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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 resumption of in-person instruction and on-campus operations, the University requires all students who plan to access main campus to receive a negative COVID-19 test and subsequent clearance from Redfern Health Center prior to accessing any facility, including classrooms, fitness centers, study space and athletics venues.

Surveillance Testing

  • All on-campus residents will test weekly, and off-campus residents will be randomly selected for mandatory testing.
  • If notified, students will need to sign up for a free test conducted by Rymedi.
  • Failure to comply with the University’s health and safety directives may constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may result in sanctions, which could include probation, suspension or expulsion.
  • Specific details including hours of operation, location and other instructions will be included in the notification email sent to clemson.edu
  • If a student who is selected needs to request an exemption, please contact covidsystemssupport@clemson.edu.

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

All Clemson University main-campus employees must obtain a negative test result before returning to regular on-campus work. A negative PCR test (nasal, nasopharyngeal, throat or saliva) taken within 10 days of their return to work or positive serological test within 40 days will be accepted.

Testing is available daily at Littlejohn Coliseum, and employees can use the online testing registry to register for a free test. Rymedi is conducting saliva testing of 1,000 employees randomly selected each week. The result is uploaded automatically, removing the need to use the Upload Tool.

Rymedi conducts walk-up testing at Littlejohn Coliseum and all symptomatic or exposed individuals are tested outside of the facility. Employees can park in the North Lot on Ravenel Road to access the testing, which takes place on the opposite side of the facility in Burton Gallery.

For non-main-campus employees, MUSC has updated their list of expanded mobile testing locations around the state. Those employees tested anywhere other than a Rymedi/Clemson testing location should continue to use the Upload Tool to submit results.

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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.
  • 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.