Campus COVID-19 Policies and Guiding Principles
These policies 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.
- We will preserve the mission we’ve held for more than 150 years.
- The health, safety and well-being of our campus community will always be top priorities.
- We will continue, as a priority, a return to safe and normal operations.
- We must position UK to thrive as we emerge from this crisis.
- At each step, we pledge to communicate with the campus clearly and transparently.
Vaccines and Masks
Vaccines are are strongly encouraged but not mandated. We will continue to monitor this issue and change plans, if necessary, to ensure the health and safety of our campus.
Masks are required inside of all University of Kentucky indoor spaces, including both our academic and medical campuses, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.
Testing and Noncompliance
COVID-19 testing is mandatory for everyone (faculty, staff and students) on our campus who is not vaccinated. Testing is required on a weekly basis. If and when someone is fully vaccinated, they will no longer be required to test.
Unvaccinated members of the community who do not participate in weekly COVID-19 testing are subject to noncompliance measures.
Screening and Tracing
Should you become ill or concerned about a COVID-19 exposure, indicating this on the screener (even if you have been vaccinated) will initiate response from UK Health Corps to help you evaluate your situation and connect with resources to responsibly manage your own health and protect the health of our community.
Contact Tracing and Quarantine
UK Health Corps continues to conduct contact tracing for all individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to the virus. Information on contact tracing and quarantine is available at the link below.
The health and well-being of our community are our top priorities. As in the past, the university will provide isolation and quarantine housing for students who are exposed to or test positive for COVID-19.