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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Summary Information

Updated November 16, 2021

Welcome to the COVID-19 Resources webpage for American University. Here you will find health and safety information, relevant AU Forward Fall 2021 documents, frequently asked questions, and other information that supports our community of care. The university is operating under normal status including all academic and residential activities.

At this time, we are maintaining our current masking requirements as they are an important component of our comprehensive health and safety measures. Along with our vaccine requirement, testing, and contact tracing, masking has directly contributed to low COVID cases throughout the semester and single digit numbers of COVID cases in our community over the past several weeks. As we head into the holiday season, with increased travel and gatherings, it is likely that overall case numbers nationally and in the DC area will rise. We want to ensure our community remains as safe as possible, and continued masking supports that effort.

We are working to keep our community safe by:

Getting Tested

The mandatory requirements of the testing plan, and how it applies to members of our community are summarized in the Health and Safety Directives and the Mandatory COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Individuals.

What Happens When Students Test Positive

For information on what happens when the result comes, isolation housing, contact tracing, and more, see Positive Test Next Steps.

Getting Vaccinated

American University requires COVID-19 vaccinations for all students, faculty, staff, and contractors with a presence on campus or on university-sanctioned study abroad or off-campus activities. For more information about vaccines for the community, please visit the Vaccination FAQs for more information.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance on booster shots on October 27, 2021, to allow for booster shots for all three COVID-19 vaccines, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and J&J/Janssen. 

You can visit to identify all locations where you can receive the booster shot. Anyone eligible for a booster shot can receive it at a variety of locations, including pharmacies and health care providers.

Staying Informed

Getting Help

Health & Safety

  • Health Status Report: If you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms, you are in quarantine, or you tested positive, submit a Self Report to confidentially notify the University.

  • Daily Self-Screening is required for any community member with a physical presence on campus who is not yet vaccinated. The screening will be completed via the AU Forward portal.

  • To support our students and our workforce in the return to the classroom and the office this fall, the Fall 2021 AU Forward Health and Safety Guide and the Fall 2021 Health and Safety Summary are available.

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