University of the Arts COVID-19 Vaccine Policy


David Yager, President & CEO
Carol Graney, Vice President for Academic Affairs
Rick Longo, Vice President for Academic Operations, Enrollment Management & Student Affairs
Stephen Lightcap, Vice President for Finance & Administration
Andrew Pack, Vice President for Advancement
Shelton Walker, Chief of Staff / Associate VP for Strategic Initiatives

sent to the UArts Community on April 30, 2021

Vaccination Requirement for Students, Faculty & Staff

In support of UArts’ commitment to health and safety for all members of its community, the university will be updating 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 fall semester. Documented medical and religious exemptions will be reasonably accommodated. 

  • Students should plan to be fully vaccinated, with the final dose of the vaccine received at least two weeks prior to their return to campus for the fall semester. 

  • Faculty and staff should plan to be fully vaccinated by Aug. 15, with the final dose of the vaccine received by Aug. 1.  

We encourage all to visit VaccineFinder to help you find clinics, pharmacies and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. In addition, please visit and bookmark the Fall 2021 Plan webpage for FAQs, resources, full policy guidance and updates as we move toward the fall semester. 

On Campus Health & Safety Requirements

The success of our pandemic response will continue to rely on a number of different approaches for combating COVID-19 in addition to our vaccine requirement. For this fall semester, we anticipate a number of health and safety precautions may still be required on campus for certain activities, including social distancing and de-densification measures, mask wearing, enhanced cleaning and controlled facilities access, and restrictions on visitors and events. The university will continue to abide by city, state and federal guidelines and requirements, and make adjustments as needed and/or as allowed for in-person delivery. Our community can expect to agree to an updated UArts Healthy Promise which will be shared in the coming weeks.

The Academic Year 

We expect to begin the fall semester on schedule, with the start of classes on Friday, Aug. 27. Our intention is to deliver studio courses in-person, though some health and safety modifications may still apply, and/or well proven hybrid components may continue in some courses. To assist in reducing the overall number of individuals within our buildings at any given time, Critical Studies and most other lecture courses will be delivered remotely and/or in hybrid fashion. Considerations and discussions relative to delivering in-person productions and performances are ongoing. More details will be provided by each respective school and department as we near the start of the fall semester.

Housing & Dining 

Residence halls and dining services will return for the fall semester, resembling their pre-pandemic operation plans, though with some health and safety measures in place. Move-in to the residence halls will occur over a three day period beginning Aug. 24 (refer to the FA21 move-in schedule). We will continue to follow all city, state and federal guidance and regulations with the operations of both our residential community and dining facilities.

Returning to On-Campus Work

We expect a return to in-person delivery of most course instruction and campus services, with necessary personnel returning to campus at some point over the summer, with approval of their respective senior staff member. In some instances, hybrid work options and remote services that prove to best serve our student experience may continue. Faculty and staff should work with their respective leadership to discuss and devise their fall 2021 preparation plans. 

In closing, we continue to be inspired by the resiliency and fortitude of all of our students, faculty and staff. We cannot wait to welcome you all back to campus this fall, as we emerge from this global pandemic. The intention behind this policy is to facilitate our community returning to in-person studios, rehearsals and performances so that we may make, play, perform, learn, create and dream together on campus.

Again, please bookmark the Fall 2021 Plan webpage where updates to our policy and plans will continue to be shared.