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CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

USC Upstate is excited to welcome our students back in the fall!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, instructors have made some adjustments to their course delivery methods. Some have chosen to teach class “live” but online (synchronous) with students attending class via Blackboard Collaborate, and some have chosen a format where the class session is recorded and can be viewed anytime (asynchronous).  Some of the synchronous classes have blended options.  This means some students will be in class with the professor and other students will join the class from home through Blackboard Collaborate using the cameras we have installed in classrooms.  You will be hearing these expressions more in the coming weeks.  

Social Distancing Considerations

Campus classrooms will have no more than 50% occupancy; our goal is to have no more than 50% of the seats in any room filled.  Where possible, rooms will be relocated to the largest spaces available to allow for more social distancing.  We will also be posting signs on each door that clearly indicate ‘maximum occupancy,’ as we see around town in various establishments.  Additionally, we will designate several ‘Virtual Viewing Rooms’ around campus where students can hang out together and join synchronous classes on their laptops. 

So, what do you need to do right now?

  1. Sign in to Self Service Carolina and check your schedule. See if you would like to make any changes based on new course delivery methods.  We want to help develop a schedule that works for you.
  2. Engage your advisors and departments. Stay informed and ‘on top of’ your own schedule. If you do not hear back from individuals you have contacted or do not feel you are getting updates in a timely manner reach out to us and let us know what you need.
    • Susannah Waldrop, Executive Director, Student Success Services
    • Dr. Kim Purdy, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of University College
  3. You will need to make a number of decisions in a timely manner, so please check your email frequently, make sure you have the proper email on file with us, and respond to deadlines promptly.