Information for Undergraduate Students

Johns Hopkins University is actively planning for the return of activity to our campuses, with the hope and expectation that the university will be substantially back to normal this fall. We have broadly resumed in-person classes for our undergraduate, professional, and graduate students for the fall 2021 semester.

Our plans are predicated on continuing public health strategies to promote a safe campus and community. However, vaccination remains a critical component to our campus safety plan. All students coming or returning to our campuses in the United States this fall, and who do not require religious or health exemptions, are required to be vaccinated. More information on vaccine requirements and availability

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.  

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Quarantine and isolation procedures

Learn more about the specific protocols and procedures in place for undergraduate and graduate students who test positive for COVID-19 or who have close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19.

4 things you need to know

1. A broad resumption of in-person classes for undergraduate students is anticipated for fall.

  • The semester will start on Aug. 30, and all previously planned instructional breaks will take place, including Thanksgiving break (Nov. 22-26)
  • Most classes previously taught in person will return to that modality
  • Large classes—those with 50 or more participants—will generally be taught in online/remote modality or broken into smaller sections for public health, and in some cases, pedagogical, reasons
  • The Peabody Institute may implement special protocols for some performance classes as needed
  • In-person courses will not be required to have online/remote options for those who cannot or choose not to return to campus; divisions may develop specific sections/courses for these students
  • Course modalities are being updated for fall registration to begin in mid-April and may be further refined as planning continues over the summer
  • Grading policies will continue to be determined by individual divisions, but it is expected that most grading policies will revert to pre-COVID policies
  • Program directors and advising will work with international students who experience obstacles or disruptions in their plans to travel to Baltimore to help identify opportunities for them to continue to make progress in their studies

2. All students who do not require religious or health exemptions are required to be vaccinated as a condition of coming to our U.S. campuses this fall.

3. The university will provide increased on-campus housing and dining options for the fall semester.

  • The density in residence halls will return to near-normal capacity—university housing will be restricted to double-occupancy; no triple suites will be used
  • A residency requirement will be in place for all first-year students and sophomores
  • In-person on-campus dining will resume in de-densified spaces; temporary structures will remain in place to add dining capacity

4. COVID testing and other health and safety measures will remain in place as needed to protect our community.

  • Given the rise in COVID cases in Maryland associated with the delta variant, the university has reinstated its mandate that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors
  • As of Aug. 27, once-weekly COVID testing will be required for all vaccinated undergraduates; twice-weekly testing will be required for all unvaccinated faculty, students, and staff (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who will follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s once-weekly testing policy)
  • The Johns Hopkins COVID Call Center will continue to conduct testing and contact tracing for those with symptoms or meaningful contact with a COVID-positive person
  • The university will maintain isolation and quarantine housing for undergraduates
  • We will continue enhanced cleaning and increased air exchange and filtration 24/7 in all facilities
  • Seasonal flu vaccination will be required  

Recent messages

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Student Experience

With expanded in-person activities on campus this spring, the health of our community continues to remain our top priority.

Academic Experience

This spring, we are offering in-person instructional opportunities for undergraduates and have made extensive preparations to keep the community safe.

Housing + Dining

We have moved to a more extensive on-campus experience for the spring semester.

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Health + Wellness

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives and routines. It’s imperative that students take care of themselves, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Frequently Asked Questions

University operations

What do Johns Hopkins University faculty, staff, and students need to know before coming to campus or to a JHU work location for Fall 2021?

As of Aug. 27, 2021, the following rules are in effect:

Masking

Indoors, face coverings are universally mandated across JHU campuses, except in the following situations:

  • In single-occupancy offices with the door closed
  • In residence hall dorm rooms/suites/apartments, only with roommates

The Baltimore City mask mandate provides an exception when eating. Anywhere on campus, momentary unmasking for drinks/snacks remains permitted. We are permitting meals outdoors without distancing/masking restrictions and in indoor spaces where a 6-foot distance from other people can be consistently maintained. Eating in cubicles and shared offices with 6-foot distancing is, therefore, permitted, but masks are required when not eating. Facilities staff are working on establishing areas across campus for de-densified dining.

The following are not acceptable as face coverings:

  • Any face covering with an exhalation valve
  • Neck “gaiter” coverings
  • Bandanas
  • Face shields

See more information on face coverings

Asymptomatic Testing

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

  • All unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty who have an approved exception – 2x/week
  • All vaccinated undergraduate students – 1x/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.  For more information on how to obtain a test click here.

Dining

Anywhere on campus, momentary unmasking for drinks/snacks remains permitted. We are permitting meals outdoors without distancing/masking restrictions and in indoor spaces where a 6-foot distance from other people can be consistently maintained. Eating in cubicles and shared offices with 6-foot distancing is, therefore, permitted, but masks are required when not eating. Facilities staff are working on establishing areas across campus for de-densified dining.

Other requirements

Mandatory influenza vaccinations guidelines will be released later this fall.

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: Sep 3, 2021 1:32pm

Is social distancing required?

Based on CDC advisories and our consultation with experts in public health and infectious disease, we are confident that our current vaccination mandate and masking measures are sufficient at this time without the need for distancing or de-densification in our facilities or on university transportation.

Last updated: Aug 30, 2021 10:41am

Can events be held?

Events of fewer than 50 people are permitted, both indoors and outside. Larger events (50 or more people), either indoors and outside, must be approved by both divisional leadership (such as the divisional business officer or director of operations or events) and by submitting a request to covid-events@jhu.edu. Student groups planning events should work with their Student Affairs advisors.

All registered student organizations on the Homewood campus planning events should submit their event request through Hopkins Groups  or reach out to the Leadership, Engagement & Experiential Development Office for questions or additional guidance.

As of Oct. 26, food and drink are permitted at outdoor events. This means events at which food and drink is the primary purpose—such as picnics and cocktail receptions—are allowed outside, subject to size restrictions.

University-sponsored indoor events on campus may provide only prepackaged, grab-and-go meals to be taken away to eat outdoors or in physically distanced areas indoors. Sit-down meals, buffets, and platters at these events are suspended. These guidelines also apply to off-campus events anywhere in Maryland and D.C.; local and venue rules apply in other areas.

It is important to note the “go” in grab-and-go; attendees must disperse from the event when given the grab-and-go food, and not immediately open and eat in a dense setting where individuals cannot easily maintain a 6-foot distance. Drinks that can be consumed with momentary unmasking are still allowed during events.

Because some prepackaged foods do not lend themselves to grab-and-go with true dispersal, such as ice cream, these types of highly perishable foods are no longer permitted to be used for grab-and-go.

Additionally, events with a primary purpose focused on eating or drinking, such as traditional picnics or cocktail receptions, are not permitted. This includes university-sponsored meals at restaurants and private homes off-site (such as at a faculty member’s or department chair’s home).

University business meals held off-campus in Maryland and Washington, D.C., are suspended until further notice.

Hopkins Medicine guidance

Outdoor gatherings can have no more than 50 attendees at any JHM locations. Individuals or groups who wish to exceed this limit, including for institution-sponsored social events on or off campus, must seek permission for an exception from Dean/CEO Paul Rothman for School of Medicine requests and JHHS President Kevin Sowers for health system requests. Masks may be required for certain outdoor events, based on event details including location. Food can be provided only on a grab-and-go basis at the end of the event.

Last updated: Oct 26, 2021 3:36pm

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, regardless of vaccination status, 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 JHED, they should upload proof of vaccination status like all other faculty, staff, and students. 

Guests: All others are considered “guests,” who are not subject to vaccination mandates.

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: Oct 13, 2021 4:02pm

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, go to Prodensity and set your status to “Off-campus” so that you no longer receive reminder emails. Other than resetting your campus status, no other action is required.

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.

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: Oct 13, 2021 4:03pm

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

Effective Monday, Oct. 18, the travel restrictions previously in place for JHU and JHM personnel are no longer in effect, and COVID-related approval for business travel is no longer required.

Please refer to the following guidance:

  • 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 guidance and 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 Center at 443-287-8500 for guidance regarding work.

Last updated: Oct 19, 2021 10:30am

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

Academics + Student Experience

Will students and faculty be required to be on campus?

Yes, with the exception of large (greater than 50-person) lectures, which will be conducted online or broken into smaller sections for both public health and pedagogical reasons. Faculty and students at heightened risk for severe outcomes from COVID may seek accommodations through the Office of Institutional Equity or the Office of Student Disability Services, respectively.  

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:18pm

Will all courses have remote/online options?

No. Courses will not be required to have online or remote options. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:18pm

What about international students who may be unable to travel to the United States?

We recognize that international students may continue to experience disruptions in their plans to travel to Baltimore; program directors and advising services will work with those students to help identify opportunities for them to continue to make progress in their studies, but hybrid options will not be available in all classes. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:19pm

What grading policies will be in place this fall?

Grading policies will be determined by individual divisions, but the expectation is that most will return to pre-COVID policies. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 2:19pm

Will first-years and sophomores be required to live on campus?

Yes. Our residence halls will operate at near normal capacity in the fall, and we will reinstate the residency requirement for sophomores and maintain it for first-year students. 

Last updated: April 9, 2021 11:35am

Will student dining facilities be open?

Yes. We anticipate that campus dining facilities will be open for in-person dining at a reduced density, with exact requirements to be determined based on public health conditions closer to the fall. Residential dining operations will include a combination of served and self-service food stations with the full offering of food available at the Fresh Food Café and expanded services at Nolan’s. In addition, we will retain the temporary structure on the Freshman Quad to provide additional dining space. For continued health and safety measures, residential dining will be restricted to only students with a meal plan and limited capacity, de-densified seating will be available. Retail dining locations will maintain their normal offerings and are accessible to all members of the campus community. We strongly encourage students, staff and faculty to download our mobile ordering application to order food in advance for pickup at any of the Levering Kitchens stations or from the deli at Charles St. Market.

Last updated: Aug 10, 2021 3:59pm

What will the university do if students have exposure to COVID-19 or test positive?

Our hope is that we will have limited exposure/positive tests given the vaccine mandate. However, to be cautious, we will continue to provide a substantial number of quarantine and isolation accommodations for residential students as well as isolation accommodations for any students living off-campus who are deemed in need by our health and wellness team. Students who receive a negative test after being informed that they have been exposed to COVID-19 will still have to quarantine for 14 days, since it is possible to get a false positive from a test. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 6:54pm

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 will be required for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and graduate students who will be working or studying at a U.S.-based university campus or worksite, beginning Aug. 1. That includes:

  • Members of non-clinical departments at the School of Medicine; members of clinical departments will be governed by Johns Hopkins Health System vaccination policies.
  • 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. Affiliates who are pregnant or attempting to get pregnant may also request an exception.

“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: July 29, 2021 4:40pm

Who is exempt from the vaccination mandate?

Individuals who are, with permission of their supervisor, working in a fully remote capacity and do not visit any Johns Hopkins worksite or third-party location on behalf of JHU are exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination mandate. They should change their status in Prodensity to indicate that they will not be coming on campus.

Contractors or vendors whose presence at any JHU property is solely limited to the delivery of goods are exempt. 

Students who are enrolled in entirely online programs and do not utilize Johns Hopkins facilities, and non-degree and non-credit students, including those attending the Peabody Preparatory, are exempt. 

Guests (individuals who are on campus and not subject to the JHU Visitor Policy), which includes those on campus for short periods for tours, meetings, and public events are exempt. 

Medical and religious exceptions will be made where appropriate using our standard vaccine exemption processes. The deadline to apply for an exception was Aug. 1. New employees seeking an exception should apply as soon as possible after they begin employment.

Last updated: Aug 28, 2021 7:17am

When did the mandate take effect?

Those covered by the mandate were required to submit proof of vaccination or apply for a medical or religious exception by Aug. 1, 2021.

Exceptions to vaccination for women who are pregnant or trying to conceive are no longer allowed, consistent with recent guidance from the CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine.

The university will provide free vaccination upon arrival for those traveling to a U.S.-based campus or worksite from abroad. Until individuals are fully vaccinated, they will be required to mask when indoors (even if masks are not broadly required) and be tested twice weekly.

Last updated: Sep 29, 2021 2:30pm

Are vaccinations required for students?

Yes. All JHU undergraduate and graduate students who will be on-campus in the United States attending classes, performing duties, and/or participating in on-campus activities, including commencement events, will be required to upload documentation of receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine or receive an exception.

Last updated: Oct 13, 2021 4:03pm

For international students

Which vaccines are accepted?

Only FDA-approved/-authorized COVID vaccines will be accepted. These three vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, J&J/Janssen) have all shown effectiveness against known variants. Any individuals who have not received one of these vaccines must be revaccinated with a full course of one of these vaccines upon arrival—that is two doses, properly spaced, of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, and one of J&J/Janssen.

Previously, we allowed any vaccine authorized by the World Health Organization, but given growing data about the potential for lower effectiveness against delta, we are now mandating revaccination for those who have received non-FDA-approved vaccines. The university will assist students if they need help, and vaccination information is on the Johns Hopkins Medicine website.

Individuals who have uploaded to the Vaccine Management System documentation of vaccination with Oxford/AstraZeneca, Covishield, Novavax, Sinopharm, or Sinovac will be contacted and asked to schedule an appointment to receive one of the FDA-authorized vaccines. You must complete your vaccinations and upload documentation to the Vaccination Management System (VMS) as soon as possible. Your prior submission will be removed so that you can upload new documentation after your final dose. You may not upload documentation until that point. In the meantime, you will be allowed to come on campus, but you will be required to follow the same masking and testing requirements (twice weekly) as those with vaccination exceptions until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose).

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 12:25pm

Is it safe to be revaccinated if I previously received a non-FDA-approved vaccine?

While there are as yet no controlled studies on revaccination, Johns Hopkins vaccine, medical, and public health experts do not believe there is a risk to “double” or “cross-platform” vaccination, and do see potentially significant benefits for individuals and for public health within our community more broadly. Indeed, double vaccination is not that much different than boosters or vaccination postCOVID, which is done frequently without adverse effects. 

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 8:53am

How long do I have to complete revaccination? Am I allowed to wait some amount of time if I just got vaccinated with an international vaccine?

The university asks that anyone requiring revaccination begin the process as soon as possible in order to be fully vaccinated by October. 

However, the CDC recommends that the minimum interval between the last dose of a non-FDA authorized vaccine or a WHO-listed vaccine and an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine be at least 28 days. Therefore, you may wait up to 28 days after your most recent international vaccination to begin the required revaccination process. At that point, you should receive two properly spaced doses for Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or one dose for J&J/Janssen.  

Until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose), you are required to test twice weekly and to wear a mask (even if the current JHU-wide mask policy changes and vaccinated affiliates are no longer required to wear a mask). Please upload proof of your FDA-approved vaccination to the Vaccine Management System as soon as you have completed your final dose.  

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 8:55am

If I am in the process of getting vaccinated/revaccinated, do I need to let anyone know?

No, but you need to submit proof of being revaccinated once you are done receiving the FDA-authorized vaccines. Once you complete your vaccinations, please upload to the Vaccine Management System.

Until you are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your final dose), you are required to test twice weekly and to wear a mask (even if the current JHU-wide mask policy changes and vaccinated affiliates are no longer required to wear a mask).

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 9:24am

If I am going to get revaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine, should I bring any paperwork to the pharmacy/clinic?

In general, you should not need to bring any paperwork if you are starting over and getting a complete series of vaccines. While you are permitted to be vaccinated at any U.S. pharmacy or other vaccination location, it may be easiest to get revaccinated through Johns Hopkins University or Johns Hopkins Medicine. More information on how to get revaccinated is available on this website.

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 9:29am

What should I do if I only need a second dose, because I received a first dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine while living abroad?

For those who may have received a first dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine abroad and only need to receive a second dose of an FDA-authorized vaccine, please be sure to bring any paperwork you have that shows the vaccination information and date of vaccination. After you are vaccinated, you must upload proof of both vaccines in one submission. (The Vaccine Management System allows submission of multiple documents, so please submit any proof of vaccine and English translations for documents in languages other than English.) 

While you are permitted to be vaccinated at any U.S. pharmacy or other vaccination location, it may be easiest to get revaccinated through Johns Hopkins University or Johns Hopkins Medicine. More information on how to get revaccinated is available on this website.

Note: Second doses can be obtained at JHU-sponsored clinics.

Last updated: Sep 10, 2021 4:13pm

Can I receive only one dose of an FDA vaccine as a booster if I have already been vaccinated with a non-FDA vaccine?

No. You are required to receive two properly spaced doses of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna, or one dose of J&J/Janssen. 

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 9:53am

Vaccination Exceptions

Will exceptions for vaccination be granted? What is the process?

Requests for exceptions should be made through the Vaccine Management System (VMS). Medical and religious exceptions will be granted with appropriate documentation. In addition, affiliates who are pregnant or attempting to get pregnant may request an exception.

Note that the only true medical contraindications to the COVID-19 vaccine are 1) a severe anaphylactic reaction to a prior dose of one of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (requiring the use of epinephrine or EpiPen) or 2) an allergy to a component of the vaccine.

If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Affiliates may request a medical exception to wait to get the vaccine until the 90-days has elapsed.

Last updated: June 22, 2021 12:13pm

What are the medical criteria for COVID vaccination exceptions?

The only true contraindications to the COVID-19 vaccine are 1) a severe anaphylactic reaction to a prior dose of one of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (requiring the use of epinephrine or EpiPen) or 2) an allergy to a component of the vaccine.

If you were treated for COVID-19 symptoms with monoclonal antibodies or convalescent plasma, you should wait 90 days before getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Affiliates may request a medical exception to wait to get the vaccine until the 90-days has elapsed.

NOTE: Having had COVID-19 in the past is NOT a permissible criterion for an exception.

Last updated: June 23, 2021 12:21pm

What additional requirements will be in place for students with approved vaccination exceptions?

Testing requirements will be increased for affiliates who have not been vaccinated. The requirements are:

  • Vaccinated residential (residence hall) students – 1x/week
  • Vaccinated non-residential students – no mandated testing
  • ALL unvaccinated students, staff, and faculty who have obtained an exception – 2x/week

If the mask requirement is lifted for vaccinated affiliates, masks will still be required for unvaccinated affiliates.

Last updated: June 23, 2021 12:21pm

Should students with medical exceptions to vaccination apply for accommodations via SDS to get single rooms?

Students are not eligible for special accommodations solely because of the COVID-19 vaccine exception per se. Students may be eligible for accommodations if the medical exception is based on a condition that itself would qualify them for a single room.

Last updated: June 8, 2021 9:01am

How to submit proof of vaccination or request an exception

How do I report my vaccination status?

The university has created a Vaccine Management System (VMS) for reporting vaccine status, similar to the system used to report flu vaccination. All JHU affiliates must log into VMS to upload their documentation by August 1. Affiliates who were vaccinated at a JHM clinic and who provided consent for JHU to access their vaccine record upon logging into the VMS will not need to do anything further. 

Last updated: July 1, 2021 2:13pm

Do I still need to complete daily health checks once I have uploaded proof of vaccination or received an exception?

Yes. All students, employees, and contractors who are on-campus must complete a daily health check using Prodensity. If you are 100% remote or online, you should change your status to indicate you will not be coming on campus using Prodensity. For more information, read a Prodensity tutorial on how to ensure your status is up-to-date.

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:50am

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, 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 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: July 1, 2021 2:18pm

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

Do I still need to complete daily health checks once I have uploaded proof of vaccination or received an exception?

Yes. All students, employees, and contractors who are on-campus must complete a daily health check using Prodensity. If you are 100% remote or online, you should change your status to indicate you will not be coming on campus using Prodensity. For more information, read a Prodensity tutorial on how to ensure your status is up-to-date.

Last updated: Aug 26, 2021 8:50am

Why do vaccinated individuals need to continue to complete daily health checks when there is no mandated testing or tracking of infections for this population?

Our public health and medical experts have urged us to continue preventing individuals who may be symptomatic with COVID from coming to campus. In addition, Prodensity enables the university to monitor compliance for self-reported symptoms, vaccinations, and testing in one system that has both front-end (green pass) and back-end (reporting) capabilities.

Last updated: July 28, 2021 4:08pm

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, go to Prodensity and set your status to “Off-campus” so that you no longer receive reminder emails. Other than resetting your campus status, no other action is required.

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.

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: Oct 13, 2021 4:03pm

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.

Testing can also be completed at designated Johns Hopkins Medicine locations.

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: Oct 1, 2021 3:07pm

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: Aug 26, 2021 9:20am

Which days of the week should I be tested?

You can pick any day of the week for once weekly testing, or 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: Aug 23, 2021 4:34pm

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

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

I’m concerned that I will be falsely reported for being out of compliance with the Prodensity daily health check if the JHU network detects I’ve connected to Wi-Fi when I am close to campus but not on campus. What is being done to address this?

JHU affiliates will only be identified as “on campus” if their Wi-Fi is detected for over an hour at two different on-campus access points. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that affiliates do not leave Wi-Fi enabled devices in office locations overnight. 

Last updated: June 22, 2021 3:05pm