Clemson University has announced new measures in the face of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, the university announced on Thursday, March 19. These include the postponement of commencement ceremonies and keeping courses online for the rest of the semester.
“I know these actions, while necessary, will inconvenience many and may prove to be a burden for some among the Clemson family, but we are there for you,” said university president Jim Clements.
Besides having only online instruction, residence halls at the university will continue to be closed the remainder of the semester as well. Permission to stay in on-campus housing will only be granted to those with extenuating circumstances. The university’s residence life department is currently working on a plan that would allow students to retrieve their belongings from campus — taking into consideration individuals’ public safety. Clemson will announce its plans in the coming days.
The university is also working to address students’ “investments in housing and dining services.” Details will be provided to students when they are finalized.
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Clemson will suspend all events and activities through the end of the semester, which is May 8. This includes commencement. The ceremonies will be postponed, but degrees will still be given to students who meet their graduation requirements.
Nonessential employees of the university will also now work remotely.
“This is a serious situation, but we’re going to get through it by using common sense and by being kind, patient and thoughtful toward one another, especially the members of society most vulnerable to this pandemic,” Clements said. “We are blessed to be part of a wonderful community of caring individuals who want nothing but the best for one another, and we’ll emerge from this pandemic strong and ready to tackle the future.”
Details about Clemson University’s response to the coronavirus can be found here.