USC closed through spring semester, graduation postponed


The University of South Carolina campus is closed through the end of the spring semester.

Virtual instruction will begin on March 23 and will last through the conclusion of final exams.

Traditional May commencement ceremonies are postponed.

Students with belongings in residence halls will have the opportunity to retrieve them at a later date. See University Housing for more details.

The state’s Commission on Higher Education is coordinating with colleges and universities in order to address housing and other service reimbursements to ensure student investments are protected.

UofSC Campus Status

As we continue to monitor the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), our first priority remains the health, safety and security of our students, faculty, staff and community. We are taking a measured response to mitigate risk and have made the following decisions about our Columbia campus schedule. The same response applies to the regional Palmetto College campuses at USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter and USC Union, as well as the USC Fort Jackson Program.

Campus Access

In accordance with Governor McMaster’s executive order on March 19, only those employees whose presence is necessary in order to maintain continuity of remote educational offerings and to ensure the health and safety of campus need report to work.

All other employees will continue to work remotely.


From Monday, March 23 through the end of the spring semester we will suspend all face-to-face instruction in lectures, discussion sections, seminars and other similar classroom settings and move to virtual instruction.

University Housing

Students previously granted permission to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances will be allowed to stay.

All other students will have an opportunity to retrieve their belongings at a later date.

In consultation with Student Health Services and the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, University Housing is developing a schedule for retrieval and will update students as soon as possible.


All campus events will be canceled through the end of the spring semester.

All regular season conference and non-conference competitions are cancelled for the remainder of the 2019-20 athletic year, including all remaining SEC championship events. In addition, all spring football games are canceled and there will be no pro days conducted by SEC institutions. Visit Gamecock Athletics coronavirus updates for the latest details.

All National Junior College Athletic Association events at USC Lancaster, USC Salkehatchie, USC Sumter and USC Union for the remainder of the spring semester have been canceled.


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