Health, Safety, & Resilience

The health and well-being of our community remains our primary focus. With this objective in mind, we will continue to carefully monitor the status of COVID-19 on our campus and in the local community. While we remain hopeful, we are prepared to modify our health and safety protocols to adjust to any changing conditions. 

The following essential steps must be taken by everyone in our campus community for the health of the community:

  1. Wear a mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status — as described below, the University will maintain the requirement for all community members to wear masks indoors until further notice, with exceptions as outlined here.
  2. Get vaccinated, if you are able to do so — vaccination is now required for all except those who have an approved exemption.
  3. Stay home if you feel ill — this is extremely important. If you have any symptoms, stay home for your well-being and the health of other members of our campus community and their families. It is also important to report your symptoms or any positive COVID-19 test.
  4. Adapt as needed — COVID-19 will cause new disruptions at work and home, and we must work together to adjust to our circumstances.


In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we have revised our mask policy. The University will require all students, faculty, and staff to wear masks in all campus buildings, regardless of vaccination status until further notice with exceptions outlined here.

The University’s mask policy focuses on those factors most closely associated with transmission of COVID-19, including vaccination status and the size and density of meetings, events, and gathering places. 

Physical Distancing Framework

We will maintain the Physical Distancing Framework for the fall semester and will update it as appropriate. The University will open for the fall in the Lime Stage. f necessary, we will adjust our protocols accordingly based on the best available information and prevailing health conditions in Virginia and on our campus.

The Lime Stage provides a welcome opportunity for in-person classes and all campus offices to be open with an in-person presence while still maintaining protective measures that support the health and safety of our community. Additional information pertaining to the Lime Stage, including details about holding events on campus, can be found here.

Other Health Measures

We will continue several key health and safety measures that we put in place during the past year, which include maintaining enhancements to the air handling systems in our campus buildings, including increased outside airflow, UVC filters, and bi-polar ionizers.

We will continue to have isolation and quarantine accommodations for students on campus should these become necessary and a process for contact tracing. We will also ensure adequate and easily accessible supplies of hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes and will continue our disinfecting and cleaning protocols.