UPDATE -- Late Summer/Fall Semester
Dear Colleagues --
The University of South Carolina Aiken looks forward to returning to normal operations and face-to-face classes and events as soon as possible.
The USC Aiken Future Planning Task Force, comprised of representatives from all over campus and city and county officials, is currently exploring options for the late summer and fall semester. Their recommendations are due to me May 15. I will then review them to make a final determination.
Once finalized, the plan will help provide a working, learning and teaching environment that mitigates the risk of infection; outline protocols that will help identify individuals who exhibit symptoms or contract quickly; and ensure that campus constituents are partners in making it possible for the university to maintain appropriate prevention and hygiene practices and to react swiftly to any incidences of outbreak.
As a living, learning, working community, we will need to approach the return to campus with the recognition that until a vaccine is developed and approved for distribution, and perhaps beyond, we should be prepared to modify our workplace behaviors to avoid creating outbreak conditions.
Specific safety guidelines and precautions will be shared once a final decision is made.
As soon as possible, the university will share the plans for the late summer and fall semester with students, faculty, staff and guests.
Dr. Sandra Jordan