Dear students,

We write to inform you of an important policy change to COVID-related sanctions.

Students who violate COVID-19 policies, when the violation is not coupled with EQB violations (meaning that a violation, such as going to McDonald’s, would not otherwise have been an EQB violation), will now be required to go home and learn remotely and to quarantine for 14 days. This updated COVID-19 policy replaces the previous policy that once required students who violated the COVID-19 policy to go home and learn remotely for the remainder of the semester.

After the 14-day quarantine period, students are required to take the University COVID-19 test in order to return to resume in-person classes, and the result must be negative.  

Specifically, you will be permitted to return to Sewanee and to reside on campus, provided that you:

  • Quarantine at home or otherwise away from Sewanee for 14 days. If your permanent residence is in Sewanee, while in quarantine you may not be on central campus or the Sewanee Village; you may not attend events or parties; and you may not enter University buildings. This updated policy applies to all students, regardless of where you reside.
  • Test negative on a University-administered COVID-19 test after that 14-day period, and pay for the test.

Note that:

  • The University will not provide funds for travel, housing, or food for students sent away for violations of the COVID-19 policies. Students must secure their own arrangements.
  • Students sent away for COVID-19-related infractions will not be allowed to quarantine in any University spaces.

Students will not be reimbursed room and board for the time they are away from campus.

Any further violations of the COVID-19 Interim Policies for Students will result in your transition to remote learning for the remainder of the semester.

This policy adjustment will be updated on the University’s COVID-19 website and replaces the former policy.


W. Marichal Gentry
Vice President for Student Life
Dean of Students

Terry L. Papillon
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of the College