Last updated June 24, 2021
The University of North Dakota’s Healthy Hawks safety precautions against COVID-19 have been a part of campus life for more than a year now, and they’ve served us well to protect the flock -- especially for our most vulnerable members. These protocols, including proactive testing and detailed contract tracing, allowed us to keep the virus in check and the University open for our students, staff and faculty.
The newest and strongest measure of protection is vaccination, which has been a game-changer for campus and the local community. As we move into the next phase of the pandemic, it’s critical that each of us continue to exercise personal responsibility.
No Masks Required
Beginning June 1, 2021, UND no longer requires masks on campus, though individuals who are not fully vaccinated are strongly encouraged to continue wearing masks, in alignment with updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The University asks all individuals to continue to do their part to keep our community safe by:
- Getting fully vaccinated.
- Washing hands often.
- Physical distancing, when possible.
- Wearing a mask, if not fully vaccinated.
And please be respectful of others when they ask you to wear a mask if physical distancing is not possible.
We have programs on campus that have a particular professional obligation in their work with high-risk community members in health-care settings. UND programs in medicine; nursing; and health-care professions, which interact with high-risk patients in clinical settings where masks are required, will establish specific masking guidelines for their academic, lab, and work spaces on campus. UND Student Health Service also will be able to mandate mask usage consistent with health-care protocols.
The University, in consultation with local and state health officials, will continue to monitor COVID-19 cases, as well as CDC guidelines, and adjust as necessary as we have throughout the entire pandemic. The safety of our community remains of the utmost importance.
Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance.