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Safe Practices

Covid-19 is spread easily from person to person, mainly through respiratory droplets. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, new loss of taste or smell, chills, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or diarrhea.

Required Safety Video

Students, faculty and staff are required to view and acknowledge a brief video that covers measures Auburn has taken to promote healthy and safety, as well as outlines expectations for everyone on campus. By acknowledging the video, individuals are agreeing to follow all university policies and take protective measures to help ensure the safety of the campus community.

View the video and submit the acknowledgement form.


An important part of Auburn’s strategy for a safe and healthy campus, Healthcheck is a Covid-19 self-screening tool that prompts users to answer a series of questions regarding symptoms and exposure to the virus. Students, faculty and staff are required to complete the Healthcheck daily before coming to campus, and a green pass is required to use university transportation services and access buildings, classrooms and other campus facilities and programs. The green pass may be shown using a mobile device.

Complete a daily Guidesafe Healthcheck Survey within AU Access by navigating to the My Academics, Employees or My Campus sections or by visiting

Face Coverings

Face coverings have been proven effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. As such, Auburn requires face coverings inside campus buildings and facilities, with exceptions granted in designated areas. Face coverings are strongly encouraged outdoors, although not required, when physical distancing is not feasible. For additional information please refer to the Usage of Face Coverings to Counter Covid-19 Policy and the Face Covering Resources page.

Face coverings are not required when alone in private offices (door open or closed), residence hall rooms or residence hall rooms with a roommate. Face coverings are required in cubicle-type workspaces, which are defined as spaces with fewer than four walls and without an operable door. The policy extends to everyone on campus or at university-sponsored events held off-campus, including students, faculty, staff, visitors, vendors, contractors and other third parties. There are few exceptions, including when in designated areas, while performing certain activities and for approved medical reasons.

Read the complete policy on face coverings. To ensure compliance, everyone on campus should always have a face covering available in case one is needed.

Physical Distancing

When on campus, it is important to maintain a distance of at least six feet from others at all times, in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Among the university’s many health and safety measures, classroom capacities have been reduced and shared spaces have been modified to promote appropriate physical distancing on campus. The campus community is encouraged to take additional steps to ensure physical distancing, such as utilizing technology to facilitate meetings, using the stairs instead of elevators and avoiding high-traffic areas at peak times.

Safe Hygiene

To reduce risk of transmission, it is recommended that the campus community adheres to the following guidelines:

  • Complete the Healthcheck daily before coming to campus.

  • Do not come to campus if you get a red pass from the Healthcheck or feel ill.

  • Stay at least six feet from other people.

  • Wear a face covering when around others.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, 70% alcohol-based hand sanitizer should be used. Hand sanitizer stations can be found throughout all campus facilities.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.

  • Self-monitor for covid-19 symptoms.

Wellness Kits

A Healthier U wellness kits are available to all on-campus students, faculty and staff. Each kit contains a reusable face covering, hand sanitizer and a digital thermometer. Employees should receive a kit from their department’s Human Resources Liaison, and students may pick up kits from the Foy Desk in the Student Center, Health Promotion and Wellness Services, the Student Involvement office, Campus Safety and Security and other locations around campus.


The university requires all current students and employees who test positive for Covid-19, regardless of testing location, to complete a confidential Self-Report Form. Self-reported data includes those reports submitted by students, faculty, staff and third-party contractors working on campus who have tested positive for Covid-19.

The Self-Report Form is how an individual notifies Auburn University, through the Covid Resource Center, about their test result. Submission of the form enables the university to help reduce exposure among the campus community by providing necessary contact tracing and follow-up care.

Students and employees are required to self-report positive Covid-19 test results, regardless of where they choose to be tested. Students who test positive and do not complete the Self-Report Form may be referred to Student Conduct for potential disciplinary action. Employees may be referred to Human Resources.

Contact Tracing

When someone tests positive for the virus, it is critical that the university conduct contact tracing to limit the spread of the virus. It is important to cooperate with contact tracing efforts to help preserve campus health.

For students

The Auburn University Medical Clinic in collaboration with the Auburn University Master of Social Work program conducts contact tracing after learning about a student who has tested positive for Covid-19. It is critical that students complete the required Self-Report Form to ensure the Clinic is informed of all cases—even if the Covid-19 test was not conducted at the Clinic.

The student will receive a phone call from a trained contact tracer. Contact tracers will encourage students to notify their close contacts that they have tested positive for Covid-19. Some students may prefer for the contact tracing team to anonymously notify their contacts that they have been exposed to someone with Covid-19. Both options are available to the student, and it is the student’s choice. Close contact is defined as 15 minutes or more, less than six feet apart with or without a mask.

Read more about contact tracing for students.

For employees

Employees who have tested positive for Covid-19 must notify the Covid-19 Liaison for their department. Covid-19 Liaisons will initiate workplace contact tracing.

Exposure Notification

When on campus, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use GuideSafe Exposure Notification, an app to facilitate self-reporting of Covid-19 exposure and automate anonymous alerts to individuals with previous proximity or close contact with a later positive Covid-19 person. The GuideSafe™️ Exposure Notification app was developed by the Alabama Department of Public Health in cooperation with the University of Alabama at Birmingham and MotionMobs, using technology from a collaboration between Apple and Google.

After downloading the app and enabling Bluetooth, phones exchange anonymous contact beacons via Bluetooth whenever another phone with the app is within six feet for more than 15 minutes. If you come in close contact with someone who also has downloaded the app and who later reports a Covid-19 positive test result, you are anonymously notified within a 14-day period of contact with the individual. Similarly, if you test positive, an anonymous notification will be sent to others that downloaded the app with whom you have come in close contact.

Download the Exposure Notification app for Apple or Android.

Campus Cleaning Measures

Auburn University Facilities Management has additional and enhanced cleaning protocols in common spaces and areas where there are frequently touched surfaces. The university has a heightened focus on sanitation and disinfection of hard surfaces—floors, stairs, landings and elevators—and on cleaning and disinfecting restrooms, including restocking supply dispensers.

Classrooms are disinfected nightly, and disposable cleaning wipes are available in each classroom so students and faculty can disinfect their own work areas. Individual offices will not be cleaned as part of the modified custodial services, to avoid possible contamination of individual offices, as well as to allow more time for disinfection of high-touch surfaces. Trash should be taken to a central location in the building or individual cans should be placed outside office doors for servicing.

If an office or other area needs to be cleaned, employees should submit a work order or call 334-844-HELP (4357).

View specific information regarding modified services.

Quarantine and Isolation Housing

Quarantine housing is available for on-campus students who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.

Isolation housing is for those who have tested positive for Covid-19. Any resident who tests positive for Covid-19 will be relocated to isolation housing in the Hill.

Below are guidelines for those in quarantine or isolation housing:

  • Limit exposure to others. Students must not attend in-person classes or go to university buildings other than their designated quarantine or isolation residence hall.

  • Face coverings are required in all university buildings, including residence halls. Residents must wear a face covering any time they leave their assigned room.

  • Residents in quarantine or isolation are not allowed to host guests inside of the residence hall or their assigned space.

Residents in the Village, 160 Ross and South Donahue residence halls may be allowed to quarantine-in-place in their assigned room. Residents in the Hill, Cambridge and Quad residence halls will be relocated to quarantine housing in the Hill.

Read more information regarding staying in quarantine and isolation housing.

Read more information regarding quarantining in place.

The guidance and directives on this page apply to university operations during the 2020-2021 academic year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and at the university’s discretion will supersede any conflicting policies. This guidance is subject to change as the situation requires. Compliance with these terms – and any further updates published at – is required of all Auburn University faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action and/or removal from campus. The campus community may report violations of public health directives.

Last updated: April 15, 2021