Guidance for Summer on Campus (June 13-Aug. 1)

7 June 2021

Dear Members of the Carleton Community,

As we continue to plan for a more normal Carleton experience in the upcoming academic year, we write today to share changes to the expectations for those of you who will be on campus this summer. The guidance below will be in place from Sunday, June 13, until Sunday, Aug. 1, when Carleton will transition to operating in the context of the framework for academic year 2021-22. Further details on this framework will be shared in the coming weeks.  

Given the health and safety standards that were necessary for the 2020-21 academic year, we recognize that some of the changes below mark a shift in the way we have become accustomed to living, learning and working on campus. As always, our decision-making is driven by the best available public health guidance and supported by science. As we look beyond the Commencement milestone—given our highly vaccinated community and decreasing rates of infection in Rice County—we are confident that we can move forward with an operational model that responds to current public health practices in the state of Minnesota.

The following guidelines are effective June 13-Aug. 1.


  • All students planning to be on campus this summer are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • The Carleton Community Covenant has been suspended.
  • Physical distancing is not required.
  • Daily symptom tracking is not required. However, if you are not feeling well, please stay home.
  • Surveillance testing for COVID-19 is not available on campus over the summer. If at any time you become symptomatic, you should seek a test from a retail or health care provider, even if you are fully vaccinated. You may also seek a Vault test at Security Services. 
  • Employee group categories will remain in effect during this time. Group 3 employees who wish to return to work before Aug. 1 may do so in consultation with their supervisor and Human Resources.
  • Emeriti faculty may regain access to campus by reporting full vaccination.


  • Fully vaccinated faculty, staff and students are not required to wear masks indoors. Members of our community who choose to continue to wear a mask will be supported in this choice. KN95 masks are available to those who have a health concern; please email to request a mask.
  • Faculty, staff and students who are not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks indoors in public spaces and when in the presence of others with whom they don’t share a living space.
  • Masks are not required to be worn outdoors, except for events with over 500 people in attendance.


  • All visitors are required to wear a mask indoors on campus.
  • Visitors may enter campus buildings only when accompanied by a faculty or staff member or student.
  • Admissions will begin offering in-person campus visits to prospective students and their families on June 21; pre-registration is required.


  • Indoor events with visitors are limited in size to 30 people.
  • Events and gatherings for the campus community are not restricted in size.


  • Campus buildings continue to be accessible only by OneCard for faculty, staff, students and emeriti faculty who have been approved to be on campus.
  • The Rec Center does not require a completed symptom tracker for entry.
  • COVID-19 room capacities no longer apply to indoor campus spaces.
  • Cleaning and sanitizing processes will primarily return to pre-pandemic standards. These include: daily cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms, hallways, entries, and kitchens/lounges in residence halls; daily cleaning and disinfecting of restrooms, entries, hallways, and classrooms in academic and administrative buildings; and weekly cleaning and emptying trash in offices.
  • Hand sanitizer is widely available, and disinfecting wipes are available as supplies last. 
  • Building signage detailing mask-wearing, occupancy and line queuing expectations will be taken down over the course of the summer.
  • Drinking fountains will open over the course of the summer. 

As we all look forward to a renewing summer and a more traditional fall, we want to thank every one of you for your commitment to making Carleton a safe and respectful place to live, learn and work this year. If you have questions about any of the information shared here, please submit a question through the COVID-19 website.


The COVID-19 Core Team

Carolyn H. Livingston, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Eric Runestad, Vice President and Treasurer
Elise Eslinger, Vice President and Chief of Staff
Gretchen Hofmeister, Associate Dean of the College
John Bermel, Director of Security and Emergency Management
Helen Clarke, Director of Digital Strategy and Public Affairs