Health + Safety

Your health and the health of our community is our primary concern. COVID-19 remains a serious illness, and we must continue to be diligent to prevent the spread of the virus. While we have simplified our policy, we strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccination. Those who are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines have lower risk of severe illness, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19 than those who are unvaccinated or have received only the primary series. Updated COVID-19 boosters can help restore protection that has decreased since previous vaccination.

Masking is optional for all individuals in all campus, classroom, and work-related settings.

Students, staff, faculty, and trainees are strongly encouraged to test themselves when they are symptomatic or concerned about exposure to COVID-19. Per CDC guidance, it is recommended that affiliates who are sick or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms stay home and away from others. CDC recommendations further suggest returning to normal activities when, for at least 24 hours, symptoms are improving overall, and if a fever was present, it has been gone without use of a fever-reducing medication.

School of Medicine affiliates follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s testing policies.

Compliance with Safety Guidance

All members of the university community are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined on this website and communicated via email. Noncompliance with COVID-19 campus health and safety guidelines could result in loss of access to university facilities as well as corrective and/or disciplinary action. 

If you have a concern or complaint regarding noncompliance of JHU COVID-19 safety measures by a member of the Hopkins community, please make a confidential report immediately via the online form or by calling 844-SPEAK2US (844-773-2528). 

For live, immediate response, also consider using the LiveSafe app to report concerns directly to Campus Safety & Security (with options for anonymous reporting).

Personal Safety Practices

Read protocols and recommendations related to face coverings, physical distancing, handwashing, and more

Monitoring Symptoms

The university is relying on everyone to engage in daily self-monitoring; you may not report to campus unless you are free of all symptoms potentially related to COVID-19