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New masking and distancing requirements for Summer 2021

July 6, 2021

A Message from Dean Cooley

Copied to: DGSs, Chairs, Registrars
In this message: New masking and distancing requirements affecting graduate students

Dear graduate students,

You may have seen the revised masking and distancing protocols sent in last week’s message from Provost Strobel and Senior Vice President Callahan. At last, we are in the position to relax some pandemic-related requirements through the summer as we move toward the start of an in-person Fall 2021.

Effective today, fully vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral/postgraduate trainees who have submitted their vaccination documentation will no longer have to complete the Daily Health Check, wear face masks, or physically distance themselves from others when they are on campus.

Those who have not yet submitted vaccination documentation or been approved for an exemption are required to:

To read detailed guidance for researchers, including information regarding lab safety, communal spaces, travel, and off-campus fieldwork please see this message from Vice Provost for Research, Michael Crair.

We hope to have more information regarding guidelines for the fall semester soon. In the meantime, enjoy your summer and contact the GSAS Health and Safety Leaders at with any questions.

Lynn Cooley

Dean, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Vice Provost for Postdoctoral Affairs
C.N.H. Long Professor of Genetics
Professor of Cell Biology and of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology