The University's masking policy, effective Aug. 3, 2021, and until further notice, is that all students, employees, and visitors must wear face coverings/masks over their nose and mouth when they are in public spaces inside all University buildings. While outdoors, masks are not required unless otherwise indicated by the University.


Most recent additions/changes are preceded by an asterisk *

What is meant by "indoor public spaces"?

* For the purpose of this policy, an indoor public space is any space where you might voluntarily or involuntarily encounter another person. This includes classrooms, conference/meeting rooms, hallways, lobbies, chapels, auditoriums, fitness/exercise facilities, and other indoor spaces.

Do I need to wear a mask in class?

Yes. Also wear a mask when you enter the building where your class is being held and while in the hallways.

Do I need to wear a mask in my residence hall?

No. When students are in their rooms and in their residence hall, they are not required to wear masks. However, CDC guidelines recommend that individuals should wear masks while indoors. Also out of consideration for our Facilities Management staff, please wear your masks when residence hall custodians are present.

Do I need to wear a mask in my office?

When you are alone in your private office, masks are not required. If you are meeting with someone in your office, masks should be worn.

Do students and employees need to wear masks indoors when they are off campus?

This policy only applies to University buildings on campus. However, the University recommends that vaccinated and unvaccinated students and employees follow CDC guidance while on campus and while they are away from campus.

How will masking work at McClurg Dining Hall, Stirling’s, the Cup & Gown, the Sewanee Inn, and Green’s View Grill?

* Each venue works a little differently. Wear a mask to enter and stay masked until you are at your table eating or drinking. When you are finished eating, put your mask back on. If the weather is nice, find a spot outside and enjoy your meal alfresco.

Does this policy apply to private residences?

No. This policy does not apply to private residences (leaseholds or University rentals).

The CDC mentions “areas of substantial or high transmission.” What is the University’s area?

For the purpose of this policy, the University is considering Franklin, Marion, and Grundy counties to be our area.

If our area drops below substantial or high transmission rates, will the University relax this masking policy?

If the transmission rate in our area drops into the moderate or low designation, the University will consider relaxing its masking policy. Because the transmission rates are likely to vary over time, it is possible that the masking policy will be updated during the semester. For the most up-to-date information, check the University’s COVID-19 website, and look for text and email messages.

Does the masking policy apply to the Domain or only University buildings?

This policy only applies to University buildings—including the University Bookstore in the Sewanee Village. However, the University has encouraged the Sewanee Business Alliance, Sewanee Elementary School, and the Parish of St. Mark & St. Paul to follow the CDC’s guidance and the University masking policy. Likewise, the University recommends that vaccinated and unvaccinated students and employees follow CDC guidance while on campus and while they are away from campus.


There are no plans to restrict visitors to campus or the Sewanee Village. We welcome all families and visitors to the Mountain.


With very limited exceptions, all classes will be in person. A very small number of class sections will be fully remote, for reasons not involving COVID-19.


The University plans to fully participate in intercollegiate athletic events this season. Athletes, coaches, and support staff will be required to follow all University, SAA, and NCAA COVID-19 guidelines and protocols, including masking and testing.