• Although we cannot require the COVID-19 vaccination, we strongly encourage each SUMMA participant to be fully vaccinated and boosted by July 5, two weeks before the start of camp.

Required Documentation 

  • All participants (staff and campers) must provide one of the three documents listed below. Electronic copies submitted prior to arrival are preferred (send to, although campers may bring documentation with them on July 19, the day of arrival.
    • A laboratory report timestamped within 72 hours of arrival that indicates a negative COVID-19 test result. Only polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results will be accepted. Rapid antigen, antigen and rapid PCR test results will not be accepted; or
    • Evidence of being fully vaccinated at least 2 weeks prior to arrival; or
    • Evidence of having contracted COVID-19 within 90 days before arrival

Required Tests and Masks

  • All participants must bring 2 rapid antigen tests and enough disposable masks (preferably KN95s) for the duration of the conference. 
  • All Sewanee summer conferences aim to stay on top of the pandemic to avoid spread of the virus and to keep events running smoothly.

Masking Protocol

  • The University determines its on-campus masking requirements following CDC guidance and the current CDC COVID-19 Community Levels for Franklin, Marion, Grundy, and Coffee counties. If the composite calculation, weighted by population, for these four counties is classified as “High,” the University may require masks to be worn within all academic buildings. 
  • Participants, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to mask in any crowded indoor meeting.
  • Participants, regardless of vaccination status, will not be required to mask in any outdoor setting.
  • In keeping with the University’s masking policy, SUMMA staff and seminar leaders reserve the right to require participants to wear masks in indoor settings, including small group seminars and practice sessions. Participants should respect and abide by the decision without complaint and, in keeping with SUMMA's ethos, should do so “in love.” The Program Director and Camp Director may ask any program participant who fails to comply with the stated policy to leave the program within twenty-four hours at the participant’s expense.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Any SUMMA participant who has Covid-19 symptoms must inform a SUMMA staff member. At that point, we will get the participant tested, probably at Sewanee’s own Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, which can often return results within 24 hours. The SMDL, however, cannot test a participant without a physician’s referral. Fortunately, we have a number of local medical practices here, including Sewanee Pediatrics, that can give such a referral and provide care should the student be symptomatic. The participant must then inform the SUMMA staff of the test result.
  • SUMMA participants who test positive for Covid-19 must follow CDC guidelines. They will be temporarily isolated in a space on campus, but they MUST be picked up within 24-48 hours. SUMMA does not have the resources to care for a participant for a long period of time nor is it feasible, after a 5-day isolation period, to reintegrate a camper into a carefully planned series of debates.
  • Any participant who is exposed to someone who tests positive for Covid-19 must follow CDC guidelines that are in place. At present, that means all unvaccinated persons must isolate for 5 days. Again, because we do not have the resources to care for quarantined individuals for that long, unvaccinated participants who are exposed must be picked up within 24-48 hours.
  • All SUMMA participants must identify the person(s) (name, phone numbers, address) who will pick them up should they test positive for Covid-19. 

Accommodations and Sanitizing

  • Participants will be housed in double rooms or suites in Benedict Dormitory in central campus. 
  • SUMMA will provide Lysol in each bathroom for sanitizing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be provided by SUMMA in rooms we utilize in Benedict Dormitory, Spencer/Woods, duPont Library, and prior to meals and free time activities.

A final note: We cannot know now how the pandemic may evolve in the coming months. The University and SUMMA may, at any point, institute new Covid-19 policies. Compliance with such policies is mandatory. We appreciate your patience as we monitor the situation and continue to plan in ways that reduce the risk of a Covid-19 outbreak and meet the needs of the program and participants. As with other matters, we will treat each other with respect and kindness, knowing that we all may have different views about Covid-19 and the protocols in place. In the unlikely event that a COVID-19 outbreak occurs, which requires isolation of individuals beyond the University’s capacity to provide isolation space, the University reserves the right to cancel this program without refund.