A Message to Students from Dr. Woodard – Dec. 29, 2020

Dear Students,

I am writing to you today to provide an update on current guidelines for the spring 2021 semester. Many plans and guidelines remain the same:


  • Auburn University will reopen on Jan. 4 as planned. Campus buildings and offices will be open and operating at this time.


  • University Housing will reopen on Jan. 8 as planned. Students who need to make alternate arrangements should email housing@auburn.edu.


  • Campus dining operations will resume on Jan. 8.


  • A new sentinel testing program will begin on Jan. 11. The program will be facilitated by the Harrison School of Pharmacy’s Pharmaceutical Care Clinic and is designed to help protect students, faculty and staff from virus spread. Read more here.


  • Current event guidelines will continue through Feb. 1. This means events with more than 50 attendees are not permitted unless previously approved. Read more about the university’s event guidelines here.


  • Face coverings are required both indoors and outdoors while on campus. This policy went into effect Dec. 14 and is effective until Feb. 1. Read the complete policy here.


As we focus on the safety of our campus and community, the following change has been made:


  • Faculty offering face-to-face classes may choose to begin the semester remotely for up to two weeks. This decision is in alignment with the latest information from the medical community. Faculty will communicate any changes to students via email or Canvas as soon as possible.


Auburn continues to monitor the impact of COVID-19 locally and around the state as we plan a safe and successful start to the spring semester. Should any additional operational changes be made, you will be notified via email.


Lastly, I hope you all are having a safe and restful holiday break. As we prepare to ring in the new year, I want to emphasize the importance of celebrating responsibly, and adhering to health and safety guidelines. Our behavior over the holidays will directly affect our ability to start the semester as planned.


Take care of yourself and those around you. I look forward to seeing you soon.

War Eagle!

Bobby R. Woodard, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for Student Affairs

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