Masking: Spring 2022 Update

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Beginning Wednesday, March 2, those who are fully vaccinated and boosted no longer need to wear a face covering, except under certain circumstances as outlined below.

If you are NOT fully vaccinated with a booster (if eligible) you will need to continue to wear your mask indoors as per SUNY guidance. This includes individuals who have medical or religious exemptions.

*Please understand that this decision can be changed at any time depending on evolving metrics and conditions, and that if infection numbers increase, we may require masks for all on campus.


Masking Conditions 

If you are fully vaccinated with a booster you are not required to wear a face covering, except when:

  • a campus-wide face covering mandate is in place
  • in an instructional setting when required by the instructor
  • in an indoor gathering of 5,000 or more individuals
  • in a healthcare setting (Hazen Health Center, COVID-19 testing center, vaccination clinic, etc.)
  • while riding on Eagle Run
  • when masks are included in contractual conditions for hosting an event 

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you are required to wear a mask and contact HR if you are an employee or Hazen Center for Integrated Care if you are a student. 

In addition, you will be required to mask for five days after ending isolation or for 10 days after exposure to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, as per the latest guidance from Monroe County Health.

If you are unvaccinated or if you have not yet received your booster (if eligible), you are responsible for continuing to wear masks on campus and should, where practicable, continue to observe social distancing in indoor settings, such as instructional space (e.g., classrooms, laboratories, studios).


Diversity and Inclusion

It is important to remember that students, faculty, staff and campus visitors may continue wearing face coverings for any number of reasons. For example, some people have found that masking reduces allergies. Other individuals may have not become sick with other illnesses while wearing face coverings and want to continue wearing a mask to prevent other respiratory illnesses. Some may just feel more comfortable wearing a face covering. A face covering should not be interpreted as a symbol of vaccination status. Welcoming and accepting those who wear masks on campus is an important part of being an inclusive community.

Masking

Research studies have shown that masks protect the person that is wearing it, though the level of protection it can provide varies based on the quality of the mask. We recommend individuals who have concerns about the potential for transmission of COVID-19 from others around them wear one of the following types of masks, as the Department of Health has advised that snug fitting, high quality surgical or KN95 masks offer the wearer the most protection.

The college has surgical masks and KN95 masks available for students, faculty, and staff at the COVID-19 testing center in Brockway Hall.   

Faculty Discretion

As mentioned above, individual faculty retain the right to mandate masks in their classroom, and do not need to offer a justification as discussion of such factors would raise privacy concerns. Reasons could include health concerns of faculty or students in the class, or those who have vulnerable family members. Please note that current penalties for violations of the mask mandate will apply in the future to violations of classroom mask mandates. 

Last Updated 4/19/22