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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.

Pre-return to Campus Testing

Clemson’s objective is to test every student and employee prior to their return to University Facilities.

Ongoing Testing

All faculty, staff, and students accessing Main campus 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.

Exemptions and Clearances

A 90-day exemption from 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.

Only students and employees tested anywhere other than a Rymedi/Clemson testing location need use the Upload Tool to submit results.

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.

Checking Yours and Your Team Members’ Cleared/Not Cleared Status

Supervisors

To review the clearance status of the employees you supervise, follow these directions:

  1. Using your University credentials, log in to the reporting tool.
  2. Under the “Employees” category, select “List.”

Employees

Use the COVID-19 Clearance Status Tool to verify your clearance status. Those without clearance should not attempt to access any main campus facilities until a new test is obtained and clearance is restored.

Maintaining a Cleared Status to Access Main Campus Facilities

Staff, faculty and students are permitted to access main campus facilities only if they are in a “Cleared” status. Maintaining a cleared status requires staff, faculty and students to participate in Ongoing Testing.

Testing Locations

  • Clemson’s Main Campus 
    • NOTE: Testing will move from Memorial Stadium to Littlejohn Coliseum on Monday, March 29
  • 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.