Mask Update-March 14, 2022

Effective immediately, UPIKE announces it will lift its indoor mask requirement and transition to mask optional for students, faculty, staff and visitors in most campus facilities. This change comes at a time when the community and campus COVID numbers are on a decline. 

Masks will be optional in residence halls, offices, athletic venues, campus dining locations and event spaces. Masks are required in classroom settings; however, faculty may, at their sole discretion, lift the mask mandate in their classroom at any time. 

In healthcare settings like the Kentucky College of Optometry Dr. Jerald F. Combs Eye Clinic and the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine OMT Clinic, masks will still be required. 

UPIKE realizes for some this transition can be met with excitement but perhaps some uneasiness as well, so anyone in the campus community who feels more comfortable continuing to wear their mask is encouraged to do so. 

This update to UPIKE’s masking policy will continue to be evaluated by university leadership and local and state health advisors. 

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Updated : 5/2/22

Guidance for 2022

UPIKE students are strongly encouraged to obtain the COVID-19 Vaccine. However, the vaccine is not currently required to reside, and attend classes at UPIKE. Students who have been vaccinated and are eligible for a booster are strongly encouraged to obtain a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

If you test positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status)

You must remain isolated (at home or in isolation campus housing) for ten (10) days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after five days, you can return to campus. You must continue to wear a mask on campus in all indoor locations and outdoors when around others. Those with a fever (100.4℉ or above) must continue to remain at home or in isolation residence housing until the fever has resolved.

Students that remain on campus after receiving a positive test for COVID-19 will be housed in a residence hall distinguished for isolation and will have meals and necessities delivered.

If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19

If you have received the vaccination booster, completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last five (5) months, or completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two (2) months, you should continue to wear a mask while in the presence of others at all times. You should also get tested on day five (5) following exposure.

If you completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over five (5) months ago and have not received a booster dose, completed the primary series of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine over two (2) months ago and have not received a booster dose, or are unvaccinated, you must quarantine for five (5) days. You should get tested on day five (5) following exposure. 

COVID-19 Periodic Testing

If you are up-to-date on all vaccines, you are exempt from periodic COVID-19 testing. However, all members of the campus community should be tested immediately if they become symptomatic.

Research shows promising signs that approved vaccines might offer protection for a longer time than previously thought, potentially protecting individuals for years. You can help UPIKE achieve our goal of safely returning to campus by getting vaccinated before you return. 

Local COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Important Contacts

University of Pikeville
(606) 218-5250

UPIKE COVID-19 Hotline
(606) 218-4491

Office of Student Affairs
(606) 218-5224

Family Connections
(606) 218-5815

(606) 218-5361

Campus Nurse
(606) 218-5048

Updated 5/2/22