Updated Travel Advisory

For visitors coming into DC:

  • Before you travel, get a test and if you test positive, don't travel.
    • Get tested within 72 hours of traveling.
  • If you are a close contact of a confirmed positive case, don't travel.
  • If you are a visitor to DC for more than three days, get tested within 3-5 days of arrival.

All undergraduate courses for the Spring 2021 semester will be conducted fully online, and non-residential. The residence halls will be closed, with the exception of The Axis, which is apartment living (176 studios and one bedroom apartments).

The majority of Howard University housing is privatized and is managed by third-party vendors: Corvias and Campus Apartments. The University will work closely with our partners to deliver optimal service and aligned standards of health and safety protocols University-wide. 

We are doing everything we possibly can to accommodate as many students as possible, but we must do so in a manner that puts the health and safety of our students first.

If you have not done so already, students are strongly advised to register for classes immediately. This will help the University to plan for the semester. A student with a fully online schedule may opt to attend the University remotely.


  • All students arriving from “Hotspot” states as designated by the District will be assigned to single rooms.
  • Start-up Howard University health care packages to promote health awareness and social distancing, and, appropriate PPE will be provided to students when they arrive to campus.
  • Further details concerning move-in will be provided to students by the Division of Student Affairs.
  • Students who have all of their classes online will be a lower priority to stay on campus.
  • Students who have a clinical requirement will be prioritized for on-campus housing but cannot be guaranteed on-campus housing due to bed availability.


We will increase the frequency of health and wellness inspections and assess cleaning protocols. Common areas will remain closed.

Ample signage will be posted in prominent locations regarding social distancing and effective hygiene practices. We will use placement stickers to demonstrate six feet of spacing in strategic locations. We will put a reservation schedule in place to maintain appropriate social distancing occupancy levels in shared spaces such as laundry rooms, study rooms, lounges, and computer labs.

For the health and safety of our residents, visitors will not be permitted in residents’ living units during social distancing.

Staff and vendors will always be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and engage in proper handwashing. Added sanitation stations will be placed throughout all buildings to include lobbies, restrooms, entrances/exits of stairwells, elevators, trash rooms, and study areas. On-going staff training will be conducted. Other essential equipment may include thermometers, cameras, plexiglass shields, etc.

At move-in, appropriate hygiene and cleaning protocol/ recommendations will be provided.

Public restrooms and community bathrooms in residence halls will be cleaned and sanitized at least twice a day based on CDC cleaning guidelines. Bathroom attendants are also being considered.

Residential spaces in Howard University residence halls will either have:

  • Enough square footage per person (at least 113 square feet) to allow for a radius of 6 feet per person.
  • Bed placement that will allow for at least 10 feet head-to-head, when measured 1 foot from the headboard.

Planning and Implementation - Move-In Day

A Howard student in his dorm organizing his belongings.

During move-in, social distancing guidelines will be implemented, consistent with current CDC and Department of Health guidelines. The student and one other person will be allowed in the room during move-in. We will institute visitor regulations. PPE requirements, such as masks, gloves, hygiene reminders, etc., will be followed. Traffic flow and amenities operations procedures will be in place to reduce risks.

It is critical that families follow the instructions that will be provided to them ahead of time.

Isolation Plan

Our residential partners and the Office of Residence Life have an isolation plan in place should any student contract COVID-19. The measures being taken are in line with those recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Self-isolation involves protecting others and slowing down the spread of COVID-19. It is very important that anyone who has the virus, or might have been exposed to it, limits the number of people they come into contact with, for at least 14 days. This is the most effective way of preventing COVID-19 from spreading.

In the event that there is a need to provide isolation space for students, isolation spaces have been identified. Depending on the volume of students requiring isolation, Howard University Hospital may be used to also implement isolation.

Residents Who Test Positive - COVID-19

Residents with compromised immune systems are encouraged to choose to remain off-campus and choose remote instruction. Students who test positive for COVID-19 and exhibit mild symptoms are able to receive care via tele-health services provided by Howard University. Students who exhibit moderate to extreme symptoms and require medical attention will receive care from Howard University Hospital.

Providing Meals to Residents in Isolation

Residence Life, Public Safety, and Sodexo will coordinate meal delivery to students in the isolation areas.

Wellness Checks for Residents in Isolation

Isolated students are able to consult remotely with a healthcare provider via tele-health services. Students will be required to take their temperatures daily and monitor for shortness of breath. Should they develop high fevers and shortness of breath or a cough, they should wear a mask and report to the Emergency Room.

Travel from High Risk (“Hotspot”) States

Consistent with guidance from the Department of Health, any student or staff returning from domestic travel, particularly “hot spots”, or overseas travel will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Once students arrive on campus, we are discouraging domestic travel, and nonessential travel outside of the DMV (District, Maryland, and Virginia) region. Students will also report, through an online travel registry portal, if they are traveling outside of the DMV during the academic year. Students traveling to an identified high risk state or area, at that time, will also be subject to the 14 day quarantine rule upon return. The University will monitor the District’s Coronavirus website (https://coronavirus.dc.gov/phasetwo) to remain current regarding the list of high risk states.