Health & Safety

Face coverings

While face-covering requirements have mostly been lifted for vaccinated individuals, there are some instances where they may still be required or recommended. You are encouraged to still carry a face covering with you daily in case it is needed.

When do I have to wear a face covering on campus?

  • Vaccinated individuals: If you are vaccinated, you already have the best protection offered against COVID-19 and are not required to wear a face covering in most settings (see exceptions below).

  • Unvaccinated individuals: If you are not vaccinated, you are required to wear a face covering in all settings when you are around other people — just like over the past year. 

  • Spaces where face coverings are required: Face coverings are required in instructional spaces, on Niner Transit and in the Student Health Center, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings may be recommended in other interior spaces based on the size of the space and the number of individuals in the space. Meeting organizers are responsible for communicating this recommendation in advance to attendees. 

Classroom and Instructional Spaces 

Face coverings are still required in classrooms, teaching laboratories and other instructional spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Policy: The classroom face-covering policy established last year still applies and can be enforced if students fail to adhere to faculty instructions to wear a face covering. 

  • Faculty requirements: If faculty members are able to be clearly six feet away from students while they are lecturing, they may consider removing their masks while they are teaching only to aid in the ability of students to hear them. However, they should resume wearing it when they are interacting with students interpersonally in the classroom. Additionally, if any students express discomfort with a faculty member not wearing a face covering while teaching, the faculty member is expected to wear a face covering.  


Vaccination is the most important action you can take to protect yourself against COVID-19. It is also the most powerful tool we have as a community and a country to return to our pre-pandemic activities. 

While the University is not requiring vaccinations for employees or students, you are strongly encouraged to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you are medically able to do so. 

We also have information available to help answer questions about the vaccine and locate your shot. 

University benefits for vaccination

Please also let us know if you have received your vaccination by completing the reporting form. Through July 8, there also will be tables Tuesday mornings in the Student Union and Thursday afternoons in Cone to show your vaccine documentation for immediate approval. More information is available here

Once your vaccine documentation is approved, you will be exempt from wearing a face covering on campus (with limited exceptions), testing requirements and completing the daily Niner Health Check. Additionally, you will be eligible for a variety of prizes as a thank you for doing your part to keep Niner Nation safe and healthy. 


The University will have a modified testing program for the summer and fall. Your required participation is based on your vaccination status. 

Re-entry Testing

The University will not require re-entry testing for unvaccinated employees and students in July because the rate of infection in the county remains low. However, should the rate of infection in the county increase to above 5% ahead of the start of fall classes, unvaccinated individuals may be subject to re-entry testing. 

Mitigation Testing

  • If you are vaccinated: You are exempt from this testing.

  • If you are not vaccinated: You will be subject to mitigation testing when the county’s positivity rate is above 5%. 

Contact Tracing

The University will continue with its contact tracing program, notifying any people who are identified as close contacts. 

  • If you are vaccinated: You are encouraged to still be tested after 5 days, but you are not subject to quarantine unless you become symptomatic. 

  • If you are not vaccinated: You will need to quarantine and be tested. 


  • If you are vaccinated: If you submit your COVID-19 vaccine reporting form and it is approved, you are no longer required to complete the daily health check unless you become symptomatic. However, you will continue to receive the email in case you need it. Just delete it if you don’t. 

  • If you are not vaccinated: You will need to continue completing the daily health check as before.