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Fall Semester 2021

BYU's plan for a traditional fall semester with adjustments for the health and safety of the campus community during the pandemic.

Latest Updates

The university has continued to monitor and assess its COVID-19 safety protocols and mask requirements.

While BYU is encouraged by the growing number of immunizations reported among the campus community and a lower number of on-campus COVID-19 cases compared to fall 2020, community COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization rates remain high. As a result, BYU will extend the current mask requirements (in classrooms, in any indoor space when physical distancing isn’t maintained and in other areas when directed) until further notice. It is important that BYU maintain these safety protocols to help prevent further community spread.

Students who are non-compliant with these requirements may be referred to the Disruptive Student Committee within the Dean of Students Office.

Students, faculty and staff can still report and update their vaccination status here.

Based on reports received as of November 8, 81% of students and 84% faculty and staff have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination.

BYU strongly urges students, employees and campus guests to follow recent counsel from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to get vaccinated and wear masks in public meetings with limited distancing.

Per the Utah Department of Health, fully vaccinated students, faculty and staff who come into direct, close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 are currently not required to quarantine unless symptoms develop.

The university is also providing a small appreciation voucher to students who have been fully vaccinated and those who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical exemption. Details on redeeming the voucher can be found here.

President Worthen encourages vaccinations, announces mask policies for fall semester

Questions? Contact the BYU COVID-19 Hotline at 801-422-7662 or email

Fall Semester 2021

(as of Dec 7)

Fall Semester Data Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Active cases 54 0.13%
Cases no longer in isolation 714
graph depicting the number of daily active cases of COVID-19 within the campus community

Active cases include individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 during fall semester 2021 (August 26–December 17) and are currently in isolation. The number of reported cases includes students, faculty and staff who tested positive while either working at BYU and have been physically present in the local campus community. There are 40,068 people physically present in the campus community during fall semester 2021.


Fall Semester
Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Total cases 768 1.92%
Seven-day rolling average of new cases 6
graph depicting the number of daily new cases of COVID-19 within the campus community

Weekly Summary Daily Average Weekly Total
Week 1 (8/26–9/1) 5.3 37
Week 2 (9/2–9/8) 8.1 57
Week 3 (9/9–9/15) 6.7 47
Week 4 (9/16–9/22) 8 56
Week 5 (9/23–9/29) 12.4 87
Week 6 (9/30–10/6) 9 63
Week 7 (10/7–10/13) 6.3 44
Week 8 (10/14–10/20) 3.9 27
Week 9 (10/21–10/27) 4.9 34
Week 10 (10/28–11/3) 6.7 47
Week 11 (11/4–11/10) 10.1 71
Week 12 (11/11–11/17) 8 56
Week 13 (11/18–11/24) 7.4 52
Week 14 (11/25–12/1) 7.3 51

Note: There may be small differences in the Weekly Summary chart as BYU continues to receive additional information. Reported cases may be counted in a different semester or term based on testing date.

This data is based on the number of cases reported to BYU each week from a variety of sources including self-reporting, the BYU Student Health Center, and focused, risk-based testing.

Total number of reported cases during summer break 2021 (35), summer term 2021 (63), spring term 2021 (39), winter semester 2021 (1,185), winter break (317), fall semester 2020 (3,634), summer term 2020 (166), spring term 2020 (16) and winter semester 2020 (21): 5,476.

Fall Semester 2020/2021 Comparison

Chart comparing the numbers of new COVID cases per day between fall semester 2020 and fall semester 2021

Campus Vaccination Rates for Fall Semester 2021

Data as of Dec 6 (updated weekly)

chart showing number of vaccinated faculty, staff, and students at BYU
**Full Campus: Duplicates between students, faculty, and staff removed.

We ask the BYU campus community to help us track the spread of COVID-19. If you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please fill out this form.

COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease.