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Protecting Our Campus Community

Safety Policies and Protocols

Mask Requirement Update

Effective February 14, 2022

Recently, Frederick County lifted its requirement that masks be worn indoors, and Governor Larry Hogan asked the state school board to end the indoor mask mandate in public K-12 schools. In coordination with these decisions, reached in consultation with public health experts, we are lifting the university’s indoor mask mandate effective Monday, February 14, 2022.

Your health and safety remain among our highest priorities. Evidence demonstrates that up-to-date vaccination, testing and isolation when infected are the most effective measures to protect both yourself and those in the community. We strongly encourage you to keep your vaccination status up to date by receiving boosters when eligible. The university will continue to offer vaccine clinics for employees and students on Wednesdays.

Weekly testing of unvaccinated employees, students and seminarians and random surveillance testing of vaccinated individuals will continue to be offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Individuals who receive notification to be tested must comply.

Anyone who would like to wear a mask may continue to do so and is fully supported in their decision and should be treated with respect.

Physical Distancing

There are no requirements for physical distancing. Room occupancy limits will return to pre-COVID levels and there are no gathering size restrictions (except for the normal fire code limits). This applies to all rooms including the dining halls and classrooms.

Handwashing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces on your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face. Hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout all buildings on campus.

Gloves

High-risk students should use gloves as part of personal protective equipment (PPE), but according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks.

Goggles/Face Shields

You do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. A face covering or mask is sufficient. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for non-healthcare environments. Face shields may not be used without a mask.

Personal Disinfection

While custodial crews clean restrooms and common areas based on CDC guidelines, additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces such as residence hall desks, light switches and doorknobs.

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene

If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Then throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Meals

Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. While dining on campus, you should wear your mask or face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward.

Last updated February 16, 2022.