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coronavirus information for the Butler Community

Covid-19 Information for the Butler Community

Butler University leadership, administration, faculty, and staff are working to manage the impact of COVID-19 on our community. We are very much committed to an on-campus educational and living experience. At the same time, our top priority is the health and safety of our entire campus community. 

This website, containing University Communications, FAQs, and links to External Resources, will be updated regularly to reflect the latest developments. Visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention for the most up-to-date information about the status of COVID-19.

If you have questions after reviewing this website and FAQ page, please complete this form which will then be directed to the appropriate department.

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Daily Reporting, Quarantine, Isolation FAQs

Latest Updates

  • 6/21/21—Butler University is announcing today that the COVID-19 vaccine is required for all students, faculty, and staff. Read President Danko’s message and learn more about the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

  • 6/2/21—Updates for Fully-Vaccinated Individuals—Several policies and protocols are now relaxed for fully vaccinated individuals only, including:
    • Face masks are not required indoors or outdoors
    • Social distancing is not required indoors or outdoors
    • Pre-pandemic social activities may resume
    • COVID-19 surveillance testing (students) will not be required
    • Quarantine is not required for asymptomatic individuals who are exposed to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19
  • 3/31/21—Mandatory surveillance testing of asymptomatic students will continue through April 23. Butler will offer optional COVID-19 testing from April 24–May 7. Students can schedule their final appointment now through the Health Portal.
  • 3/29/21—Butler University will offer free COVID-19 vaccinations for all students. The first dose will be administered April 7-9; the second dose will be administered May 4-6. Registration information will be sent to all students April 1.

  • 3/1/2021—Faculty, staff, and students who have received the COVID-19 vaccine should notify Health Services by emailing a copy of the vaccination card (containing the date of immunization, lot #, and expiration date) to

  • 1/29/21— Beginning Wednesday, February 3, and throughout the spring 2021 semester, Butler University will offer optional COVID-19 testing to certain faculty and staff members. Faculty and staff who work on campus, as well as faculty and staff who are in quarantine, are eligible for the free COVID-19 tests. Faculty and staff can schedule a test by logging on to For more information about student surveillance testing, visit Health & Safety Practices FAQs.

  • 1/20/21—We have developed a new webpage that includes FAQs for Daily Health Screenings, Quarantine, and Isolation. You can access the page at

  • 11/15/20—The Marion County Department of Health has approved a fan capacity of no more than 25 percent for Butler Basketball games at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The reduced capacity accommodates physical distancing, and the plan developed by Butler Athletics implements a number of procedures recommended by the Marion County Department of Health, Butler University, the BIG EAST Conference, the NCAA, and partner organizations.

  • 9/18/2020—The Spring 2021 Academic Calendar has been adjusted to minimize the number of times students come and go from campus. The calendar changes the first day of class to Monday, January 25, 2021, and the last day of final exams to Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Spring Commencement will take place Saturday, May 8, 2021. The full Spring 2021 Academic Calendar is available here.

  • 9/8/2020—Admission Visitor Health Self-Screen—A self-health screen is now required for all Office of Admission visitors. Visitors must successfully pass this self-screening process prior to coming to campus and partaking in campus visits. Visitors with a failed or incomplete self-screen will not be able to participate in Office of Admission visits or tours and should not come to campus. More information is available on our Visit Butler page.

  • 8/21/20—Keeping the campus healthy is a shared responsibility. If you see behavior that violates Butler’s COVID-related expectations, please report it by clicking the COVID Concerns button on my.butler. 

  • 8/21/20—Face masks are now required outdoors when in the presence of other people, REGARDLESS of social distancing.

This is a complex and fluid situation that continues to evolve rapidly. All information on these pages is subject to change as deemed necessary by University leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.