Campus Mask & Social Distancing Policy

The University’s masking policy remains in place until further notice. Every member of our campus community must adhere to this policy so we can uphold our commitment to provide the in-person educational experience we all want.

Campus Mask & Social Distancing Policy 
(Starting on Wednesday, March 28, 2022)

  • Individuals will no longer be required to wear masks in most indoor public spaces including classrooms and required group meetings. However, students, faculty, and staff can ask that masks be worn in their classrooms, group meetings they attend, their residences, or their offices.
  • Everyone has a different risk profile that isn’t obvious to others, and as Laurentians, we respect the wishes of others. We expect that, should a Laurentian ask for masks to be worn, every Laurentian in the room will honor that request. 
    • Course instructors may continue to require masks in individual classes based on their evaluation of the safety requirements in each class. The Dean’s Office can send a message to students enrolled in those classes indicating that mask wearing is a University requirement in those classes and students must adhere to this expectation.
    • In required meetings, attendees should contact the convener to convey the request for masking during specific meetings. 
    • A printable mask graphic that you can display on your door or in your work space is available for download.  We recommend that this sign be placed on all office doors and other spaces where mask wearing is requested so that it can be easily recognized and followed.
  • Consistent with NY State, Centers for Disease Control, and local public health guidance there are no longer distinctions between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals regarding mask requirements. The weekly testing requirement for unvaccinated individuals remains the same.
  • In compliance with New York State, anyone who is within six to ten days of recovering from testing positive for COVID is required to continue to be masked around others.
  • Masks are required to be worn in the Health Center.
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  • Everyone on campus is required to carry a mask that can be put on when necessary.
    • Recommended masks are surgical grade: KN95, N95, etc. 
    • KN95 masks are available in the Student Center.
    • N95 masks can be ordered from purchasing at https://www.stlawu.edu/covid19supplies
    • If you would like to be fit-tested using the OSHA protocol to confirm that an N-95 mask fits your face, contact Suna Stone-McMasters at smcmasters@stlawu.edu.

Acceptable and Not Acceptable Face Coverings

(Updated 1/10/22) We strongly encourage the use of medical-grade masks (e.g., surgical, KN95, or N95) and snug-fitting multi-ply masks when possible. Early data show these face coverings reduce the transmissibility of the virus more effectively than cloth masks. To encourage their use, to start the semester the University will provide three KN95 masks to every student and employee. 

What doesn’t count as a proper face covering:

  • Masks with exhalation valves, vents, or holes for eating or drinking
  • Your hand, arm, or elbow 
  • The collar of your shirt
  • A scarf
  • A face shield
  • A napkin, hand towel, piece of paper, or anything else that is not a cloth barrier, secured to your face and fitted snugly under your chin to cover your entire nose and mouth.

How to Wear a Face Covering

Face coverings need to cover your entire nose and mouth, hook under your chin, and fit snugly but comfortably to your face to avoid any gaps or sagging.

Face Coverings Dos and Don'ts

Face masks are only effective for protection if they are handled, worn, stored, and disposed of properly. 

  • Do practice proper hand hygiene. Before and after handling the mask (to put on, adjust, or take off), either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to reduce cross-contamination risk. The outside of the mask is considered dirty.
  • Do mark the outside of the mask in some way so you can easily identify which side is the outside of the mask, and handle it accordingly. Some individuals mark the outside with their initials in permanent ink. 
  • Do keep a paper bag handy for storing the mask every time you take it off; an open plastic Ziploc-style baggie is an alternative if a paper bag is not available. Always store a mask in a clean place. Never store it in a purse or pocket.
  • Don’t touch the outside of your mask while it is on your face.
  • Don’t pull your mask below your chin while you are wearing it. Leaving the mask dangling or improperly fitted to your face creates opportunities for cross-contamination.