Current Operations - Spring 2023

University is Fully Open

The university's approach to COVID-19 continues to evolve to match public health guidance and the widespread availability of vaccines, face coverings, tests and treatments to prevent and mitigate the impact and spread of the disease. 

Monitor symptoms daily: Monitor yourself daily for symptoms of COVID-19 or any illness and if you are ill, isolate at home or in your residence hall room.

Isolation/Quarantine: As recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all campus positive cases should isolate for minimum five days and if symptoms continue isolate up to 10 days. Wear a mask until 10 days from your initial positive test. Per current CDC guidelines, those who are exposed to COVID-19 and who have no symptoms are no longer required to quarantine, even if unvaccinated or not up to date with booster shots. However, a face covering should be worn for 10 days after last exposure and test per CDC guidelines.

Vaccination required: All students, employees and on-site vendors who live, learn, work or conduct research on campus, access campus resources, or participate in campus events are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 with a complete initial vaccine series. COVID-19 boosters are highly recommended for all eligible students and employees heading into the fall semester.

Testing: While the university’s limited surveillance testing program has been suspended, faculty and staff should test if symptomatic or a close contact using readily available rapid tests available in local pharmacies. If positive, speak with your primary care provider and contact your supervisor. While there is no requirement to inform Human Resources of COVID-19 cases, we encourage you to consider informing known close contacts if you test positive. Testing for students will continue to be available in the Wellness Center. To determine if a test is warranted, students need to call the Symptom Reporting Line (978-934-2682) or email

Mitigation: UMass Lowell has maintained increased ventilation measures, including leaving HEPA filters in rooms that require them.

Face coverings: Every university community member has the right to choose to wear a face covering at any time and high-quality masks are widely available.

If local, regional or national conditions change, the campus reserves the right to reinstitute surveillance testing and other COVID mitigation measures.