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We and our partners are working diligently to provide an elevated level of comfort at our upcoming SEM Conference. We believe the SEM community benefits from coming together and we encourage all to respect and care for one another as we navigate our "new normal."

AACRAO continues to monitor the changing landscape involving the CDC guidelines with regard to COVID-19 safety. Our partners at Marriott have shared their Commitment to Clean protocols, which are implemented daily at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura, Florida.

This is a very fluid time. We will continue to evaluate what is best to ensure we meet safely and that 2021 SEM Conference participants are comfortable.  We will continue to post updates as needed.

Health & Safety Questions answered:
  • Do I have to wear a face covering?

    Yes, in accordance with current health and safety guidelines from the CDC, all individuals are required to wear face coverings in all indoor event spaces of the SEM Conference, regardless of vaccination status. The JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa asks that unvaccinated guests and associates continue to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing when they are in public spaces inside the hotel.

  • Is vaccination required to attend the SEM Conference?

    No, vaccination is not required for in-person attendance at the SEM Conference. Instead, AACRAO asks for proof of full vaccination OR an onsite negative COVID-19 test to enter SEM Conference meeting spaces.

  • How do I show proof of vaccination?

    Before proceeding to Registration to collect a SEM Conference badge, all attendees must stop at the Health & Safety Desk and provide proof of vaccination or the Testing Room for an onsite test for COVID-19 conducted by Mobile Health, our partner third-party occupational health provider.

    Accepted proof of vaccination:

    • presentation of the physical vaccination card; or
    • a photograph of the physical copy of an attendee's vaccination certificate (issued by a public health agency, government agency, or other CDC authorized vaccine provider)

    If you are unable to provide the above options for proof of vaccination, you are required to test onsite to gain access to the SEM Conference.

    Click here to read more about onsite testing.

  • What is the daily health screening

    Each morning, Mobile Health will send all SEM Conference attendees a link with a short daily health screen, or series of questions, to complete via smart phone or laptop. All attendees will be required to check in at the Health & Safety desk each morning to verify their daily health screen results.

    Upon receiving a "pass" result, attendees will be given a color-coded sticker for their badge and may enter the SEM meeting spaces. If you receive a "fail" test result, you are required to test onsite to gain access to the SEM Conference.

  • What happens if someone tests positive for COVID-19?

    We will notify SEM Conference attendees via email of a positive test result omitting identifiable attendee information. A list of sessions attended by the attendee will be made available upon request. Learn more about testing positive while at the SEM Conference.

  • Onsite Testing for International Attendees

    International attendees who wish to take a rapid-PCR test before traveling home will have the option to do so onsite at their expense ($175). Payment will be collected by AACRAO staff and upon receiving a negative result, Mobile health will provide the attendee with a PDF verification of their result.

Social Distance Preference Signaling (optional)

Select a color-coded wristband at the registration desk indicating your interaction preference:

  • Green: open to fist-bumps & hugs
  • Yellow: please avoid contact
  • Red: respect the desire for distance
Marriott's Commitment to Clean

The JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa follows the Marriott Commitment to Clean protocols, which includes:

  • Surface Areas and Public Spaces
  • Social Distancing
  • Food Safety
Local Resources

All guests will need to follow local and federal guidelines and while traveling to include ground transportation, airports, and transportation throughout the event.

Click here to see current CDC guidelines for COVID-19