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New Campus COVID-19 Policies

New campus policies regarding COVID-19 were implemented June 14. These reflect current recommendations of the CDC, direction from state government, guidance from health department officials and the counsel of our own START team of health scientists and clinicians. 

Masks and Vaccines


People who are vaccinated are not required to wear masks or face coverings in campus outdoor spaces or inside non-UK HealthCare campus buildings.

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Vaccines are not mandated, but strongly encouraged. We will continue to monitor this issue and change plans, if necessary, to ensure the health and safety of our campus.

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Screening, Testing and Tracing


Members of the UK community who have been vaccinated no longer are required to complete the university’s daily screener.

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Student Testing

Students who are vaccinated will not be required to complete COVID-19 entry or ongoing testing.

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Contact Tracing

No quarantine or tracing protocols will be required for vaccinated individuals. All other contact tracing protocols will remain in place for individuals who are not vaccinated.

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Campus Operations


Offices and Classrooms

  • Given UK’s successful vaccination efforts – and our ongoing efforts to communicate about vaccines – offices and classrooms will return to normal configurations this summer and fall, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Over the summer, UK officials – including the START team and in accordance with federal and state guidelines – will monitor this issue as we prepare for the fall. As always, our top priority will be the health and safety of our campus community.

Events, Activities and Athletics

  • We are planning to return our Athletics events to full capacity in fall 2021.
  • Capacity for on-campus events will return to 2019 policies, which allow for greater capacity and attendance.
  • Registered Student Organization (RSO) events will continue to track attendance for contact tracing purposes.


  • The university will follow CDC guidelines, which continue to be updated, with respect to employee international travel. Student international travel will continue to be reviewed and approved as required by Administrative Regulation 4:9. We strongly encourage all international travelers to be fully vaccinated before traveling.
  • UK will remove the language and guidance currently in place, which discourages domestic travel. We will add language strongly encouraging members of our community to be fully vaccinated before traveling.
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Housing, Move-in and K-Week

  • UK will return to the move-in protocols utilized prior to COVID-19. K Week will return to its traditional in-person format, and the schedule of events will be available in August.
  • The university will return to its traditional format for visitation as it was conducted in 2019, with the above plans. 
  • Isolation facilities will continue to be utilized as needed.
  • UK will add wording to the housing contract for students, strongly encouraging COVID-19 vaccinations.

Dining Halls

  • Dining halls and other related facilities will operate at normal capacity.
  • COVID-19 safety protocols and support – such as plexiglass, hand sanitizing stations and healthy behaviors signage – will remain in place.
  • While not eating, individuals who are not vaccinated are asked to either wear a mask or maintain an appropriate physical distance from others.


  • UK will lift all capacity restrictions on university vehicles.