Updated: July 15, 2021
Fall Term 2021 Opening Plans
Austin College intends to move forward with plans for in-person learning, living, and enjoying the full college experience in Fall Term 2021. All classes will be in person, with no online options. Specific details about the safe return to campus will be shared by email when they are confirmed.
At this time, the College is not requiring COVID-19 vaccines but strongly encourages all eligible members of the community to be fully vaccinated before the start of school. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccinations take 5 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. We will continue to evaluate conditions as time progresses and as more information becomes available.
In the meantime, Austin College will maintain health and safety protocols for anyone who is on campus at this time.
Effective July 15, 2021, masks are optional and are no longer required indoors or outdoors on the Austin College campus for those who are vaccinated against COVID. If you are unvaccinated or have concerns, we recommend you continue with masking and safe distancing. There may be specific situations or particular locations where masks will be required of everyone, such as in laboratories. You will be instructed by the faculty member, supervisor, or host when to wear a mask. Thank you for your respectful cooperation. It’s a good idea to always have a mask with you.
The mask optional protocol is consistent with CDC guidelines for those who are vaccinated and extends to campus visitors. We will continue to monitor vaccination rates for the campus and virus positivity rates in the area. We are also monitoring health guidelines and recommendations of local, state, and federal health authorities and will adjust as needed.
While we do not require COVID vaccinations for Fall Term 2021, we continue to recommend the COVID vaccine and also encourage those who have been vaccinated to submit a vaccination record. While this is not required, this confidential data helps inform us of health and safety conditions and helps guide our campus protocols. Submit your COVID vaccination records. Those who submit a vaccination record are exempt from routine COVID testing.
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