Fall 2021 COVID-19 Update

5 August 2021

On June 16, 2021, Ave Maria University announced the following COVID-19 protocols for returning to campus for the fall semester.

  • Students will NOT be required to have a test or vaccination for COVID-19 in order to attend AMU in the fall.
  • This also extends to our faculty and staff. We are not requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone to work at AMU. In fact, Florida Governor Ron Desantis signed an Executive Order in April (2021) prohibiting businesses from requiring such passports.
  • Unlike last year, there will be no testing protocols before students enter the dorms. Athletes are scheduled to arrive on August 7, new students on August 19, and returning students on August 21.
  • If a student has a vulnerable health condition and a mask is necessary, they are certainly welcome to wear one, but masks will not be required in any of our classrooms or social settings.
  • All classroom settings will return to their original locations. If you recall, in a conscious effort to help thwart the potential spread of COVID-19, we moved some classes to larger, or even outdoor settings.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will remain simply to help minimize the risk of a future outbreak of COVID-19 or Influenza. It’s also good hygiene. 
  • And finally, AMU reserves the right to return to the previous Health Safety Plan should an outbreak occur. 

Since that communication, the number of cases in the state of Florida and the United States as a whole has taken a significant uptick. As we continue to monitor the situation, the following measures have been adopted to ensure the safety of the entire AMU community. Cooperation with these measures is greatly encouraged and appreciated.


  • If a student is sick, displays symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive prior to arriving on campus, please stay home until
    • at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
    • at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication 
  • Students arriving late due to illness should contact the Office of Residence Life at covid.management@avemaria.edu

On Campus

  • Students in need of a health evaluation can seek medical advice from any local doctor’s office or clinic. Currently, Lee County is offering FREE 24-hour telehealth.

Students can do pre-COVID-19 screening through this service to determine if testing or other care is needed.

  • Students, faculty, or staff displaying symptoms of COVID-19 can get a rapid Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test at the Braden Clinic, located at 5068 Annunciation Circle (Suite 111) in Ave Maria www.bradenclinic.com  Due to a partnership between AMU and the Braden Clinic, these tests will be offered for FREE! A valid University ID card will be required.
  • Students who are symptomatic should contact a medical professional, refrain from attending class or work, and self-isolate in their room
  • If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they are expected to follow CDC guidelines for isolating in their residence until:
    • at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared
    • at least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication 
  • Students rooming with a person who tests positive for COVID-19 may be able to move to a room in Xavier Hall during the isolation period if a room is available. Space is limited. 

Please pray an Ave Maria (Hail Mary) for the health of our students, faculty, staff, and the entire AMU community.