Student Vaccination Requirements

Am I required to get the COVID-19 vaccine?

Effective Spring 2023

  • There is no vaccination requirement for students and employees
Where can I get vaccinated?

You can visit the following sites for information on where to get vaccinated:


Employee Vaccination Requirements

Am I required to be fully vaccinated?

Effective Spring 2023

  • There is no vaccination requirement for students and employees
Where can I get vaccinated?

You can visit the following sites for information on where to get vaccinated:

Process for Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Test

I tested positive for COVID-19. What steps do I need to take?

All positive COVID-19 cases should be immediately reported to the University via email at Please include your full name, personal telephone number and attach your test result within the email. If you do not have your test result but have been notified of your positive COVID-19 status, you should still report your status to the University as soon as possible.

  1. Stay home and seek medical attention from your healthcare provider. Carefully follow all healthcare advice.
  2. Monitor your phone and expect contact from the University Office of Human Resources (faculty and staff) or the Office of Student Development and Success (students). You may make arrangements to either telework or complete your assignments remotely while you recover. These offices will also be in direct contact with your supervisor or advisors/instructors. They will also inform you of other resources and services that might be available to you.

Email to ask questions or report inappropriate activity related to mitigating the spread of COVID-19. All messages will receive a response within 24 hours. 

Will my COVID-19 test result be kept confidential?

Your COVID-19 test results constitute protected health information and will only be shared with designated campus units. Please note that the University must notify DC Health of all positive COVID-19 test cases for contact tracing purposes. You can expect a call from DC Health within 24 to 48 hours after reporting your positive test result.

How will I know when I can return to campus?

The University no longer requires a negative test result to return to UDC campuses, provided that an individual is asymptomatic and has been isolated for at least five days following the onset of symptoms. Anyone requesting to be away or telework for more than ten days will need a physician’s justification for the requested accommodation to the routine work schedule.

Are COVID-19 testing resources available on campus?

Yes, contact University Health Services at 202.274.5030 to schedule a rapid COVID-19 antigen test. If you test positive, you should still visit your health care provider to verify your test results with a PCR test.

Mask Mandate

Status of Mask Mandate effective Spring 2023

Effective Spring 2023

  • Masks are optional
  • There is no vaccination requirement for students and employees


Is everyone required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Effective Spring 2023

  • There is no vaccination requirement for students and employees

Fall 2022

Students, staff, faculty, and contractors coming on campus are required be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.  Individuals with appropriate documentation may request an exemption to the vaccine requirement for religious or medical reasons.  If approved, those individuals will be required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing.  Details are posted in the Students, Faculty, and Staff sections of the RISE website

Do I need to wear a mask on campus?

Effective Spring 2023

  • There is no vaccination requirement for students and employees
  • Masks are optional
Can I get medical care at the University Health Center?

Yes, you can call the University Health Center at 202.274.5030 from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday-Friday. Staff at the Center are teleworking, and Telehealth appointments are available.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Common signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or running nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

When should I seek medical care for COVID-19?

If develop any of COVID-19 signs and symptoms call your healthcare provider immediately or contact the University Health Services.

Seek emergency care if you have:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistence pressure or pain in the chest,
  • New confusion or inability to arouse
  • or Bluish lips or face
How is COVID-19 Transmitted between people?

COVID-19 is transmitted from person to person through exhalation of respiratory droplets from the nose and mouth and close contact. People can contact COVID-19 by breathing in droplets from an infected person. Droplets can also land on objects and surfaces and people can catch the virus by touching those surfaces and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Can an asymptomatic person spread the virus?

Yes, an asymptomatic person is a person who has the virus but does not know.  There have been many asymptomatic transmissions, this is why it is important that all people who are infected are identified by testing, isolated, and, depending on the severity of their disease, receive medical care.

When is testing for COVID-19 important?

Testing for COVID-19 is important for people who have been exposed and are sick. Knowing the diagnosis is important for clinical care and for protecting others from contacting the virus. People who are positive should isolate themselves.

How can I protect myself against COVID-19?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend:

  • Get vaccinated
  • Social distancing, maintaining a distance of at least 6ft between yourself and others
  • Regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands
  • Covering your mouth and face with face covering or face mask when outside
  • Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and disposing of tissue immediately and washing your hands
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Stay home if you are sick and seek medical care if needed
How can you help a friend or family member who is sick with COVID-19?

You can drop off food or other supplies, call them to make sure they are coping well. You can help them contact their healthcare provider.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine helps prevent the spread of the disease in a person that do not yet have symptoms of COVID-19 but have been in contact with someone who had tested positive with COVID-19.

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from people who are not infected.

Where can I get help for psychological needs?

If you are feeling anxious or depress, you should contact the University Counseling Center for help at 202-274-6000. Keep in touch with family and friends via electronics to lessen the burden.

Where can I go for testing if I need one?

Rapid Antigen testing is available on campus provided by the University Health Services. Call 202-274-5030 for an appointment. Other testing sites are available in:




Where can I get COVID-19 Vaccination?

COVID-19 vaccination is available free of charge in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.