Vaccination, Masking, and Daily Check-In

We're excited to have you on campus! We prioritize your health, so in compliance with local and federal safety guidelines, vaccines are required for all students who do not have a religious or medical exemption. Students are allowed to register for classes if they provide proof of vaccination and boosters or if they receive an exemption for medical or religious reasons.  

All students on campus should complete the daily check-in on the Bison Safe app. A minimum of three-foot distancing is recommended for classrooms between students, whenever possible. 

Wearing a mask will be optional inside University-owned or operated buildings, including libraries, offices, dining facilities, residential buildings, and fitness centers. Faculty may continue to require masks for individual classes, and masks will continue to be required in healthcare-related facilities, patient care clinical and training settings, clinics, and HUH. Wearing a N95 or KN95 mask indoors in all situations is strongly encouraged.

Please see Campus Protocol for detailed information on what the University is doing to keep our community safe.

Get Tested for COVID-19

Regular testing for our entire campus community plays a key role in keeping us all safe. 

Everyone must register for their appointment through the Bison S.A.F.E. application at least one hour prior to arrival at the testing center.

Instructions for using the Bison S.A.F.E. application to schedule an appointment:

  • Step 1: Refresh your Bison Safe App
  • Step 2: Click on "COVID University Protocols"
  • Step 3: Click on "COVID Testing"
  • Step 4: Click on "Bison Howard Email" 
  • Step 5: Log in using your Bison email address and schedule your appointment. 

Check out our Testing and Testing Protocol page to find out out where and when to get tested.

Testing and Testing Protocol


Are Howard students required to have COVID-19 vaccinations?

All students who do not have a religious or medical exemption are required to be fully vaccinated. Students are reminded to upload their vaccination cards and documents through the MedProctor portal. See the Vaccination Protocol page for more information. 

What is the testing policy for Howard University students?

Please get tested if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. You may also request testing at your discretion. See the Testing, Quarantine, and Contact Tracing page for more information. 

I have been vaccinated and recently been exposed to somebody who tested positive. Do I still need to quarantine?

Please see the Testing and Testing Protocol page for detailed information regarding quarantine, close contact with individuals who have tested positive, and what to do if you test positive. 

What is the University's guidance on Monkeypox?

The University’s Student Health Center is committed to ensuring that all Bison community members remain healthy and well. Recently, health agencies throughout the United States have confirmed an increasing number of diagnosed cases of monkeypox. Currently, The District of Columbia is among the national leaders in confirmed infections within a single municipal area. 

Fortunately, lessons learned from the ongoing COVID-19 response effort inform our campus-wide public health strategies for disease transmission prevention. 

Monkeypox is a rare viral infection that belongs to the orthopoxvirus genus, which also includes smallpox. It spreads primarily through direct contact with a rash, sores or bodily fluids of someone who has the virus. Monkeypox can also be spread through contact with clothes, bedding or other items that have been in contact with the virus and respiratory droplets that can be passed through prolonged face-to-face contact.

The majority of recent cases have been associated with sexual intercourse and other intimate contact, including hugging, kissing, cuddling and massaging. 

Symptoms usually start within two weeks of exposure. The most common symptom is a rash or sores that can appear anywhere on the body, including the mouth. Other symptoms may include fever, low energy and swollen lymph nodes. The rash can last from 2-4 weeks, treatment is usually supportive and there are rarely any severe negative outcomes. 

It is important to note that the transmission of monkeypox is rare and that preventative measures can minimize a potential widespread outbreak. Prevention measures include:

  • Avoid sex and close physical contact with people recently infected or have suspected infection or new onset rash.
  • If you have a new onset rash or symptoms of fever, fatigue and swollen lymph nodes, avoid clubs, parties and gatherings until you have been assessed by a medical provider.
  • Wear a face mask if you are in close contact with someone with symptoms.
  • Practice good hand hygiene.

The University is closely monitoring developments around monkeypox and will adjust our recommendations accordingly.

Mental Health Resources

University Counseling Service (UCS) offers a wide range of counseling and psychological services to assist currently enrolled students. Students can call (202)806-6870 or email to request an initial appointment. Same-day appointments are available when needed. The crisis line is open to all students (202)345-6709 from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours during weekends and holidays.