Updates to Campus COVID-19 Protocols—Effective March 21

To the Case Western Reserve Community:

When we wrote you before spring break, campus and county indicators showed COVID-19 declining.

Nearly two weeks later, that trend continues: Our university positivity rate is below 1%, while Cuyahoga County’s is just over 2%

Given these figures and related developments, we are updating several COVID-19 protocols as follows, all with an effective date of Monday, March 21. As we have done since the pandemic began, we will continue to monitor developments and data to determine whether additional revisions are necessary.

Masks Optional, with Exceptions: All visitors and members of the university community may now choose whether to wear masks on campus, unless:

  • they are students in a classroom, laboratory or other space where instruction is taking place (those providing instruction may remove masks);
  • they are in clinical settings, including the campus dental clinic and University Health and Counseling Services; or
  • they are using university transportation, including Safe Ride and shuttle service.

Please note that some individuals may continue to wear masks full time for a range of possible reasons. We ask that you respect their decisions.

Surveillance Testing Optional, with Exceptions: Free COVID-19 tests remain available in vending machines across campus, and are optional for most faculty, staff, and students. Those members of the campus community whose medical or religious accommodations include regular testing still must comply with that requirement.

(Per our March 3 message, undergraduates still are required to submit a COVID-19 sample or result by 5 p.m. today, while faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to do the same.)

COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Required: All members of the campus community must comply with university policies regarding full COVID-19 vaccination—including booster doses when eligible.

COVID-19 Symptoms: While the likelihood of infection is much lower than a few months ago, members of the campus community still should watch for COVID-19 symptoms. Those experiencing them should remain in their residence halls or homes. Students should contact University Health & Counseling Services. Faculty and staff should first contact their primary care providers—and then contact University Health and Counseling Services for guidance about returning to campus (and to arrange testing if needed).

If you have questions about other COVID-19 protocols not addressed above, please visit our spring 2022 protocols page for the most current information.

Carolyn Gregory
Vice President for Human Resources

Lou Stark
Vice President for Student Affairs