The USC Columbia campus closed with class cancellations for Wednesday to Friday following the actions of Richland County government, but services for students services will remain open.
According to Jeff Stensland, USC's Associate Director of Public Relations, students are encouraged to remain on campus for safety reasons and to utilize services if needed.
"USC is able to continue housing and feeding our on-campus population and to provide essential services to all students," wrote Stensland. "Whether you live on campus or off, the student services and activities will help you remain comfortable and safe as South Carolina prepares for Hurricane Matthew."
Food services on campus are open with the exceptions of The Coop, Tea Leaves and Cafe a la Carte.
The Thomson Student Health Center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Counseling Services is open from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center is open from 6 a.m. to midnight with group exercise class schedules subject to change.
Mail services are open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drop-in consultations, study sessions and tutoring are still offered at the Student Success Center.
Thomas Cooper Library is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, but will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7. Russell House University Union is operating under normal hours of 7 a.m. to midnight. Tomorrow, the USC Bookstore will open at 7:45 a.m. and close at a time to be determined.
Stensland says that the university provost is working with deans and other faculty to find ways to make up for lost class time, and encouraged students to be prepared to make up school work. He also encouraged students who plan to leave campus to tell their families their plans.
"If you live on campus, see your RM (resident mentor) to check out before you leave," Stensland said. "As the evacuation of our coastal communities begins, and should weather and road conditions become hazardous, members of the Carolina family are encouraged to remain in Columbia and stay off the roads."
UPDATE: Adjusted dining hours have been announced as Hurricane Matthew draws closer to South Carolina. For a detailed list of all the dining options on campus through the weekend see here.
UPDATE: A list of student services, including dining, and their hours for Saturday, Oct. 8 is posted here.
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