The University of South Carolina Plans For Coming Back

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Brothers, I know you must be wondering what the University’s plans are for the Fall 2020 semester in light of recent developments regarding COVID-19. The following is sourced from the University of South Carolina’s website: 

I write to update you on our preparations for reopening campus for the Fall 2020 semester. I’m sure you have been following the rising number of COVID-19 cases in South Carolina, and I appreciate that some of you might be concerned about returning to campus during such an uncertain time. The numbers are concerning, but I want you to know that I remain confident in our plan to reopen.  

Our plan to mitigate risk and limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the Columbia community will succeed only if every student, faculty and staff member commits to appropriate public health behavior both on and off campus. Please make your commitment and join the #IPledgeColumbia campaign. I have heard from countless UofSC students who want nothing more than to be back on their campus with their community. An Axios poll earlier this week found that 76% of college students would return to campus this fall if they have the option, and 95% of students said they wear masks when they can’t social distance. This is good news. 

Gamecocks, I am eager to welcome you back to campus next month, but I also stand prepared to alter our plan should that become necessary. I am relieved that just a few days ago the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded its directive that would have barred all international students from the U.S. if all of their classes were delivered online. 

Your health, safety and wellbeing remain our top priority as we look to a new semester that will demand patience, determination and resilience from all of us. 

Forever to Thee, 

Bob Caslen 

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