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Johns Hopkins University operations are substantially back to normal. Regular in-person contact among faculty, students, and staff is fundamental to the vitality of our university, and the presence of our staff in Baltimore is critical to our role as an economic anchor in the city. But we recognize that the way we work during the course of the pandemic may look different from our past “normal,” and we must incorporate the lessons learned about balancing work, home life, and well-being.

Johns Hopkins University, like many organizations, is thinking deeply about the future of work, and university leadership will take a considered and consultative approach to our long-term policies guided by clearly articulated principles that are informed by research, deliberation, and data.

The pandemic continues to present unpredictable challenges, and we will monitor state and local COVID-related restrictions to ensure that our operations abide by them. If we have to scale back our plans to protect the public’s health on our campuses and in our surrounding communities, we will do so. At the same time, it is important that everyone adhere to current health and safety requirements and guidelines.

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How to get free at-home test kits

The university will cover the cost of over-the-counter COVID-19 at-home test kits for employees and their families enrolled in a JHU health plan.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to use these rapid tests if they experience COVID symptoms.

  • If you test positive, you should begin isolation right away and report the result to the Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center at 443-287-8500 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., seven days a week
  • If you are symptomatic but test negative with a rapid test, you should still contact the JHCCC and arrange for a test on-campus, which can now be scheduled through MyChart

Frequently Asked Questions

University operations

What do faculty, staff, and students need to know before coming to campus or to a JHU work location?

Masking

Masking in university administrative spaces, research labs, public spaces, public events, athletic facilities and nonclassroom communal spaces is optional for those who are vaccinated and boosted.

Masks are required in classrooms, lab- and studio-based classes, and other spaces where instruction of university courses takes place, as well as in common areas of residence halls and in Homewood/Peabody dining facilities (except when actively eating or drinking). Mask use will be optional for instructors and presenters in classrooms if they are able to maintain a 6-foot distance from others in the room.

Masks are required at all indoor events with more than 50 people

Family and other guests helping students move out of university residence halls are required to mask.

Those who have been granted exceptions from the vaccination mandate are required to wear masks indoors. Mandatory once-weekly testing for students and twice-weekly testing for all affiliates with approved vaccination/booster exceptions remain in effect.

If you choose to wear a mask, the most effective types of face coverings are:

  • N95 masks
  • KN95 masks
  • KF94 masks
  • A combination of a cloth mask with a surgical mask

In settings where masks are still required, one of the above options must be used.

Whatever kind of mask you use, the most important thing is to wear it consistently and properly—with a tight fit and covering both the mouth and the nose. After vaccination and boosting, masking (with an N95, KN95, or KF94) remains the single most effective control measure. While masking is voluntary rather than mandatory in many on-campus settings, we strongly encourage anyone who is concerned about their health and safety to consistently mask indoors.

The university has obtained a large supply of N95 and KN95 masks to distribute; affiliates are entitled to two masks per week while supplies last. Masks can be picked up at asymptomatic testing locations on campus.

Note that the School of Medicine affiliates will continue to follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s masking policy.

Vaccination and Booster Requirements

All eligible individuals affiliates must be vaccinated and receive a booster by Feb. 1 and proof of vaccination uploaded to the Vaccine Management System. Full vaccination including a booster is highly protective against severe illness and hospitalization. More information on the booster requirement

Asymptomatic Testing

The following groups must receive a COVID-19 test at one of our on-campus locations:

  • All undergraduate students – 2x/week
  • All graduate students – 1x/week
  • All staff and faculty who have not received a COVID booster (as of their eligibility date) – 2x/week

All JHU students, staff, and faculty may also utilize JHU testing sites for voluntary asymptomatic COVID testing.  Symptomatic testing will be arranged via the JHCCC.  More information on testing locations and schedules

Dining

Food service is allowed at indoor events, with the exception of student events at which more than 50 people are in attendance; at these events, food should be served outside or grab-and-go. Capacity limits on indoor events have been lifted and permission will no longer be required. Physical distancing should still be maintained where feasible.

Until April 30, masking is required requirements for all persons in common areas of residence halls or in university dining facilities, except when actively eating or drinking.

Other requirements

Note: The School of Medicine follows Johns Hopkins Medicine’s rules and policies. Masking rule information and general information on JHM’s vaccination policy are available online.

Last updated: May 9, 2022 8:55pm

Why does Johns Hopkins still have an indoor masking requirement in place in instructional spaces?

Consistent, proper use of high-quality face masks is one of the most effective measures to limit the spread of COVID. We thus require students, faculty, and staff to continue masking in classrooms, lab- and studio-based classes, and other spaces where instruction of university courses takes place. Free N95, KN95, KF94, and surgical masks to wear in combination with cloth masks will be available across the campus throughout the semester.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 4:58pm

Where can affiliates get N95 and KN95 masks on campus?

The university has obtained a large supply of N95 and KN95 masks to distribute; affiliates are entitled to two masks per week while supplies last. Masks can be picked up at asymptomatic testing locations on campus.

Last updated: Jan 20, 2022 12:30pm

How frequently can masks be reused? How should they be cleaned and/or cared for?

Cloth masks should be washed and air dried daily. Other types of masks—including N95, KN95, KN94, and surgical masks—can be worn for multiple days, until soiled or damaged. Masks should be allowed to air dry between uses; alternating masks daily is recommended to allow adequate drying between uses. These masks should not be washed.

Last updated: Jan 20, 2022 12:22pm

Can other combinations of masks be worn, e.g. two cloth masks, two surgical masks, or a multi-layer mask (with or without a filter)?

Masks are no longer universally required. In areas where a mask is required—or if you choose to wear a mask—you should wear an N95, KN95, KF94 mask. The only other acceptable option is a surgical mask under a cloth mask.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 9:59am

Is social distancing required?

No. Based on CDC advisories and our consultation with experts in public health and infectious disease, we are confident that our current vaccination mandate is sufficient at this time without the need for distancing or de-densification in our facilities or on university transportation.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 4:59pm

Can events be held?

Yes. Capacity limits on indoor events have been lifted and permission are no longer required. Food service is now allowed at indoor events. Physical distancing should still be maintained where feasible.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 9:59am

Are visitors and guests allowed on campus?

Both Visitors and Guests are welcome at JHU and are expected to comply with the university mandate that all individuals who are not vaccinated and boosted wear masks indoors on university property.

Visitors: Visiting faculty, scholars, and students are defined in JHU Visitor Policy and generally on campus for a month or more with formal appointments. These individuals are subject to the same policies as faculty, staff, and students, respectively. Because these visitors are assigned a JHED, they should upload proof of vaccination status like all other faculty, staff, and students. 

Guests: Campus guests age 5 and older who will be inside campus-operated buildings in the U.S. are expected to comply with university COVID vaccination requirements already in place for our affiliates. Specifically, masks are required of anyone age 5 and over who is not vaccinated, and we require the use of N95, KN95, KF94, or a two-layer combination of surgical and cloth mask.

More details on the university’s requirements and how they apply to campus guests are available on the vaccination page of this website.

Commencement information

Students participating in on-campus commencement ceremonies and events must comply with the JHU vaccination mandate and must have received either an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccination or an approved medical or religious exception prior to coming on-campus, even if they were fully “online” students during their course of study.

Family members and other non-affiliates attending commencement events fall under the JHU guest policy and are therefore not subject to the vaccination mandate, but they must adhered to all masking regulations at the time of the event. The registrars are working on a policy that separates out provision of diplomas from the graduation ceremony.

Last updated: March 18, 2022 7:17am

Do decisions about activities and health and safety protocols apply to buildings not located on the university’s main campuses?

All reopening plans and health and safety guidelines established by the university apply to people taking part in activities in all of its owned or leased locations.

Last updated: Dec 16, 2020 3:36pm

What do I need to do if I am working/studying remotely and do not intend to be on campus?

If you are a fully online student or an employee working on a 100% remote basis, or you do not plan to visit JHU campus or travel on behalf of JHU, you do not need to do anything.

If you are not vaccinated, however, you are encouraged to consider vaccination and to upload your status to VMS should your situation change in the future.

Note: If your situation changes in the future and you do come to campusor participate in any off-site business, field studies, or residencies while you are affiliated with JHUyou need to submit vaccination documentation before participating.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 10:01am

Which rules apply to School of Medicine staff?

The School of Medicine follows Johns Hopkins Medicine’s rules and policies. Masking rule information and general information on JHM’s vaccination policy are available online.

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 4:38pm

What is the university’s guidance on travel at this time?

While there are currently no university-wide travel restrictions:

  • JHU and JHM personnel who have an approved exception or are not yet fully vaccinated are strongly advised to avoid work-related and personal travel.
  • Asymptomatic saliva testing is available before and after travel. People who have symptoms, however, should not visit a testing site without contacting the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center.
  • Before planning any travel, please refer to the domestic travel guidanceand international travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, check the COVID-19 situation at your destination before traveling, and follow public health guidance according to the CDC risk level. If you are traveling internationally, also become familiar with specific policies in your destination country and follow requirements for vaccines, testing, and quarantine, which can vary widely.
  • Be careful about your activities and observe good health practices once your reach your destination, not just during travel to get there. When traveling for work, be sure to evaluate the precautions being taken by meeting hosts, and continue to be vigilant and to perform masking and distancing when in public, especially when in larger groups.
  • Upon return, if you or anyone in your party has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other flulike symptoms, please call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Centerat 443-287-8500 for guidance regarding work.

Last updated: Jan 24, 2022 4:01pm

How does the university’s phased approach align with the state of Maryland and Baltimore City?

The university is guided by the types of activity allowed by both the state and the city along with its own evaluation of public health and medical advice from Johns Hopkins experts.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:47pm

What are the current shuttle schedules?
  • Capacity restrictions have been lifted on buses and shuttle vans. Buses may return to carrying all seated plus standing passengers.  Shuttle vans may carry up to 14 passengers. Face coverings are required at all times while on board all JHU buses and shuttle vans.
  • The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI route has returned to its normal schedule. See full schedule 
  • Service has been restored to both the Remington and the Homewood-Mt. Washington Express routes; information on routes and schedules are posted on the Transportation Services website

Last updated: Sep 20, 2021 9:25am

Vaccinations

Will Johns Hopkins provide vaccinations for JHU affiliates?

All Johns Hopkins affiliates in Maryland and Washington, D.C., can schedule a vaccination appointment through Johns Hopkins Medicine in MyChart. Johns Hopkins University is also hosting a series of clinics where faculty, staff, students, and contractors can receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccinations are free and staff can use COVID-19 vaccine leave for time off while they receive or recover from the vaccination. Visit the COVID Vaccine Information site for updates.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 11:30am

Is there anything I need to do before I can schedule a vaccination at a Johns Hopkins physician office or JHM clinic?

If you don’t already have a MyChart account, you may receive an email asking you to activate your account. MyChart is a secure website and mobile app used by Johns Hopkins Medicine that can be used to schedule COVID-19 tests and vaccinations, if you need them in the future. If you have any questions about MyChart, please send an email to Testinginfo@jhu.edu.

Last updated: June 29, 2021 3:07pm

Vaccination mandate

Why is Johns Hopkins University requiring the COVID vaccine?

Multiple vaccines have been demonstrated to provide high levels of protection against the COVID virus with reports of only minimal and brief side effects following administration. Ensuring that the overwhelming percentage of our community’s population is vaccinated will greatly reduce the risk of the virus’s spread on our campuses and will also protect our neighbors in Baltimore.

Johns Hopkins affiliates who are required to be vaccinated—and who were not vaccinated at a Johns Hopkins Medicine facility—can upload a photo of their COVID-19 vaccination record to the JHU Vaccine Management System. Affiliates may also submit an exception request in the VMS.

More information about submitting proof of vaccination to the VMS is available on the COVID Info website.

We encourage anyone interested in learning more about the science of the vaccine to visit Johns Hopkins Medicine’s COVID-19 Vaccine Safety website.

Last updated: July 12, 2021 2:52pm

Who is included in the vaccination mandate?

COVID-19 vaccination and booster are required for all JHU faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who work or study at a U.S.-based university campus or worksite. That includes:

  • Members of collective bargaining units.
  • Contractors who provide services to the university community and whose primary work location is on university properties located in Maryland or Washington, D.C., regardless of employer, except contractors or vendors whose presence at any JHU property is solely limited to the delivery of goods.
  • Those who are doing business on behalf of the university, including individuals engaged in work-related travel.

Medical and religious exceptions will be made where appropriate.

School of Medicine affiliates will be governed by Johns Hopkins Health System vaccination policies.

“Worksite” includes locations that are not within the Homewood, East Baltimore, or Washington, DC campuses, such as but not limited to Keswick, Mt. Washington, etc.

Visitors who fall under the JHU Visitor Policy (i.e., visiting faculty, students, and scholars) are subject to the vaccination mandate.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 10:05am

Can I take time off to get vaccinated?

Yes. Faculty and staff can take up to two days off to be vaccinated and/or to recover from any side effects of the vaccine. See JHU HR Information Regarding Novel Coronavirus for details.

Last updated: June 30, 2021 12:41pm

Can I take time off to be tested (if I am required to test because I have an exception, or if I choose to be tested voluntarily)?

Yes. You are permitted 30 minutes of time off for testing. (This does not need to be accounted for specifically in your E210 time sheet.)

Last updated: Aug 3, 2021 2:08pm

How do the vaccination policies apply to faculty, students, or staff who may be returning to Johns Hopkins’ U.S.-based worksites from abroad?

If the affiliate was able to be vaccinated abroad with a non-FDA vaccine, those doses will be accepted by JHU. Email a copy of the vaccination documentation to VMS@jhu.edu and it will be uploaded to VMS for you. These affiliates should then get an mRNA booster (either Pfizer or Moderna) to be in compliance with JHU requirements. If the affiliate was not vaccinated abroad, they should start their COVID vaccine in the U.S.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:01pm

Does the mandate apply to university contractors?

The mandate includes non-employees who provide services to the university community and whose primary work location is on university properties located in Maryland or Washington, D.C., regardless of employer, with the exception of contractors or vendors whose presence at any JHU property is solely limited to the delivery of goods.

Last updated: June 9, 2021 12:53pm

Can I ask my colleagues/can they ask me about my status?

Managers and business partners have a business need-to-know in many situations, and are allowed to ask about vaccine status. However, it is not the same for colleagues/peers. Asking why an individual did not receive a vaccination may elicit private information about a disability and forcing a co-worker to disclose a disability could be noncompliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In other words, asking about status is only allowed if it is “job-related and consistent with business necessity,” which means that JHU and managers can ask their direct reports, as can HR business partners. However, peers/colleagues do not have a business necessity to know this. Therefore, while you may be allowed to ask your coworker, they have the right to refuse to tell you (and vice versa).

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:05pm

Who will know my status if I upload my vaccine information to the Vaccine Management System?

Your manager and divisional HR business partner will have access to see your status but will not know why you were granted an exception, if you have one. Managers and HR have permission to access this information for business-related reasons (such as when it is a requirement for working in person), to ensure that everyone is being compliant with the vaccination mandate or the masking and COVID testing requirements associated with an approved exception to the mandate. 

Last updated: July 1, 2021 3:32pm

What are the COVID vaccination requirements for new JHU employees?

All JHU employees (faculty, staff, bargaining unit members, contractors, and postdoctoral fellows), including School of Medicine employees, are required to be vaccinated unless they have obtained an approved exception. JHU accepts both FDA-approved vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, J&J/Janssen) and vaccines administered outside the U.S.; Johns Hopkins Medicine (including the JHU School of Medicine) only accepts FDA-authorized COVID vaccines. In addition, all JHU employees must receive an mRNA COVID booster (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) as soon as they are eligible. All vaccination documentation must be uploaded to the Vaccine Management System (VMS).

New employees may submit a request for a religious or medical exception to the vaccine requirement through the Vaccine Management System (VMS). The request must be submitted and approved within two weeks of the first day of employment.

If the new employee does not show progress toward compliance with the vaccination requirement, they will be out of compliance and should not be on-campus until they complete the required steps.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:02pm

Vaccination exceptions

Are there exceptions to the vaccination mandate?

Yes. Medical and religious exceptions will be made using the standard vaccine exemption process in the Vaccine Management System.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 2:53pm

What additional requirements are in place for faculty/staff with vaccination exceptions?

Testing requirements for affiliates who have not been vaccinated and/or have not received the booster, and who do not work at the School of Medicine, are:

  • Vaccinated faculty and staff with the booster – no mandated testing
  • ALL students, staff, and faculty who have not received the COVID vaccine and booster – 2x/week

Face-coverings continue to be required in indoor settings for faculty, staff, and students who are not fully vaccinated and boosted.

Last updated: March 18, 2022 7:02am

If I have an exception, can I work from home to avoid masking/testing?

Having an exception does not automatically grant employees permission to work from home. Employees should work with their manager and divisional HR director if they need additional accommodations such as fully remote work. In addition, they may be required to submit an accommodation request.

Last updated: June 30, 2021 12:38pm

How to submit proof of vaccination or request an exception

How do I report my vaccination status?

All JHU affiliates must log in to the Vaccine Management System (VMS) to upload their flu, COVID, and COVID booster vaccination documentation.

Last updated: Jan 12, 2022 3:53pm

How will the university verify COVID vaccine records from other countries in other languages?

The university asks that vaccination documentation in other languages be translated (and certified) before they are uploaded to the forthcoming Vaccine Management System. All affiliates will electronically sign their submission to affirm that the information that they provided is accurate.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:15pm

Is the university contemplating an antibody test (or some other proof of immunity) after vaccination?

No.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:16pm

How can JHU ask about my vaccine status? Isn’t this a HIPAA violation?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has confirmed that Federal EEO laws do not prevent an employer from requiring all employees physically entering the workplace to be vaccinated for COVID-19, so long as employers provide reasonable accommodations and other EEO considerations. The EEOC does not consider questions about vaccination status to be medical inquiries. HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, provides protections for patients’ confidential health information, and it covers what your health care provider can share with others—not employers and what they can ask for.

Last updated: June 23, 2021 5:01pm

What file types are acceptable for uploading proof of vaccination?

You can upload a JPEG, HEIC (iPhone), or PNG photo of your vaccination card or a PDF copy of a vaccination record.

Last updated: July 22, 2021 10:45am

What do I do if I lost my vaccination card?

If you were vaccinated in Maryland; West Virginia; or Washington, D.C., you can register and obtain your COVID-19 vaccination record from Maryland MyIR, a free website service that allows consumers to view and print copies of their official vaccination records directly from ImmuNet, Maryland’s immunization information system. Just register, download or print a copy of your certification of vaccination, and upload it into VMS.

If you were not vaccinated in Maryland, your doctor’s office or the location where you were vaccinated (e.g., CVS, Walgreens, etc.) should also have a record and you should reach out to them to get a copy. You may also be able to locate this on your patient portal or on the pharmacy website under prescription records or immunization record.

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:07pm

Using Prodensity

What is Prodensity and who needs to use it?

Faculty, staff (including bargaining unit staff), and students who come to campus to work, study, or for any other reason are required to complete a daily health check on the Prodensity mobile app or website.

A short questionnaire asks specific questions to assess whether a user has COVID-19 symptoms and/or risk of exposure to COVID-19. Answers yield a campus pass, which, along with testing and vaccine compliance, can be used to grant or deny access to campus and other university resources, including Wi-Fi and J-Cards. The campus pass expires after 12 hours. You may not report to campus unless you have a green campus pass.

You may opt to receive Prodensity reminder emails through your myJH Profile. Affiliates identified as on-campus without a green pass may be automatically enrolled in reminder emails.

Last updated: June 25, 2021 9:50am

Why can’t I download the Prodensity app?

If you are an international affiliate, your app settings may need to be changed, because Prodensity is only available on the US-based app stores for Apple and Google. Apple users should follow the instructions at this link to create a US-based account.

Google users should following the instructions at this link.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 3:06pm

Daily Health Checks

How do I complete my daily health check if I do not have a smart phone?

Go to https://prodensity.jh.edu/welcome and scroll down to the blue box labeled “Complete Health Check” in the “Take the COVID Health Check” section of the site, midway down the page.

Last updated: July 21, 2021 1:37pm

What do I need to do if I am working/studying remotely and do not intend to be on campus?

If you are a fully online student or an employee working on a 100% remote basis, or you do not plan to visit JHU campus or travel on behalf of JHU, you do not need to do anything.

If you are not vaccinated, however, you are encouraged to consider vaccination and to upload your status to VMS should your situation change in the future.

Note: If your situation changes in the future and you do come to campusor participate in any off-site business, field studies, or residencies while you are affiliated with JHUyou need to submit vaccination documentation before participating.

Last updated: April 18, 2022 10:01am

Diagnostic Testing

If I am required to be tested on a regular basis, what do I do? Am I automatically scheduled for an appointment or should I schedule one? Can I walk up?

You need to make an appointment prior to arriving at the testing site, although last-minute appointments are often available. The university has established several campus locations across JHU for mandatory or voluntary testing. Detailed testing site information and hours of operation can be found on the Testing Locations + Schedules page on this website.  

You must have an active MyChart account to participate in the testing and vaccination programs at JHU. Appointments may be made through MyChart (which is also available as a mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play). If you are having issues activating your MyChart, you can call 888-676-3433. 

 

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 11:18am

Where should I go for testing? Can I go to an off-campus pharmacy or do an at-home test?

For testing required by the university, you must come to one of several campus testing locations across JHU. All specimen analyses will be conducted by a laboratory that is located within the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and all results will be posted to MyChart. Off-campus tests at local pharmacies and at-home tests are not accepted.

JHU testing sites are also available at any time to all affiliates for elective, optional testing, but affiliates are also free to have elective testing done at locations not affiliated with the university.

 

Last updated: March 9, 2022 5:12pm

How do I make a testing appointment?

Appointments can be made through MyChart (also available as a mobile app from the Apple App Store or Google Play). You must have an active MyChart account to participate in the testing and vaccination programs at JHU. If you are having issues activating your MyChart, call 888-676-3433 or email Testinginfo@jhu.edu.

Also see: Testing locations and schedules

Last updated: April 6, 2022 5:03pm

Which days of the week should I be tested?

You can pick any two days for twice weekly testing, but you cannot be tested on consecutive days.

For the purposes of testing, the new week resets on Monday morning. Prodensity compliance is determined by counting the number of tests taken between Monday and Sunday of the previous week. 

Last updated: Jan 21, 2022 12:45pm

Where is testing available and what are the hours of operation?

The university has established several campus locations across JHU for mandatory or voluntary testing. Detailed testing site information and hours of operation can be found on the Testing Locations + Schedules page on this website. 

Last updated: Aug 9, 2021 4:00pm

If I plan to live outside of Baltimore, do I need to participate in any of the JHU testing protocols?

No.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 3:04pm

How soon can you return to work after a positive COVID-19 test?

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate for five days and must have no symptoms at five days in order to leave isolation; otherwise, they must remain in isolation until they are free of symptoms.

JHU affiliates should not continue to work in-person if they have symptoms of any kind; they may work at home while symptomatic and/or isolating following a positive test if they feel well enough to do so.

Note: Johns Hopkins Medicine has different return to work protocols

Last updated: Jan 20, 2022 12:26pm

Vaccination+Testing Compliance

How is Prodensity used for compliance?

While Prodensity has integrated real-time compliance with symptom screening, vaccination, and testing mandates, compliance is monitored primarily through weekly reports sent to divisional response teams (composed of divisional HR managers and divisional business officers) and Student Affairs staff.

Real-time compliance using Prodensity passes should only be used in situations where routine screening can be accomplished by authorized JHU personnel—e.g., a security desk for accessing certain JHU facilities or at a check-in desk for certain on-campus events.

Unless authorized by University Administration, faculty, staff, and students are not permitted to make any demands to view the Prodensity passes of any JHU affiliates or restrict activities based upon this information. If you have a concern or complaint regarding noncompliance with university COVID-19 safety measures by a member of the Hopkins community, please make a confidential report via the online compliance form or by calling 844-SPEAK2US (844-773-2528).

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:43am

Who is responsible for overseeing student/trainee compliance with vaccination and testing requirements?

Student Affairs staff, who have been designated in each school to have access to the Vaccine Management System, are responsible for identifying students/trainees who are out of compliance with either uploading their vaccination documentation or receiving an exception and will follow-up with them individually.

They also receive regular reports on compliance with mandatory testing requirements and will follow up with those students/trainees who are not following the required testing frequency.

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:21am

Can an instructor/mentor ask their students/trainees about their vaccination status or ask to see their Prodensity pass?

No. Instructors cannot ask about the vaccination status of their students/trainees, ask whether they plan to be vaccinated, or require a student/trainee to show their Prodensity pass. Asking about a student/trainee’s vaccination status may prompt disclosure of disability-related information or information regarding existing health conditions that are relevant to the vaccination.

Unlike when students receive a disability accommodation through the Office of Disability Services, any adjustments to the student’s/trainee’s academic activities due to vaccination status or testing noncompliance will be communicated to the student and instructor/mentor by the school’s Student/Academic Affairs office.

If a student receives accommodations through disability services, instructors/mentors should not assume they are related to a student’s vaccination status.

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:40am

Will I be notified about the unvaccinated students/trainees in my class/lab/studio?

No.  Divisional Student/Academic Affairs staff are provided this information for business-related reasons to ensure that students/trainees are being compliant with the university’s vaccination mandate and COVID testing requirements.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:01pm

Can I forbid unvaccinated students/trainees from participating in events in my class/lab/studio? Can I change instructional or research activities of unvaccinated students/trainees?

No. Any adjustments to the student/trainee’s activities, including participations in class/lab/studio activities, will be communicated by the school’s Student/Academic Affairs office to both the instructor and the student/trainee.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:02pm

Can a student/trainee ask their instructors or peer students/trainees about their vaccination status?

No. Students/trainees are reminded that vaccine status is personal information, and just as instructors cannot ask students/trainees themselves, they also cannot ask to know the vaccine status of their instructors or peers.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:02pm

What if a student/trainee is not comfortable being in a class/lab/studio with an unvaccinated instructor/mentor or unvaccinated peer students/trainees?

In addition to vaccinations, the university has continued to implement policies and procedures to maintain a safe environment for all affiliates.  This includes continued attention to building ventilation and filtration, use of indoor face-coverings, limiting the overall size of in-person classes and events unless special permission has been granted, and testing mandates (e.g., those who have an approved vaccination exception).  Absences will not be excused for students/trainees who choose to miss in-person required classes because of these concerns.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 4:03pm

University travel

What is the university’s guidance on travel at this time?

While there are currently no university-wide travel restrictions:

  • JHU and JHM personnel who have an approved exception or are not yet fully vaccinated are strongly advised to avoid work-related and personal travel.
  • Asymptomatic saliva testing is available before and after travel. People who have symptoms, however, should not visit a testing site without contacting the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Center.
  • Before planning any travel, please refer to the domestic travel guidanceand international travel guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also, check the COVID-19 situation at your destination before traveling, and follow public health guidance according to the CDC risk level. If you are traveling internationally, also become familiar with specific policies in your destination country and follow requirements for vaccines, testing, and quarantine, which can vary widely.
  • Be careful about your activities and observe good health practices once your reach your destination, not just during travel to get there. When traveling for work, be sure to evaluate the precautions being taken by meeting hosts, and continue to be vigilant and to perform masking and distancing when in public, especially when in larger groups.
  • Upon return, if you or anyone in your party has any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other flulike symptoms, please call the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Call Centerat 443-287-8500 for guidance regarding work.

Last updated: Jan 24, 2022 4:01pm

Are external speakers/consultants still allowed to travel to JHU for meetings/conferences?

Yes.

Last updated: Oct 19, 2021 10:26am

Parking + transportation

What are the current shuttle schedules?
  • Capacity restrictions have been lifted on buses and shuttle vans. Buses may return to carrying all seated plus standing passengers.  Shuttle vans may carry up to 14 passengers. Face coverings are required at all times while on board all JHU buses and shuttle vans.
  • The Homewood-Peabody-JHMI route has returned to its normal schedule. See full schedule 
  • Service has been restored to both the Remington and the Homewood-Mt. Washington Express routes; information on routes and schedules are posted on the Transportation Services website

Last updated: Sep 20, 2021 9:25am

Are masks required on university shuttles?

No. Given the continued improvements in COVID trends and after consultation with university experts in public health and infectious disease, the university has relaxed its masking policy for vaccinated individuals on university shuttles and buses.

Masking on university shuttle services will be optional for those who are vaccinated and boosted. Those who have been granted exceptions from the university’s vaccination and/or booster mandate will still be required to wear masks on shuttles. A list of routes and services affected by this change is available on the Transportation Services website.

Health System shuttles will continue to require masking for all passengers until further notice.

Consistent, proper use of high-quality face masks is one of the most effective measures to limit the spread of COVID, and students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to continue masking if that makes them more comfortable and/or if they have particular circumstances that influence their personal risk tolerance.

Last updated: March 15, 2022 10:21am

How are parking rates changing for the upcoming fiscal year?

For the third year in a row, monthly permit parking rates will remain unchanged throughout JHU. For more information, see Parking Information for 2021-22.

Last updated: Aug 4, 2021 12:49pm

How do I reinstate my parking?
  • Homewood, School of Education, Keswick, Mt. Washington, and Eastern employees should re-apply for parking and set up payment online. 
  • All other facilities should contact their DBO or parking office to confirm how to reinstate parking if needed. 
  • Note: If employees forget whether they stopped parking in the first place, the best way to check is to look at a recent pay stub to confirm whether it is being deducted. 

For more information, see Parking Information for 2021-22.

Last updated: Sep 10, 2021 2:11pm

Will daily rates be available?

Yes, garages that did not previously offer daily rates will be doing so. Homewood, Keswick, Mt. Washington, and Eastern employees will also be able to buy a 12-pack of daily parking passes for the price of 10. To purchase visit the Parking website. 

Last updated: Sep 20, 2021 12:24pm

How do I rent a Hop Van?

Hop Van rentals are available, to be driven by faculty, staff, and students who have completed the Hop Van Student Driver Certification program. Vans may carry their normal capacity of 7 or 8 total occupants. Face coverings are still required at all times while on board a JHU Hop Van.

New Hop Van Student Driver certifications have returned so students wishing to begin the certification process may complete the online training program and submit their release forms allowing for a driving record check per the process outlined on the Hop Van Rentals page.

Last updated: Sep 20, 2021 12:04pm