Campus Indoor Masking Update
After carefully reviewing medical guidance from the CDC and our partners at TriHealth and discussing implications for the Xavier community, the University is now requiring students, employees, visitors, and contractors to wear a mask when indoors in a campus building, including all classrooms, lab spaces and offices, effective Monday, Aug. 9, 2021. The following are exceptions to the indoor campus mask requirement:
- Masks are not required while actively eating or drinking.
- Masks are not required in residential spaces, as these are the primary living spaces for students residing at Xavier. However, masks are strongly encouraged in residence hall lobbies and common spaces.
- Masks might not be required in certain special circumstances. Such exceptions will be posted or otherwise communicated by the University as appropriate. If you are unsure if a mask is required, wear a mask.
- Masks are not required when alone in a non-public space, such as an office or cubicle.
This requirement applies to all community members, regardless of vaccination status. The high transmissibility of the COVID-19 Delta variant poses an enhanced risk to the health and operations of our community. While masks are now required indoors, Xavier is firmly committed to returning to mostly normal operations for the fall semester, including in-person classes at full capacity, dining services, and campus activities.
As fellow Musketeers, our All For One spirit calls each of us to look out for both the individual and the community. We know the Xavier community will do their part, individually and collectively, to keep our community healthy during this particularly challenging time.
Xavier will continue to monitor COVID in our community, review health guidance with our TriHealth partners, and adapt campus protocols as appropriate. Xavier has successfully managed the challenges that have come with the pandemic, and we will continue to meet any challenges before us as we always do – together.
We are incredibly excited to have the Xavier community together and kick off the new academic year.