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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.

Face Coverings

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.

Safe Hygiene

To ensure the campus community remains healthy, everyone is encouraged to follow these guidelines:

  • Get vaccinated for Covid-19 through Auburn or elsewhere in the community.

  • Self-monitor for symptoms of Covid-19. Do not come to campus if you have symptoms or feel ill.

  • Wear a face covering when around others if you have not been fully vaccinated.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • 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.


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. Students and employees are required to self-report positive Covid-19 test results, regardless of where they choose to be tested. There are no negative consequences for reporting a positive Covid-19 test result.

The Self-Report Form is how an individual notifies Auburn University, through the Covid-19 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.

Please note that the response email triggered by a student’s self-report also serves as the official classroom medical excuse and provides the students return date to campus.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing helps isolate positive cases of COVID-19 and identifies close contacts of those who have tested positive in order to stop the chain of transmission. 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.

In the case of COVID-19, close contact is defined as an individual who has been within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes cumulatively over 24 hours. Contact tracing works by quickly informing the infected person of their positive test result, quickly providing isolation instructions to the infected individual, and supporting the individual to isolate effectively. In addition, contact tracing rapidly identifies and informs the close contacts of the person who tested positive so they can quarantine and monitor for any symptoms.

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. Read more about contact tracing for students.

Contact tracers encourage students to notify their close contacts that they have tested positive for Covid-19. Students will receive a phone call from a trained contact tracer if requested. 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.

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.

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.

The guidance and directives on this page reflect changes to university operations 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: January 07, 2022