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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. As the University finalizes additional testing options and possibilities, we will continually update this page with the latest information.

Student Testing

As part of Clemson’s plan to promote a safe return to in-person instruction and on-campus activities beginning September 21, the University will require all students on its main campus to receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to returning to the classroom and campus.

On-Campus Students

  • Starting September 11, the University will begin Testing students at Littlejohn Coliseum on campus. On September 11–13, testing will be limited to on-campus students who are scheduled to move into their residences on those days. No other students should schedule a test during this period.
  • On-campus students must make an appointment in advance to be tested the day they are scheduled to move in. To schedule an appointment, visit the COVID-19 test signup tool for this testing.
  • All on-campus students must make an appointment in advance to be tested on the day they are scheduled to move in. Testing will take place from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. on September 11–13. Students will receive communication from Clemson Home with registration instructions.
  • Students living on campus also are still required to upload their results of a negative PCR (nasal or saliva) test taken within 10 days of their move-in date or a positive serological test within 40 days to begin their move-in process to the COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool.
  • Students unable to secure a pre-arrival COVID-19 test will be permitted to secure one when they arrive in Clemson, but those students will not be permitted to move in until a negative result is secured and clearance to return is reported via the Clearance Status Tool.

All students will be tested before in-person classes resume on September 21 and then we plan to conduct surveillance testing of students and employees throughout the remainder of the semester. No student can return to in-person instruction or on-campus activities without a negative test result. Registration details are being sent to all students separately. Once baseline testing has been completed, the University will begin testing approximately 5 percent of students and employees daily in order to monitor the spread of the disease.

Off-Campus Students

  • On September 11–13, testing will be limited to on-campus students who are scheduled to move into their residences on those days. Starting September 14, testing will be available to both on-campus and off-campus students at Littlejohn Coliseum. Testing hours are 8 a.m.–6 p.m. on September 14–17 and 8 a.m.–noon on September 18.
  • Off-campus students who have been tested in recent weeks as part of the University’s voluntary surveillance testing program will need to be tested again starting September 11. Students will receive separate communication with registration instructions.

The University’s goal is to have all students tested by the end of the day on September 18. Should additional testing be required, it will continue the week of September 21.

No student can return to in-person instruction or on-campus activities without a negative test result secured during this period. All students who test positive must notify the Redfern Health Center, which will provide clearance to return to campus once a student’s isolation period has been completed. Close contacts of those who are infected may also need to be quarantined.

Littlejohn Testing

Testing at the Littlejohn location is a two-step registration process. Upon registering for a date and time, you will be redirected to a web page for Clemson University’s testing partner, Rymedi, so that you can obtain your Rymedi QR 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. 
Individuals tested can expect results within 24-48 hours. Details about the status of results can be found via the Rymedi QR code.

Employee Testing

Employees may register for a specific time slot here as we are managing the number of individuals being tested at one time.

For non-main-campus employees, MUSC has expanded mobile testing locations around the state, and an updated list of those locations is available here.

Those being tested will be required to upload their results into Clemson’s COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool. A negative PCR test (nasal, nasopharyngeal, throat or saliva) taken within 10 days of their arrival or positive serological test within 40 days will be accepted.

Employee testing continues to be conducted by MUSC at NewSpring Church at 13200 Clemson Blvd. in Seneca, just west of main campus. Testing will be conducted Monday, September 14–Wednesday, September 16, from 7 a.m.–1 p.m. Employees are encouraged to check the testing site for further updates as new dates are added regularly. Please note: The testing site at Littlejohn Coliseum is for students only.

After the start of classes, the University will begin testing approximately 5 percent of all students and employees each day in order to monitor spread of the disease.

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During the academic year

Throughout the Fall semester, the University will collect and rely on myriad data sources to monitor and mitigate the spread of the virus through the community. These techniques may include but are not limited to:

  • Recommended daily self-assessment through the my.Clemson App with self-referral to Redfern Health Center (students) or Sullivan Center (faculty/staff) for early signs or symptoms of respiratory illness.
  • Conducting opt-in random sample testing for employees and students through Redfern and Sullivan centers.
  • Contact tracing for positive cases through internal processes and DHEC. The University will also utilize self-reporting through applications provided by Apple and Google anonymous data.
  • Monitoring by University researchers of wastewater effluent, both on campus and throughout the city of Clemson. This wastewater testing already is under way and has proven to be an effective measure of early detection of the COVID-19 virus in a community.