From: Dean Turrell
Date: Jan. 3, 2022

As was the approach last semester, our community must learn to live with some presence of COVID-19 on campus. Our existing mitigation efforts—the University’s vaccination mandate and masking requirement, along with recommending beginning-of-term testing and boosters—give us confidence we will navigate the next phase of the pandemic successfully together.


As you prepare to return to campus, please review the following policies for the School of Theology:

Covid-19 Boosters: Recent studies in the U.K. indicate that booster shots prove 80-85% effective against the omicron variant and 95% effective against delta; boosters also reduce the severity of COVID among those infected. Therefore, the University strongly encourages all vaccinated students to receive a booster shot. You can find more information about locating a provider or pharmacy here. I encourage you to upload your booster information at  An on-campus booster clinic is scheduled for Jan. 17. Flu shots will also be available.

NOTE: the CDC has
announced that those with boosters do not need to quarantine after an exposure to COVID-19. This will greatly simplify our management of COVID-19 on campus for all who are boosted.


Pre-Return Testing: The University asks that all Sewanee students, even if vaccinated, take a COVID-19 test 24 to 72 hours prior to returning to campus buildings. If you test positive, please use the Tennessee Quarantine and Isolation Calculator to calculate your delayed return date, inform the Associate Dean for Community Life, and contact your faculty to arrange for studies while in isolation or quarantine. It is also helpful to report your test result to the University Health Service at 931.598.1270.

The University has a limited supply of rapid tests that will allow each student to test once. Tests are available at McClurg Dining Hall or University Health Service (UHS).

Symptomatic Testing: UHS will continue providing COVID-19 testing for symptomatic students. Students who test positive will need to isolate themselves in their residences. Please use the Tennessee Quarantine and Isolation Calculator to calculate the length of isolation.

Masking Policy: Upon return to campus for the Easter 2022 term, the existing indoor masking mandate remains in effect until further notice.

Mental Health Support: Please contact the Associate Dean for Community Life if you need a referral for mental health counseling. The pandemic has heightened stress and led to mental health concerns for many people;  the CDC has recommendations for managing stress and seeking support



These health and safety protocols are only a part of the University’s efforts. We are able to offer an on-campus experience in large part because of your commitment to the health and safety of our community. Thank you!