Bison S.A.F.E.: The University's Pandemic Response

Bison S.A.F.E. means:  





Howard University’s pandemic response is built with the goals of Bison S.A.F.E. at heart: Supporting our community; Advocating for high-risk populations; Facilitating ethical, culturally sensitive, and inclusive research; and Educating the public on best practices for safety. 

Employee Return to Work Plan

Howard University is planning a phased-in return to campus for employees. The University's approach is a conditions- based, three-phase plan prepared to safely and conscientiously return staff and faculty to campus. The phases have been developed based on the current guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the DC Department of Health, as well as a review of other best practices to support the successful reentry of our campus community.

Read the Plan

Get the Bison Safe App

An iPhone with the Bison Safe app onscreen.

As part of Howard University’s efforts to improve its emergency preparedness and response capabilities, the campus has transitioned to a new alert system called Bison Safe, which is designed to enhance the University’s ability to communicate with the community in the event of an emergency.


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Campus Protocol

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Latest Announcements

No current announcements.

University COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

Data Dashboard

There have been significant developments in the ongoing spread of COVID-19:  

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. As of April 26, 2021, there were 146,689,258 reported cases worldwide, and as of April 25, 2021, there were 31,848,068 reported cases in the United States.  

COVID-19 Data Tracker

The Federal Government has issued guidance discouraging any travel of U.S. citizens abroad. For more information on country by country updates, and the worldwide status, visit the link below.

Travel Advisories

On November 16, President Frederick announced that classes will continue to be held online during the Spring semester. 


Read the University President's Letter

Get Tested for COVID-19

How to Get Tested

Coronavirus News Updates