Campus Mask Policy

January 10, 2022

All students, employees, and guests are required to wear masks on campus in indoor common spaces.

Masks are not required while individuals are eating, drinking, exercising, or working or studying alone. Students in their own rooms without guests are not required to wear masks.

The University does not require masks for individuals in outdoor settings. Consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor areas.

Health science students and employees may be required to wear masks in clinical settings.

When wearing a mask, you must follow these guidelines:

  • Masks must have two or more layers of breathable fabric and completely cover your nose and mouth. Your mask must fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps, and you should choose a mask with a nose wire along the top of the mask to prevent air leakage. Masks with vents or exhalation valves, folded bandannas, gaiter masks, and knitted masks are not allowable. If wearing a face shield, you must also wear a mask of two or more layers of breathable fabric that completely covers your nose and mouth.
  • Any branding, decoration, or labeling on masks must be appropriate to the professional University setting.
  • Guests, visitors, vendors, and contractors are expected to honor these guidelines and provide their own masks.
  • Each person will be responsible for keeping their masks clean and properly mended.
  • Student non-compliance is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and will be reported accordingly. An incompliant student – who blatantly disregards the policy – will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs.
  • Employees failing to comply are to be reported to their immediate supervisor or Human Resources.
  • Under no circumstances should a student, faculty, or staff member initiate a verbal or physical altercation to force compliance with the mask policy. Reporting of noncompliance to the appropriate personnel is sufficient.

Masks may pose a safety hazard or insufficient protection in some labs, clinical environments, and industrial settings.

An individual with a disability that impacts their ability to wear a mask may request a reasonable accommodation.  Employees should consult with their supervisor or contact Human Resources for an accommodation. Students should contact the Access and Accommodations Office at https://access.mercer.edu/students/new to apply for accommodations.