Bison SAFE: The University's Pandemic Response

Bison SAFE means:  





Howard University’s pandemic response is built with the goals of Bison SAFE 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. 

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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

Updates to Spring 2021 Semester

Nov 25, 2020

With the well-being of the entire Howard community serving as our guiding principle and top priority, we have made the difficult, but necessary, decision to maintain the current online format for the vast majority of our undergraduate courses for Spring 2021.

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Howard University President Issues a Vaccine Public Service Announcement: When The Time Comes, Get Vaccinated!

Jan 07, 2021

Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick, a practicing surgeon and person living with sickle cell disease, has a message for Black America: When the time comes, please get vaccinated! As an essential health care worker, educator, father and person at high risk, Dr. Frederick decided to lead by example by producing a public service announcement (PSA) on the importance of getting the coronavirus vaccine.

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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 March 1, 2021, there were 113,820,168 reported cases worldwide, and as of February 28, 2021, there were 28,355,420 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. 


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Coronavirus News Updates