Three students are shown studying while properly wearing masks

Brandeis policies continue to be informed by CDC, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and local Board of Health guidance, as well as the needs of our community. Brandeis has updated its masking policies in light of the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant.

Allowable mask options

Allowable face coverings are defined as those that secure via ear loops or with ties and have a snug fit to the face, over the nose, and under the chin and are multilayered. Brandeis strongly recommends that community members obtain medical-grade masks such as surgical masks, or KN95 and KF94 respirators. If you choose to continue wearing a cloth mask, consider adding a protective HEPA mask filter for additional protection. Please review the CDC's guidelines for proper mask-wearing; improperly-worn masks are not effective in preventing COVID transmission.

Face coverings with valves or plastic face shields used alone do not provide protection to the user or to the community, nor do bandanas, scarves, or gaiters; such face coverings are unacceptable and do not meet the requirements of this policy.

Do I have to bring my own mask?

Yes. Unless designated as an essential employee, all community members must provide their own face mask each day they are on campus.

Failure to bring and wear a face may result in being asked to leave campus. Refusal or repeated failures to follow this directive will result in disciplinary action.

What if I have a disability or medical condition?

Community members with a disability or medical condition that requires accommodations for a specific type of mask or face covering should contact the appropriate campus health provider.

For faculty, staff, and affiliates, contact Occupational Health Services (781-736-8757;; for students, contact the Brandeis Student Health Center (781-736-3677,

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