All major University gatherings have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Event Management

  • Effective June 11, 2021, the District of Columbia government lifted restrictions on capacity limits for group gatherings and events. However, the University will continue to limit in-door group size, to no more than 275 individuals (Cramton Auditorium), with social distancing protocols in place. Larger indoor gatherings will be considered on a case by case basis. Approved occupancy will depend on the venue’s capacity with required protocols.
  • Pursue virtual group events, gatherings, or meetings, if possible, in lieu of in-person, and promote social distancing of at least 3 feet between people and required masks if events are held.
  • In-door recreation areas and theater venues, including Cramton Auditorium, will be open with an overall limited seating capacity that follows the University’s indoor guidelines , maintaining social distancing and mask requirements. Details for chapel services will be shared with the University at a later date.
  • Outdoor group gatherings larger than 100 individuals require approval through University protocols.  Mask usage is required, as well as three-foot social distancing, where feasible.

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Department of Athletics is working closely with the DC Consortium on Athletics and the MEAC conference on the guidelines for athletic participation this Fall. We anticipate all 21 intercollegiate teams will return to full training and competition.  Student Athletes will be required to wear masks as appropriate. Student athletes will be tested once per week (PCR) as required by the University and the MEAC conference.

Athletic events are open to the general public subject to Howard University COVID 19 protocols with regard to mask wearing and social distancing. Howard students must present their Bison Safe App for admission to all outdoor and indoor events.

Event Management

A table that describes the status of university events under the three re-opening phases.
EVENT PHASE 1 STATUS PHASE 2 STATUS PHASE 3 STATUS
Orientations (University, Schools and Colleges) Virtual Virtual (due to participant size) events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow
School/College Summer Program Virtual Virtual (due to participant size) events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow
Opening Convocation Virtual Virtual (due to participant size) events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow
Chapel Services Virtual Virtual (due to participant size) events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow
School/College Fall Program Virtual events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow
Homecoming Virtual (limited programming offerings) Virtual (limited programming offerings) events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow
Major Ceremonies (Schools and Colleges) Virtual Virtual events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow
Conferences (internal/ external) Virtual Virtual (due to participant size) events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow
Annual University Community Holiday Party Not feasible Not feasible events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow
President’s Holiday Party Not feasible Not feasible events will occur to the degree public health guidelines allow

Athletics

A table that describes the status of university athletics under the three re-opening phases.
SPORT PHASE 1 STATUS PHASE 2 STATUS PHASE 3 STATUS
Football PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Limited practice preparation, social distancing as directed by applicable governing bodies Practice, preparation and competitions pursuant to MEAC and D.C. guidelines
Men’s Soccer PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Same as above. Practice, preparation and competitions pursuant to Suncoast and DC guidelines
Women’s Soccer PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Same as above. Same as above. Practice, preparation and competitions pursuant to DC guidelines
Women’s Volleyball PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Same as above. Same as above. Same as football.
Cross Country Track and Field PHASE 1 STATUS Virtual workouts and team meetings Same as above. Same as above. Same as football.