Fall 2021 COVID-19 Guidance
We are excited to return to in-person classes and activities this fall. As we continue to monitor COVID-19 vaccination progress, locally and across the nation, we have updated our campus plans for the fall term. Please note that our policy
continues to be based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and can change based on new information at any time.
Now that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has received full FDA approval, Bellarmine University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated. This requirement applies to all undergraduates and graduates, both full- and part-time students. Some Health Profession Programs/Majors that include clinical experiences with healthcare providers already required the COVID-19 vaccine. Students, faculty and staff may request an exemption from the vaccination requirement for medical or religious reasons. Being vaccinated helps protect you, your family and your community.
All students, faculty and staff are required to provide their vaccination status. Learn more about submitting your vaccination status, testing protocols and the required vaccination timeline below in the 'Vaccine Information' section.
Masks and Distancing
All vaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear face coverings while indoors in places where physical distancing is not feasible, such as classrooms, hallways during class transitions, meeting rooms, and the dining hall (when
not eating or drinking). If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a face covering indoors, unless you are eating, and outdoors if you cannot be physically distanced from others.
Our quarantine protocol has been updated. Please see the 'contact tracing and case management' section below for more info.
- Vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine if they have been exposed, but they will be required to wear a face covering and get tested 3-5 days following exposure. If vaccinated individuals have symptoms, quarantine and contact the Office of Health Services.
- Unvaccinated students experiencing symptoms or who are exposed to someone who is symptomatic or positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days. Individuals who contract COVID-19 will isolate for 14
days. Space on campus for isolation and quarantine is very limited. Residential students will be encouraged to isolate or quarantine off campus.
- If an individual is feeling symptomatic or has been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, they should contact the Office of Health Services immediately. Staff members in the Office of Health Services can also discuss
these protocols and consult with community members about their risk of contracting COVID-19.