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Masking policy for Fall 2021

Brandeis policies continue to be informed by CDC,  Massachusetts, and local guidance, as well as the needs of our community. Brandeis will closely monitor local conditions and will relax these policies when possible.

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.

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;; for students, contact the Brandeis Student Health Center (781-736-3677,

Proper Mask Use and Care Tips