Fall 2021 Information for Students

This page contains student-specific information about the fall semester. For information on COVID-19 vaccines, testing, quarantine, isolation and other campus protocols and procedures that apply to all university members, visit the Health Protocols tab.


We look forward to starting the fall semester with you, Cardinals. Prior to arriving or returning to campus this fall, we ask that you do the actions outlined below so we can maximize our campus community’s safety from the coronavirus and its variants. With all Cardinals doing their part, we can continue keeping campus a healthy and safe environment for all.

    • Get vaccinated. We strongly encourage all Cardinals to get fully vaccinated before starting the fall semester with us. Fully vaccinated Cardinals don't need to mask or practice physical distancing on campus and will be eligible for prizes. Fully vaccinated Cardinals will also be exempt from the required testing program. Remember, you are not considered fully vaccinated until at least 2 weeks after your final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 
    • Submit your out-of-state COVID-19 vaccination record if you were vaccinated outside of the state of Kentucky. Campus Health Services only has access to the Kentucky immunization registry. Please follow these instructions to upload your out-of-state COVID-19 vaccination documentation to the university's secure health portal. This information helps the university accurately monitor our university community's vaccination rate.
    • Review the university’s health and safety protocols. Important details about UofL’s response to the pandemic are organized on this website and quick links to key information are provided on the homepage. Read the Health Protocols tab for details on our campus procedures and check out the FAQs for answers to common questions.
    • Read the Fall 2021 Student Acknowledgement. By coming to campus this fall, you acknowledge that you are aware of UofL's health and safety protocols and your individual responsibilities. 
    • Complete the 2021 COVID-19 Awareness Trainings (COMING SOON). Later this summer, Campus Health will send out instructions for how to complete a series of video trainings that demonstrate the protocols all Cardinals need to follow on campus.


Students who feel unsafe attending in-person classes are encouraged to sign up for online courses. Options for making up work will be available when students are following our health and safety protocols by staying home when they have symptoms of COVID-19, when they've been instructed by health staff to quarantine due to an exposure, or when they are isolating due to a positive test. 


Read the detailed guidelines for graduate students for an outline of UofL’s commitment to supporting funded graduate students under our COVID-19 response for the fall. Additionally, the Office of Research and Innovation has protocols for reducing COVID-19 exposure in the research environment. 


Campus Housing is taking multiple actions to maintain a healthy residence hall environment. For specific information, visit the Campus Housing website. For questions on residential hall safety, resident health, resident isolation procedures and more, read the FAQs for Students.

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