Keep Catholic Safe.


Catholic University’s Plan for Fall 2021

The Catholic University of America will return to full in-person instruction, residential life, and athletics for the fall semester of 2021 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.  


As Open As Possible

  • Normal Academic Calendar
  • In-person classes and campus events
  • Double occupancy in residence hall rooms
  • Athletics practice and competition resume
  • Food service will reopen.

Best Protection: Vaccination

  • All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • More than 86% of faculty, staff, and students who have reported their status have been vaccinated.
  • Report your vaccination status: Faculty/Staff  —  Students


Safety Strategy

  • Face Coverings: All faculty, staff, and students must wear a mask whenever they are in a shared space indoors on campus.
  • Testing: All residential students, regardless of vaccination status, will be tested approximately 3-5 days after arrival.
  • Daily Health Checker: The University will reinstate the Daily Health Checker.
  • Cleaning: High-touch areas sanitized regularly.
  • Indoor Air Quality: Ventilation and filtration modifications have been made in numerous locations across campus.
  • Sneeze Guards: Barriers will remain in place across campus.


Shared Community Responsibilities

  • Regularly monitor your own health.
  • Stay in your residence when experiencing symptoms.
  • Regularly wash your hands.
  • Wear a face covering when in a shared space indoors.
  • Support campus safety measures.
  • Practice social distancing wherever possible.
  • Be a good neighbor by following D.C. pandemic regulations.
  • Be mindful of and respectful toward each other.
More about Shared Community Responsibilities
  • masked and unmasked students on Pryz patio

    Keep Catholic Safe

    President John Garvey announces the University's plan to open for in-person classes, residence life, and campus activites for the fall 2021 semester.

    Read the full announcement