The UArts logo in white and red, with the words Healthy Promise to the right of the logo.

Fall 2022

Now more than ever, we as individuals must commit to protecting not only ourselves, but also our entire community. In order to reduce person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 and reduce the risks for members of our community, each of us—all students, faculty and staff—is required to agree to the following UArts Healthy Promise. Each student and employee returning to campus will be responsible for upholding the policies outlined in this Healthy Promise.  

UArts Healthy Promise


I recognize that as a member of the UArts community, my actions and the actions of all who access our campus will be important in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. I promise to do my part, and to the best of my ability, uphold the following.

In support of UArts’ commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, the university has updated its immunization requirements for students to include a COVID-19 vaccine and will also require all faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This health policy update means that, with limited exceptions, all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated by the start of the upcoming semester. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be reasonably accommodated.

Students, faculty and staff should plan to be fully vaccinated, with the final dose of the vaccine received at least two weeks before their return to campus for the upcoming semester. As communicated Dec. 13, 2021, this includes a booster dose for those eligible.

Before Returning to Campus

I agree to the following.

  • If I am exposed to COVID and considered a close contact, or test positive for COVID, I will voluntarily share this information with Health Services if I am a student, or to the COVID Response Team if I am an employee, and seek advice on my return to campus.

  • I understand that operating plans for UArts may change if federal, state, city or university guidelines and directives change, and I agree to abide by all current and future federal, state, city and University of the Arts mandates, policies, protocols and procedures. 

On Campus: Daily Health Check & Self-Care

I agree to the following.
I will voluntarily participate in a daily self-care and health assessment (self-screen).

  • I won’t attend any in-person events on campus if I am ill (exhibiting any COVID-like symptoms), including classes, functions and/or reporting for work.

  • If I am exposed to COVID and considered a close contact, or test positive for COVID, I will voluntarily share this information with Health Services if I am a student, or to the COVID Response Team if I am an employee, and seek advice on my return to campus.

  • I understand that if I am a residential student, I may be required to relocate to the isolation housing on campus. I will only return to classes when I am medically cleared by Health Services staff. I agree to follow the isolation procedures prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and UArts.

Face Coverings & Personal Hygiene

I agree to the following.

  • I understand that masks are not required on campus. Any community member who feels more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so. All community members are expected to continue to have a mask with them at all times.

  • KN95 and three-ply surgical masks are available on campus, at each Public Safety desk, for all community members.

  • Faculty may require students to wear masks in their classes  or offices, and students must comply with this request. Students and staff may ask the same of one another when meeting or getting together. Everyone is expected to be respectful of others’ masking decisions. The reasons why individuals may choose to wear a mask can vary widely, so everyone is expected to show respect in all situations.

  • I will wash my hands throughout the day, and for a minimum of 20 seconds, with soap and water. When I am unable to wash my hands, I will use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • I will follow all cleaning protocols, using the provided supplies as communicated, in studio, classroom, office and/or communal spaces. Those protocols might include wiping my desk or work area, studio tools, computer equipment or other frequently touched objects before and after I use them.

Social Distancing & Building Conditions

I agree to the following.

  • Should social distancing restrictions be reintroduced, I will maintain appropriate social distance from others in all locations on campus.

  • I will abide by all posted signs, which could include elevator or space occupancy limits, and classroom or office spacing designations. I will also prioritize individuals with special access needs for elevators and seating in communal areas.

  • I understand that measures have been taken to improve air circulation, including opening windows in some spaces and increasing outdoor air handling by HVAC systems. This may result in spaces that have variable temperatures, and I will prepare accordingly.

Visitors, Guests & Special Events

I agree to the following.
External guests will be permitted to join most in-person, public-facing programming and special events under the following conditions.

  • Any persons who are sick or have any symptoms that are indicative of communicable disease (including but not limited to sneezing, coughing, fever, gastrointestinal pain, and diarrhea) are asked not to attend any university event or activity.

  • Any people who have had a possible recent (in the past two weeks) exposure to anyone with a COVID infection are asked to not attend any university event or activity.

Note: All visitors must abide by any department-, space- or event-specific requirements. Capacities for certain events might also be limited.

Dining on Campus

I agree to and understand the following.

  • Should social distancing restrictions be reintroduced, I will maintain appropriate social distance from others in all dining locations on campus.

  • I understand dining services will provide grab-and-go meals and that seating inside dining locations will be limited. Alternate seating locations are available across campus. Community members can eat or drink in the outdoor gardens at Hamilton Hall, Solmssen Court, Mangia Cafe, Terra Market and other areas designated for eating and drinking with a sign indicating such use is permitted. Commuter lounges in Juniper and Pine residence halls are also available for eating and drinking, but masks should be worn when not consuming food or beverages.

In Closing

I understand that as a member of the UArts community, I will play an important part in keeping our entire community healthy and safe. I understand that failure to comply with the standards outlined above, and those policies detailed on the UArts Community Health Policy page and other sections of the website, may result in disciplinary action, which may include, but is not limited to, imposed limits on my ability to be on campus in person and remain at UArts.

I also understand that the expectations outlined above apply to all members of the UArts community, and it will take all of us doing all we can to reduce the risk of transmission. Should I see a community member not upholding the promise, I will feel empowered to kindly remind them of their pledge to the UArts Healthy Promise. If I myself am reminded, I will thank them and take the necessary steps to ensure my actions align with the UArts Healthy Promise. I also know that I may report incidents that are in conflict with the UArts Healthy Promise to the COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu.

Need Assistance?

Below is a collection of resources and contacts for different needs.

For academic questions: Office of the Provost: provost@uarts.edu

For financial aid questions: Student Financial Services: finaid@uarts.edu 

For health-related questions (students): Student Health Services: healthservices@uarts.edu 

For health-related questions (faculty/staff): crt@uarts.edu 

For housing-related questions: Office of Campus Life: reslife@uarts.edu

For international student questions: Office of Student Affairs: studentaffairs@uarts.edu

For Accommodations: Office of Educational Accessibility: access@uarts.edu

For Advising: advising@uarts.edu 

For Campus Life: campuslife@uarts.edu

For Counseling: counseling@uarts.edu

For Help Desk: helpdesk@uarts.edu

For UArts Cares: studentaffairs@uarts.edu

For UArts Libraries: libraries@uarts.ed