Returning to Campus Update from President Pistole



I hope this message finds you well and rested after the holiday season.

As you know, it is our top priority to make sure you and your families are safe and healthy as we navigate the real-life challenges of the pandemic. The holiday surge expected after Christmas requires extreme diligence as we make our way back on campus. 

Returning to Campus in January 2021

We plan to return to campus as scheduled on the academic calendar with classes beginning on January 13, 2021. Residence halls will reopen on January 10, 2021, at 10:00 am. Some fall and winter sports teams will start earlier as they prepare for their delayed season. For the safety and care of others, all students, faculty, and staff are expected to get a valid COVID test prior to our collective return to campus.

Re-Entry Testing and Re-Commitment to the Community Care Covenant

  • Please provide a valid (PCR), negative COVID test administered three to five days prior to returning to campus.  Test results need to be uploaded here.
  • If cost or test availability is a factor, accommodations will be provided (please email if concerned).
  • Failure to report a valid test to this link will result in denied access to all buildings on campus. This includes, but is not limited to, our dining services, residence halls, the KWC, social clubs, and athletics. Also, you will only be able to participate in your classes virtually. Ability to resume your classes and extracurriculars can only be redeemed via a valid COVID test.
  • Although non-infectious, those of you who have tested positive for COVID19 within the past 90 days will continue to test positive. Therefore, you are waived from the requirement to produce a negative test result upon your return, but you still must register your previous test results in this link.
  • As a community that cares and takes responsibility for each other, we are asking that all students sign the Community Care Covenant prior to returning to campus. This requirement is another step in keeping the campus open and the campus community healthy.

I couldn’t be more proud of how our campus community faced the challenges of 2020 and I look forward to a positive start to 2021. Let’s continue to move forward together, united, and resilient. No matter what, we are #StillAU.


President Pistole