COVID-19 Communication Hub

About the Fisk COVID-19 Communication Hub

The Fisk Covid-19 Communication Hub is the centralized resource of all Covid-19 related information for Fisk University.  Covid-19 is a fluid, complex public health pandemic.  Much like the events of the spring semester, circumstances change rapidly.  Fisk University is committed to clear and rapid communication dissemination through this website, email, and social media outlets.  The Fisk Covid-19 communication hub will remain the official communication mechanism for ALL  Covid-19 related communication.  However, updates will be shared across all communication channels.
Official Communication handles:
Facebook:  Fisk University
Instagram: fiskuniversity

About the COVID-19 Taskforce

The Covid-19 Taskforce is a university-wide task force composed of the Vice Presidents, Staff representatives from respective areas, and other leaders across campus.  The taskforce is a deliberative body that seeks to make the best recommendations on a path towards establishing Fisk University's new normal. The primary consideration of the task force is the help and welfare of students, faculty, and staff.

Coronavirus COVID-19

Our Committee Members

Covid-19 Taskforce 

  • Mickey West (Chief of Campus Safety)
  • Dr. Natara Garvin (Associate Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students)
  • Dr. Arnold Burger (Vice Provost for Faculty Initiatives)  
  • David Cobb (Director of Facilities Development)
  • Brian Garner (Director of Information Technology Systems)
  • Dr. Sajid Hussain (Associate Vice Provost for Information & Technology (CTO) and Discipline Coordinator of Data Science)
  • Dr. Antwain Leach (Interim Assistant Dean, School fo Humanities)
  • Laura Purswell(HR Consultant)
  • Jermaine Fisher (Executive Coordinator, Shared Services) 
  • Madeline Guinee (Director of Marketing and Communications) 

Resumption of Normal Activities (RONA) 

  • Dr. Antwain Leach (Interim Assistant Dean, School fo Humanities)
  • Dr. Holly Hamby (Associate Professor of English; Chair, Arts and Literature) 
  • Dr. Shelia Peters (Associate Professor of Psychology)

Communication Updates

September 15, 2021

3:55 PM

Dear Fisk Family,

Next week marks the midpoint of the fall 2021 semester and responding to challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate the tremendous efforts of our students, faculty, and staff in reaching this milestone. We have collectively demonstrated resilience, flexibility, and patience. We recognize that reaching this milestone has been very taxing on our Fisk family. Living, learning, and working during a pandemic continues to challenge all of us. To this end, we wanted to take a moment to share an update on testing data, vaccination rates, and our current safety procedures.

Testing Data

  • Current Active Cases on campus – 6
  • Current Active Cases off campus - 1
  • Total Cases for Fall 2021 semester – 19

*August 26, 2021- to date, including Faculty, Staff and Students

  • Total Tests Administered to date – 759

Campus Vaccination Rates

  • Faculty and Staff -100%
  • Students- 83% (We are still striving for a 100% vaccination rate from students. Vaccinations are available Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm at Meharry Medical College).

*This data represents the percentage of faculty, staff, and students who have submitted proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an eligible exemption.

Current Safety Procedures

  • Vaccination Policy - On June 9, 2021, President Newkirk transmitted a memo which stated that “to protect the University community; faculty, staff, and students must be vaccinated prior to the fall semester.”  Full vaccination is to be completed as soon as possible, and proof should be submitted by 5:00 p.m., July 30, 2021.
  • Mask Mandate - Effective July 29, 2021, Fisk University requires all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings.
  • Bi-Weekly Testing Notification – August 13, 2021
  • Mask Mandate Update-Effective August 27, 2021, face coverings must be worn inside and outside on the campus of Fisk University.
  • Athletes Mandatory Vaccinations – Notice sent September 7, 2021, requiring all student-athletes to submit proof of vaccination. All sporting events require proof of vaccination for attendance.
  • Fall 2021 Quarantine and Isolation Procedures - Sent August 23, 2021
  • Daily Testing Update- August 25, 2021, Students, Faculty, and staff may be tested at Meharry Monday-Friday 9 am-2 pm if they are experiencing symptoms or have come in close contact with a positive COVID-19 case.
  • Jubilee Day and Homecoming Announcement- Sent September 14, 2021

We know the midpoint in the semester can be challenging for all, especially this year as we continue to navigate the pandemic. Please consider your wellbeing and reach out to the university counseling center if assistance is needed.  We remain hopeful that students, faculty, and staff will continue to be cautious and committed to mitigating the spread of the virus. Please adhere to all mandates, policies, and procedures regarding COVID-19.

Stay safe and well. Fisk Forever!

August 27, 2021

1:12 PM

Mask Policy Update

Dear Fisk Family,

The Fisk University Covid Task Force has determined that face coverings must be worn inside and outside on the campus of Fisk University. Face coverings are in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for students, faculty, or staff. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face-covering for documented health reasons.


Associate Provost for Student Affairs

Student Affairs | Fisk University

June 29, 2020 COVID Update

As we move closer to the reopening of Fisk university read below to learn what’s new:

  • Faculty and Staff have been trained on COVID19 preparations, policies, and procedures. 
  • Fisk blue and gold face mask have been ordered.
  • New directional signs have been ordered to provide ease of flow throughout our beautiful campus.
  • A tentative phased reopening schedule has been implemented driven by very specific safety criteria.
    • Phase 1 – July 6
    • Phase 2 – July 20
  • A  screening location/testing location has been established on campus
  • New technological developments have been made to reduce or even eliminate the need for students, faculty, and staff to visit offices in person.  We are closer than ever to becoming a paperless campus. 
  • A very exciting partnership has been developed with Meharry Hospital/University to ensure that the best medical guidance is being followed on campus. 
  • New course schedules have been developed to accommodate our new academic calendar.

As we have seen over the last few weeks, the COVID19 pandemic is quickly changing.  We expect more changes to come.  However, we are making substantive changes that will allow Fisk to survive the pandemic and thrive in the future.  Please do your part by wearing your mask, social distancing, and staying home when at all possible.

HEERF Quarterly Report Quarter End 09/30/20

HEERF Quarterly Report Quarter End 12/31/20


Key Contacts/Authorized Information Sources

Director of Financial Aid


Giovanna Padilla

Student Accounts Manager



Dr. Christopher Duke & Dr. Natara Garvin

Director of Residental Life (Dr. Christopher Duke) 615-329-8505

Associate Provost for Student Affairs/Dean of Students

(Dr. Natara Garvin) 615-329-8635

Dr. John Jones

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mickey West

Chief of Campus Safety

Laura Purswell

Human Resources Consultant

Brian Garner

Director of Information Technology Services

David Cobb

Director of Facilities Development


No, students will be in double occupancy. Communal Restrooms will be cleaned and disinfected on a heightened schedule and will include anti-virus applications following CDC Guidelines.

Extensive cleaning is done in all common areas throughout the day. We increased our cleaning schedule and will continue adhering to CDC guidance on how to clean and which products to use.


The safety of our students, faculty, and staff is our highest priority. The safety measures put into place for students include but are not limited to socially distanced classrooms, one-way directional flow of buildings, available personal protective equipment, rearranged high touch areas, reduced seating capacity, reconfigured office spaces, etc. We will continue to add to the safety measures as we know more.

During the spring 2021 semester, all on-campus residents will be housed in single room accommodations for 14 weeks.  Please refer to the Spring 2021 Academic Calendar found here for a breakdown of the semester schedule.

No, Fisk University will return to its traditional format of traditional learning.

Students can access contact information via the university directory 

Move-in date is July 30, 2021, for New students and Sophomores(including International Students)

Move-in date is August 5, 2021, for all Juniors and Seniors

  • Jubilee Hall and New Livingstone- 9 am-12noon
  • Crosthwaite Hall and Shane Hall – 1 pm-4 pm
  • Please note that Resident Assistants (RA’s), international students, athletes, and other special populations will be contacted directly by Residence Life for their additional instructions.
  • The university reserves the right to change the move-in schedule and the buildings occupied based on the needs of the university.

Yes, the cafeteria will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The first step is to call Human Resources and the COVID-19 Emergency Response Team. We would then immediately isolate that person, and if staff, ask them to leave campus as quickly as possible. We then would need to contact the local health department to notify them of the positive case. At that point, we would follow their guidelines on how to proceed. Typically, that means we would immediately begin contact tracing and requiring quarantine by the impacted individuals. The entirety of this plan is still being solidified.


the student hub link.

COVID-19 Vaccination Exemption Form