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Updated COVID-19 vaccination policy

May 8, 2023

Dear DePaul Community,

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, DePaul has focused on promoting the health and safety of the university community while being responsive to the changing nature of the virus and its spread. In light of current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and federal and state government actions, DePaul will no longer require the COVID-19 vaccination for students, faculty and staff effective Friday, May 12. Students entering DePaul beginning Summer Session 1 (June 12, 2023) and after will not be required to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

This decision is based on several factors, including but not limited to the following:

  • The federal government will end the national public health emergency for coronavirus on Thursday, May 11, 2023. This includes vaccine requirements for federal workers and contractors, as well as foreign air travelers to the U.S.
  • Governor Pritzker has announced that the state's public health emergency will also end May 11, 2023, to align with the federal government.

    Accommodations and Flexibility 
    In making this decision we recognize that there may be community members who are at greater risk for COVID-19 illness and complications. The university's regular processes to offer accommodations through Human Resources and the Center for Students with Disabilities will continue to be in place for those with medical conditions that pose risks. DePaul supports and encourages continued flexibility for those who may be sick or at greater risk.

    Take Care DePaul
    While DePaul no longer requires the vaccine, we recognize that COVID-19 persists and that we must continue to take measures to protect ourselves and our community. To continue to Take Care DePaul, we encourage the community to:
  • Stay up to date with your COVID vaccination, including boosters 
  • Remain a mask-friendly campus
  • Follow CDC guidance after exposure to COVID-19, including wearing a mask and getting tested 
  • Stay home when sick
  • Practice good hygiene, including hand washing, to limit the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses

    COVID-19 Testing 
    Free, rapid COVID-19 tests will continue to be available through the end of the academic year, Friday, June 9, 2023 for those individuals who do not have access to testing. The tests are available at both Office of Health Promotion and Wellness locations:
  • Lincoln Park Student Center room 302
  • Loop, DePaul Center suite 11016

    After June 9, please speak with your healthcare and insurance providers for any testing needs, including COVID-19. As always, please consult with your healthcare provider with questions on testing recommendations, symptoms, and treatment.

    DePaul will continue to look to the CDC, the Chicago Department of Public Health and other state and federal public health agencies for COVID-19 information and policy recommendations. We will always Take Care of Ourselves. Take Care of Each Other. Take Care DePaul.


    Tyler Wurst, Director, Health Promotion and Wellness
    Cheryl Hover, Associate Director of Emergency Management, Public Safety
    Co-chairs of the Community Health Team​