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The Healthy Clark COVID Plan summarized here provides guidelines and specifications for the many aspects of academic and campus life affected by the pandemic and the University’s commitment to a healthy and productive campus experience. This plan is a work in progress and will continue to be amended. We encourage you to check back regularly for the latest information. If you have questions, please contact us at We also invite you to visit our FAQs page.


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Worcester issues mask advisory; Clark encourages indoor masking

A recent surge of COVID-19 in the region has prompted the City of Worcester Division of Public Health on May 13, 2022, to recommend that individuals wear a well-fitting mask indoors, particularly in crowded indoor spaces. The advisory was issued in response to an increased presence of the coronavirus subvariant BA.2, which is more transmissible than Omicron but typically results in less severe symptoms.

Given the city’s advisory, Clark is encouraging the wearing of masks in indoor public spaces on campus. This includes at Commencement, where we are strongly encouraging that masks be worn inside the Kneller Athletic Center for the master’s and doctoral degree ceremony, and in any other indoor public spaces that day. We also ask that all attendees be prepared to wear a mask should it become mandatory, as we remain watchful and prepared to respond to any further direction from public health officials.

Rapid tests available to students through May 22

Please take note of the upcoming changes to Clark’s testing operations:

  • The Testing Center has closed for the summer.
  • Through May 22: Clark will make rapid antigen tests available at the Information Desk in the Higgins University Center for students who are remaining on campus through Commencement Day.

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Vaccination Requirement

Clark is committed to returning to operating conditions that are as normal as possible given the campus’ 97% vaccination rate and safety protocols.  Given the rise of the Omicron variant, the University will continue to mandate COVID-prevention measures across campus to preserve our community members’ health and safety.

Before accessing the campus, Clark students, faculty, and staff must be vaccinated or have received an exemption and uploaded proof of their status to this secure portal. An exemption can be requested for health or religious reasons.

Students, faculty, and staff will be required to receive a booster if you plan to be on campus for the spring semester. The requirement will apply one month after you are eligible for a booster. Once you comply, please update your booster status through the portal.

If you have questions, please contact us at

Vaccination FAQs

Guiding Principle: The Clark Commitment

In The Clark Commitment, we ask our students, faculty, and staff to embrace principles, which, combined with dedication to our community, our diligence, and the Clarkie spirit driving us all, will help us persevere and have a productive and fulfilling semester on campus.

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Reporting Suspected Violations of The Clark Commitment

If you are concerned that a member of the Clark community is not upholding The Clark Commitment, please submit a report.