Covid Protocols

As of May 1, 2023 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) refers to COVID and COVID-19 as “an endemic virus.” According to the SCDHEC, the term “endemic” refers to a disease that is circulating in a community at an expected or normal level, minus an occasional outbreak (for example, the flu). Thus, the COVID-19 response office and Student Health services have addressed these changes for the coming academic year.

Please Note** In the event of a community uptick, these protocols are subject to change.


If you test positive, please notify the COVID-19 Response Office for data collection at: or call 843-661-4665 (Monday- Friday | 8:30am – 5pm).

  • For Students: If positive, discuss with your professors, as you would with any medical issue about class absences.
  • For Faculty & Staff: If positive, report to your supervisor/ department head, as you would with any medical issue about work absences.

If you test positive for COVID-19, the isolation period will be applied regardless of your vaccination status.

If Positive

Per CDC we recommend a 5-day isolation period.

  • The day of noted symptom onset is considered day 1 of your isolation period.
  • If on campus, isolate in your current housing assignment, and practice social distancing and mask wearing.
  • If you are fever-free (fever consist of 100.2 or greater) for the last 24 hours of isolation, you can resume normal activities on day 6, but we recommend masking around individuals for 5 more days.
  • DO NOT Re-Test! A positive result can persist for weeks or months after recovery.
  • Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

COVID-19 Close Contact

  • There is NO quarantine for close contacts.
  • If you were in contact with a positive, monitor your symptoms for a 24–48-hour period from your last interaction with the positive individual.

**If you develop symptoms at any time, whether vaccinated or not, get tested and isolate until you know the results**

Francis Marion University continues to monitor developments related to the spread of COVID-19, its treatment, and prevention. This includes monitoring case numbers and other data in the state, in our community, and on our campus. This dashboard will be updated weekly.

COVID case reporting will be refreshed every Wednesday.

Last updated 9/27/2023, 9:13 a.m.

Current Active Cases:








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Get Vaccinated

COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been scheduled during the 2022 fall semester for Francis Marion students, faculty, and staff.

2022 Fall Semester Vaccination Clinics
Location: Smith University Center Commons
Aug. 23: 10am – 2pm
Aug. 29: 1pm – 5pm

Vaccines and boosters from Pfizer and Moderna will be available at these clinics; no appointment is necessary.

COVID-19 Response Office

FMU’s COVID-19 Response Office was created to provide members of the FMU community with information and resources related to the University’s response to COVID-19. The office will coordinate FMU’s current COVID-19 protocol.  Contact the office by telephone at 843-661-4665 or by email at

FMU Student Health Services

FMU’s Student Health Services Center provides a front-line healthcare resource for the FMU community. It’s staffed Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by qualified medical practitioners who can provide immediate aid or referrals for a variety of problems. The Student Health Services Center is located in Room 217 on the second floor of the Smith University Center on FMU’s Main Campus. Contact the office by telephone at 843-661-1844 or by email at

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COVID-19 Response Office

COVID-19 Response Office

Office: University Center, Suite 205
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Phone: 843-661-4665

COVID-19 Web Resources

Stay up-to-date with the latest health advisory information.