Campus Events Guidance

Informed by the best medical advice available, Auburn has continuously evaluated the university’s policies, guidelines and timeline for returning to full on-campus operations since the onset of the pandemic. Out of an abundance of caution, the university is making operational adjustments in response to emerging health scenarios in Lee County, in Alabama and across the country.

This guidance applies to all events as defined by the Auburn University Campus Events Policy.

Face Coverings - Effective August 3, 2021: Auburn University requires face coverings to be worn inside all university buildings and when riding university transportation services, including Tiger Transit.

The policy applies to all students, faculty, staff and campus visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings do not have to be worn when alone in private offices, when eating inside campus dining facilities, in residence hall rooms with a roommate, in open-air athletics venues or in the Recreation and Wellness Center.

In addition to revising the face covering requirement, the university will no longer limit the number of attendees permitted at campus events. Event coordinators and/or sponsors are expected to maintain a list that includes name, telephone number and email address for every attendee, which will be used if there is a need for contact tracing. Event coordinators and/or sponsors should remind attendees to stay home if they are not feeling well or if they have been exposed to Covid-19. There is no limit on number of attendees for purposes of COVID. Where possible and practical, event coordinators and/or sponsors should encourage physical distancing as still recommended by the CDC.

Food and beverage

  • There are no restrictions on food and beverage at campus events except as dictated by state and local health guidelines.

  • Seated meals and buffets served by Auburn University approved caterers are permitted; however, whenever possible and feasible sealed food and beverage is preferred. Buffet items can be self-served, with sneeze-guards or partitions.

  • Self-serve drip coffee, drinks from carafe/dispenser, and napkins are allowed.

  • Event coordinators are responsible for following current university mask requirements. Masks may be removed while consuming food or beverages.

  • Food handlers should wear a face covering and gloves. When possible, food and beverages should be placed on a surface rather than being handed directly to attendees.

  • Event coordinators are responsible for ensuring the safe handling of any food and/or beverage served at an event and for following all applicable policies, guidelines and public health orders.

Covid-19 vaccines have made a powerful impact on individual and public health, and the university strongly encourages all students, faculty and staff to get vaccinated. There are many convenient options in our community for anyone over age 12 to receive the vaccine, including through Auburn University.

All operational changes are informed by health trends in our community and state and may be adjusted if scenarios change or new information becomes available. Continued cooperation and adherence to important safety protocols remain essential.

For updates and more information regarding Covid-19 visit the Covid-19 Resource Center.

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Last updated: August 19, 2021