General JHU Plans for Fall 2021

Johns Hopkins University’s goal remains to conduct on-campus activities to the greatest extent possible during the fall 2021 semester. These plans are predicated on continuing public health strategies to promote a safe campus and community.

Visit the COVID Info University Planning page for the most up-to-date strategies and requirements.

Before You Come to Campus

  • 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.  
  • Install the Prodensity app on your mobile device.
    • For step-by-step instructions and troubleshooting, visit the Prodensity Support site.
    • Before every visit to campus, complete the health check on the Prodensity app (for occasional visits, see instructions below*) in order to receive a green campus pass. The Prodensity application will incorporate flu shot compliance and will not enable a green campus pass for anyone who has not had their flu shot.
  • Use of the Prodensity app for occasional campus visits: When you set up the Prodensity app, you will be asked to first complete a short questionnaire. One of the questions is “Will you be on campus a minimum of once per week?”
    • If you answer no, nothing more is required, and you are exempt from daily checks and testing requirements.
    • If your answer of ‘no’ needs to change because you need to come to campus for any reason for any amount of time, you can update your status in the app’s settings, on the bottom right of the home screen. Select Campus Status and Leave and answer the questions. Once you indicate you will be on campus, you will be required to get a COVID test in the week that you will be on campus (weeks are defined as Monday-Sunday) and any additional weeks that the answer to this onboarding question remains yes.
    • Changing your answer within the Prodensity settings function will only need to happen when your plans change from week to week. You will need to remember to make any changes on the Sunday of each week to ensure that they are captured in time for the start of the week on Monday or you will be looped into the prior week’s testing compliance reports.
  • Enroll in MyChartYou must have an active MyChart account to schedule COVID-19 asymptomatic tests and to retrieve your test results.

COVID Testing Expectations

  • The latest university testing requirements for undergraduates and graduates can be found on the COVID Info Diagnostic Testing page. For your convenience, key information has been summarized below.
    • Once-weekly COVID testing will be required for all vaccinated undergraduates. Proof of vaccination can be submitted to the Vaccine Management System.
    • Twice-weekly testing will be required for all unvaccinated undergraduates.
    • Graduate students engaging in any on-campus activities have mandatory testing of once a week. Remember, weeks are defined as Monday-Sunday. This means that any week that you will be on-campus for any reason and for any length of time, you must have a test (except in the case of people who have tested positive for COVID within the last 90 days, as noted below).
    • Vaccinated faculty, staff, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows are not required to test on a weekly basis in Fall 2021. Proof of vaccination can be submitted to the Vaccine Management System.
    • Twice-weekly testing will be required for all unvaccinated faculty, staff, graduate students, trainees, and postdoctoral fellows (with the exception of School of Medicine affiliates, who will follow Johns Hopkins Medicine’s once-weekly testing policy).
    • Optional testing will remain available for all Johns Hopkins affiliates.
  • You can sign up using MyChart to schedule an appointment for an “Asymptomatic COVID-19 Saliva Test” at any of the JHU locations.

Testing Notes

  • For a full list of testing locations on the Homewood campus, please visit the COVID Info Testing Locations and Schedules page.
  • Testing is required even if you have received the COVID vaccine and/or have been diagnosed with COVID in the past. However, affiliates who have tested positive for COVID will be exempt from weekly testing for 90 days from the initial date of testing positive. You will not have the ability to schedule asymptomatic tests via MyChart until the 90-day exemption period had ended. Affiliates will be notified in the Prodensity app when the 90-day period is over, upon which time asymptomatic testing can resume. During a testing exemption period, affiliates should continue to complete the daily Prodensity health check and should call the JHCCC should any new COVID symptoms arise. If you obtained a positive COVID test outside of the JHU system and are still within the 90 day exemption period, please submit your test result to the appropriate JHU department (employees: [email protected]; students [email protected]).
  • On-demand asymptomatic testing will be available by appointment through your MyChart account.

When You Get to Campus

  • Regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors.
  • Wash and sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Safety Ambassadors (representatives from HSE -Health, Safety and Environment) will serve as a supplemental resource dedicated to monitoring compliance with COVID-19 guidelines, alongside other HSE representatives, JHU affiliates and vendors, and other JHU-related individuals.
  • Follow all campus guidelines regarding distance, masking, and eating: https://covidinfo.jhu.edu/

Social Compact

  • The Johns Hopkins Social Compact is our shared commitment to follow appropriate protocols and exercise personal responsibility and to encourage others to do the same. By committing to the JHU Compact, students, faculty and staff acknowledge that we all share the responsibility to follow best public heath practices and adhere to all institutional policies in order to ensure continued on-campus activities. While students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign the compact, they are not required to do so.

Compliance and Enforcement

  • In addition to the above requirements, students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty are expected to:
    • Adhere to all travel conditions and restrictions required by the university, as well by as state and local authorities.
    • Express concerns or suggestions via the Speak2Us hotline 1-844-SPEAK2US (1-844-773-2528) or by submitting an online report through the Speak2US site.
  • Violations of university guidelines will be investigated. Non-compliance with COVID campus health and safety guidelines could result in loss of access to campus, as well as to corrective and/or disciplinary action. Anonymous reports or concerns can be made 24/7 by contacting the Speak2Us Hotline.

Accommodations and Adjustments for Required On-campus Activity

  • Graduate students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral fellows who are currently on campus or who are asked/required to be on campus and have concerns about their individual circumstances are encouraged to pursue either an accommodation consultation with OIE (faculty and staff) or Student Disability Services (graduate students) or an adjustment consultation with HR (faculty, staff) or Associate Dean Christine Kavanagh (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows).