The university reported 11 active COVID-19 cases for students this week and no faculty and staff cases. This is the first time The Daily Gamecock has recorded faculty and staff cases reaching zero.
4,846 cases have been reported to the university since Jan. 1, according to data USC released on Tuesday.
At a 1.1% positivity rate for students, about one in 90 students who got tested from March 27 to April 2 tested positive. COVID-19 numbers remain at a "new normal" alert level.
There are currently 951 new cases in South Carolina, according to data the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control reported on April 5.
USC announced through an email that starting March 17, masks would be optional in classrooms and most on-campus spaces.
"Thanks to all of you who have taken steps to protect yourselves and your community from COVID-19 over the past two years. Your continued diligence has made it possible for us to return to a more traditional campus experience," Interim Provost Stephen Cutler and Interim Chief Health Officer Jason Stacy said in the email.
The university said they would continue monitoring data and SAFE testing. Masks will still be required in medical buildings, the school of medicine, testing sites and on public transportation.
Approximately 72% of students, 66% of staff and 83% of faculty are vaccinated, the university reported.
USC students, faculty and staff can get tested and vaccinated on campus. Monthly student testing is still required.
USC's COVID-19 dashboard calculates an alert level based on 11 factors including campus testing, isolation capacity and campus case burden. The current alert level is set at new normal.
USC updates its COVID-19 dashboard every Tuesday.