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Spring Break COVID testing requirements

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As we prepare for a well-deserved break March 15-19, Clemson officials and health experts have put together testing requirements in an effort to complete the Spring semester in a healthy and safe manner.

During Spring Break, several University facilities will remain open, some with modified hours, and we hope many of our students stay in the Clemson area and continue weekly testing. 

For those who plan to travel, please know the COVID pandemic, while improving, remains a real threat throughout the world. Travel safely and be smart. Refer to your classification below for specifics on testing requirements during/after Spring Break.

Adjusted Spring Break testing hours

Main campus: 
– Testing daily; weekdays from 10 a.m.-12 noon
– Saturday, 3/20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 
– Sunday, 3/21 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Greenville:
– CU-ICAR voluntary testing (not required for access to Greenville facilities): moved from Friday to Saturday, 3/20 from 2-6 p.m

Employees and non-resident students accessing main-campus facilities

Employees and non-residential students with a need to retain cleared status throughout the break may continue weekly testing. A negative test result will be required for those traveling or otherwise unable to maintain cleared status during the break before campus access is restored. For those unable to participate in testing on-campus, University approved test results will be accepted through the COVID-19 TEST UPLOAD TOOL. Employees who need to request a testing extension due to being out of the office should email COVIDSYSTEMSSUPPORT@CLEMSON.EDU for consideration.

Residential students – including Bridge

Residential students remaining on campus should continue their weekly testing routines during the week of Spring Break. 

Whether traveling or remaining on campus, all residential students must complete TWO tests during the week of March 21. For those traveling, testing is required immediately upon return to campus and again within three to five days of the first test. After completing the second test, residential students can resume regular weekly testing. Residential students remaining on campus must also participate in the additional testing requirements, getting tested twice during the week of March 21 with a minimum of three days between the tests.

Residents may return to their campus housing without a “cleared” status but must obtain a negative test before being cleared to access any other University facilities. Regular weekly testing will resume on March 29.

Residential Students Overview

  • All residential students must complete TWO tests regardless of whether they travel or stay on campus during the break. 
  • Both tests must occur no fewer than 3 days and no more than 5 days apart.
  • Two tests (no fewer than 3 days and no more than 5 days apart) must occur irrespective of any student’s return date.  
  • Students resume regular weekly testing the week of March 29.

Statewide (non-main campus) students and employees accessing University facilities

Students and employees should continue periodic testing according to the protocols defined for each off-campus site before accessing any University facilities. Statewide students and employees can reference DHEC’s list of AVAILABLE TESTING LOCATIONS across the state of South Carolina. Please note that results should be uploaded via the COVID-19 TEST UPLOAD TOOL.

Students and employees who do not need access to any University facilities

Students completing all coursework online and employees working remotely without plans to access any University facility are not required to submit test results or report for weekly testing. If for any reason access to University facilities becomes needed at a later date, individuals must provide a negative test result completed within seven days prior.


Failure to comply with COVID-19 testing directives will result in student referral to the Office of Community & Ethical Standards (OCES) and employee referral to the Office of Human Resources for possible disciplinary action.