Masking updates for Summer 2021
- In all public indoor locations [i.e. the Library, Gosman, Shapiro Campus Center, atrium of the Shapiro Science Center, testing sites, dining halls (when not eating or drinking), hallways, study areas, corridors, bathrooms, classrooms, etc.]
- At all public indoor university events (when not eating or drinking)
- Outdoors, when distance cannot be maintained
- By those individuals who are not fully vaccinated
- When a request is made that masks be worn out of consideration for others present
During this period of transition, Brandeis University will permit fully vaccinated individuals working or gathered in an enclosed space such as an office, suite, lab, meeting room, classroom, etc. to operate without masks. Respectful and open communication are essential at this time. Individuals should not ask about the vaccination status of others. Individuals must ALWAYS have a mask “at the ready” in case they come into a situation where physical distancing is not possible, if others are wearing masks, or if a request that masks be worn is made.
We recognize that many labs, offices, and other cohorts of individuals who gather together on campus maintain complete or nearly complete vaccination status at this time. We also recognize that there are individuals who are unable to be vaccinated for medical or religious reasons, who live with others who are immuno-compromised or otherwise unable to be vaccinated (i.e. children under 12 years of age), or simply feel more comfortable wearing a mask in the presence of others.
Wearing a mask and/or continuing to meet virtually are always acceptable options. All members of our community should feel empowered to wear a mask in addition to the guidelines outlined above and should be aware when others might exhibit discomfort when masks are removed. If someone asks you to wear a mask when in close proximity, or if you are at a gathering where others are wearing masks, please consider wearing yours as well. At their discretion, individual departments, groups, or clubs may also make a determination that participants in their gatherings are required to wear masks.
Allowable mask types
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. Disposable and cloth masks that meet these specifications are acceptable.
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; email@example.com); for students, contact the Brandeis Student Health Center (781-736-3677, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Proper Mask Use and Care Tips
- Wash or sanitize your hands before putting on a mask; wash or sanitize your hands prior to and after removing a mask.
- Wear your mask securely over your nose, mouth, and tucked under your chin, fitting snugly to your face the entire time you are in public. Do not wear your mask on your forehead, under your chin, around your neck, hanging off one ear, or on your elbow.
- Avoid touching the exterior of your mask; wash or sanitize your hands if you do.
- Change or launder face masks if they become soiled, wet, or damaged. Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and must be discarded after use. Cloth face masks must be laundered after each day of use.
- Continue to adhere to other protective safety measures including physical distancing and frequent handwashing while wearing your mask.