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Fall 2021

Who's ready for a great fall 2021 semester?!

On all IU campuses, including IUPUI, the fall 2021 semester is planned to be in-person and returning to a much more typical university experience for our students, faculty and staff. On May 26, IU released its full health and safety guidance for the upcoming semester. Most notably, the guidance notes that a COVID-19 vaccine will be required for all IU students, faculty and staff.

Because of the university's new vaccine requirement, students, faculty and staff will notice a number of changes on campus this fall, including guidance around distancing, events and testing.


All IU students, employees, and visitors are expected to wear a mask indoors in public spaces on all IU campuses. This recommendation is in line with CDC and Indiana Department of Health guidance, which IU has consistently followed throughout the pandemic. Masks are not required outdoors.

Campus facilities

Classrooms, labs, housing, dining, recreation and other campus facilities will return to pre-pandemic capacities, with no physical distancing required. Classes will be held in person in typical classroom settings.

On-campus child-care facilities will need to continue to follow Family and Social Services Administration and CDC business plan guidance because young children are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals working in these facilities will continue to wear a mask at all times and maintain physical distancing in classrooms.

Regular cleaning and disinfecting of public spaces and high-touch surfaces will continue, and hand sanitizer stations will continue to be available in high-traffic areas. 

COVID-19 testing

Those who are not fully vaccinated will continue to participate in weekly COVID Check testing. Students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated will not need to participate in regular testing.

All campuses will continue to offer symptomatic testing and voluntary asymptomatic COVID-19 testing.

Quarantine and isolation

Fully vaccinated individuals will not need to quarantine if they are a close contact of someone with a positive COVID-19 test. They should, however, wear a mask and get tested three to five days after exposure. If that test is negative, they can go back to their regular routine and mask wearing.

Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test, regardless of vaccination status, will need to isolate for 10 days, or until symptoms improve and they are fever-free for 24 hours without medication, whichever is longer. In addition, all IU students, faculty and staff must continue to comply with the university's contact tracing efforts.


Proposals for large events, defined as 250 or more in attendance, will need to go through a review process. The report recommends large events be held outdoors when possible.

For indoor events, all attendees will be required to wear a mask during the event.

Campus visitors

All visitors to IU campuses should wear a mask when indoors. Masks are not required outdoors on our campuses.

How to IU

Check out information about being on campus this fall.