Student Return-to-Campus Information

Student Return-to-Campus Information


Strongly Recommended
Marshall University is not requiring vaccination; however, every member of the university community is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated. The university has teamed up with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department to offer vaccine clinics on campus and in the community.

Regardless of vaccination status, all students taking on-campus classes this fall are required to complete the online Student Vaccination Registry, which is being used to help  university health and safety officials project future herd immunity among our campus community.

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Not Required if Vaccinated
Vaccinated:  Exempt from all testing requirements—unless testing is requested as part of contact tracing protocols—if student has recorded their vaccinated status in the online Student Vaccination Registry.

Unvaccinated:  Tested upon arrival on campus for the fall 2021 semester and subject to random weekly surveillance testing throughout the semester.

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Required in all instructional settings for Everyone | Required in all indoor spaces for those not vaccinated
Vaccinated:  Masks required in all in-person instructional settings, including classrooms, laboratories, studios, etc. Masks not required in other indoor spaces on university property.

Unvaccinated:  Masks required at all times inside university buildings.

Student conduct guidelines, in particular regarding wearing face coverings in instructional settings, are enforced.

Learn more about how to protect yourself


Not Required if Vaccinated
Vaccinated:  No quarantine required if exposed to COVID-19, providing no symptoms of the virus are present.

Unvaccinated:  Quarantine required if exposed to COVID-19, whether or not symptoms of the virus are present.

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Social Distancing

Unvaccinated:  Observe social distancing both indoors and outdoors. Learn more about how to protect yourself

Academic Calendar

The university is returning to its regular academic calendar for fall 2021. View Academic Calendar

COVID-19 Dashboard

The latest Marshall University COVID-19 testing and vaccination data is available on our dashboard. Visit Dashboard

Large Gatherings

The CDC continues to recommend avoiding large crowds (i.e., restaurants, bars, fitness centers or movie theaters) and poorly ventilated spaces. View CDC Guidelines


University-sponsored travel (domestic and international) continues to be restricted. All international travel must be registered in advance using the online International Travel Registration Form. View Form

Help with PPE

Students who need assistance obtaining masks or other personal protective equipment should contact the Wellness Center at 304-696-3112. Visit Wellness Center Website
Marshall Return-to-Campus Student Agreement

To reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection to those on campus and the surrounding communities, students must adhere to Marshall University’s requirements for conduct on campus, as outlined in the Marshall Return-to-Campus Student Agreement. All undergraduate, graduate and professional students (except School of Medicine) enrolled for the fall 2021 term must read, sign and submit the online agreement by 8 a.m. Aug. 23, 2021.

COVID-19 What to Know

Know How It Spreads

COVID-19 spreads when an infected person breathes out droplets and very small particles that contain the virus. These droplets and particles can be breathed in by other people or land on their eyes, noses, or mouth. In some circumstances, they may contaminate surfaces they touch. People who are closer than 6 feet from the infected person are most likely to get infected.

COVID-19 is spread in three main ways:

  • Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
  • Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
  • Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

Wash Your Hands Often

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It’s especially important to wash:

  • Before eating or preparing food
  • Before touching your face
  • After using the restroom
  • After leaving a public place
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After handling your mask
  • After changing a diaper
  • After caring for someone sick
  • After touching animals or pets

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

Get Vaccinated

  • Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.

Observe Social Distancing

  • Inside your home:  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
  • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Avoid Crowds and Poorly Ventilated Spaces

  • Being in crowds, like in restaurants, bars, fitness centers or movie theaters, puts you at higher risk for COVID-19.
  • Avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible.
  • If indoors, bring in fresh air by opening windows and doors, if possible.

Wear A Mask

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • If you are wearing a mask: You can cough or sneeze into your mask. Put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash your hands.
  • If you are not wearing a mask:
    • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
    • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and Disinfect

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily:

  • tables
  • light switches
  • handles
  • phones
  • toilets
  • sinks
  • doorknobs
  • countertops
  • desks
  • keyboards
  • faucets