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UAF COVID-19 information

UAF Nanook mascot wearing a mask waving outside the Wood Center
UAF photo by JR Ancheta.

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged every member of Nanook Nation to live, work and learn in a new environment. Whether you are on campus, in our communities around Alaska or anywhere in the world, this page is the place to find information about UAF’s response to the pandemic. We have used information from public health and higher education resources to develop a plan to protect educational access and keep Nanook Nation healthy.

Important Information

If you are sick or are exposed to COVID-19

All employees, students and contractors are required to report COVID-19 illness or close contact to Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management. We will use this information for contact tracing, which is the process of identifying people who were in contact with a person who has COVID-19. Learn more about UAF's new contact tracing procedure.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID 19 or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, use one of the following forms to report:

In addition, students living in campus housing are required to immediately call Residence Life at 907-474-7247 if they are symptomatic, under investigation for COVID-19 or test positive for COVID-19.


If you are fully vaccinated, you don't have to wear a face covering on campus, unless you are on a campus shuttle or some other form of public transportation or at the Student Health and Counseling Center.

If you are not fully vaccinated, face coverings are required on all of our campuses and facilities. Refusing to wear one is cause for disciplinary action.

Read the UAF face coverings policy for more information about exceptions and accommodations due to medical conditions or job-related hazards that would prevent mask use.


We encourage all students and employees to get vaccinated. Visit the university’s vaccine information page to find out where to get your free COVID-19 vaccine. Students can also get vaccinated at the UAF Student Health and Counseling Center. Make your appointment with the SHCC via the patient portal.


We are excited to offer a full slate of in-person courses during the Fall 2021 semester, as well as continuing to offer distance courses via UAF eCampus.

We’ll use guidance from the CDC to ensure a safe classroom environment. People who are not vaccinated will be required to wear masks. We’ll be cleaning things more frequently and will have things like masks and cleaning supplies available for those who need them. Some classrooms may have seats blocked off to ensure adequate physical distance between students.


Most employees will be working on site during the fall 2021 semester, though some may continue to work remotely, if that meets their departmental needs. Employees should work with their supervisors on any telework agreements. Find more information in the remote work FAQs and the UA’s long-term remote work policy website.

On-campus housing

Full occupancy will be available in residence halls. Students can opt for roommates who are vaccinated.

All students moving into residence halls will need to follow our testing process:

  • Get tested within 72 hours of arrival, at the airport or upon arrival on campus

  • If you are not vaccinated, you will need to observe strict social distancing until your test comes back negative. Students who are fully vaccinated don’t need to strict social distance.

  • You will need to take a second test five days after arrival.

For students who test positive or are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19, we will have designated space for quarantine and isolation.

Find more information about on-campus housing on the UAF Residence Life webpage.

Events and meetings

For public events and those involving 25 or more people, fill out the UAF events form and prepare an event mitigation plan. While we are allowing more events on campus, we’re still requiring additional COVID-19 safety measures, such as physical distancing, limitations on food service and enhanced cleaning.

See the UAF Events policy for more information.

Staff and business meetings with fewer than 25 people can take place with no additional approvals. Make sure to follow masking guidelines and allow enough space for people to physically distance if some attendees are not vaccinated.


Students and employees are required to follow the UA Travel Guidance and all local, state, national and international guidelines for their destination. If you are not vaccinated, testing is required for international and out-of-state travel. For people who are fully vaccinated, testing is usually not required, unless you are coming into the United States from an international location.


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