Quarantine housing will no longer be offered by USC during the spring 2022 semester.
The university has been housing quarantined students at Bates West and the National Advocacy Center (NAC), a federal training institution, since fall 2020. The NAC was the only quarantine dorm offered for students this semester, and it will no longer be housing quarantined students next semester.
"The NAC is going to start doing its own job, which is, you know, training, being a federal training center, so we are in essence kind of losing that sometime this spring," Rebecca Caldwell, assistant vice president of administration and well-being, said.
Caldwell said people need to have a plan "that is not staying with us" and said people within driving distance of USC should head home if they need to quarantine.
"If you know you can’t — you’re from far away — your family should think, 'Are we going to think about a hotel, are we going to think about, you know, do we have any friends or relatives in the area?' People should really kind of think that through," Caldwell said.
If infected with COVID-19, students, faculty or staff are required to stay quarantined for 10 days from the time of their first symptom or from the time of their positive test if they’re asymptomatic.
The Daily Gamecock reached out to Mark Yancey, chief learning officer of the NAC, via email and phone and are awaiting comment.