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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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Testing Protocols

As part of Clemson’s plan to promote a successful environment of in-person instruction and on-campus operations, the University requires all students and employees who plan to access main campus to receive a negative COVID-19 test or subsequent clearance after testing positive prior to accessing any facility, including classrooms, fitness centers, study space and athletics venues.

Ongoing Testing

All faculty, staff, and students will be required to test every seven days. Once a student or employee goes eight days from their last negative test or 98 days after their last COVID-19 positive test, they are overdue for testing and will receive an email notification reminding them to be tested on campus or upload a test result from an outside provider for a PCR test taken within the appropriate timeframe. Supervisors will also receive an email for employees who have not completed testing. If no action is taken within 48 hours:

  • COVID-19 Clearance Status will move to “Not Cleared” and access to University facilities will be revoked.
  • Employees will be referred to Human Resources and students will be referred to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards to determine appropriate next steps, which may include disciplinary action.
  • Those in need of exemption should contact covidsystemssupport@clemson.edu.

To ensure an individual’s on-campus tests are applied to their clearance throughout the Spring semester, all students and employees should check their QR code to ensure it’s connected to their University account. The QR code should have numbers and only capital letters above the barcode – it should not have any lowercase letters. Follow these instructions to check your QR code.

Accepted Tests

The accepted method of testing for students and employees is a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test via nasal, nasopharyngeal, throat or saliva. The University will not accept a positive serological test at this time.

PRE-ARRIVAL REQUIREMENTS

A 90-day exemption from pre-arrival and ongoing testing will be allowed for students and employees following POSITIVE results, with clearance from a health care provider. Acceptable positive test results include:

  • PCR Nasal
  • PCR Nasopharyngeal
  • PCR Saliva
  • Antigen

After completion of the isolation period following a positive test, to be exempted from University testing, a student, faculty or staff member will need to upload positive test results to the COVID-19 Test Results Upload Tool along with a clearance letter from a health care provider.

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.

Staff at Redfern and Sullivan Health Centers will facilitate clearance if the isolation 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.
  • Staff at Redfern and Sullivan Health Centers will facilitate clearance if the isolation period has been successfully completed.

TESTING LOCATIONS

  • Clemson’s Main Campus
  • 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.
  • Greenville Area Testing
  • In addition to DHEC sites, the University is finalizing details on a dedicated Clemson Greenville-area testing location. Students, faculty and staff at CU-ICAR and Greenville One will be notified of testing availability and processes once finalized in the coming weeks.
  • Statewide Locations
  • Visit this site to find DHEC’s available testing locations around the state.

PRE-ARRIVAL MAIL-IN TESTING OPTIONS

The University will accept submitted results from many mail-in COVID-19 testing programs (if they are PCR tests) collected within the specified time window. Some mail-in testing options include, but are not limited to:

  • Everlywell:Results of the nasal swab available within 24 to 48 hours of the lab receiving the sample. Available to people 18 and older only. Cost: $109
  • Pixel by LabCorp: Results of the nasal swab are available one to two days after arriving back in the lab. Available to people 18 and older. No upfront cost, or $119 if you’re not eligible for insurance or federal funds.
  • Vault: Results of the saliva test taken via Zoom call are available within 48 to 72 hours. The test is valid for both children and adults. Cost: $150
  • Azova: Also available at Costco, and results of the saliva test, taken via a Zoom call, are available within 24 to 48 hours. Cost: $139.99
  • OnSite Safe: Results of PCR saliva-based tests are available within 48 hours after being received by the lab. Available for children and adults nationally. Physical testing locations in New York City, Tampa and Van Nuys. Costs $127.95 with free shipping.

ON-CAMPUS RESIDENTS

Must provide two diagnostic negative test results within seven days of planned return to campus:

  1. PCR (nasal, nasopharyngeal, saliva)
  2. On-campus saliva test completed immediately upon move-in prior to accessing any other University facilities (I.e. classrooms, dining halls, Swann Fitness Center)

Bridge to Clemson students must provide negative test results:

  1. PCR (nasal, nasopharyngeal, saliva)
  2. An on-campus saliva test collected upon move-in prior to accessing any other Clemson University facilities (i.e., dining halls, Swann Fitness Center) or returning to in-person classes at Tri-County

FACULTY, STAFF AND OFF-CAMPUS STUDENTS

Must provide a negative diagnostic test result completed within seven days of planned return to campus

Facility restriction has been implemented for individuals without proof of negative test.