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Update to Masking Requirements – Feb. 4, 2022


Prior to the start of the Spring Semester in-person instruction, Clemson officials communicated the intention to monitor the spread of COVID-19 both within the campus community and in surrounding areas during the opening weeks of the semester and revisit campus regulations. 

As anticipated, and as can be seen on the University’s COVID dashboard, after an initial surge shortly after in-person classes began, the number of cases detected – and number of students in isolation and quarantine – have steadily declined over the past two weeks. 

Effective immediately, face coverings will remain required in instructional spaces, research labs, medical facilities (including testing sites), and on public transportation.

Masks remain strongly encouraged in settings where gatherings and group interactions take place indoors.

Further details on the University’s mask requirements can be found on the University Policies Index. Incidents of noncompliance will result in referrals to the Office of Community and Ethical Standards (students), Office of Human Resources (employees) and Procurement Services (contractors).

Below are updated requirements effective immediately. 


Required Areas: 

  • instructional spaces (classrooms, instructional labs, etc.);  
  • research labs; 
  • medical facilities (Redfern Health Center, Sullivan Center, etc.); 
  • Testing sites; 
  • University and public transportation (CATBus, Tiger Transit, etc.).   

**Mask may be temporarily removed when eating or drinking, and must be replaced when not actively eating or drinking in spaces where masking is required.  


Weekly testing remains in place for main-campus students and employees and will be reviewed in two weeks for any potential future change to reduction in frequency of testing. 

University leadership will continue to monitor COVID-19 daily. These protocols will be reviewed weekly, with any updates provided soon thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 at that time. As always, should any significant developments occur in the meantime, the university will also issue guidance.