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Federal court halts vaccine mandate for federal contractors nationwide

When Auburn University announced its compliance with the federal contractor vaccine mandate in October, we noted that the mandate may be challenged in court and that we would monitor and communicate any developments.

On December 7, 2021, a federal judge issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting enforcement of the federal contractor and subcontractor vaccine mandate requirements issued by the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force in response to President Biden’s Executive Order 14042, Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. The mandate requires covered contractor employees to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022. On November 30, a federal judge in Kentucky blocked enforcement of the mandate in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee.

Given this development, Auburn is pausing enforcement of its vaccine policy. We will continue to monitor legal challenges to the most recent court order and communicate any further modifications in response to legal developments.

The university’s face coverings policy remains in effect.

Looking Ahead to Spring 2022
Auburn University is enthusiastically looking forward to Spring 2022 where we will once again offer a traditional in-person experience. Informed by the latest state and federal guidance, including our own public health experts, our campus remains committed to mitigating the spread of Covid-19 and providing a meaningful and rewarding on-campus experience. The Covid-19 pandemic remains an ever-changing and fluid situation. The University is continuously monitoring the situation locally, nationally and globally. Our priority will remain to ensure a safe and healthy campus environment for all of our students, faculty and employees. Our goal is to limit the expected spread of the omicron variant and minimize disruption to the remainder of the academic year.

Staying Safe on Campus

Do Your Part! Being part of the Auburn Family means taking steps to keep ourselves safe, look out for one another and keep our campus community strong. The obligation falls on each of us to take personal responsibility for our actions and do our part to help keep the Auburn community safe from the spread of Covid-19. Please continue to make well-informed decisions about protecting your own personal safety and the health and safety of others.

For additional information visit the Safe Practices section of the Covid-19 Resource Center website.

  • Get Vaccinated

    All students, faculty, staff, and contractors with a presence on campus or on university-sanctioned study abroad or university-sponsored activities off-premises are strongly recommended to be vaccinated against Covid-19. Get your vaccine or booster shot as soon as possible once eligible and wherever the vaccine is available. Don’t wait. Additionally, everyone 16 years of age and older is eligible for a booster if it has been more than 6 months after the second Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine, or 2 months after the initial J&J/Janssen vaccine.

    To receive the vaccine or booster through the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Clinic, schedule an appointment here. The Covid-19 vaccine is also available through the Auburn University Medical Clinic and numerous pharmacies and health care providers in our community. For more information on the Covid-19 Vaccine click here.

    Auburn continues to monitor legal challenges to the most recent court order regarding the federal contractor vaccine mandate and will communicate any further modifications in response to legal developments.

  • Wear a Face Covering

    Effective January 3, 2022 Auburn will require everyone to wear face coverings when inside university buildings. The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings do not have to be worn when alone in private offices, when eating inside campus dining facilities, in residence hall rooms with a roommate, in open-air athletics venues or when exercising in the Recreation and Wellness Center. The complete policy can be found here.

  • Practice Good Hygiene

    Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands with sanitizer and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face. Sanitizing stations have been placed in building common areas. For more information on safe hygiene practices click here.

  • Stay Home from Work or Class When Sick

    All students, faculty and staff are expected to self-assess and monitor their health daily, before coming to work or class, for the Covid-19 symptoms identified by the CDC. If you have symptoms, do not attend work or class, and contact your medical provider. Notify your instructor and/or supervisor if you need to miss class or work.

  • Follow University and Public Health Guidance

    This includes directions related to testing, contact tracing, and adhering to isolation and quarantine requirements if you have been diagnosed with Covid-19, have possible Covid-19 symptoms, or deemed a close contact of someone diagnosed with Covid-19. Comply with all local and state laws and ordinances. This includes state and local directives for wearing face coverings and any other directives in place to reduce the transmission of Covid-19.

Covid-19 Testing, Reporting, Protocols and Resources
  • Covid-19 Resource Center (CRC): The CRC is available to students, faculty and staff through email or by calling 334-844-6000.

  • Covid-19 Testing: The Auburn University Medical Clinic offers testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. If you are having symptoms, have had known exposure but do not have symptoms, or need a test to return to work or to travel you can call 334-844-9825 to answer a series of questions and setup an appointment. The AUMC offers a rapid antigen test that yields same day results as well as a PCR test that yields results in 48-72 hrs. Additional testing locations in the Auburn/Opelika area can be found here.

  • Covid-19 Self-Reporting: Students, faculty and staff are expected to self-report a positive Covid-19 test. For more information self-reporting click here.

  • Covid-19 Exposure Self-Reporting: Students are expected to self-report when they are in quarantine due to an exposure to a person who tested positive for Covid-19. For more information on self-reporting click here.

  • Contact Tracing: Contact tracing services will continue in Fall 2021 for students and employees that test self-report a positive Covid-19 test.

Public Health Measures
  • Covid-19 Vaccine: At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is not required, but is strongly recommended, for students, faculty and staff at this time. To receive the vaccine through the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Clinic, schedule an appointment here. The COVID-19 vaccine is also available through numerous pharmacies and health care providers in our community. Auburn continues to monitor legal challenges to the most recent court order regarding the federal contractor vaccine mandate and will communicate any further modifications in response to legal developments.

  • Isolation and Quarantine: The university will continue to follow existing protocols for isolation and quarantine of students. For more information quarantine and isolation housing click here.

  • Campus Cleaning Measures and Building Readiness: Facilities Management will continue to provide enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures across campus, disposable cleaning stations in classrooms, and hand sanitizer stands throughout campus buildings. For more information on Campus Cleaning Measures click here. Additionally, Facilities continues to take multiple actions in campus buildings related to air quality and ventilation including: ensuring ventilation systems are operating properly, upgraded air filters are installed, and outdoor air circulation is increased. For more information view the Building Readiness Dashboard and Building Readiness Fact Sheets.

Academics
  • Classrooms: Classrooms will continue to operate at normal capacities and configurations. Physical distancing is not required in classrooms or common areas.

  • Modalities: The university’s course offerings and modalities will continue to be similar to fall 2019 (pre-pandemic) which includes primarily in-person classes and a variety of hybrid and online classes.

  • Calendar: The academic calendar will continue as normal, including traditional holidays.

Athletics and Events
  • Athletic Venues: All athletic venues will continue to operate at full capacity.

  • Campus Events: There is no limit to the number of attendees at campus events.

Travel
  • Domestic Travel: Domestic travel restrictions are no longer in place.

  • International Travel: Requests for international travel must still be approved. Regardless of vaccination status, faculty, staff and students traveling internationally (both personal and university-sponsored) must quarantine for 10 days before returning to campus OR must have two negative Covid-19 tests. Read the international travel guidelines here.

  • Study Abroad: Study Abroad programs will resume, although some offerings may be limited based on regional public health scenarios.

Campus Housing, Dining and Transportation
  • Quarantine & Isolation Housing will continue to be available.

  • Campus dining operations will continue to operate.

  • All university transportation services, including Tiger Transit, will continue to operate at normal capacity.

The top priority of the university in all decisions is the health, safety and well-being of the campus community. As scientific knowledge of the coronavirus continues to evolve, the Covid-19 pandemic changes over time, and government and public health officials issue new orders and guidance, the university will update procedures and plans as needed. The university will follow all state and federal orders and will adhere to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health in order to ensure the safest possible on-campus environment.

Last updated: January 07, 2022