August 20, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

As we eagerly anticipate the start of the fall semester, we acknowledge the rising number of Covid-19 cases in our area. We care deeply about both the safety of our community and the preservation of a robust campus experience and have worked—and prayed—diligently as we have sought to honor the Lord in our response. Taylor University will begin the fall semester with the following guidelines:

Masks:

  • Anyone who prefers to wear a mask is encouraged to do so. Being sensitive and deferential to those who desire to wear masks is an expectation of our Taylor community.
  • No universal mask mandate is being implemented. However, the CDC strongly encourages individuals to wear a mask when in large group events.
  • Faculty who have health concerns should discuss options with their department chair and Dean. If appropriate, the faculty member may require masks in their class or office meetings. We ask students to recognize that the university is working hard to provide freedom where possible and to be gracious in situations when asked to wear a mask.

Vaccine:

  • We encourage individuals to meet with their medical professionals to seriously consider being vaccinated. In addition to helping stem the spread of the pandemic, the vaccine can help prevent serious symptoms.
  • In order to help those desiring to be vaccinated, we are planning a vaccination clinic on campus. Details will be communicated as soon as plans are finalized.
  • Please report your vaccination information, positive antibody or previous positive Covid-19 test. Reporting this information will help us make well informed decisions about how to protect our community.  You can report vaccine and antibody information through my.taylor.edu. Previous positive Covid-19 test results can be reported through the Residence Life Hotline (765-997-8610) or Human Resources.
  • Vaccination will be required for international travel and some off-campus experiences.

Close Contact Quarantine:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to quarantine due to close contact but will be required to wear a mask until they receive a negative test result 3-5 days after close contact.
  • Unvaccinated individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19 or Covid-19 antibodies within the previous 3 months do not need to quarantine.

Taylor University will continue to monitor our campus and local Covid-19 cases, making adjustments to these plans as necessary. Adjustments may include additional mask wearing during specific events. We continue to pray that the Delta variant will pass quickly.

With deepest appreciation,

PeRT

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