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Student Requirements

Students and Seminarians

Vaccines are required of all students and seminarians taking any class on the main campus (Emmitsburg) except for those with an approved exemption for a medical reason or a strongly held religious belief and for fully remote students. Students and seminarians who do not present proof of vaccination and have not received an approved exemption will not be permitted to reside on campus, attend any in-person or blended classes or participate in athletics. Applications for exemptions for Fall 2021 term were due by July 30, 2021 and will not be accepted after that date.

Students attending only the Frederick campus are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated.

Remote Instruction with Approval

Most courses at the Emmitsburg campus in Fall 2021 will be in-person-only (IP) or in-person-with-web-conferencing by permission (WC). Students and seminarians who are enrolled in courses at the Emmitsburg campus are required to attend class sessions in person unless they have been granted an exception to do otherwise by the associate provost or rector of the Seminary, respectively. In WC courses, temporary exceptions can be made for one to a few class sessions in special circumstances (for student-athletes who are traveling, for example) with permission from the instructor. Students enrolled in classes at the Frederick campus should check the course schedule to see what the attendance options are for their classes.


The NCAA and NEC conferences are developing health and safety protocols for NCAA athletic teams. In addition to all Mount Safe policies, student-athletes and athletics staff will be required to follow NCAA and NEC protocols to be eligible to participate in their NCAA sport.

Off-Campus Travel

There are no restrictions on off-campus travel; however, students and seminarians should take precautions (such as frequent hand washing) when traveling to a location with a high percentage of unvaccinated individuals or substantial or high community transmission of COVID-19 to avoid bringing the virus back to campus. All CDC travel guidance should be followed for any domestic or international travel.