Communications & Updates

Collection of key university communications to students, faculty and staff

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Recent Updates

May 12, 2022

Message from:  UofL Update

To: Cardinal Community

COVID update

Cardinal Community, 

In this first week of summer term, we want to wish everyone well and touch base about the university’s continued COVID-19 response.  

With increased transmission activity of COVID-19 in our area, we want to remind you to monitor yourself regularly for signs of sickness. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. If you feel sick or experience symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and get tested. Our current COVID-19 health and safety protocols remain in effect. On May 4, the university transitioned to mask optional in all indoor spaces except clinical spaces.  We have learned to live with the pandemic by exercising caution during seasonal upticks and we will continue to monitor the situation. 

Students and faculty who become ill or experience COVID-19 symptoms should follow the continuity of learning and continuity of instruction plans as outlined in their course syllabi. The Faculty tab and Student tab on the COVID-19 website have more information. Staff who become ill or experience COVID-19 symptoms should contact their supervisor. 

If you wish to get tested on campus, contact Campus Health. The university has ordered more KN95 masks for Cardinals who would like an additional one. Starting next week, the SAC Welcome Desk on the Belknap campus will have a limited supply of masks available for pick-up. Units on both HSC and Belknap campuses can order a specific number of desired KN95 masks directly from Central Receiving as long as supply lasts. For questions about the university’s COVID-19 response, contact the Business Operations COVID Support Team.

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April 22, 2022

Message from:  UofL Update

To: Cardinal Community

Starting May 4, masks optional for classrooms

Cardinal Community, 

As the semester comes to an end, we think back over the last two years and the challenges we have faced as a university community. We marvel at the way Cardinals have come together to adapt to the constantly changing realities of the pandemic.

We continue to monitor the situation closely and encourage everyone to be vigilant against the spread of COVID. With this in mind, on May 4 the university will transition tomask optional in all spaces except those clinical areas that still require masking. TARC recently announced that masks also are no longer required on their buses.

Please keep in mind that this will be a difficult transition for some in our community, and we ask all Cardinals to be respectful of each other. 

Also, with the reduced testing requirements, we have consolidated campus testing sites. Bluewater Laboratories’ mass testing sites have closed, but Campus Health will continue to provide testing to those who are symptomatic or have been exposed.

Thank you for your continued support of each other and the UofL community during the pandemic. We wish you all the best as you close out the spring semester and hope you have a wonderful summer. 

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March 11, 2022

Message from:  UofL Update

To: Cardinal Community

Subject: Modifications to university mask requirement starting March 14

Cardinal Community, 

It is exciting that Spring Break is already upon us. Warmer weather is on its way and finals and commencement will soon follow. We are also seeing significant reductions in the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community and the surrounding areas.  

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has provided new guidance recommending masking in indoor public spaces only in areas determined to be at elevated risk of transmission. Jefferson County’s risk of transmission levels have been steadily declining, and today our area’s transmission level went from medium to low risk. In accordance with the new CDC guidelines and after consulting student, faculty, and staff constituent groups, we are modifying our mask requirement. 

Starting March 14, 2022, masking will only be required in classrooms and clinical areas.  In all other areas, masks will be optional. Here are additional things to note about the mask requirement modification: 

  • Masks are still required when riding campus shuttles due to TARC’s continued mask requirement. 
  • Units that operate patient care activities may determine how to make their policies consistent with health agency recommendations.  
  • The university still encourages individuals with health concerns to consider wearing masks while indoors.   
  • The university will continue to monitor CDC guidance and may have to make more changes to masking or take other measures if circumstances change.  

Beginning April 1, 2022, the university will also no longer require testing of unvaccinated individuals as asymptomatic testing has now shown to have little to no effect on the spread of COVID-19. If you feel ill, stay home and get tested.

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February 8, 2022

Message from:  UofL Update

To: Cardinal Community

Subject: COVID and at-home testing updates

Cardinal Community, 

We are encouraged by what we are seeing on campus and in surrounding areas regarding the Omicron variant. Since the start of the semester, our number of positive cases on campus has decreased by over 70%. The number of positive cases in Jefferson County continues to trend downward. Due in large part to high vaccination rates and our campus community’s continued commitment to health and safety protocols, our positivity rate of 18% remains below the commonwealth’s rate of 23%, which also is trending downward. 

Data continues to show that vaccinations and boosters drastically reduce the likelihood of severe illness or death due to COVID-19. Our Campus Health team will continue to offer vaccinations and boosters at both the HSC and Belknap Campus. Visit the Get Vaccinated section of the university’s COVID-19 website for dates, times and scheduling instructions. 

Finally, the federal government has made available at-home tests for COVID-19. While at-home tests can be useful tools in determining if you have been exposed to COVID-19, results should always be confirmed with a testing provider (i.e., Walgreens, CVS, Campus Health, Bluewater Lab, etc.). Tests can be ordered at covidtests.gov. Faculty and staff can review the university HR website for more information: https://louisville.edu/hr/covid-19-hr/covid-19-home-testing-kits.

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January 25, 2022

Message from:  UofL Update

To: Cardinal Faculty and Staff

Subject: Flexibility policy and Emergency Temporary Leave guidelines for faculty and staff

Dear Cardinal Faculty and Staff,

After discussions with Faculty and Staff Senate leadership, we want to clarify the university’s position on flexible scheduling. Since the beginning of our COVID-19 response, we have asked faculty and staff to be flexible with students who are complying with our health and safety protocols by staying home when experiencing symptoms, in quarantine or in isolation.  

Faculty and staff also have flexible instruction and work options when following COVID-19 protocols. Faculty may utilize their continuity of instruction plans (such as temporarily shifting to online instruction) and staff can utilize remote work options as agreed upon with their supervisor. 

The guidelines and policy mentioned below are in place to support our faculty and staff while still offering the highest level of instruction and service to our students. They are meant to be short-term solutions, and do not suggest that faculty may switch modes of course delivery for the entire semester. 

The Emergency Temporary Leave Guidelines have been updated to reflect current circumstances. Please refer to those guidelines and the policy on flexible scheduling to understand the flexible options available to all university employees.

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January 9, 2022

Message from:  UofL Update

To: Cardinal Community

Subject: UofL continues in-person classes for spring semester 

Cardinal Community,

As we enter the spring semester together, we understand the mixed feelings students, faculty and staff are experiencing and want to be clear about the university’s plan for addressing the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

After careful, ongoing review and significant discussion of the issues Omicron presents, we plan to continue in-person instruction and normal business operations this semester. The reasons for this include:

  • More than 91 percent of our students, faculty and staff have been vaccinated (the vast majority being fully vaccinated). Many have also received their booster shot, and we are working to gain access to those numbers. 
  • The risk of severe illness to fully vaccinated individuals from contracting COVID remains very low (and even lower to boosted individuals). Research shows that the Omicron variant causes less severe disease than previous variants.
  • Academic performance and mental well-being were negatively impacted when we moved to remote delivery in the past. In-person instruction has proven to be more effective for students and safe for faculty and students alike when health protocols are followed. (An Indiana University study has shown that COVID transmission was lower when students took more in-person classes, and the CDC has compiled other studies that support this finding.)

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January 4, 2022

Message from:  UofL Update

To: Cardinal Community

Subject: Spring 2022 semester COVID-19 response  

Cardinal Community, 

We hope you had a restful and fulfilling winter break. As we gear up for the spring semester, we want you to know the university remains committed to conducting in-person instruction. We will keep our current health and safety protocols in place, and we will continue monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 Omicron variant and hospitalization rates. For our new and returning Cardinals, please remember the following key aspects of our COVID-19 response: 

  • Masks are still required in public, indoor settings on campus. The university will be providing up to two masks (KN95/N95 or equivalent) to all Cardinals who would like to have them. Masks will be made available in high-traffic areas around campus by Monday, Jan. 10.  More information will soon follow.  
  • Regular testing is still mandatory for unvaccinated Cardinals. The next required testing period begins Jan. 10. Click here to schedule a testing appointment. Anyone who would like to get tested, not just those who are required to do so, may make an appointment. 
  • Quarantine and isolation protocols are required when Cardinals are exposed or test positive for COVID-19. We have implemented the CDC’s newly published guidelines that shortened the number of days required for quarantine and isolation depending on vaccination type and booster status. The updated protocols can be found here
  • Booster and vaccination clinics will continue to be offered by Campus Health. Click here for time and location details. 

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Email Communications

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April 22, 2022 UofL Update All Campus Apr 22 2022 - Starting May 4, masks optional for classrooms
March 11, 2022 UofL Update All Campus Modifications to university mask requirement starting March 14 
February 8, 2022 UofL Update All Campus COVID and at-home testing updates 
January 25, 2022 UofL Update Faculty and Staff Flexibility policy and Emergency Temporary Leave guidelines for faculty and staff
January 9, 2022 UofL Update All Campus UofL continues in-person classes for spring semester
January 4, 2022 UofL Update All Campus Spring 2022 semester COVID-19 response  
December 30, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Update on COVID 
December 7, 2021 Provost All Campus Vaccination mandate halted by U.S. District Court
November 29, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Campus Health continues Covid vaccine/booster and flu clinics on Belknap, HSC campuses
November 18, 2021  Neeli Bendapudi All Campus Vaccine mandate for UofL employees
November 9, 2021 Campus Health Services All Campus Campus Health sets COVID vaccine/booster and flu clinic schedule for HSC, Belknap
October 27, 2021 Campus Health Services All Campus COVID booster shots now available for qualifying students, faculty, staff
October 21, 2021 Campus Health Services All Campus COVID-19 update: vaccination legislation for federal and covered contractors
September 20, 2021 Campus Health Services All Campus Campus Health offering free flu shots to students, faculty, staff
September 16, 2021 Provost All Campus Vaccination progress and update on masking
September 10, 2021 Provost All Campus New vaccination dashboard, student raffle for free tuition and testing reminders
September 3, 2021 Provost All Campus Current vaccination rates and week 2 pop-up events
September 2, 2021 Provost Faculty & Staff Reminders about contact tracing, teaching modality and accommodations
August 30, 2021 Provost Faculty & Staff Attend and promote pop-up vaccination events
August 30, 2021 Provost Students Cardinal pop-up vaccination events and free prizes 
August 20, 2021 Provost Faculty COVID-19 faculty guidance for the start of the semester
August 17, 2021 Provost Faculty & Staff Welcome to fall 2021, updates and reminders for faculty and staff
August 16, 2021 Campus Health Services All Campus Message from Campus Health: Instructions for required testing
August 6, 2021 UofL Update Students Fall 2021 COVID-19 protocols, what you need to know
August 6, 2021 UofL Update Faculty & Staff Masking required again, protocol updates and reminders for fall 2021
July 30, 2021 UofL Update Faculty & Staff University in discussion about new CDC guidance  
July 20, 2021 Campus Health Services All Campus From Campus Health Services: Please report out-of-state COVID-19 vaccinations
July 9, 2021 UofL Update All Campus UofL’s continued COVID-19 response for fall 2021 
June 30, 2021 Provost All Campus Get vaccinated now, join #LsUpSleevesUp 
June 1 2021 UofL Update Faculty & Staff Remote work policy and agreement now available 
May 27, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Masking and physical distancing protocol updates  
May 20 2021  UofL Update All Campus Changes to UofL mask requirement and travel policies
May 13, 2021  UofL Update All Campus Update to our mask policy and in-person meeting guidance 
May 5, 2021 UofL Update Faculty & Staff Return to Campus Plan and upcoming Remote Work Policy
April 14, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Response to rare reports about Johnson & Johnson vaccine 
April 9, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Testing not required for April and vaccine reminders
April 9, 2021 Campus Health Services Students Student Vaccine Offer
April 8, 2021 Campus Health Services Faculty & Staff Update on faculty and staff vaccinations April 8 and 9
March 31, 2021 UofL Update Students Students can get vaccinated on campus starting April 12
March 26, 2021 UofL Update Faculty & Staff Cardinal Stadium vaccination site opening for employees April 8
March 16, 2021  UofL Update Faculty & Staff Drive-through faculty, staff vaccinations planned for early April
March 12, 2021  UofL Update Students In-person courses resuming this fall 
March 12, 2021 UofL Update Faculty & Staff In-person courses resuming this fall - what you should know
March 2, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Phase 1c of vaccine distribution begins this week for UofL 
February 18, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Required testing period extended to Feb. 26 and reminders
February 3, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Vaccine plan updates and key reminders about testing, masking and quarantine 
January 29, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Mask monitoring to begin in Ekstrom Library
January 20, 2021 UofL Update All Campus Standby list now available in addition to vaccine distribution plan
January 14, 2021 UofL Update All Campus University of Louisville’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan 
January 5, 2021 UofL Update Faculty & Staff Welcome back! Spring forward reminders for faculty
January 5, 2021 UofL Update Students STUDENTS - Spring 2021 semester, required testing and key reminders
December 16, 2020 UofL Update Faculty & Staff  Spring Forward: What You Need to Know about Spring 2021
December 16, 2020 UofL Update Students STUDENTS - Spring Forward- What You Need to Know about Spring 2021
December 2, 2020 President Faculty & Staff Update on retirement plan contributions
November 18, 2020 Provost Faculty Message from the Provost to faculty re remote instruction
November 12, 2020 UofL Update All Campus Update on UofL response to COVID
October 30, 2020 UofL Update All Campus Resources to combat stress available to students, faculty, staff
October 27, 2020 UofL Update All Campus UofL’s response to governor’s recent red zone announcement
October 23, 2020 President All Campus Flu Shots Required for UofL Students, Faculty and Staff
October 19, 2020 UofL Update  All Campus Required COVID testing continues through Oct. 23
October 16, 2020 Provost All Campus

 University extends course withdrawal date, responds to pass/fail questions 

October 15, 2020 Provost All Campus Changes to spring 2021 semester calendar
October 1, 2020 UofL Update  All Campus Personal travel guidance and reporting concerns
September 25, 2020  UofL Update All Campus
September 18, 2020 UofL Update All Campus
September 9, 2020 UofL Update All Campus
September 3, 2020 Provost All Campus
August 25, 2020 Provost All Campus Update on COVID testing [PDF]
August 23, 2020 Provost All Campus COVID testing now required for Cardinals on campus [PDF]
August 18, 2020 EVPRI Research Community A Message to the Research Community from EVPRI Kevin Gardner, PhD [PDF]
August 17, 2020 Provost Faculty & Staff New Cardinal Self-Check tool and new COVID-19 Updates category [PDF]
August 17, 2020 Provost Faculty  To Faculty from Provost Boehm: Face masks and reminders [PDF]
August 15, 2020 Provost Students Beth Boehm, Kevin Gardner, Michael Mardis and Phillip Bressoud provided the following update to students:
August 14, 2020 Provost Students From the Provost: Welcome and key information for students [PDF]
August 12, 2020 President Students August 12, 2020 - Our commitment to our students.pdf
August 9, 2020 EVPRI Research Community Fall Semester Updates to Research Reopening, Including Guidelines on Student Research [PDF]
August 9, 2020 Human Resources Staff From HR regarding Employee Assistance Program [PDF]
August 6, 2020 Pivot to Fall Coordinating Committee All Campus Register now for testing and fall 2020 reminders [PDF]
July 29, 2020 Pivot to Fall Coordinating Committee Students Fall 2020 Semester, What You Need to Know [PDF]
July 27, 2020 Provost Faculty & Staff CORRECTION: From Provost Boehm: Faculty communication with students [PDF]
July 17, 2020 Pivot to Fall Coordinating Committee Faculty & Staff Safe Return to Work Fall 2020 Guidelines from the PTF Coordinating Committee [PDF]
July 16, 2020 Provost Faculty & Staff From the Provost: Support coming soon in response to JCPS fall plan [PDF]
July 16, 2020 Provost Faculty & Staff From the Provost: Pivot to Fall training [PDF]
June 26, 2020 Chief Operating Officer VPs, deans, department heads,
chairs, LFO’s unit business managers
Health and Safety Protocols for Returning to Campus [PDF]
June 25, 2020 President All Campus Update on remote work, 2021 budget [PDF]
June 23, 2020 Provost All Campus Pivot to Fall message from Provost Boehm [PDF]
June 1, 2020 Provost All Campus Diversity and Inclusion, our Cardinal Principle [PDF]
May 29, 2020 Provost All Campus From the Provost re Pivot to Fall plan [PDF]
May 21, 2020 President All Campus Update on University's pivot to fall semester [PDF]
May 21, 2020 Human Resources Faculty & Staff Note From Human Resources [PDF]
May 3, 2020 President All Campus Planning for Fall 2020 semester [PDF]
May 3, 2020 President All Campus Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Celebration [PDF]
April 29, 2020 Staff Senate Faculty & Staff Letter From Staff Senate [PDF]
April 23, 2020 Human Resources Staff HR update for employees impacted by furloughs [PDF]
April 21, 2020 President All Campus Actions in response to COVID-19 financial impact [PDF]
April 17, 2020 Dean of the School of Medicine and the EVPRI Faculty & Staff State Request for PPE [PDF]
April 15, 2020 President All Campus Update from President's Leadership Team [PDF]
April 14, 2020 Provost Faculty & Staff Message to Faculty from Provost Boehm [PDF]
April 9, 2020 President All Campus Important Announcement from Leadership Team [PDF]
April 7, 2020 Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Message from Senior Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity [PDF]
April 6, 2020 President All Campus Presidential Update from Dr. Bendapudi [PDF]
April 6, 2020 President All Campus COVID-19 Message from President Bendapudi [PDF]
March 27, 2020 President All Campus Important Announcement regarding Summer Term 2020 [PDF]
March 27, 2020 Provost Students Provost-Pass/Fail Grading [PDF]
March 24, 2020 EVPRI Research Community Updated COVID-19 Guidelines for the UofL Research Community [PDF]
March 23, 2020 Student Body President Students SGA COVID-19 Update [PDF]
March 23, 2020 Human Resources Faculty & Staff Emergency Paid Sick Leave, Family and Medical Leave [PDF]
March 20, 2020 Provost Faculty Message from the Provost re pass/fail policy [PDF]
March 20, 2020 Provost Students New pass/fail policy and other resources for students [PDF]
March 19, 2020 Faculty & Staff Senate Faculty & Staff Message from Faculty Senate and Staff Senate Officers [PDF]
March 18, 2020 President All campus Remote Operations Extended through April 28, Spring Commencement Postponed [PDF]
March 18, 2020 Director of Campus Housing Students Email to all residents on closing traditional halls and suites [PDF]
March 17, 2020 Dean of Students Students Update from the Dean of Students [PDF]
March 16, 2020 Dean of Students Alumni Our students are at the center of all we do [PDF]
March 16, 2020 ITS All campus ITS guidelines, services for remote work [PDF]
March 16, 2020 Provost Faculty Update from Provost Beth Boehm [PDF]
March 15, 2020 EVPRI Research Community Remote work guidelines for the University of Louisville research community [PDF]
March 14, 2020 ITS Employees ITS guidelines, services for remote work [PDF]
March 14, 2020 President Employees Implement remote work plan, postpone/cancel events [PDF]
March 12, 2020 Delphi Faculty Online training for faculty [PDF]
March 12, 2020 Provost, Dean of Students Students Covid-19 update [PDF]
March 12, 2020 Faculty Senate Faculty Covid-19 preparation [PDF]
March 11, 2020 EVPRI Research Community Coronavirus preparations [PDF]
March 10, 2020 President All campus Coronavirus planning [PDF]
March 5, 2020 Campus Health All campus Update on UofL, coronavirus [PDF]
March 4, 2020 Campus Health All campus Update on coronavirus and spring break [PDF]
February 28, 2020 Provost All campus Update on coronavirus concerns [PDF]
January 31, 2020 Provost All campus Update on response to coronavirus [PDF]
January 29, 2020 Provost All campus Response to coronavirus [PDF]