Mask Policy

Effective March 12, 2022, masks may be worn but are no longer required inside university buildings. Masks are  required when visiting COVID-19 test sites and other clinical spaces on campus, including University Health Services.

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?

Yes. The university will continue to provide free masks for those who choose to wear them.

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

At this stage in the pandemic, our country is transitioning from public health orders and mandates to encouragement in using personal health tools. 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).