Message to the Mercer Community from President Underwood

July 16, 2020

The University implemented a Face Covering Policy for Summer Session II that requires masks in classrooms and other campus spaces. There is growing evidence that face coverings provide protection both for the wearer and individuals around the wearer. Effectively immediately, an expanded policy with additional requirements and enforcement measures will be observed on all campuses. In the coming days we will communicate more details on policies, procedures and resources that were outlined in my June 30 e-mail to the University community, as well as other preparations we are making for in-person classes this fall. The updated Face Covering Policy follows.

Mercer University Face Covering Policy

As part of our effort together to keep our campus community safe, Mercer University requires all faculty, staff, students, contractors and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering, which covers the wearer’s nose and mouth, while inside campus facilities. Exceptions to this policy may only be made by instructors or supervisors who determine that face coverings could be potentially hazardous (such as a laboratory or workshop with open flames). Face coverings are in addition to, and are not a substitute for, social distancing. Face coverings will not be required when alone in an enclosed office or study room, in campus outdoor settings where social distancing requirements are met, for students in their own residential room or suite, when eating in campus dining facilities, or while exercising. Although we anticipate Mercer community members will do their part in complying with this policy, we will enforce it as needed. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face covering for documented health reasons.

I encourage you to visit the University’s COVID-19 website for more information and updates on Mercer’s coronavirus response.

Bill Underwood