Student and Academic Life

New COVID-19 Policies Now in Place for Returning Students

Pete Comparoni | UK photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (June 24, 2021) — University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto recently announced new COVID-19 policies, effective June 14, that will result in a fall semester that looks much different than 2020. Most significantly, people who are vaccinated are no longer required to wear masks in campus outdoor spaces or inside non-health care campus buildings.

For those who have not been vaccinated, mask requirements remain in place inside campus facilities. Non-vaccinated individuals will also still be required to complete a daily screening, as well as ongoing testing. To maximize your safety and that of others, and to take advantage of all campus resources and privileges, you should get vaccinated.

Additionally, the university plans for classes to be conducted mostly in person, with classrooms at full capacity. Events on campus will also return to full capacity in Fall 2021.

The loosened restrictions are a result of the university’s vigilant efforts toward vaccination. As of the end of the spring semester, 60% of students, 70% of staff and 80% of faculty have been vaccinated. At the same time, the university will continue to monitor the health and safety of our campus. Should the need arise, policies are subject to change.

The opportunity to reunite in these ways is exciting and encouraging. In the words of President Capilouto, “Together, we have long awaited the opportunity to plan our return to the vibrant residential campus experience that makes us so special. Your efforts to keep our community safe make this possible. Our continued work together will make it a reality.”

Let’s continue to do our part and show the world what is wildly possible. 


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