Face Coverings Required in Classrooms
Thursday is the first day of class for fall semester, and I want to take the opportunity to remind all of you about our face covering requirement, specifically as it pertains to those in the classroom. This health measure is to protect our fellow Flashes from the virus as we manage the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
As you know by now, our Flashes Safe Seven principles require everyone on our campuses who can safely wear a face covering to do so in all public spaces, which includes classrooms. It is important for you to understand that coming to class without a face covering could result in disciplinary action, as it is a violation of our class disruption policy. If a student arrives in class without a face covering, the faculty member will request they put a face covering on immediately. If the student refuses to put on a face covering or exit the classroom, the faculty member will cancel that class. A student who chooses not to wear a face covering will be in violation of the class disruption policy and may be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, possible suspension from class.
If you have concerns about wearing a face covering, please submit the accommodation request form for Fall 2020.
It is our desire to make this a safe and successful semester for all students and faculty, and we need the cooperation of all of you to make that happen. Those choosing not to adhere to public health and university guidance threaten a successful fall semester for the entire community. So please, do your part. Wear your face coverings, practice social distancing and carefully monitor your health, so that we can keep our university community safe.
I know that we can do this, because Flashes Take Care of Flashes!
Lamar R. Hylton, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs