The Catholic University of America will continue full in-person instruction, residential life, and athletics for the spring semester of 2022 to the greatest extent possible while continuing to make the safety of our community our highest priority.
The high rate of voluntary vaccination in our community, ongoing health-and-safety measures, and the expected behaviors defined in the Shared Community Responsibilities notice are all aimed at keeping Catholic University safe and healthy in the new academic year.
The University’s first priority is the safety of our community. The following strategies are in place to mitigate the risk of either catching or communicating COVID-19.
Vaccination: This is the most effective protection against getting COVID-19 and against infecting others. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated. Vaccine mandates will follow District and U.S. government requirements.
Boosters: A booster shot is recommended six months after your initial vaccination. The University encourages all members of the University community to get a booster vaccination when eligible.
Face Coverings: The indoor mask mandate on campus continues to be in effect and is a requirement under the Mayor’s emergency order. All faculty, staff, and students need to wear a mask in shared spaces indoors. People who work alone in an office don’t need to wear a mask unless someone enters for a conversation or a meeting. Students must wear masks in the public areas of residence halls, but not in their own assigned residential spaces.
Testing: We expect every student to get a COVID test before returning to campus for the spring semester. Positive results should be reported to the Dean of Students. We will test all residential students, regardless of vaccination status, within the first five days after arrival in January.
Anyone who experiences COVID-19 symptoms should get a test or consult with a medical professional to determine whether testing is necessary. Students are eligible for symptomatic testing at the University Testing Center, and should contact Student Health Services to make an appointment.
Quarantine: We will continue to follow existing protocols to isolate and quarantine community members who are sick with COVID-19 or have come into close contact with someone who is infected.
Positive Case Notification: The University will follow established protocols to notify the various segments of our community (and emergency contacts, where appropriate) of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Case information that does not compromise confidentiality will be posted on the University’s COVID-19 Resources website.
Students should submit positive COVID-19 test results to and be in touch with the Dean of Students.
Employees are encouraged to self-report to their immediate supervisor. The supervisor should send a report to CUA-CoronaResponse@CUA.EDU. The email address is monitored by the Senior Director for Environmental Health, Safety, & Risk Management, the Director of Student Health Services, and the Chief Human Resources Officer. Employee Relations will contact the supervisor to review the situation and develop the appropriate response.
Shared Community Responsibilities: The University articulated a set of Shared Community Responsibilities that are aimed at keeping Catholic University safe this year.
Daily Health Checker: The University will continue to implement the Daily Health Checker.
Physical Distancing: Try to maintain an appropriate social distance when you can, both indoors and out. In outside settings where social distancing is not possible, mask up.
Basic Hygiene: Before all else, remember to wash your hands, cover your nose/mouth when sneezing or coughing, and keep all high-touch surfaces clean or sanitized. This behavior is encouraged for all members of the community regardless of vaccination status.
COVID-19 Dashboard: We will continue to track cases of COVID-19 on campus and make that information available to our community.
Variants: Increases in COVID-19 cases among fully vaccinated Catholic University community members and within the District, Maryland, and Virginia may cause the DC Department of Health to reinstitute, intensify, or implement certain prevention strategies. The University will notify the community of any changes in guidance.
Cleaning: An emphasis on sanitizing high-touch areas across the University has become standard operating procedure. Most cleaning will be done during the overnight hours.
Academic and administrative facilities, including classrooms, will be cleaned and sanitized nightly. Offices will be cleaned weekly.
Residential Facilities will be cleaned and sanitized daily. Residential rooms, suites, and apartments are supplied with a disinfectant cleaning solution and cloth.
Portable germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) units that emit UVC lights are in use at various locations throughout the campus (athletics, health services, a few academic units such as labs and performance spaces).
Wall-mounted and stanchion hand sanitizers are everywhere on campus.
We have put disinfectant stations in academic, administrative, special use facilities, and residential common kitchens. The supplies are to be shared among the area/unit’s occupants. Return cleaning supplies to the station when you are finished using them.
Indoor Air Quality: Facilities staff evaluated and updated indoor air quality conditions of all campus buildings with the support of consulting architects and engineers. As a result of this study, we made air ventilation and filtration modifications in numerous locations across campus. We installed new filters at the highest grade possible for our equipment, mounted air handling equipment, and deployed portable air filtration units.
Facilities will continue routine maintenance protocols.
Sneeze Guards: Sneeze guards and barriers will remain in place across campus as requested. Offices can request additional barriers or changes to existing barriers through the University work-order system.
Please check the Facilities web page for updates and contact information.