The latest communications about spring semester 2021 to Sewanee undergraduate students, sharing information on COVID-19 efforts, including testing, campus life, health and travel guidance, and academic programming.

 This information is current as of 10:30 a.m. on May 13, 2021.

Updates for Undergraduate Students

may 13: Required COVID-19 TESTING ENDS TODAY

The Public Health team sent and email to campus notifying that May 13, 2021 will be the final required testing day for the academic year. If you feel symptomotic or need documentation of a negative result, tests are still available please contact to coordinate. Thank you for your cooperation!

April 28: Update on campus masking policy

The Public Health Office sent an update on campus masking policy to the campus community.

April 26: Popping the Bubble

On April 26, the Dean of Students office sent a notice to students with an update on University COVID-19 policies. Effective immediately, the BUBBLE IS POPPED! We made this decision because the University’s mitigation policies are working incredibly well—thanks to your collective efforts. What's more, the positivity rate for undergraduate students is .04% with only 7 positive results out of the more than 18,000 tests administered this semester.

April 15: On-campus vaccinations April 20-22

The Public Health team and University Health Service let students know that Sewanee is partnering with Walgreens to administer Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to eligible students and employees at the Fowler Center. Pharmacists from Walgreens will be on campus between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday through Thursday, April 19-22. No appointment is required!

April 14: Pause on Johnson & Johnson vaccinations

The federal government has recommended pausing the use of Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Out of an abundance of caution, Sewanee will follow that directive and the University Health Service will discontinue administering the Johnson & Johnson vaccine until advised otherwise.

April 12: Sewanee’s COVID-19 Planning for Fall 2021

As efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide continue to progress, Dean Papillon wrote students in the college to update them on the University's plans for the fall semester. Read more about important elements of our current plan for the fall.

April 5: Let's Pop the Bubble

An email went to students in the College and the School of Theology outlining a process to pop the bubble!

Last week we launched an effort to get everyone vaccinated. Now, it’s time to finish the year strong and POP THE BUBBLE! It’s simple and only requires one thing: We need 1,200 or more students to receive at least one vaccination.

March 30 & April 1: Vaccination Opportunities

Read information regarding opportunities to get vaccinated against COVID-19, both on and off campus. University Health Service is offering vaccines on campus and the University is providing transportation to Walgreens.

March 26: Important Student Vaccination Information

Tennessee has announced that all adults (and minors over age 16) will become eligible for vaccination against COVID-19 on or before Monday, April 5. This is incredibly exciting news. Please read the email at the link below for more details.

March 26: Update on quarantine requirement after leaving campus

We are pleased to let you know, effective immediately, the required quarantine period after leaving campus for overnight stays has been decreased from 14 days to 7 days. A student who has elected to leave must quarantine away from campus for 7 days and then (if symptom-free) schedule a return COVID-19 test with University Public Health on or after day 7. A negative COVID-19 test is required before any student will be permitted to return to their on-campus residence and in-person classes. Students must schedule their return for testing with the Office of Public Health (931.598.1010 or The Fowler Center testing site is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We are excited to bring you this good news! Thank you again for your continued cooperation and support as we work together to #MakeItToMay.

March 23: Update to gathering sizes

Beginning this Saturday, March 27, we are raising the gathering limit for ALL student organization outdoor events to 100. Beginning Saturday, events where alcohol may be present will be able to have up to 100 people in attendance. Events that are substance-free will continue to have no gathering limit. Remember, all events hosted by student organizations must be registered in Engage, must adhere to the Undergraduate Social Host Policy, and must continue to practice masking and social distancing. For this Saturday only, we will not require the 5-day advance registration process, but please register your event ASAP. Reach out to Campus Activities if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your continued cooperation as we continue to work together to #MakeItToMay.

March 13: Spring Programming and Wellness Resources

The Dean of Students Office sent undergraduate students an update on programming planned for the spring as well as a list of Wellness resources available.


The Dean of Students Office updates information about student gatherings and charts a new path forward for the spring.

March 4: Gathering Size Reduced

On March 4, students were sent an email notifying them that the gathering sizes for student organizations have been reduced to 10 effective immediately.

March 2: Gathering Size & Attendance at Athletic Events

Campus Activities sent an email to students notifying them that the gathering size for student organization events will increase to 100 persons on March 5—contingent on following other protocols. Also on that date, all outdoor athletic events will be open for student spectators, provided that everyone remains masked and socially distanced.

Feb. 11: Gathering size may increase as COVID-19 policies are followed

The Dean of Students Office, Campus Activities, and the Public Health Office sent a letter to students with the compliance levels required in order to register larger student events.

Feb. 9: Walmart pick-up service is back

Maintaining the bubble can make it difficult to get items like personal supplies, toiletries, and snacks. Campus Activities has re-introduced Sewanee Shops, a weekly Walmart pickup for students; an email was sent to students on Feb. 9 with details. Contact Campus Activities for more information.

Feb. 9: Spring athletics update

Spring sports teams will compete under the same guidelines that were set forth for fall and winter sports. Sewanee's athletic teams will not travel off the Domain for events this semester. 

Feb. 8: Student gathering update

A letter was sent to students on Feb. 8 to let them know that the limit for student organization gatherings will remain at 10 people, at least through Feb. 14.

Feb. 2: Vaccination information added to FAQ

COVID-19 vaccination eligibility, documentation, and testing after the vaccine.

Jan. 29: SPO renovation and update

The SPO was renovated over the winter break. The changes include more room for packages and the addition of another window. The new window will be dedicated to student package pick-up. Signs will indicate traffic flow and social distancing. Spring semester window hours (starting Feb. 1) are Monday-Thursday 10-5, Friday 10-4, and Saturday 10-1.

Jan. 26: Spring 2021 Policy Information & Reminders

The Dean of Students Office sent a letter about updated COVID-19 Interim Policies, including information about testing and student gatherings.

Jan. 25: News about spring dining options

Students returning to campus for the spring semester will notice a few changes to their dining options, including expanded hours at McClurg Dining Hall and Cravens Hall. McClurg, Cravens, and Tiger Bay Pub all will be part of the spring meal plan.

Jan. 22: Form to request Monteagle pick-up Jan. 27-31

Students: We understand that several of you will be flying into Nashville or Chattanooga and will be taking the Groome Shuttle from the airport to the Smokehouse in Monteagle. If you are not able to find a friend coming to test/move in on the same day who can pick you up, please complete this form so that a member of the Dean of Students Office can pick you up and bring you to campus. 

Jan. 20: Information about leaving campus

Students are not permitted to leave the Domain and return without a quarantine unless it is for same-day essential travel. Students who choose to travel away from Sewanee for a non-essential reason must quarantine away from campus for 14 days before returning.

Jan 11: Spring Sports Update

We hope that our spring student-athletes will have the opportunity to compete within the conference, if the numerous moving parts—including testing, contact tracing, travel, facility use, etc.—can be aligned to allow for safe competition within the larger University goal of completing an on-campus semester.

Dec. 9: Fall & Winter Athletics

Following the Southern Athletic Association Council of Presidents’ vote to allow fall and winter sports student-athletes to compete in the spring 2021 semester, the University announced precautionary measures for its teams with the goal of keeping student-athletes, coaches, and game staff safe while limiting exposure to COVID-19.