Campus Operational Alert Levels

The university is continually monitoring key indicators of campus status. We intend to determine the level of operations for classes, housing, research and other events and activities weekly. This information will be updated as changes occur.

Regardless of the alert level, wear face coverings, physically distance 6 feet, and clean hands regularly. STAY HOME and call Health Services at (864) 503-5191 if you are sick, have been exposed to, or have tested positive for COVID-19. Reach out for mental health and academic support if needed.


This staged process gives the university the ability to evaluate and quickly deploy strategies to increase personal and campus safety and reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the surrounding community.

The campus alert levels begin at "new normal" functioning and they progress through more restrictive measures which, at the highest level, could result in a closing of the campus. Campus changes in each level may include shifts between online and in-person classes, class size densities, on-campus housing availability and expanded or reduced research. Policies for campus guests and organized social activities may also require more mitigation measures based on the campus status.

Operational Alert Levels

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New Normal

Campus is open. Wear face coverings, physically distance 6 feet, clean hands regularly. STAY HOME and call Health Services at (864) 503-5191 if sick, exposed, or testing positive for COVID-19. Reach out for mental health and academic support if needed.


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Increased Alert

Campus is open with increased virtual interactions. Campus dining and events may have further reduced occupancy.  ‚Äč

Increase efforts to limit personal exposure by being cautious about group interactions. Increase cleaning and hand hygiene.


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Higher Alert

Campus is open with increased virtual interactions. Campus dining and events may have further reduced occupancy or outdoor only requirements.

Further limit personal exposure by reducing in-person interactions and connecting virtually with friends and family.


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Highest Alert

Campus activity is limited. Significant alterations made to academic and student support operations. Potential shift to all virtual education.

Limit contacts ouside roommates. Increase distancing and cleaning where you reside. Take very stringent precautions.


Campus Condition Factors

  • Campus Case Burden – The levels at which active campus cases triggers increased health and safety measures. 
  • COVID-19 Testing – Availability, capacity and turnaround time for testing accessible to  students, faculty and staff. 
  • Contact Tracing – The ability of campus health team to contact trace all of those exposed to newly identified cases among students, faculty and staff within 48 hours. 
  • Isolation and Quarantine Capacity – Available of on-campus beds for isolation and quarantine. 
  • Infection Prevention Supplies – The availability and distribution of items such as face coverings, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies. 
  • Campus Health Center Capacity – The availability of USC Upstate Health Services to provide quality health care to the campus community. 
  • Community Health Center Capacity – The availability of regional health care facilities to provide quality health care for the Upstate. 
  • Mitigation Behaviors – Compliance by students, faculty and staff with behaviors intended to reduce the spread of COVID, to include wearing of face coverings, maintaining social (physical) distance, and frequent hand washing. 
  • Campus Impact on Operations – The presence and impact of COVID on the availability of the campus workforce, facilities, supplies and the impact of adverse weather/natural disasters on existing resources. 
  • Community Impact on Operations – The presence and impact of COVID on the Upstate and the impact of adverse weather/natural disasters on the community’s ability to respond to those challenges.