Union College response to COVID-19

Union will not require COVID vaccination or testing this fall

Union College has announced new plans for the fall that will return the campus to mostly normal, pre-pandemic classes and events thanks to readily available and effective vaccines.

“We strongly encourage everyone to get vaccinated because it is the best way to protect yourself against COVID,” said President Vinita Sauder. “However, we believe everyone can choose for themselves without endangering others who have been vaccinated. That’s why we’ve decided not to make vaccination a requirement for the fall.”

As a response to the pandemic, Union offered hybrid and online classes, but now all classes will return to an in-person format. The college also plans to fully participate in varsity sports and offer a full slate of worship and social activities.

At the start of the summer, Union rolled back most other pandemic-related precautions thanks to the protections provided by COVID vaccines—including a mask mandate, on-campus testing, daily health checks and mandatory quarantines.

“Union College will continue to work with our local health department and follow CDC guidelines to make sure we keep our campus and community safe,” said Sauder. “Throughout the pandemic, we have quickly adjusted to meet the challenges brought on by COVID-19. We will continue to be ready to make changes as needed to protect the Union College family.”

Union will still provide isolation rooms for those who contract COVID or other highly contagious illnesses and health services for any student who gets sick.

To find out how to get vaccinated, visit vaccines.gov to find locations, what type of vaccine is available and schedule an appointment.

If you have questions about Union's COVID policy, please email covid@ucollege.edu

What if I have symptoms?

If you have any symptoms that might be related to COVID-19, even if they are mild, please do not leave your room (or come to campus if you live at home).

Contact the Campus Health Nurse hotline immediately: 402.937.0052

A nurse will answer the phone between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. daily. After hours, leave a message and the nurse will contact you the next morning. You may also email campushealth@ucollege.edu

Remember, do not leave your room or come in contact with other people until you have further instructions from the nurse.

COVID-19 Symptoms
(may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus)

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

COVID-19 resources

If you’d like to learn more about COVID-19, please explore these resources from the Lancaster County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control: