While the University highly encourages all program participants, staff, and leaders to be fully vaccinated and boosted, summer program directors do not have the option to require program participants to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine here.
Masking on campus:
The University determines its on-campus masking requirements following CDC guidance and the current CDC COVID-19 Community Levels for Franklin, Marion, Grundy, and Coffee counties. If the composite calculation, weighted by population, for these four counties is classified as “High,” the University may require masks to be worn within all academic buildings.
Masking in the classroom:
The professor/instructor has the option to require all participants to wear a mask in their classroom/studio. All participants must abide by the preference of the professor/instructor.
Program staff, faculty, and participants who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms will be required to test for COVID-19. Such individuals will need to arrange to be tested for COVID-19 and provide the test results to the Residence Life Team Leader within twenty-four hours. PCR tests may be taken at the Sewanee Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory (SMDL) on campus, but the participant will need a physician referral. Contact information for SMDL is available online. Rapid tests may be obtained at area retailers, and from the University based on supplies available.
Testing positive for COVID-19:
SSMF Leadership has the discretion to dismiss summer participants who have tested positive for COVID-19. A person testing positive for COVID-19 will be placed in isolation for up to 24 hours or until a family member or designated guardian picks up the participant. Festival leadership may permit a return to the program after the period of isolation is concluded, as described by CDC guidance on isolation (at least five days from the onset of the infection and symptom free). A participant who is exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19 should follow CDC guidelines during their stay on campus.
Leaving campus unexpectedly:
In the event a summer program participant is required to leave the program due to testing positive for COVID-19 or other illness, that participant is responsible for their own transportation home. The program may not provide refunds to any participant who is required to leave due to testing positive for COVID-19. In the unlikely event that a COVID-19 outbreak occurs, which requires isolation of individuals beyond the University’s capacity to provide isolation space, the University reserves the right to cancel programs without refund.