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Campus to Return to Normal Operations in Fall 2021

The University of South Carolina Aiken will return to face-to-face instruction and resume normal campus operations in fall 2021. 

“While most of our students have been on campus throughout the current academic year, we are looking forward to a full and exciting on-campus education and student life experience,” said Daren Timmons, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, who credited an increase in vaccinations and decrease in the spread of COVID-19 for making this possible. “We will remain vigilant in combatting the spread of COVID-19, while returning to the same level of in-person instruction we maintained before the pandemic hit.” 

UofSC Aiken briefly ceased in-person instruction last March when it moved to entirely remote instruction. In the fall of 2020, students returned to campus for a mixture of face-to-face, online, and blended courses, with mask wearing and on-campus testing keeping spread rates low. For the 14-day period ending March 4, only two of the 24 on-campus housing beds reserved for quarantined students were in use. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, UofSC Aiken’s emphasis has been on maintaining operations in a manner that supports the health and safety of our campus and community and in alignment with state and SCDEHC and CDC guidelines. The university will continue to follow its “Ready, Set, Return” protocols. Students, faculty and staff are still required to wear masks on campus until further notice.  

The fall 2021 semester begins on August 19. 

If you think you may be positive for COVID-19, please report any related symptoms.


If you aren’t feeling well and are concerned that you may be positive for COVID-19, please call the Student Health Center. After speaking to a health professional, they'll advise you to go to the Student Health Center or not.



If you aren’t feeling well and are concerned that you may be positive for COVID-19, contact your primary care physician or healthcare provider. They will advise you further with your health situation.

Your healthcare provider

Free COVID Testing

Testing is available at the UofSC Aiken Convocation Center. The testing is provided by the SCDHEC at no charge to you. For hours and more information, visit


Testing Positive

Any student, faculty, or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 needs to confidentially report this to our COVID-19 chairs at the COVID-19 Helpline via call or email. Accurate reporting helps ensure the wellness of the entire Pacer community.