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Return to Campus

Return to Campus

As a University community, we are committed to bringing students, faculty, staff and visitors back to our campus safely. Then, our aim is to stay on campus by keeping our spaces, as well as the people who live and work in them, healthy and safe.

Social Compact

Our collective actions will determine the success of the University’s plan for in-person instruction. Success requires each of us as members of the Clemson Family acting as responsible individuals and invested partners.

The University has launched the Healthy Clemson: United as Tigers awareness campaign to guide and inform key personal responsibility initiatives as they apply to a wide range of personal activities for students, faculty and staff, including:

  • Frequent handwashing
  • Physical distancing
  • Responsible management of living spaces
  • Limiting group sizes
  • Participating in self-assessments
  • Early self-referral to Redfern and Sullivan Center
  • Recommended participation in contact tracing

Family takes care of family, and we need all of our students, faculty and staff to embrace the principle of being “All In” this together. That means recognizing that actions and behaviors taken by individuals will have an impact on the larger community. 

Building and Facility Access

Building access is restricted to students and employees with valid TigerOne ID cards or Mobile ID credentials (for iOS users). Learn how to set up your Mobile ID hereUse your ID at designated entry points for buildings that require card access

Whenever possible, use your ID card/badge and not a key to enter the building. You may not hold or prop open exterior doors under any conditions. Always ensure the door closes and locks behind you while entering and exiting the building.  

Individuals approved to be on campus will be able to access the appropriate building. However, in the event you have difficulty accessing your workplace even when your COVID-19 Clearance Status Tool shows you are ‘cleared’, contact your Building Security Coordinator. The COVID-19 Testing page gives more details about maintaining a cleared status.

Mandatory Tiger Training 

United as Tigers – Return to Workplace Training (faculty/staff) and Return to Campus COVID Prevention Training (currently enrolled students) are mandatory online education modules through the Tiger Training platform.

It is essential for each member of the Clemson community to be well-informed on COVID-19 and to comply with public health efforts to reduce spread of the virus. Our students, faculty and staff live, work and study in many statewide locations, and our goal is to ensure our constituents are working together to reduce the risk of transmission and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the community.

Complete the training

View the student training

Personal nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs)

There are preventive actions we can all take to keep ourselves and others from getting and spreading illnesses. These actions include:


Health officials advise wearing cloth face coverings to aid in the prevention of virus spread, both from person to person and through contamination of contact surfaces. It is considered an additional public health measure to help reduce community transmission of COVID-19. 

The University contracted the purchase of 70,000 reusable cloth face coverings, and each student, faculty and staff member received two coverings for their personal use. 

Employees who have already returned to work as approved by their supervisor should be adhering to all University regulations on face coverings. Incidents of noncompliance will result in referrals to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards (students), Office of Human Resources (employees) and Procurement Services (contractors).

Cloth face coverings are required for all students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors and campus guests:

  • While in all Clemson University buildings, including housing and dining facilities. Students should wear face coverings when guests are in their residence and when accessing public areas and shared spaces.
  • During all University programs held in non-University buildings.
  • In outdoor spaces on campus where appropriate physical distancing cannot be guaranteed.
  • In all University vehicles and while using University transportation/mass transit.

Face coverings are not required:

  • When alone in private offices, classrooms or in housing rooms.
  • When not in close contact with another person, such as walking alone outside.

In very limited circumstances, face shields may be used as a safe alternative to face coverings. In addition to specialized jobs (such as medical care providers or emergency responders), possible exclusions where the use of a face shield may replace the use of a face mask include the following:

  • Those seeking to communicate with the deaf or hard of hearing and for which the mouth needs to be visible. If available, a cloth face covering with a clear panel should be worn while communicating in this manner.
  • Faculty and instructors who can maintain no fewer than 6 feet of physical distancing. Before and after instruction, the face shield must be replaced by a cloth face covering. Professors working near podiums, desks or other work surfaces should disinfect those areas after the class.
  • Those with documented disabilities who cannot wear cloth face coverings may request accommodations. Contact Student Accessibility Services (students) and the Office of Access and Equity (employees).
  • Employees should reach out to their business officer to receive complimentary masks when asked to return to work.

Personal and Community Protective Equipment

The University will maintain an on-hand inventory of hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, digital thermometers, N95 and KN95 masks, face shields, etc. and continue to procure and manufacture for reserve should the supply chain stall.

Physical distancing

Maintaining a distance of no fewer than 6 feet between individuals is key to minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19. All members of the Clemson community must follow physical distancing practices, especially for those considered to be at higher risk per CDC guidance


Washing your hands is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick, especially after time in a public space, after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. Handwashing should be done with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. And remember:

Stay home when you’re sick.

Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue.