The following letter was sent to students on Monday, April 26, providing an update to COVID-19 policies.

Dear Students,

Our dashboard indicates that the University’s mitigation policies—the 3W’s, limiting travel, and weekly testing—are working incredibly well thanks to your collective efforts. The positivity rate for undergraduate students is .04% with only 7 positive results out of the more than 18,000 tests administered this semester. Additionally, the popularity of our vaccination events and the verifications reported on show that Sewanee students are far ahead of local, state, and federal vaccination rates.

With that in mind, we are pleased to announce that, effective immediately, we have decided to ... 

Pop the Bubble!

What does “popping the bubble” mean?
  • Policies regarding movement on and off campus are lifted.
  • Gathering limits are lifted.
  • Parents, family, and friends may visit campus; however, outside visitors are still not permitted to go inside residence halls and/or stay overnight on campus.
Do I still need to wear my mask?
  • Yes, masking remains important and required on campus, even if you are vaccinated. The 3W's—wearing your mask, watching your distance, and washing your hands—remains among the most effective mitigation techniques. 
Will COVID-19 testing continue?
  • Yes. In order to help ensure everyone’s safety, all students will continue testing on a weekly basis at the Fowler Center, even if you are vaccinated.
How can I get vaccinated?
  • April 26 & 27: University transportation will be provided for students to get vaccinated at Walgreens in Decherd on Monday and Tuesday. The bus will begin loading at 2:30 p.m. in front of the University Wellness Commons on University Avenue, depart at 3 p.m. sharp, and will return between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Use this form to reserve your spot.
  • April 29: Walgreens staff will return to the Fowler Center to provide Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to eligible students and employees. Vaccinations will take place on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please help us ensure there are adequate supplies and staff on-site by answering these questions.

Be sure to review the FAQs below.

Thank you for your continued attention to these important policies. Your cooperation is the single biggest reason for our success thus far and will help ensure we #MakeItToMay!


Nicole Noffsinger-Frazier, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Student Life, Dean of Students

Frequently Asked Questions

Will we still have opportunities to get vaccinated?
  • Yes, be sure to check email regularly for opportunities to receive vaccinations between now and final exams.
Why should I get vaccinated?
  • Vaccination helps protect you and others from contracting this very dangerous disease. Widespread vaccination is also key to ending the pandemic. For additional information about the safety and efficacy of vaccines, please review the online training module COVID-19 Vaccination: What Students Need to Know.
Where can I drive to receive a vaccination on my own?
  • Numerous locations near campus offer vaccinations, including local health departments, Walgreens, Walmart, and many others. Check
Can I get my second dose while in Sewanee?
  • Yes, depending on when you depart campus at the end of the semester and when you qualify based on the date you received the first dose
Can I receive my second dose after returning home?
  • Yes, and you’ll need to make arrangements to be sure to receive the same brand of vaccination. can help you locate vaccination sites near your home.
Do I still need to verify that I have been vaccinated?
  • Yes, please upload your vaccination records to so we have the most accurate information available.