Mask Update - March 1, 2022

Effective Monday, March 7, 2022, we are moving to a mask optional environment on campus, except masks will still be required for in-person classes, in the Testing Center, and in the Student Health Center. Though the indoor common areas will be mask optional, there might be reasons, medical or otherwise, that masks will still be required in some locations. We also strongly encourage masking in individual meetings where social distancing is not feasible. This new protocol applies to faculty, staff, students, and visitors.

We will continue to respect the comfort levels and privacy of anyone who may prefer to continue to wear a mask, regardless of the reason. In addition, employees and students may request that others wear masks in their personal work or living spaces. Everyone will be expected to comply with those requirements. This means that while you have the option of wearing a face mask indoors and outdoors in most cases, you will be expected to have a mask with you at all times. Questions about the policy should be submitted on the COVID webpage.

Please be aware that mask requirements may continue for certain activities as mandated by partner or external governing bodies (i.e., service, immersion trips, study abroad travel, athletics, etc.).

Other provisions of Muskingum’s COVID policies remain in place, including the requirement to report a positive test or diagnosis for COVID-19 or symptoms of COVID-19. We will also continue our practice of requiring weekly tests for unvaccinated students and employees and will follow all testing protocols set by the NCAA for athletics. 

Quarantine and Isolation: We will continue to follow the quarantine and isolation guidelines provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to COVID-19, you must wear a mask consistent with the instructions provided by the Student Health Center or Human Resources Office.   

The Health and Safety Team will continue to monitor health guidelines related to COVID-19 and the conditions of our campus and community. The University may need to reinstate mask and other safety protocols if COVID-19 conditions warrant.

Muskies did an amazing job containing the spread of COVID-19 on campus, enabling us to continue in-person learning and living. As we go on spring break and come back to campus to finish up spring semester, let’s stay safe and continue to care for one another. It’s what we do!

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