Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

SCC Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 27, 2020: As the COVID-19 virus impacts our community and our nation, changing the way we work, learn and live, Spartanburg Community College remains dedicated to continuing the education of our students and protecting the health and well-being of students and faculty, staff.

In compliance with orders from SC Governor Henry C. McMaster, the following remains in effect for SCC

  • The College’s five campuses in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties remain closed to students and non-essential employees through April 30, 2020, per an extension of the Governor’s executive order 2020-09 (

  • SCC employees will continue to work remotely through April 30, 2020, following an already established telecommuting work plan

SCC faculty will continue to teach classes via distance learning modes of instruction through the end of the spring semester and are in direct communication with students offering guidance and support. Given the unknown outcome of COVID-19 and time period of its impact, SCC academic leaders are developing multiple plans of instruction through summer 2020. If the situation does require changes to summer instruction, those plans will be communicated as changes are implemented.

Effective April 1, 2020, Governor McMaster has given community/technical colleges the option to bring groups of 10 or fewer “senior level” students on campus to complete the required lab components of technical courses needed to graduate in spring 2020. The 10 person or fewer limit will apply per technical course and per campus, and SCC instructors will contact students affected by this decision and provide them the option of completing their labs so they can avoid a delay in graduation. All other SCC students will continue coursework via distance learning.

“In the midst of these difficult times, we continue to do everything possible to help all SCC students finish the semester successfully, especially students who are so close to graduating this spring,” explains SCC President Henry C. Giles, Jr. “It is critical that graduating students are given needed resources to finish their program, giving them the opportunity to explore job opportunities that may be available in the coming months. Equally important is our responsibility to faculty and staff - providing the tools they need to continue their important work of teaching and conducting business for the college. I am thankful for each employee and their dedication to our students. Despite the unimaginable odds we face each day, we will rally together and get through this challenging time.”

SCC administration made the difficult decision to postpone the college’s traditional May graduation ceremony to August 6, 2020. “The new date will allow our College community to celebrate our graduates as we always do, at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, hopefully once the threats of COVID-19 have passed,” said Pres. Giles. More information is forthcoming to graduating students, faculty and staff via email and the SCC website.

Registration for SCC’s summer and fall semesters is ongoing via the SCC website.

College updates will be shared via this COVID-19 page. A new online FAQ has been added to website and is available to students, faculty, staff and community residents.

SCC Frequently Asked Questions for Students and Community

View common questions with guidance during this time of uncertainty.

Past Updates

  1.  March 19, 2020

    March 19, 2020: Spartanburg Community College implemented a distance learning instructional model on March 16 that will continue through the end of the semester, April 29, in compliance with the executive order announced today by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster. SCC’s five campuses in Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee counties remain closed through March 31 for students and the public, in accordance with the Governor’s March 15 executive order.

    In addition, today SCC’s Executive Council implemented a telecommuting work plan for all SCC employees beginning tomorrow, March 20, through March 31, 2020. Only employees designated as essential to the operation of the College will be allowed on campus. 

     “Our top priorities are the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff and to continue teaching our students during this unprecedented time,” says Henry C. Giles, Jr., SCC president. “We have incorporated distance learning instructional models so that our semester continues with as little disruption as possible. Although COVID-19 brings many new questions and challenges each day, we are doing everything within our power to adapt and continue serving our students.” 

    Additionally, the college’s spring break will remain unchanged and will take place from Monday, March 30 – Saturday, April 4, 2020.

    Registration for summer and fall semesters at SCC is ongoing. Information about applying to the college and registering for classes is available on the SCC website.

    SCC’s Business Office has suspended the $15 credit card convenience fee to encourage online payments.


  2. March 15, 2020

    March 15, 2020:  Spartanburg Community College will close March 16-31, 2020, for all classes and non-essential services, events in compliance with an executive order issued today by SC Governor Henry McMaster today due to an imminent public health emergency from 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).

     The college is currently determining whether alternative methods of instruction will be held and updates will be communicated to students, faculty and staff via the College’s website ( and email.

     The immediate closing is for all SCC campuses located in the College’s three county service area of Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee including:

    • SCC Central Campus & Downtown Campus – Spartanburg
    • SCC Cherokee County Campus – Gaffney
    • SCC Tyger River Campus – Duncan
    • SCC Union County Campus – Union

    Additionally, the following mandates are effective immediately through March 31:

    • Students do not report to class or campus, but instead should communicate with their instructors via email for additional guidance.
    • Only essential personnel should report to work including the following:
    • Executive Council members
    • Associate Vice Presidents
    • Academic Deans
    • Academic Department Chairs
    • Campus Operations Staff
    • IT staff
    • Marketing and public relations staff
    • Campus directors and support staff
    • Spark Center staff
    • All events, activities planned at all SCC campuses are cancelled.
    • College operations staff will begin an immediate deep cleaning of all areas on all campuses.

    SCC is committed to the safety, security and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. During this time of uncertainty, SCC administration is closely monitoring all COVID-19 developments and will make decisions in the best interest of our college community. We recommend following guidelines provided by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

    For additional information, please visit the SCC website at ( as well as an SCC webpage dedicated to COVID-19 updates (

  3. March 10, 2020

    March 10, 2020: Spartanburg Community College is committed to the safety, security and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. To minimize impact to our college community, SCC administration is closely monitoring the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and is following guidelines recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

    We will communicate important information via SCC email to students, faculty and staff and post updates on this website. Should a case of COVID-19 be confirmed by DHEC among our college community, we will follow DHEC and CDC guidelines and provide immediate recommendations and next steps. Because there is no immediate threat to the SCC community, the college is operating on a normal schedule.

    At this time, precautions are recommended to maintain daily routines of protecting against illness by practicing good hygiene, washing your hands, covering your cough. SC residents who are showing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath should call their personal doctor or healthcare provider. If an individual does not have a primary care physician, the Medical University of South Carolina - MUSC Health - is providing free telehealth screening to all South Carolinians. Anyone experiencing symptoms can visit and use the promo code COVID19 and be screened without having to leave your home.

    Download flyer with list of ways to prevent spreading of Coronavirus and others (PDF)

    Review SCC alerts and emergency information on website

    NOTE: Updates will be made as warranted to this page.

    SC DHEC Prevention Tips

    Source: S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

    South Carolina DHEC is closely monitoring the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). SCC will continue to monitor the situation and follow DHEC recommendations. For more information about COVID-19 and developments in SC, visit the SC DHEC website.

    Coronavirus Fact Sheet graphic

    Helpful Resources:

    DHEC Higher Education Guidance-COVID-19

    World Health Organizations

    US Department of State


    Be Prepared – Plan Ahead

    U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Make a Plan

    CDC – Preparedness & Response