The Austin Seminary campus will re-open to the Austin Seminary community at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 7, beginning the 2021-22 academic year, requiring all members of the community to have received COVID-19 vaccination. Courses will be taught in classrooms and offices will be open. We anticipate that Discovery Weekend will be in person on campus, October 29-31; Education Beyond the Walls events will remain primarily online; and the Seminary does not plan to open the campus to outside groups for the fall semester (e.g. facility rentals).
Austin Seminary takes seriously its responsibility and duty to provide everyone with a safe place for working and learning, therefore Austin Seminary is requiring vaccination against COVID‑19 for Seminary students, faculty, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees. The goal is to protect—to the greatest extent possible—our students, employees, their families, and the broader community from COVID-19 infection as we all do our part to survive this worldwide pandemic. Students, faculty, staff, and trustees may obtain approval for an exemption of the vaccine requirement for medical reason or objection of conscience.
Aligning with evolving guidance by the Travis County Health Department, at this time we expect to continue to mandate mask wearing indoors (except in private offices and student living quarters). Group gatherings (including classes, meetings, worship, and dining) will be masked, socially distant, and limited in group size, all according to current Health Department guidelines.