Fall 2020 Reopening

A Message From the President

July 1, 2020

As COVID-19 cases in South Carolina continue to rise at an alarming rate, the University’s leadership team has determined it is prudent and in the best interest of safety to alter our reopening plan. As indicated in previous announcements, our reopening plan is not static and conditions from COVID-19 may demand adjustments.

Phase 1 will now begin on July 20, 2020, and Phase 2 on July 27, 2020. At this time, we are still planning on welcoming students to campus on August 4, 2020. Please note that these plans can change and will be updated if necessary.

Here are key dates for the upcoming year:

  • August 4-6 - New Students Report
  • August 7 - Faculty return/faculty-staff institute (virtual)
  • August 10 - Classes begin
  • November 13 - Last day of classes for traditional students
  • November 20 - Last day of Final Exams

There is much work to be done and a smooth opening will require all of us to do our part. Continue to practice social distancing and adhere to safety guidelines from local, state and federal health agencies. 

We also recommend that you adhere to the following social distancing standards until further notice:

  • Sick employees are encouraged to stay at home.
  • No large gatherings or face-to-face meetings.
  • There should be no more than five people in any workspace at any given time.
  • All large meetings will continue to meet via Zoom or other video conferencing platforms.
  • In person meetings of no more than five people can take place with the appropriate precautions.
  • Recommended social distance of 6 feet or more.
  • For mutual safety and protection, adhere to a maximum elevator capacity of two people.
  • Strongly discourage travel to locations with ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks and regularly check CDC travel warnings.

If you have a preexisting or underlying health condition that puts you at risk, please provide medical documentation to Human Resources by July 13, 2020. For specific questions about office schedules, please contact your supervisor and/or the Provost and appropriate Vice President. In the coming weeks, we hope that South Carolina will have flattened the curve and the worst of this virus will be behind us. It is our hope! Please continue to stay safe.


Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack

Claflin Safety at Work

A Message From the President

Monday, May 18, 2020

Dear Students,

We have concluded our Spring 2020 semester and I want to thank you for persevering through this challenging transition. We remain an institution still devoted and committed to providing a high-quality education. While we are still challenged by COVID-19, I am writing to calm your fears regarding the reopening of the University for the 2020 Fall Semester.

I have appointed a Reopening Task Force consisting of students, faculty and staff who have been (virtually) meeting regularly to focus on our path forward. This task force will present various recommendations of possible scenarios for reopening the University and as an administration we will work towards the best solution for Claflin University. 

I am highly optimistic and hopeful that Claflin will resume face-to-face instruction at some point in the fall. Our goal is the safety of our campus community and we are exploring all facets of operation. In the meantime, please continue to exercise safety precautions as recommended by federal, state and local officials.

I am thankful to our dynamic faculty, staff and students for flexibility and support as we deliberate our next steps to safely reopening our beautiful campus on hilltop high. More detailed campus reopening will be shared in June (or the coming weeks).

We pray that each of you and your family remain healthy and safe. Have a blessed summer break. 


Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack

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