Additional measures will be adapted or added as needed throughout the return of individuals to campus to ensure safety.

COVID-19 Testing

What if a non-cadet student receives a positive test result?

To report a positive test result, call the CGC Office (843) 953-5089 and begin classes remotely. According to the updated CDC guidelines:

If you are not experiencing any symptoms and continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since you had a positive viral test for COVID-19. 

People who are severely ill with COVID-19 might need to stay home longer than 10 days and up to 20 days after symptoms first appeared. Persons who are severely immunocompromised may require testing to determine when they can be around others.

Who will determine the protocol for cadets and students with special circumstances?

The Campus Assessment Team is the campus committee that will determine, or recommend to the President, the outcomes of a special request.

I would like to speak with someone confidentially, who can I contact?

Call your admissions officer, your company TAC, the CGC office, arrange for an appointment with The Citadel Counseling Center or an ombudsperson.

The Citadel’s Ombudspersons, Robert Pickering and Shamus Gillen, are available to speak with any cadet or student who needs a confidential and safe environment in which to share concerns related to COVID-19. To schedule an appointment, email Or call them directly at the phone numbers listed on this page.

How will cadet mental health be taken into account? What services will be provided to those isolated?

All mental health services will continue to be available to all students and The Citadel has hired extra nurses to take care of students and properly observe them.

What if a cadet tests positive for COVID-19 once they are on campus? Where will they go?

There are a total of 136 bed spaces that can be used to isolate and treat any cadets who contract COVID-19. All spaces will be equipped with Wifi so students can complete their classes online until they are cleared.

Cadet Life

How will life be different for cadets this semester?

There have been adjustments made to the cadet Blue Book and White Book. All changes can be viewed here.

Will living arrangements be altered?

Yes. All knobs will be placed into two of the barracks when they matriculate in. Athletes will be placed in one barrack and all other upperclassmen will be in the two remaining barracks. Knob athletes will be placed into the knob barracks for three weeks and then moved into the athletic barracks.

Are barracks big enough to practice social distancing?

Yes. The Citadel will take actions to avoid grouping cadets together as it has done in the past.

Will cadre have general leave? 

Cadre will not have general leave for the first two weeks after returning to campus. After that, The Citadel will evaluate conditions in the city, state and campus to make a decision about moving forward.

How will the Mess Hall be organized to ensure social distancing?

Cadets will have to schedule breakfast and lunch prior to each. Dinner will be scheduled for them. When they arrive for their scheduled time, they will go through a socially distanced line to get a pre-plated meal and then guided to a clean place to sit. Further information will be provided upon the cadets’ return to campus.  

Will cadets be able to use Deas Hall?

Yes, cadets will be able to exercise in Deas Hall under additional safety precautions. The layout has been adjusted to permit social distancing and reduce foot traffic. All cadets will be asked to continue to wipe down their equipment before and after use. Additionally, atomizers will be used throughout the day to disinfect all spaces. Proctors will be present upon arrival and throughout the space to keep track of how many people are in the gym at any given time.

Will rank be affected by the changes?

No, Company Command will remain the same and the Commandant’s Office will determine rank structures. No cadet will lose rank based on any changes due to COVID-19.

Will there be parades?

There will be options to parade at different intervals to ensure social distancing protocol is being followed.

What is the status of the Class of 2020 Commencement weekend and parade?

Due to the evolving COVID-19 environment, the parade honoring the Class of 2020 which had been scheduled for the weekend of September 18-19 will be postponed. Also postponed is the opportunity for 2020 graduates to walk the stage and receive their diplomas from General Walters or a legacy presenter. The Citadel will announce a new date once conditions enable such large gatherings. Click here for more details.

What is the status of the Ring Ceremony?

The seniors comprising the Class of 2021 will be celebrated with a traditional Ring Presentation Ceremony at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25, in McAlister Field House, attended by the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Attendance at the ceremony will be restricted to only cadets due to the need for social distancing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but the event will include the same rich traditions cadets are anticipating for this important milestone. For more details, click here.

Is Parent’s Weekend cancelled?

Yes. The normal Parents Weekend events on campus, such as open barracks and a dress parade, are cancelled out of an abundance of caution for everyone concerned. For more information, click here.

Will cadets be allowed to attend religious services?

Yes, church services will be provided on campus following social distancing protocols. Accommodations will be paid for those who require services off-campus.

What happens if there is a hurricane?

The Citadel will follow the evacuation plan per normal, with some adjustments for those who normally house cadets during an evacuation. Decisions to evacuate will be made in accordance with the Governor’s mandates.

Can mail or packages be sent to a cadet at anytime? 

Yes, packages can be sent to cadets at anytime. Please be mindful about sending perishable items, since cadets will be required to visit the Post Office to receive them.

Please follow this link for full directions to ensure mail arrives correctly to incoming freshman.

Can I drop off items to my cadet?

You can always mail items to cadets through the Post Office. If you would like to drop items off on campus, please speak with your cadet about the proper protocol.

How can I load money on the OneCard?

You can find the One Card site by clicking here. Once on the site, follow the directions to load money onto the cadet’s card.

There are two types of funding on a cadet’s One Card.

The “One Card Restricted” track is funded through tuition and fee bills, and is used for items required to be a cadet – such as uniforms, books and haircuts. Cadets who purchase these items with their One Card will not accrue additional bills unless they have additional needs. This account is replenished when cadets register for the next semester, with unused funds rolling over from year to year (unused funds are returned upon graduation or withdrawl).

The “One Card Open” track is loaded with money online, via Lesesne Gateway, and is used for non-required items – in places like Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Cadet Store, Brewed Awakenings, etc. – to prevent cadets from needing cash on campus. Knobs and cadets are not required to load money on this track. Unused funds roll from year to year, but can only be returned upon request.

Parents and cadets can follow the balance of both accounts on Lesesne Gateway.


How many cases are on campus? Is The Citadel tracking cases?

Yes, The Citadel has developed a tracker that will be updated daily, Monday-Friday. Click here to be directed to the tracker.

How will a face-to-face Citadel classroom be arranged in Fall 2020?
  • When classrooms are not large enough, sections will be divided into two groups and a modified HyFlex teaching model will be followed.
  • Students will be informed prior to the start of the fall semester if there have been any alterations to how their class will be served.
  • Two times a week all classrooms are disinfected using an atomizer by Citadel Custodial Staff to ensure all surfaces are clean.
What cleaning and safety measures are being taken to ensure cadet/student safety?
  • All flat surfaces are to be disinfected everyday by Citadel Custodial Staff.
  • Atomizer available on each floor for on demand use by the faculty.
  • Disinfection solution in spray bottles with disposable towels are made available to wipe down surfaces at the end of class or as needed.
  • Hand sanitizer is made available as needed.
  • The Citadel continues to develop safety protocols for specific locations and activities on campus.

For more information, please review all details here.

Are masks required on campus at all times?

Yes, in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain, masks are required. When in doubt, please wear your mask to protect yourself and others.

Are masks required off campus?

Yes, the City of Charleston currently has a mask ordinance in place that requires all to wear a mask in public. 

How often should I clean my mask?

Masks should be washed after each use. For full guidelines on how to properly wash your mask, please click here.

Will cadets have to wear masks during physical training?

No, physical training will be adjusted to allow for sufficient social distancing.

What changes are being made to on-campus operations?
  • Proper signage will indicate the correct foot traffic throughout campus to minimize interactions.
  • Building ingress will be adjusted to permit entrance and exit only doorways creating one-way streamline path for each building.
Are there contact tracing procedures in place if a student/faculty member is symptomatic or diagnosed?

Yes, The Citadel has established a contact tracing team to monitor and notify the campus community of potential infection risks.

How do I use an atomizer to sanitize my area?

Please watch the linked video for step by step instructions on how to properly use an atomizer.


When do classes start?
  • The South Carolina Corps of Cadets and The Citadel Graduate College began classes on Wednesday, August 19th.
  • The Citadel Graduate College students enrolled in the first eight-week session began classes on Monday, August 24th.
How long does The Citadel plan to hold face-to-face classes in Fall 2020?

Classes will begin one week earlier than originally scheduled. After a shortened fall furlough, which will take place over the Thanksgiving holiday, the exams at the end of the semester will be completed remotely.

What is the last day of classes for the fall semester?

The last day of classes for the Corps of Cadets will be Tuesday, November 24th. Rather than returning to campus after Thanksgiving furlough, The Citadel will hold final exams remotely. The last day of exams will be December 9.

How will the college determine which courses will be offered in person? Will there be a prioritization for classes that need the in-person experience (e.g., labs)?

The size of the class and the ability to safely teach the class under social distancing regulations will determine what further action will be required. All classes will be reviewed individually to ensure safety. Hands-on learning will require additional safety precautions and may split into multiple class sections. Further details will be communicated with each student affected.

What will the campus do to make online learning experiences more robust and beneficial?

For classes that will be partially or fully online, The Citadel will be upgrading the technology required for Modified HyFlex Instruction to elevate the online interactive experience for classes that cannot meet in-person.

How will The Citadel help prepare courses to be provided in a variety of formats (in-person, hybrid, remote)?

The Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching, Learning and Distance Education (CEITL) and the Information Technology Services (ITS) continue working to ensure a productive and successful fall for any cadets and students who participate in virtual learning.

What if an instructor tests positive during the semester?

The class will be either taken over by another instructor within the department or the class will move online to ensure the safety of students and other instructors. All departments have prepared for this scenario and will be able to carry on classes as planned.

Will The Citadel be increasing tuition for Fall 2020?

The Citadel announced it will not raise tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Will there be study abroad?
What is the status of spring semester?

The Citadel will continue to monitor and observe the conditions and will make a decision on the best course of action. As of now, The Citadel is planning to return after Winter Furlough.

Faculty and Staff

Can faculty and staff request travel?

Through at least October 30, 2020, the College is allowing only essential Citadel-related travel for faculty and staff.  Requests for essential travel must be reviewed and approved by both the Dean/Director and Provost/VP. 

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