In an email to students and employees on Oct. 22, Clemson University announced instruction for its fall semester will revert to online only for the remaining two weeks of school following the Thanksgiving holiday.
The final day of in-person instruction at the university will be Nov. 24.
“The health strategy team projects the need to quarantine or isolate at least 200 students in the first week following the Thanksgiving break should students return to campus from the holiday,” said the email. “Additionally, students would continue to need to be tested for COVID-19 upon their return through the end of final examination period on Dec. 11, which could result in some students being quarantined or isolated well into the year-end holiday break should they become infected or exposed to the virus.”
In addition to ending in-person instruction following Thanksgiving, Clemson is also encouraging students not to return to campus or the surrounding community following the break. If students with personal circumstances need to remain on campus or return following the holiday, they may request permission to remain in their residence hall.
The university will also provide a credit or refund to on-campus students and unlimited meal plan holders for any unused portions of their housing and dining contracts.
Clemson currently has not changed its spring semester academic calendar but the university will later provide guidance to students and employees regarding how to return to campus in January.