On-Campus Students

Academic concerns

Undergraduates with questions or concerns should consult with their academic advisors or college office, and graduate students should consult with their advisors or the Graduate College.

Please also consult the Academics guide for more information.

COVID-19 Vaccines

For the Fall 2021 semester, it will be required that all students who are able to do so will be fully vaccinated (defined as 14 days after the final dose) with a university-accepted vaccine before beginning the fall semester if they plan to be on campus with no additional health and safety obligations.

  • Individuals who are not able to be vaccinated and/or who have not had their record submitted and verified will be required to participate in the COVID-19 testing program and to continue wearing a face covering.
  • The university is following Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidance and accepting vaccines currently authorized for emergency use by either the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or the World Health Organization. If you are not able to access one of the university-accepted vaccines, you will be able to receive an accepted vaccine upon your arrival to campus.
  • Students should submit their Vaccination Record Card in the MyMcKinley Portal and have it verified before the beginning of the fall semester. View the Vaccine page for more information on uploading your Vaccination Record Card.
  • If you have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 and you are able to do so, you should be vaccinated as soon as possible. Visit vaccines.gov to find available appointments or walk-in hours in your local area.

We acknowledge that some individuals have health conditions or other reasons why they cannot be vaccinated. For those individuals, the COVID-19 testing program and face coverings will continue to be required.

See this massmail for more information.

COVID-19 Testing

Individuals who are not able to be vaccinated and/or who do not submit vaccination records will be required to participate in the COVID-19 on-campus testing program and wear a face covering.

Read more about COVID-19 policy enforcement.

Contact information

Students can update their contact information through Self Service.

Feeling ill and absences

Students need to take responsibility for checking their symptoms every day. Students who feel ill must not come to class. 

In addition, students who test positive for COVID-19 or have had an exposure that requires testing and/or quarantine must not attend class. The University will provide information to the instructor, in a manner that complies with privacy laws, about students in these latter categories. These students are judged to have excused absences for the class period and should contact the instructor via email about making up the work.    

See the Academics Guide for more information about excused absences and COVID-related information.

Learn more about returning to campus after quarantine and isolation.

Building access

Students entering many buildings to attend in-person classes may be checked at the building entrance to verify their Building Access status.

In the classroom

Here are some of the things all students need to remember once they are inside their classroom:

Arrive early and plan for things to take a little more time

The steps to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 are going to add more time to everyone’s classroom routines. Make sure that you arrive early, especially so you can verify your building access status. We ask that all students, especially during the early part of the semester, be patient and plan ahead as much as possible.

Clean upon entering

Classrooms will have hand sanitizer and wipes. As you enter the class, use the hand sanitizer, grab a wipe and wipe your own seat and writing surface.


All classrooms will have reduced capacities to allow for social distancing between students and instructors. Classroom, lab, and studio layouts have been reviewed by Facilities & Services Design Services team in conjunction with facility managers.

Classrooms with fixed seating will be denoted to indicate usable seats or furniture location. Look for markings such as a Block I or a Sit Here sign to indicate the usable seats.

A photo showing how seating will work in classrooms with fixed seatings. Several rows of seats are taped off and one seat is not taped, marked with a Block I.

It is important that movable furniture is not re-positioned within the room and that additional seats are not borrowed from other rooms. If a desk is movable, please do not move it.

Food and drink

The university is advising all instructors to forbid food and drink in the class to minimize droplet spread and to reduce the need to remove face coverings. Keeping food and drink out of the classrooms also makes it easier for staff to clean the rooms each day. Doing something small like not bringing food or drink to class can help in a big way.

Clean up after yourself

Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer and disinfect their immediate seating area at the end of the class session. As each classroom is different, instructors will help students understand cleaning expectations for their immediate seating area.

Practice social distancing as you leave

Make sure you maintain social distance as you are leaving your class. Some instructors may dismiss row by row. As you exit your class and enter the hallways, please look out for others and maintain social distance.

Additional Resources

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