Mask Policy

Masks may be worn but are no longer required inside university buildings. Masks are required when visiting clinical spaces on campus, including University Health Services.

Wearing a high-quality face mask is a simple and effective way to help prevent upper respiratory viral infections, including COVID-19, influenza and RSV.

You should wear a mask for 10 days following a positive COVID-19 test and for 10 days following an exposure to someone with COVID-19.

Can an instructor require face masks in the classroom? 

Instructors may recommend, but may not require, students to wear masks in instructional settings. Instructors may not reward or penalize students for whether or not they choose to wear a mask.

If cases rise again, will campus bring back the mask requirement?

As we’ve done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to evaluate local, state and national public health guidance to determine if further changes to campus policies are appropriate.

Can I continue wearing a mask?


I’m not comfortable being around unmasked people. What can I do?

Our experience since 2020 has shown that regardless of what others do, you can receive strong protection against the more serious effects of COVID-19 by being vaccinated and boosted, as well as wearing a high-quality, well-fitting mask. Wearing a mask also protects against other upper respiratory viruses.

You may continue to wear a mask if you feel more comfortable doing so. If you have specific concerns related to a disability, please talk to your Divisional Disability Representative (employees) or the McBurney Disability Resource Center (students).