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COVID-19 is spread through droplets when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes. Face coverings are required in all indoor areas on campus for those who are unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated persons may choose to wear a face covering at their own discretion.
App State requirements
The university’s face coverings policy has been updated based on the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, as well as Executive Order 215. Current guidelines are below — read the face coverings policy here.
- Face coverings are not required on campus for fully vaccinated individuals, EXCEPT:
- At large, crowded indoor events when social distancing is not possible.
- At Student Health Service or other health care settings.
- At on-campus child care facilities.
- At on-campus summer camps serving minors.
- Individuals who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 should continue to wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose in all indoor public settings.
- Unvaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face covering when they are working alone in an enclosed indoor space, such as offices or study rooms, as long as they remain alone. This does not apply to indoor spaces that are frequently entered by other individuals.
- Unvaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face covering in private living spaces within residential halls, but they are required to do so in common areas such as lobbies.
- Unvaccinated individuals may temporarily remove their face covering while drinking or eating at a dining room table in a university dining facility or other area designated for dining. Eating and drinking in common areas in residence halls is not permitted.
- Wearing face coverings is optional for vaccinated individuals. Please continue to be respectful and supportive of those who elect to continue to wear face coverings.
Students, faculty and staff are not required to provide vaccination status, but they may voluntarily share this information with the university. More information about how students and employees can volunteer their vaccination status will be provided over the summer.
Face coverings are available for purchase at university markets and in campus vending machines.
Students, faculty and staff with questions about face coverings can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I forgot my face covering, what should I do?
- Reusable face coverings are available for purchase at the University Bookstore and 10-packs of disposable face masks are available for purchase at the Markets, located in Appalachian Panhellenic Hall, Trivette Hall and the University Bookstore.
- Snack vending machines across campus are stocked with 2-packs of disposable masks. Vending machines are also stocked with small bottles of hand sanitizer.
- Campus departments also have a limited supply of disposable masks available upon request.