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Messages to Campus Community

COVID-19 Resources

Starting Monday, March 28, the University of South Carolina Aiken will make mask wearing optional for all areas of campus except the Student Health Center. While the university started the 2022 Spring semester requiring masks, we modified the policy during the semester, requiring masks optional except for classrooms, research areas, and student health areas. This is a further adjustment based on the continued communication with USC System officials, our COVID-19 team, health professionals, and with guidance from the CDC and DHEC.

This change also responds to a significant decline in COVID-19 infections on our campus and surrounding communities in South Carolina and Georgia, all of which are maintaining a “low community level.” You can check the CDC link below to validate that Aiken County is at a low-risk level.

While masks will not be required, there will be some individuals who desire or need to continue to mask. Students, faculty, and staff desire can continue to wear a mask, a face shield, and continue to distance themselves from others in classrooms and around campus. In speaking with health professionals in Columbia and a CDC epidemiologist earlier this week, if a person correctly wears a high-quality mask they will be protected even if others are not wearing masks.  

The current strain of COVID-19 has become more like a common cold virus, so at this time our COVID Coordinators will no longer do contact tracing and will not quarantine students, faculty, and staff who have been exposed. The university does want to continue to track positive cases and encourages people to report positives to our COVID Coordinators. The 5-day isolation period for positives remains, beginning with the first day of symptoms. The COVID-19 Helpline is also available at 803-641-3271 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The university will continue to closely monitor data in our community and on our campus and will make changes to the COVID-19 policy if warranted.

Thanks to all who take steps to protect yourselves and others, and for your diligence in following the COVID-19 protocols these past two years. This has been significant in helping us keep our numbers low and our campus a safe and inviting environment.

Dr. Dan Heimmermann

Chancellor

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html