This page was last updated 10/12/21


Question: What is the University’s position on vaccinations?
Answer: Widespread vaccination represents a critical step in stopping the pandemic. Per the CDC, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department guidelines, Carlow strongly recommends that all students, faculty and staff be fully vaccinated prior to August 2021.

If you would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccination, please consult the website of the Allegheny County Health Department.

Question: Will Carlow students, faculty or staff be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine prior to the fall 2021 semester?
Answer: With two exceptions, students, faculty and staff are not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Question: What are the two exceptions?
Answer: The vaccine is required for residential students living on campus and for student athletes.

Question: How does a student file a religious or medical exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine?
Answer: Students can complete the religious or medical exemption form. Note that no student receiving an exemption will be prevented from fully participating in courses, campus activities or athletics.


Question: What is the University’s policy on masking?
Answer: All individuals (faculty, staff, students, visitors) are required to wear a mask while inside all campus buildings. However, individuals are not required to wear a mask while outdoors on campus or inside campus buildings where they are alone in a self-contained space, such as an office or study room. Students are expected to supply their own properly fitting masks. However, should students be found without a mask on a given day, a disposable mask can be obtained at the Carlow University Campus Police Center in Frances Warde Hall, third floor. Enter the building under the purple awning.


Carlow University has shifted to a self-screening model. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the CDC Self-Checker Tool if they suspect that they have contracted COVID-19 or have come in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Anyone experiencing symptoms is encouraged to remain home and to contact a primary care provider. 


Per CDC guidelines, the University is testing students who are unvaccinated or who have not indicated their vaccination status. This applies to all who have in-person classes or learning experiences. Groups of students are being randomly identified to test each week and will receive an email communication with the testing location, time and date. Students who have not submitted their vaccination status may do so by clicking here.

A student with a known exposure is expected to quarantine and/or isolate per University guidelines. Students who test positive should remain in place and immediately contact Health Services by calling 412-578-6474.

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