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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.

BYU announces COVID-19 safety protocol for fall semester 2021

To begin the fall semester, Brigham Young University will require masks in classrooms, in any indoor space when physical distancing isn’t maintained and in other areas when directed. Because classrooms will be operating at full capacity during fall semester, all students must wear masks when attending in-person classes regardless of vaccination status. Fully vaccinated faculty who maintain physical distance from their students may remove their masks to teach.

These requirements will begin Monday, August 23. The university will continue to monitor the situation and will reevaluate mask requirements at the end of September based on several factors including the immunization rate of the campus community, COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization rates, and guidance from health and government officials.

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.

Based on reports received as of September 14, 79% of students and 81% faculty and staff have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination. While BYU is encouraged by the number of immunizations reported among the campus community, there is still a need for more of the community to be immunized.

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

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 casemanagement@byu.edu

Fall Semester 2021

(as of September 20)

Fall Semester Data Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Active cases 40 0.1%
Cases no longer in isolation 119
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 40,139 people physically present in the campus community during fall semester 2021.

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Fall Semester
Cases Percentage of Campus Community
Total cases 159 0.4%
Seven-day rolling average of new cases 8
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) 4.7 33
Week 2 (9/2–9/8) 7.7 54
Week 3 (9/9–9/15) 5.4 38

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.

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.

Campus Vaccination Rates for Fall Semester 2021

Data as of September 14 (updated weekly)

chart showing number of vaccinated faculty, staff, and students at BYU
**Full Campus: 196 people are included in both the student and faculty/staff count. Those duplicates are removed in the full campus totals.