With back-to-school looming, universities are beginning to finalize mask policies for the 2021-2022 school year.
The updated mask requirements are in line with a recent announcement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending that vaccinated people still wear masks in certain settings.
The Center for Disease Control recently announce New recommendations for wearing masks for vaccinated individuals.
“In areas with high and high transmission of the virus, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks in public and indoor spaces to help prevent the spread of the delta variant and protect others,” CDC Director Rochelle Walinsky told reporters Tuesday. .” “This includes schools, including teachers, staff, students and visitors, regardless of vaccination status,” Walinsky added. CNBC.
This update comes just two months after the CDC announce that vaccinated individuals do not have to wear a mask.
Universities are now putting these updated recommendations into practice.
Campus Repair He did research on some of the most notable mask policies implemented by US colleges and universities for the upcoming academic year.
On July 19, 2021, Georgetown University sent a message to the community with its “Fall 2021 Public Health Guidelines for Students, Faculty, and Staff.” the guiding rules It stated that “individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will wear a mask indoors on university-owned or operated premises, except when eating or drinking, when alone in a private office or when in your personal residence.”
The university goes on to state that it will “continue to monitor public health conditions in our community” and that it “expects to ease indoor mask requirements if they remain favourable.”
Georgetown University also has Required All students, faculty, and staff have to show evidence of a coronavirus vaccine on campus or “in a university-owned or operated building in Washington, DC.”
the Mask Instructions She also clarified the type of mask the school recommends, stating that individuals should “wear a surgical-style mask, or any other medical-style mask” or even “consider wearing a double mask (a cloth mask over a surgical-style mask).” The school said it recommends “not to wear a cloth mask alone.”
For those who do not comply with mask guidelines, they can be “requested or directed to leave the campus space.” In addition, “staff and students who are directed to leave the campus space for failure to comply with these guidelines may be disqualified and/or disciplinary action taken in accordance with University policies and the Georgetown University community agreement.”
Similarly, Central Connecticut State University has Required All students, faculty and staff to wear masks on all campus buildings, although all residents of the community will be vaccinated, according to the school Requirements.
The university allowed some exceptions to the mask mandate, giving students permission to remove their masks:
- Students are not required to wear face masks when in their dorm room.
- Faculty members teaching behind plexiglass at the teacher’s station can intermittently remove their mask.
- Individuals eating in the university’s designated dining areas can remove their masks.
- Faculty and staff working in a private office or room with 60-inch-high walls or plexiglass can remove their masks.
- During the presentation, individuals standing on a platform at least 12 feet away from the audience can remove their mask when speaking.
The school will also require that a distance of 3 feet be maintained indoors and outdoors.
If a student does not adhere to mask policies, a faculty or staff member can direct the “student to leave the classroom/office/area.” They also have the option to “call the Office of Student Affairs (860) 832-1601 for immediate assistance (and a member of the Student Response Team will be dispatched to the location. The respondent will determine if and when CCSU police assistance is required.”
Montclair State University requires all students and staff to wear masks on campus in the fall. This comes even though the school require All of its students must be vaccinated before returning to campus; However, the school “does not require ongoing staff vaccination”.
The mask mandate applies even to bathrooms.
According to the school websiteMasks must be worn at all times in classrooms, healthcare facilities, all university buses, elevators, and even restrooms.
Montclair State University states, “Whether or not you have been vaccinated, students and staff should wear face coverings indoors when it is not possible to stay 6 feet away from other people. Masks can be removed when you are alone in a private room or when you are seated at a station Your work is at least 6 feet away from others.”
Duke University is following this too direction Require all students, faculty, and staff to wear masks on campus regardless of vaccination status. The school will also require members of its community to do so send Proof of vaccination status before returning to campus in the fall.
In a letter sent to all university faculty, staff, and students on June 28, the school stated that “due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths in North Carolina associated with a combination of a delta variable and the number of people not vaccinated, would be required to All individuals wear face masks in all premises owned and rented by the Duke as of Friday, July 30, until further notice.”
This requirement applies to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors regardless of vaccination status. Masks will not be required in campus residence halls where there is a much lower risk of exposure to high-risk individuals,” the statement said.
University administrations aren’t the only ones cracking down on the state of vaccination and mask policies. One professor from Rutgers University took to Twitter to voice his opinion on unvaccinated students.
Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology Richard H. Ebright chirp, “Unvaccinated people should be excluded from public places, businesses and schools.”
Unvaccinated people should be excluded from public places, businesses and schools.
– Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) July 23, 2021
This tweet was in response to a CBS video chirp About the NFL saying that “any team that causes a game to be canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak among unvaccinated players will be liable for financial losses, and may result in games being forfeited — and none of the team’s players will be paid.”
Campus Repair I contacted Ebright as well as Georgetown University, Central Connecticut State University, Montclair State University and Duke University about their policies but did not receive a response in time for publication. Campus Repair You will continue to monitor university policies and guidelines for masks and vaccinations as the school year continues.
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Ofelly Jacobson is a campus reform reporter and student at the University of Florida, majoring in journalism and political science with a minor in Spanish. She is also the secretary of the Florida Federation of College Republicans and president of the UF Enlightened Women’s Network.