The situation with COVID continues to evolve as more people get vaccinated and/or test positive and recover, and as widely circulating variants of the virus seem generally to be more transmissible and resulting in less serious disease.

It is anticipated that this virus will continue to circulate in some form for the foreseeable future, and the CDC may recommend additional vaccination or booster shots depending on how the situation develops.

The Davidson College COVID team consults with infectious disease experts, watches state and local trends, uses CDC guidelines and considers previous campus experience at Davidson and elsewhere to make decisions about campus policy.

As in the past, all of these guidelines are subject to revision based on changes in the circumstances in our community and the state. We continue to move toward an environment similar to campus before the pandemic and appreciate your efforts and your support of our shared obligation to each other.

COVID Guidelines

Masks on Campus

We’re grateful to our community for respecting one another and our differing situations. Individual faculty retain the option of requesting the use of masks in their classrooms. Staff members may ask visitors to private offices to mask.

Departments that sponsor events open to the public, such as plays and concerts, can determine appropriate COVID protocols.


As of May 11, 2023, the college will no longer require COVID vaccines, but will continue to highly recommend them in accordance with CDC guidelines. COVID vaccinations help minimize complications and protect those who are unable to be vaccinated.

COVID Testing

We will continue to offer self-testing at the Health Center Monday-Friday from 8–11:30 a.m. and 1–4:30 p.m. during the academic year.

We will set up a COVID testing picnic table outside the Center for Student Health & Well-Being. Students with upper respiratory symptoms can make an appointment and will test outside before their appointment. A student who tests positive will use a room reserved for those who test positive.


Students who test positive should refer to the on-campus COVID isolation in place guide. This will provide information about isolation, will outline resources you may need while in isolation, and will describe mitigation strategies to decrease your risk of infecting others.

We continue to follow CDC guidance.