The JHU 2020 Planning task force shared the updated guidance document on Oct. 28. Comments and questions can be shared via the JHU 2020 Planning feedback form.


Johns Hopkins University is engaged in an intensive planning effort aimed at resuming on-campus activities to the greatest extent possible, as quickly as is prudent, in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This Return to Campus Guidance details operational issues, health and safety guidance, expectations for use of campus facilities, and approaches for support of vulnerable persons as the university begins its gradual, multiphase resumption of on-campus activities. It also incorporates and expands screening and testing details that were previously described in other documents. It is intended to apply to all members of our university community—Johns Hopkins affiliates (faculty, staff, students, post-doctoral fellows, and trainees), as well as contractors, vendors, visitors, and guests—while on campus or in university facilities. We anticipate that these guidelines will evolve as the changing severity of the pandemic and our ability to respond to it allow us to move through the phases of our return-to-campus framework, subject to state and local regulations and our own public health assessment. The guidelines will be updated with community input in later phases of our response as we are able to increase the density and level of activity on campus.

These guidelines are based on detailed recommendations and analysis from numerous JHU 2020 Planning workgroups including Return to Campus, Health & Safety, Academic Programs, and Student Life. They also reflect valuable input from the Student Advisory Group, review by faculty experts in the Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the University Pandemic Academic Advisory Committee, and feedback from the many faculty, staff, and students who have participated in virtual town halls or submitted comments and questions about the planning process.

During Phase 1, on-campus activities will be restricted to mission critical functions that cannot be performed remotely. Broadly, this means that most Johns Hopkins affiliates will not be on-campus on a full-time basis and services will continue to be offered virtually. Individuals who are on-campus need to be aware of the following requirements that are detailed in this guidance:

  • Daily health check using Prodensity
  • Use of appropriate face coverings and adherence to other health/safety guidance, including physical distancing
  • No smoking or vaping
  • Mandatory influenza vaccination (by Nov. 20)
  • For the limited number of residential students, COVID-19 testing will be conducted upon arrival and on an ongoing basis throughout the semester

In addition, individuals engaging in on-campus research must comply with Research Guidelines and individuals engaging in on-campus instruction must comply with Instructional Guidelines.

This Return to Campus Guide will continue to be updated. The guidelines will be revised based upon state and local regulations, public health guidance, and community input. University working groups focused on research, academic programs, student life, and other aspects of health and safety will provide details about how the issues presented in this document apply in specific contexts. Ultimately, each school, department, and program will develop local plans and protocols for carrying out our research, educational, and support activities going forward.

Your feedback and input are important throughout this process. We hope you will join upcoming virtual town hall discussions and share your comments through our online form.

Town hall on returning to campus

Aug. 25, 2020

Learn about updates to JHU’s Return to Campus Guidance that will govern health, safety, and operational practices for the limited number of students, faculty, and staff that will need to be on the university’s campuses this fall.


Help us protect each other

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Cover your face

Always wear a mask on campus

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Wash your hands

Wash or sanitize hands often and don't touch your face

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Distance yourself

Keep six feet between you and others

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If you have symptoms

Self-isolate and call 833-546-7546 right away