Information for Students & Families

Fall Semester 2021

Masks & Testing

What is Sarah Lawrence's Mask Policy?

All faculty, staff, students, and campus visitors must wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status. The exception to this policy will be for individuals dining indoors, students in their own residence rooms/apartments, and faculty or staff in a private office. A private office is defined as a designated space, occupied by one person with a closed door; it does not include open, shared spaces that are accessible to others (such as cubes, an office with a shared photocopier/printer that others will be routinely accessing, etc.) Anyone working in such a space is required to wear a mask at all times due to the likelihood of foot-traffic around their work space. In addition, masks must be worn in hallways, elevators, and shared bathrooms.

Unvaccinated individuals are also required to wear masks outside when gathering with others.

Masks/face coverings (e.g., disposable masks or cloth face coverings) must cover the nose and mouth; individuals are not required to wear a surgical grade or N95 mask, but may choose to in accordance with their medical needs. Students must bring their own masks/face coverings from home. The covering can be homemade or purchased. It is recommended that students utilize comfortable, durable face masks/coverings that can be washed and reused.

For more on types of face masks and coverings, and how to ensure a proper fit, visit the CDC's guidance page.

What is Sarah Lawrence's Testing Policy?

In order to ensure that we have a full understanding of our community’s health at the start of the fall semester, the College strongly recommends that all students, both residential and commuter, be tested for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their first day on campus.

In addition to this recommendation, the College will conduct COVID-19 tests for all residential students at check-in on their move-in day.

Students who have not been vaccinated (due to a religious or medical exemption) will be required to participate in weekly COVID-19 rapid testing on campus throughout the semester.  Students will be scheduled for a regular weekly testing time.

Students who present with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, will be tested for COVID-19. Students will be placed in isolation on campus until the COVID-19 PCR test results return. Students who test positive in a rapid COVID-19 test or a COVID-19 PCR test will also be placed in isolation on campus.

As with all our policies related to COVID-19, we will, along with the local Department of Health, assess this testing plan as we navigate the weeks and months ahead, and are prepared to adjust should it become necessary to do so.

Vaccinations

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required for students during the 2021-22 academic year?

The College announced in April, 2021, that all resident and commuter students must be vaccinated prior to arriving on campus for the start of the fall, 2021 semester. Exceptions will be granted for students who cannot be vaccinated due to approved medical or religious exemptions.

To coincide with the College’s housing process, the deadline for students to submit a copy of their official vaccination card, indicating completion of the COVID-19 vaccination series, is July 8, 2021. To submit proof of vaccination, students should log into the Health & Wellness Patient Portal, enter their vaccination date(s) by clicking on the “immunizations” tab, and upload a photo of their official vaccination card by clicking on the “upload” tab.

Which vaccines satisfy the College’s vaccine requirement for students?

Vaccines approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and World Health Organization (WHO) will satisfy Sarah Lawrence’s student vaccine requirement. Should additional vaccines be approved by the FDA and/or WHO over the summer, those will also satisfy the College's vaccine requirement.  

Are faculty and staff required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes. All employees of Sarah Lawrence College are required to provide proof of full vaccination by October 15.

Information for Commuter Students

What is the process for parking my car on campus?

If you are bringing a car to campus, please purchase a parking permit here. For a full list of parking rules and regulations click here.

For any questions about parking, your 1Card, and building access, please contact Campus Operations at operations@sarahlawrence.edu.

Information for Graduate Students

What is the process for parking my car on campus?

If you are bringing a car to campus, please purchase a parking permit here. For a full list of parking rules and regulations click here.

For any questions about parking, your 1Card, and building access, please contact Campus Operations at operations@sarahlawrence.edu.​

Visiting Campus

When is Family Weekend this year and is it in person?

Family Weekend will take place from October 22-24, 2021.

We all had looked very much forward to—and were planning for—an in-person Family Weekend, and the chance to welcome (and welcome back) parents and families to campus. However, given the trajectory and continued impact of the Delta variant, we have concluded that it could jeopardize the health and wellbeing of our campus community to move forward with an event that would bring several hundred people to campus from around the country and the world. As such, we have changed course and will now be holding a Virtual Family Weekend.

Virtual Family Weekend will feature a schedule of events designed to give parents and families a glimpse of their student's life on campus. Visit the Family Weekend site for updates.

I'm a prospective and/or admitted student, can I visit campus for a tour?

Yes! Our admissions team can't wait to welcome you to campus. 

The fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic means that sometimes policies will need to shift quickly, but over the summer of 2021 we expect to be able to continue in-person tours with some modifications, including reduced tour group size and some builldings may not be accessible due to other programs taking place on campus. In addition to in-person tours and a self-guided audio tour available remotely or in-person for those who can't make a formal tour, other ways to get to know our beatiful campus are available here. Have a question? Please reach out to the Office of Admission at 914.395.2510 or via email at slcadmit@sarahlawrence.edu.

Are visitors to campus required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes. All visitors to campus over age 12, including family members, guest speakers, and vendors, must be fully vaccinated. Individiuals under age 12 must provide proof of a negative COVID test taken 72 hours before their visit to campus.

In addition, visitors to campus must adhere to all other COVID protocols in place on campus at the time of their visit.