The University of South Carolina Aiken is committed to the safety, health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.
We are working within the guidelines and recommendations of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC), the state entity charged with promoting and protecting the health of the public and the environment in South Carolina. Recently, SCDHEC helped update our standing protocols regarding any infectious disease.
Updated April 1, 2020 at 1 p.m.
- USC Aiken is delivering all instruction online, remotely, or via alternative learning strategies for the rest of the semester. During this period of modified operations, student support services will be offered remotely to promote student success.
- The USC Aiken Children’s Center is closed until further notice.
- All campus events will be cancelled until further notice.
- Degrees will be conferred in May to qualified graduating seniors. Options of a delayed or non-traditional commencement ceremony are being discussed.
- Under the guidance issued by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (CHE), the University of South Carolina Aiken will begin issuing prorated refunds to students for meal plans and on-campus residential housing.
USC Aiken Campus Status
As we continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), our first priority remains the health, safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and community. We are taking a measured response to mitigate risk and have made the following decisions about our campus operations
- In accordance with Governor McMaster’s executive order on March 19, only those employees whose presence is necessary in order to maintain continuity of remote educational offerings and to ensure the health and safety of campus need report to work.
- All other employees will continue to work remotely.
- From Monday, March 23 through the end of the spring semester we will suspend all face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings and move to virtual or remote instruction.
- Housing remains open to those students with extenuating circumstances only.
- All campus events will be canceled through the end of the spring semester.
- All regular season conference and non-conference competitions are cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-20 athletic year.
- Etherredge Center events have been postponed until further notice. The final 2019-2020 Cultural Series performance, Broadway’s Next H!T Musical, has been rescheduled for Oct. 27, 2020. All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on the new date.
- Ruth Patrick Science Education Center programming has been postponed until further notice.
- The annual Signature Speakers Series, hosted by Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor of the University of South Carolina Aiken, has been rescheduled for Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m., in the Etherredge Center. It will feature The Future of Work, a thought-provoking presentation by Jason J. Sosa, an international expert. The event is free and open to the public.