In preparation for the return of students, faculty and staff to campus, we seek to create the safest possible learning and working environment. In Chancellor Everts’ June 12 message to campus, she shared that face coverings would be required for students, faculty and staff when on campus. This update provides additional information and a link to Appalachian’s full policy.
Because COVID-19 is spread through droplets when an infected person speaks, coughs, or sneezes, one of the most important tools we have in this fight are face coverings.
In situations where at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained or guaranteed — e.g., hallways, restrooms or multi-person work stations — on-campus staff, faculty and students are required to wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose.
All students, faculty and staff will be provided with three face coverings.
The global pandemic has forced all of us to adopt new patterns of behavior that are sometimes awkward and uncomfortable. We need to work together to reinforce the importance of engaging in all of the behaviors we know prevent the spread of the virus – handwashing, staying home when ill, physical distancing, wearing face coverings, and showing we care about each other by doing what is right to help fight COVID-19.
We are relying on members of our community to adhere to these standards, but when necessary, we also will enforce these behaviors. This will include asking students who do not have a face covering to leave the classroom, campus building, or other venue and only return when they have a face covering. Students who continue to violate this policy may be subject to further action per the Code of Student Conduct. Similarly, employees who do not wear a face covering may be subject to disciplinary action based on our policies regarding employee performance and behaviors in the workplace.
Wearing a face covering is an expression of care, an acknowledgment of community, and a vital part of our plan to make our university as safe as possible for everyone. Thank you for helping keep our community as safe as possible by abiding by these guidelines.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.