Dear Pacer Community,
As promised, the University of South Carolina Aiken (UofSC Aiken) has maintained the closest vigilance on the increasing rate of COVID-19 infection and hospitalizations resulting from the virus, and we have vowed to take all reasonable steps necessary to ensure the safest possible learning and working environment.
Accordingly, based upon local, state, and national conditions starting Wednesday August 18, 2021 the University will require all persons to wear face coverings indoors at all campus facilities except when eating or in personal spaces where adequate social distancing can be maintained.
Mask wearing will be a key part of our Pacer strategy, and we will adjust our COVID-19 strategies as necessary throughout the semester. Please refer to the fall COVID-19 plan, https://usca.edu/pacer-ready to keep our campus safe and to allow our students, faculty, and staff to remain on campus--in class and at work--in order to promote the most effective teaching, learning, and working experiences.
We were a safe campus before the advent of effective vaccination, and we are a safer one today with the availability of a scientifically proven vaccine as well as your support for wearing facial coverings indoors on campus. Please know that our COVID-19 Team will continue to monitor the campus health situation, and its findings and recommendation will continue to inform our policies and protocols.
We must continue to work together to mitigate the incident rate of COVID-19 during the upcoming 2021-22 academic year. This means not only wearing a mask but, above all, getting vaccinated. As previously communicated vaccination clinics and incentives to vaccinate will be made available in the next few weeks.
Thank you for your support in keeping our campus safe and operating “normally.” Above all, I remain overwhelmingly confident that we will have a fulfilling academic year!