May 14, 2021


Dear Members of the Sewanee Community and Visitors to the Domain,

On July 3, 2020, the University issued a directive requiring masking on the Domain. That directive, in conjunction with surveillance testing and other mitigation protocols, helped keep the Sewanee community safe and allowed us to offer students an on-campus experience this academic year. We are incredibly appreciative of our students, faculty and staff, and other local Sewanee residents. Your cooperation and compliance was the single most important factor in our success.

As with the previous directive, the Ordinances of the University (Section10) state “the Vice-Chancellor shall have authority to act to meet any emergency.” And so, consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I am updating the masking directive for all persons on the Domain—to include residents, visitors, students, faculty, and staff. Effective immediately, the University masking policy is as follows:

  • While outdoors: Masks are not required, regardless of vaccination status unless otherwise indicated by the University.
  • While indoors: Gatherings of vaccinated individuals do not require masking, unless otherwise indicated by the University. Masking may be required for indoor events or gatherings where the vaccination status of attendees cannot be verified.

Given the fluid nature of recent CDC guidance, the University’s masking directive could be adjusted. Please check the University’s COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date details.

I am grateful for your continued cooperation in helping to keep our community safe during this unprecedented health crisis. We will continue to persevere through this, successfully, and together.

Respectfully yours,

Reuben E. Brigety, II
Vice-Chancellor and Mayor