Health & Well-being

USCB’s Top Priority During the Pandemic and Always

Studying in Masks


USCB returned to in-person classes during the fall 2020 semester and will continue in-person instruction for spring 2021. Online and hybrid course offerings also are available.

Because testing opportunities have been limited during the pandemic, submitting standardized test results (ACT/SAT) is optional for applicants in 2020-2021.

Since the onset of the global pandemic, USCB’s Public Health Response Team has worked closely with state and local partners, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and Beaufort Memorial Hospital, to implement best practices in line with national mitigation guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control.

Consistent cooperation and compliance with safety protocols – based on a culture of compassion and concern for fellow Sand Sharks – has been key to our ability to prevent and/or contain the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses.

Our Mitigation Measures Include:

  • Each USCB student is given a personal health kit, containing two washable/reusable face masks, pocket hand sanitizer, and a germ key.
  • COVID testing (free of charge) is required for all residential students on Move-In Day and is encouraged, but not required, for commuter students.
  • Face masks – covering the nose and mouth – are required for all students, faculty, and staff in shared spaces indoors as well as outside in situations where six-foot social distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • Face masks are not required while alone in private rooms in the residence halls.

USCB Classroom Masked

Shared spaces, including classrooms, libraries, labs, dining areas, and recreation facilities, have been reconfigured to accommodate safe distancing. Further, plexiglass barriers, face shields, social-distancing decals, and traffic-flow signage are in place to promote responsible practices.

USCB’s facilities staff cleans and sanitizes shared spaces every evening. High-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces are disinfected multiple times per day, and cleaning supplies are provided for students and employees to wipe down all surfaces in shared spaces after each use.

USCB Dining Hall Distancing

USCB students are tasked with daily self-monitoring for COVID symptoms. Anyone – who exhibits symptoms, tests positive, or is contact-traced to someone who tests positive – must follow strict guidelines for isolation/quarantine. Students living in residence halls are supported during isolation/quarantine by USCB’s Housing staff, who notify professors, academic advising, and coaches (where applicable); arrange for meal delivery; ensure access to medical care, medications, and contact tracing; and check-in for moral support. Commuter students receive the same academic and moral supports.

Ongoing telehealth services are provided by Beaufort Memorial Hospital via an app or on-campus kiosk. Additionally, for the duration of the pandemic, students have access to free COVID testing. Residential students are encouraged to test before returning home at the end of a semester.

During the course of a semester, residential students are encouraged to remain on campus, limiting travel and continuing with mitigation protocols.

Spring 2021 Academic Calendar Modifications Due to COVID

To support a healthy and productive spring term, USCB has revised the academic calendar.

  •  January 11: Classes begin
  •  In lieu of a traditional Spring Break, students will have five one-day Well-Being Breaks: Wednesday, January 27; Friday, February 12; Thursday, March 4; Tuesday, April 6; and Monday, April 26.
  • April 26: Classes conclude
  • April 28 - May 5: Final exams 

USCB's COVID Statistics & Resources
for Students, Faculty and Staff

For our dashboard of current COVID-19 case numbers on campus and more information about USCB’s coronavirus policies and resources for students, faculty and staff, go to