Campus Protocols

Case Western Reserve continues to monitor developments involving COVID-19 and others with potential to affect our community’s well-being. As a result, as of May 31, 2023, Case Western Reserve's new policies and procedures are as follows:


Masking is no longer required on campus. That said, those who want to wear masks can do so.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

The university has lifted its COVID-19 vaccine requirements for most faculty, staff and students—but strongly encourages everyone to stay current with their COVID-19 immunizations.

However, students in our health sciences schools are expected to abide by the health and safety expectations of the clinical sites they access. Students enrolled in health sciences programs with clinical obligations (e.g., MD, BSN, PA, DMD, etc.) still may apply for religious or medical exemptions to mandated COVID-19 vaccinations. However, those participating in clinical experiences are expected to abide by the policies and protocols of the respective organizations; those who choose to seek exemptions should be aware that they may encounter difficulty acquiring the experiences necessary to graduate because they do not have the vaccinations such entities require.

COVID-19 Tests


The university no longer is providing PCR tests (those requiring a saliva sample) in vending machines, but will continue to stock the machines with rapid antigen tests. Rapid tests also are available at local pharmacies. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and cannot secure a test, University Health & Counseling Services (UHCS) can arrange for a rapid test and, if indicated, a PCR test during clinic hours.

Positive Result

Those who test positive are encouraged to report their results to UHCS via and follow the isolation guidance on the COVID-19 website.

Students Diagnosed with COVID-19

In addition to the above guidance, individuals no longer need to submit a negative test result to UHCS to be permitted to leave isolation. They also will no longer receive meal delivery. As when experiencing other illnesses (flu, strep throat, etc.), they now will be required to communicate directly with units from which they may need assistance (e.g., resident assistants if too sick to get meals or utilize delivery services; Dean of Students if other support is needed, or navigators for academic issues). 

Roommates of Students Diagnosed with COVID-19

The university no longer will offer alternative housing in such instances; in especially unusual circumstances, some lodging may be available, but is not guaranteed.