To students and employees,
In light of the latest CDC guidelines regarding masking, the university is updating its mask guidelines for the Spring 2022 semester. Masking remains key to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the prevalence of the highly transmissible omicron variant makes this even more critical. We are all responsible to each other to maintain on-campus classes and a safe environment for all.
Our guidance on masking is updated as follows:
- Face coverings are required in all university facilities, regardless of vaccination status.
- Face coverings are strongly recommended to be worn outdoors by all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, and are required outside when physical distancing is not possible.
- Higher-grade masks (KN95 or KF94) or disposable surgical masks (typically blue, which can be sealed above the nose) are strongly recommended.
- Face shields, bandanas, neck gaiters, scarves, turtleneck collars, masks with valves, and balaclavas/ski masks are not acceptable.
- Cloth and handmade face coverings are discouraged. If cloth or handmade masks are used it is strongly recommended they be worn with a surgical mask.
- A mask must fit snugly over the wearer’s nose and mouth and under the chin, and snugly against the sides of the wearer’s face (no gaps around the sides).
The safety of students who are living in our residence halls is a priority. If a resident tests positive for COVID-19, we recommend that the student isolate at home until they are able to return safely.
We recognize there may be extenuating circumstances. Our Housing and Residence Life staff will contact each student who tests positive to discuss their situation. Our goal is to minimize the risk of community spread, but we will consider each individual circumstance to best assist students.