University of South Carolina President, Bob Caslen, announced in a message to students: “The research is clear: an infected person wearing a face covering may reduce the spread of COVID-19 to others. It could be easy to assume that you don’t need to wear a face covering if you feel fine, but we all know that asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 could unknowingly spread the virus to those around them.”
- All individuals on campus are expected to wear a face covering whenever physical distancing (six feet or more) is difficult or the risk of infection is high.
- The university will provide a washable, reusable face covering for every student, faculty and staff member.
- The university will require face coverings in the following areas: Student Health Services, Thomas Cooper Library, the Russell House and all classrooms.
- Employees and students should carry a face covering of their choice on campus at all times so as to be prepared for other environments where a face covering is required (as designated by the university) or highly recommended.
- University employees who cannot wear face coverings due to health conditions should contact their supervisors.
- Students with health conditions that make wearing a face covering risky should register with the Student Disabilities Resource Center and accommodations will be made.