COVID-19: Preventative Measures and Protocol For Fall Semester 2021 – Shorter University

September 2021 Update

Due to the increase in number of COVID cases in Rome and the surrounding area, the University is instituting a temporary indoor mask mandate.   Students will be required to carry a mask at all times.  Masks will be mandatory in classrooms, on the shuttle, and in areas where social distancing is not possible (excluding when alone in residence halls or eating or drinking). 

Thank you for adhering to these temporary measures.

August 2021 Update

We look forward to our Shorter family returning to campus Fall 2021 semester.  We hope you and your family had a safe and healthy summer. As we begin the new semester, Shorter University encourages faculty, staff, students, and visitors to remain vigilant to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

Listed below are protocols which will be in place for the beginning Fall 2021. We will keep you updated should regulations or guidance warrant future changes.

Face Coverings

Individuals on campus, including guests, are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings. The use of masks or face coverings is not required, however.   Members of the campus community are encouraged to carry face coverings in case of exposure or developing symptoms.  This policy is consistent with current CDC recommendation concerning masks.  Please bring a mask with you as you return to campus, as the guidance and policy may change, depending upon circumstances.


Shorter University does not require its faculty, staff, or students to be vaccinated or show proof of vaccination.  Campus community members should consult with their physician or other health care provider regarding COVID-19 vaccines.  Some entities, such as an athletic conference, student teaching placement sites, clinical sites, etc., may require vaccinations for participation.  Additional information on the COVID-19 vaccines is available at

All members of the Shorter community are strongly encouraged to be proactive against COVID-19 by self-monitoring for symptoms.

The CDC lists the following symptoms as possible with COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea