Clemson, USC and others to finish spring semester online


(WSPA) – Some universities in South Carolina will finish spring semester online as a coronavirus precaution.

University of South Carolina

The University of South Carolina campus is closed through the end of the spring semester. Virtual instruction for will begin on March 23 and will last through the conclusion of final exams.

Traditional May commencement ceremonies are postponed.

Students with belongings in residence halls will have the opportunity to retrieve them at a later date. See University Housing for more details.

The state’s Commission on Higher Education is coordinating with colleges and universities in order to address housing and other service reimbursements to ensure student investments are protected.

Clemson University

Classes will move to online instruction and all University events are suspended through the end of spring semester.

All University events, programs and activities have been suspended through April 5. This includes the 2020 Spring Ring Ceremony, the annual spring football game and all campus tours.

Those students who reside on campus should plan on not returning to campus housing until at least April 5 unless they have no other viable options. Exceptions will be granted on an individual basis and additional details will be coming from housing and residence life.

University employees should not report to work on Monday, March 16, unless your presence on campus is deemed essential or otherwise necessary by your supervisor.  Necessary university work that can be performed remotely not on university property may be authorized by your supervisor. 

All University-related travel is suspended until April 5. Exceptions may be granted only through the high-risk travel appeal process previously established.

Lander University

Online instruction at Lander University will be extended through the conclusion of the spring semester, with all classes, instruction, labs and final exams administered virtually. Face-to-face instruction will not resume for Spring 2020.
Students who are unable to return home due to extenuating circumstances will be allowed to remain in campus housing with approval from the University’s Office of Housing and Residence Life. Lander’s Residence Life team is working on a plan to allow all other students to return to campus to safely retrieve personal belongings at a later date. More information regarding this plan will be announced in the coming days. Students with questions regarding housing should contact or 864-388-8266 during business hours.
The University administration is working with the state’s Commission on Higher Education on a plan to address students’ investments in housing and dining services. Details of this plan will be communicated to students as soon as those decisions are made.
All campus events scheduled through the end of the Spring 2020 semester are cancelled or postponed. The University’s Spring Commencement ceremony, scheduled for May 13, 2020, will be postponed in order to protect the safety of our students, faculty, staff and guests. While the graduation ceremony is postponed, degrees will still be conferred on schedule to students who successfully complete all degree requirements.
In accordance with S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster’s Executive Order 2020-11, until further notice, only essential personnel are permitted to physically report to campus. All other personnel are prohibited from reporting to campus for work, and should utilize telecommuting or work-from-home options. Supervisors will be in contact with their employees regarding possible telecommuting and essential personnel assignments.

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