Clemson University will start its 2020-21 academic year online on Aug. 19 and will stay online until Sept. 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to an announcement made on July 22 by the university’s president Jim Clements. No changes to the academic calendar have been made.
Students will move in beginning the week of Sept. 13, leading up to the start of in-person instruction.
“Let me be clear: We remain committed to a return to in-person instruction and activities in the fall,” Clements said in an email sent to students. “Unfortunately, the progression of COVID-19, particularly in South Carolina and the Upstate region, continues to create a great deal of uncertainty around bringing students back to our campuses and beginning in-person instruction in August.”
The current restrictions the university placed on gatherings and events on campus previously will stay in place for now.
Clements urged students to wear a mask and to practice social distancing when possible.
“I know this is disappointing news for many of our students, especially our first-year students who are looking forward to beginning their on-campus Clemson experience,” Clements said. “However, we feel this modified approach is in the best interest of the Clemson family at this time.”