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Policy on Wearing Face Masks

Last Modified: Monday, May 16, 2022 9:41 am

Rationale

A growing body of evidence indicates that vaccination, including booster shots, is the strongest line of defense against the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Vaccination rates among students and employees are high and the rate of transmission on campus remains low.

In recent months, many employers and state and local governments have moved away from mandates in favor of an approach that allows individuals to choose to wear a mask based on their personal level of risk, and the level of transmission in a particular area. Both the CDC and the New Jersey Dept. of Health support voluntary use of masks when local levels are low.

Policy Statement

Montclair State University will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the State of New Jersey Department of Health regarding the wearing of face masks as a strategy to reduce the risk of COVID-19 among the campus community.

Applicability

All students, employees, contractors and visitors are required to follow this policy.

Current Masking Requirements

Updated on May 16, 2022

Effective May 16, 2022, the choice to wear a face covering on campus – both indoors and outdoors – will be an individual one. This reflects the low levels of infection and transmission in Essex and Passaic counties.

Masks will continue to be required in all clinical settings, including the University Health Center, the COVID Testing Center in Webster Hall, Occupational Health, Center for Clinical Services, and the Center for Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.

Unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to reduce their risk by continuing to wear a mask indoors when in the presence of other people.

Everyone is free to wear a mask at any time on the Montclair State University Campus.

The University asks that all members of the campus community carry a mask and when in close contact with another person, ask them if they’d like you to wear it. This is a courtesy to those who may be at higher risk, or who may live with people at higher risk, or who may simply feel more comfortable wearing a mask. Red Hawks take care of each other, so please respect their choices, and put on your mask if they would like you to.

The procedures specified above are subject to revision based on new scientific evidence, guidance from federal and state health authorities and the changing needs of the University.

Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Use and Care of Masks

New Jersey Dept. of Health: Should I Wear a Mask to Stop the Spread of COVID-19?