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General Update

John Carroll University’s campus is open and, with the health and safety of the campus community our highest priority, COVID protocols are in place. Spring semester classes at John Carroll will resume in-person on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022. 

Read a message from President Miciak on Jan. 7, 2021 welcoming our community back from winter break. More.


Campus Health and Safety Protocols

  • We strongly recommend that campus community members stay up-to-date on vaccinations with booster shots as soon as they are eligible. More information about vaccines is available below.
  • All members of our community and visitors to campus are required to wear a mask indoors with limited exceptions including while eating and when residential students are inside their rooms. 
  • Symptoms of the Omicron variant are similar to those of a common cold. If you are not feeling well, stay home or in your room. Students wil questions or symptoms should contact the Student Health Center via 216.397.4349.
  • Continue to follow proper hygiene protocols including hand washing.


Returning to Campus in January 

John Carroll will follow the previously posted Spring 2022 schedule with residential students returning to on-campus living and in-person classes beginning on Jan. 18. We strongly recommend that ALL students get tested 72 hours before returning to campus to ensure that we can safely return to in-person classes and reduce the chances of spreading the virus.


COVID-19 Vaccinations

All students, faculty, and staff were required to submit proof of vaccination or apply for an exemption by Nov. 15, 2021. Individuals who were granted exemptions are now part of a weekly surveillance testing program. Please update the Student Health Center via if you have tested positive for COVID-19 since the end of the fall semester OR if you have received your booster shot so they can keep records up to date.  

Employees, volunteers or service members should report their positive COVID-19 tests to Human Resources. Human Resources will be communicating with employees about submission of vaccination and booster information. 


COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

John Carroll is following the CDC’s recently updated guidance related to quarantine and isolation for positive cases of COVID-19 and exposure to COVID-19. A simple graphic explaining the guidance can be viewed here (this is a link to the graphic PDF). Please note that consistent with this graphic and CDC guidance, having a booster shot or a recent vaccination in the last 6 months can eliminate quarantine requirements if you are exposedIf you are a close contact and exposed to an individual with COVID-19 and you have not received a booster or a vaccination within the last 5 months (2 months for Johnson & Johnson), CDC guidance now requires you to quarantine for 5 days. In addition, those with COVID-19 must isolate for at least 5 days.  


A very limited number of quarantine and isolation rooms are available to residential students during the spring semester. Every student is encouraged to discuss a quarantine and isolation plan with their family prior to returning to campus. Students who live within 250 miles of campus who are required to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19 or to isolate due to having COVID-19 must return to their permanent address to do so. 


Mental Health Services

We know this continues to be a difficult time for many students. John Carroll offers many resources for students in need of help. We care deeply about your well-being. Find more information on our services below.

John Carroll Counseling Center

John Carroll Campus Ministry 

Student Health & Wellness Center

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) 

In case of emergency, JCUPD is available 24/7 via 216.397.1234. 


Health Dashboard

The COVID-19 Task Force provides timely updates regarding positive cases and vaccination rates on campus. All data are provisional and subject to change. View the Health Dashboard.



Spring semester classes will begin in-person on Tuesday, Jan. 18. Faculty are encouraged to offer flexibility to students who become ill.

Students with conditions, as defined by the CDC, who have a high risk for severe illness as a result of COVID-19 may apply for a modification of instruction as per the COVID-19 Class Attendance Modification Policy Questions regarding this policy can be directed to Dr. James Krukones in the Office of the Provost at


Residence Life

Residence Halls are open and students will receive information on move-in procedures, mask requirements, and other updates directly from the Office of Residence Life.


Student Life

Student organizations, meetings, and activities will continue with health protocols in place. The Student Union Programming Board (SUPB) plans multiple on-campus and local events every week that are available to all students. Additional information about spring events will be shared with students via email, Inside JCU, and social media throughout the semester.

Recreation facilities are open for students, faculty, and staff with masks required at all times.


Dining Options

Students have multiple options when it comes to dining on campus this spring. 

  • Schott Dining Hall: open for in-person with options for to-go dining 
  • Inn Between: open for mobile ordering with seating available to eat take-out orders
  • The Nook: open for grab-and-go in the Dolan Science Center
  • NEW! Saxby’s Coffee: open by late January in the lower level of the Administration Building for in-person and to-go orders.

In accordance with the University’s current mask mandate, masks will be required in all dining facilities unless individuals are seated and actively eating or drinking.


Employee Resources

John Carroll’s Human Resources Department has resources available for employees of the University. View employee resources.


Related Links

Student COVID-19 Response Policy and Procedures

CDC Symptom Self Check


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