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Update: COVID-19 student testing requirements


As part of Clemson’s plan to promote a safe return to in-person instruction and on-campus activities beginning Sept. 21, the University will require all students on its main campus to receive a negative COVID-19 test result prior to returning to the classroom and campus.

Starting Sept. 11, the University will begin testing students at Littlejohn Coliseum on campus. On Sept. 11-13, testing will be limited to on-campus students who are scheduled to move into their residences on those days. No other students should schedule a test during this period.

All on-campus students must make an appointment in advance to be tested on the day they are scheduled to move-in. Testing will take place from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sept. 11-13. On-campus residents will receive a communication from Clemson Home tomorrow with registration instructions.

Students living on campus also are still required to upload their results of a negative PCR (nasal or saliva) test taken within 10 days of their move-in date or a positive serological test within 40 days to begin their move-in process to the COVID-19 Test Result Upload Tool.

We have received reports of a small number of students who are having difficulty securing a test result. In those cases, students can get tested on the day of their scheduled move-in, but will not be able to take occupancy of their living space until the test result is returned, which could take up to 48 hours.

Off-campus student testing to begin Sept. 14

Starting Sept. 14, testing will be available to both on-campus and off-campus students at Littlejohn Coliseum. Testing hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sept. 14-17, and 8 a.m. – noon on Sept. 18.

Off-campus students who have been tested in recent weeks as part of the University’s voluntary surveillance testing program will need to be tested again starting Sept. 14. Registration instructions for off-campus students will be sent in a separate communication.

The University’s goal is to have all students tested by the end of the day on Sept. 18. Should additional testing be required it would continue the week of Sept. 21.

Quarantine/isolation guidelines

No student can return to in-person instruction or on-campus activities without a negative test result secured during this period. On-campus residents who test positive will be relocated into identified isolation spaces on or near campus for 10-14 days before being allowed to return to their residence hall space. Off-campus students will need to isolate in their residence for the same period of time.

All students who test positive must notify the Redfern student health center, which will provide clearance to return to campus once a student’s isolation period has been completed. Close contacts of those who are infected may also need to be quarantined.

We appreciate everyone’s flexibility and patience as we work toward a safe return to campus activities on Sept. 21. More information on Clemson’s COVID-19 response can be found here.

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