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The University of South Carolina announced Monday the school's plan for a full return to face-to-face classes and the resumption of normal campus operations this fall.

This includes residential life, campus activities and events.

UofSC will continue to follow COVID-19 protocols, robust on-campus COVID-19 testing and other measures based on up-to-date public health guidelines.

“I want to thank our faculty, staff and students for their flexibility, patience and creativity as we’ve navigated through this unprecedented time together,” said UofSC president, Bob Caslen. “Our goal from the very beginning was to safely deliver a world class education to students, no matter the challenges. I’m excited to see that continue with full face-to-face instruction in the fall, as well as a return to the engaging and vibrant campus environment our university is known for.”

University officials instituted a mandatory COVID testing program for any student, faculty or staff member who frequents campus this spring. Currently, the positivity rate on campus is 1.3%, which is below the state and national averages. The university has conducted more than 70,000 tests in 2021 alone.

“While today’s announcement is great news, we still have to remain vigilant,” Caslen said. “As I’ve said throughout the pandemic, our ability to return to normal depends on members of our community doing the right things to protect themselves and others. That includes wearing face coverings and getting the vaccine when you’re eligible to receive it.”

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