[Last updated Oct. 12]

Current Masking Mandate

F&M's current masking protocol requires everyone to wear masks in all indoor campus spaces unless otherwise noted, regardless of vaccination status. It also strongly encourages wearing masks at large outdoor events at which physical distancing cannot be maintained.
 

When the Mandate Concludes

Our masking protocol will depend on our campus alert level, which is impacted by various factors, including campus indicators and local COVID-19 transmission levels.
 

When the campus alert level is low:

For individuals who are fully vaccinated:
  • Wearing a mask is optional in indoor and outdoor campus spaces.

For individuals who are not fully vaccinated:
  • Wearing a mask is required in all indoor campus spaces (except for private rooms / workspaces when no one else is present).

 

When the campus alert level is moderate:

For individuals who are fully vaccinated:
  • Wearing a mask may be required in all indoor campus spaces depending on overall conditions. If conditions necessitate a mask requirement for fully vaccinated individuals in moderate alert, PORT  will communicate this requirement with the community.

For individuals who are not fully vaccinated:
  • Wearing a mask is required in all indoor campus spaces (except for private rooms / workspaces when no one else is present). 

 

When the campus alert level is high or very high:

  • Wearing a mask is required regardless of vaccination status  in all indoor campus spaces (except for private rooms / workspaces when no one else is present).

 

MASKING REQUIREMENTS

Masks must cover both your mouth and your nose. In accordance with CDC guidelines, face shields and gaiters may not be worn as a replacement for masks.

We encourage our campus community to have multiple reusable masks, and to keep one on your person at all times. If you forget a mask, disposable masks are available around campus, but please refrain from taking more than one disposable mask at a time.

Masks need to be worn in:
  • Classrooms

  • Dining spaces (when not actively eating and drinking)

  • Academic and social spaces

  • Athletic facilities (when not actively engaged in training, competition, or recreational use)

    • in the ASFC when occupancy exceeds 20 individuals

    • in the Strength Center when occupancy exceeds 12 individuals

  • Shared bathrooms

  • College House common areas

  • Laundry spaces

  • College transportation, including shuttles, vans, and buses

  • Any other indoor setting where more than one person is present

  • Outdoor spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained

Masks do not need to be worn:
  • in a private, single or double residence room or private office space when occupied solely by the resident(s) of that room or workspace.
  • in resident-only bathrooms / hallways of residence halls.
  • when eating or drinking.
  • when engaged in training, competition, or active recreational use per NCAA guidelines.
  • when outdoors by yourself or in small gatherings.

 

Be a Diplomat and respect others’ decision to wear a mask

Many members of our campus community, regardless of the community transmission level and their vaccination status, will continue to wear face masks even when it is not required by the College and the College supports their choice to do so. Individuals who choose to wear masks should not be questioned about them, nor should they be discouraged or prohibited from wearing them.

No one may mandate masking or other public health protocols for other members of the F&M community that contravene the College’s policy. This includes faculty making rules for their classrooms.