing. Testing cannot take place without this code.

    Testing Parking

    Faculty and staff are encouraged to walk or take the Orange Route shuttle to Littlejohn Coliseum. Employees with current employee parking decals may park in any green or orange parking spaces near Littlejohn Coliseum. Non-resident students with valid permits may park in open orange spaces. Resident students are encouraged to walk or to take the Orange Route shuttle to Littlejohn Coliseum.

    Upon parking or exiting the shuttle, attendees should access the testing center on the southeast corner (corner closest Memorial Stadium).

    • ADA-only parking is available onsite. If you have any ADA questions or concerns, please contact the University Call Center at 864-365-0555 or covidquestions@clemson.edu for assistance.
  • **Proof of previous infection details

    For proof of previous infection, the University will accept the following tests collected within the previous 90 days:

    • a COVID-19 positive PCR test (via nasal, nasopharyngeal, throat, saliva) OR
    • a COVID-19 positive antigen test. Note: All uploaded positive test results that are more than 10 days old must be accompanied by a clearance letter from a health care provider.

    *The University will not accept a serological antibody test at this time.

    The University will provide saliva testing and, upon request, nasal swab testing on the main campus and at CU-ICAR, and individuals can get tested at any other location of their choice. If not tested through the University using the Rymedi platform, individuals must upload their results via the COVID-19 Test Upload Tool.