Please note that the information on this page is updated as new information is available, and as CDC, state and local public health guidance changes. For the latest information, please check back regularly.
COVID-19 is spread through droplets when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes. Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. There are a very few exceptions, which are outlined below.
App State requirements
Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, unless:
- You are alone in a private, enclosed residence hall room, apartment or office.
- You are in an enclosed indoor space when only household members are present.
- You are actively eating or drinking.
Additionally, face coverings are required in shared university vans and motor pool vehicles, regardless of vaccination status.
Additional guidance for faculty
- Fully vaccinated faculty may pull their face covering down while actively teaching.
- Unvaccinated faculty should continue to wear a face covering.
- Face shields and clear face masks are being provided to departments upon request for any faculty member who wishes to use one while actively teaching, regardless of vaccination status.
- If you have concerns about student compliance with university COVID-19 policies, review additional guidance, information and resources from the Office of Student Conduct.
- If you have concerns about faculty or staff compliance with university COVID-19 policies, submit a care and concern report.
- Read the university’s COVID-19 Classroom Policies.
- Find additional COVID-19 guidance and resources for faculty from Academic Affairs
Free, reusable face coverings available to students, faculty and staff
Students, faculty and staff can pick up free, reusable face coverings at the Plemmons Student Union information desk.
Disposable face coverings will also be available for classrooms, and in academic departments and public areas throughout campus.
CDC recommends that:
- Everyone over the age of 2 wear a face covering in indoor public places if they are:
- Not fully vaccinated.
- Fully vaccinated and in an area with substantial or high transmission*.
- Fully vaccinated and with weakened immune systems.
Review CDC’s face covering guidance for more information. In addition, you should continue to wear a face covering where required by laws, rules, regulations, or local guidance.
*The CDC’s online interactive map allows you to search for COVID-19 data by state and county and will note if your area is low, moderate, substantial or high.