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COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Testing Information

Testing Landscape

The COVID-19 testing landscape continues to evolve, with new and effective possibilities emerging nearly daily. The University will continually update this page with the latest information available. 

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Spring Semester Return Testing Requirements

Pre-arrival testing will be required for all statewide students*, faculty and staff; these tests must be collected between Monday, Jan. 3 and Friday, Jan. 7. Access to university facilities will be restricted beginning the evening of Jan. 7. Accepted pre-arrival test types include negative PCR nasal, nasopharyngeal or saliva. Additionally, for pre-arrival tests only, a negative antigen test will be accepted. Negative antigen tests collected outside this timeframe will not be accepted. At home tests are not accepted. Proof of negative or positive test can be submitted through the COVID-19 Test Upload Tool. Hours and locations of University-provided free testing can be found on the COVID-19 Testing page.

All on-campus residents are required to receive both a pre-arrival test AND an on-campus test immediately upon move-in prior to accessing any other University facilities. 

* Due to a later class start and residence opening, Bridge to Clemson Students will be required to obtain a pre-arrival test between Sunday, Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 13 with an on-campus test immediately upon move-in.

Previous Positive Test Exemption

A 90-day exemption from pre-arrival and ongoing testing for individuals whose positive PCR or antigen test was collected Oct. 9 or later (Oct. 15 or later for Bridge to Clemson students) with clearance from a healthcare provider (positive test must be more than 10 days old).

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

Types of Tests Accepted

The University provides testing for faculty, staff and students on the main campus, Greenville ONE, CH Nursing Building, CU-ICAR, CURI, CDCC and the Dominion Energy Innovation Center. Registration for testing at all available sites

Individuals can get tested at any location of their choice. If not tested through the University using the Rymedi platform, results (both positive and negative PCR test results) must be uploaded to the COVID-19 Test Upload Tool.

The University will not accept the following as proof of negative test:

  • Antigen* – see exception below
  • Antibody 
  • At home tests

*Negative antigen tests will be accepted as proof of pre-arrival testing for samples collected during the following time frame:

  • Employees and non-bridge students: January 3-7
  • Bridge Students: January 9-13

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days do not need to test. For proof of previous infection, the University will accept the following tests collected within the previous 90-day period:

  • A positive PCR test: nasal, nasopharyngeal, throat, saliva
  • A positive antigen test

Note: All uploaded positive test results more than 10 days old must be accompanied by a clearance letter from a health care provider.

Testing Locations

Clemson’s Main Campus  - Littlejohn Coliseum

Testing coordinated by Rymedi will be conducted at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Testing is available on campus for student and employees. Individuals should use the University’s registration page to sign up for a free test. Locations and hours will be updated continuously on the testing registration site.

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 parking is available. Please call (864) 881-8239 at least 15 minutes prior to your arrival to the main campus testing site for assistance.

 

Greenville Area testing

In addition to DHEC sites, testing is available in Greenville for Clemson students, faculty and staff at the CU-ICAR campus and Greenville ONE.

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

Testing will be open normal hours on Monday, December 20
Testing will be CLOSED from Tuesday, December 21 – Monday, January 3 and resume on Tuesday, January 4

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

Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
Winter Break Hours of Operation are listed on the COVID-19 testing registration page.

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

Testing will be open Monday, December 20 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Testing will be CLOSED from Tuesday, December 21 – Monday, January 3 and resume on Tuesday, January 4 

Registration for all testing is required. Please make sure the test time selected is associated with the correct location.

 

Charleston area Testing

Clemson Design Center Charleston

Testing will be open normal hours on Monday, December 20
Testing will then be CLOSED Tuesday, December 21 – Tuesday, January 4 and resume on Wednesday, January 5

Clemson University Restoration Institute Zucker Family Graduate Education Center:

Mondays, 3-5 p.m.
Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m.
Winter Break Hours of Operation are listed on the COVID-19 testing registration page.

For EIC staff only. Dominion Energy Innovation Center:

Mondays, 8-10:30 a.m.

Statewide Locations

Visit this site to find DHEC’s available testing locations around the state.

Ongoing Testing Requirements

The University requires weekly testing for all students and employees at the University's MAIN CAMPUS regardless of vaccination status.

Additionally, the University requires weekly testing of all students and bi-weekly testing of all employees at the following locations regardless of vaccination status:

  • CU-ICAR
  • CU Nursing
  • Greenville ONE
  • Clemson Design Center Charleston
  • Clemson University Restoration Institute
  • Statewide Extension sites

  • All students

    Regardless of vaccination status, residential and non-residential students enrolled at the locations listed above 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.

  • All faculty and staff

    Regardless of vaccination status, faculty and staff working at the MAIN CAMPUS location are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test within every 7 days. Non-MAIN campus employees are required to submit a negative COVID-19 test within every 14 days.

    Employees can remain compliant by either by testing onsite with Rymedi or uploading documentation in the COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool.

  • Statewide Extension employees

    Clemson Extension adopted 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.

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

    • Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
    Charleston Testing

    Clemson Design Center Charleston

    • Mondays, 12:15-1:30 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, 9:45-11 a.m.

    Clemson University Restoration Institute
    Zucker Family Graduate Education Center:

    • Mondays, 3-5 p.m.
    • Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m.
    For EIC staff only. Dominion Energy Innovation Center:

    • Mondays, 8-10:30 a.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.

Clearances

Staff at the Redfern and the Sullivan Health Centers will facilitate clearance once an isolation and quarantine period has been successfully completed.

  • Clearance letters from health care providers must be on official letterhead and include the student’s or employee’s full name.
  • If you do not have a health care provider, students may contact the Redfern Health Center at 864-656-3571 and employees should contact Sullivan Health Center at 864-986-1218.