College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu shared the following message on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, regarding the College’s COVID-19 protocols and mask requirements:

Dear Campus Community, 

Earlier today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance around wearing masks outdoors for Americans who are fully vaccinated from the coronavirus.  

The CDC says people in the U.S. who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks when participating in certain outdoor activities, such as walking or attending small gatherings with family and friends who are also fully vaccinated. 

While these updated guidelines are encouraging, the College of Charleston intends to keep its current COVID-19 guidelines and protocols in place and will issue new guidance following spring commencement. For now, all members of the campus community as well as campus visitors should continue to wear face masks everywhere on campus (indoors and outdoors) and maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 

The CDC has not changed its guidance regarding the need to wear masks at large outdoor gatherings. Therefore, our plans to require masks and social distancing at our spring commencement ceremonies and satellite viewing locations remain unchanged. 

The College intends to issue updated guidance for masks and social gatherings on campus on May 10. Until then, please keep doing your part to keep our campus safe. 



Andrew T. Hsu, Ph.D.
College of Charleston