Safe Practices

Covid-19 spreads 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

Face coverings are optional for all individuals on Auburn University’s campus. Faculty members may require face coverings in their classroom if the faculty member has a face coverings requirement in the course syllabus. It is also important that we continue to support and respect those in our community who need to, or choose to, wear a face covering in non-required spaces.

Auburn remains committed to monitoring campus and community metrics and trends, and will not hesitate to reimplement effective mitigation measures such as mask requirements, if warranted.

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.

    • Covid-19 vaccines are effective at preventing you from getting sick. Covid-19 vaccines are highly effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.

    • Getting vaccinated is the best way to slow the spread of Covid-19.

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

    • Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of Covid-19.
    • Take your temperature if symptoms develop. Don’t take your temperature within 30 minutes of exercising or after taking medications that could lower your temperature, like acetaminophen.
    • Follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.
    • Monitoring symptoms is especially important if you are running errands, going into the office or workplace, and in settings where it may be difficult to keep a physical distance of 6 feet
  • Wear a face covering when around others if you have not been fully vaccinated.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • 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, or sneezing. 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.

Campus Cleaning Measures

Based on the most current CDC guidance, Facilities Management has transitioned away from the modified cleaning services that were introduced at the beginning of the pandemic back to traditional cleaning services. At this time, disinfection cleaning chemicals are still being used in lieu of traditional cleaning solvents. Enhanced disinfection services are still available in instances of positive cases of Covid-19 being reported - simply notify Facilities Management of any known contaminations either via work order submission, email at, or by calling 844-HELP (4357). Facilities will also continue to provide disposable sanitizing wipe stations in classrooms, and hand sanitizer stands throughout campus buildings. 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 Covid-19 Building Readiness Fact Sheets.

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.