Temporary COVID-19 Masking Protocols

TU announces voluntary masking

Effective Tuesday, March 1, TU will no longer require masks to be worn by students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors inside TU buildings and facilities. However, masks will continue to be required in all campus medical settings, including the University Health Center or West Village Test Center, as well as settings with preschool aged children including the TU Childcare Center. Read the message to campus.

  1. Authorization

    The following protocols have been modified in accordance with Towson University (“TU”) policies, protocols, local, state and University System of Maryland (“USM”) guidance.

  2. General Overview

    Following local, state, federal, CDC and USM guidance, TU has revised the Temporary COVID-19 Masking Protocols for operations in the current environment. Students, faculty, staff, contractors, volunteers, and visitors are no longer required to wear a mask at Towson University, unless otherwise indicated below. All other existing related University policies, procedures, and practices remain in effect as written.

  3. Masking Protocols

    1. MASKS ARE ONLY REQUIRED IN THESE LIMITED SITUATIONS REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS.

      These mask requirements apply to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, volunteers, and visitors while on the campus of Towson University in these specific limited situations, regardless of vaccination status.

      A mask/face covering is REQUIRED when:

      • Healthcare Services. Obtaining or offering healthcare services, including without limitation, in the University Health Center (UHC), West Village Testing Center (WVTC), offices of physicians and healthcare providers, clinical and patient care spaces and medical laboratories. The mask must be a KN-95 type, available at UHC and WVTC at entry. 
      • Activities with Preschool Students. Participating in class, gatherings, or group activities that primarily include preschool students inside TU facilities.
    2. GENERAL EXEMPTIONS TO MASKING REQUIREMENTS

      Masks/face coverings should not be placed on:

      • Anyone who has trouble breathing;
      • Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance;
      • Anyone that is unable to wear a mask/face covering due to a qualifying disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); or
      • Babies and children younger than 2 years old.
    3. CRITERIA FOR TYPE OF MASKS/FACE COVERINGS

      While TU will provide masks for anyone who does not have one, individuals are encouraged to supply their own mask or face covering for regular daily use. TU will also maintain a supply of masks that have clear panels and/or face shields to allow for lip reading or other necessary modes of nonverbal communication.

      Recognizing that masks or face coverings may vary, all must:

      • Fit snugly and comfortably against the side of the face;
      • Be secured with ties, strap(s) or ear loops OR a continuous piece of cloth that encircles the head while covering the nose and mouth;
      • Cover the mouth AND nose (no mesh or open holes) and extend below the chin;
      • Allow for breathing without restriction;
      • Be able to be laundered without damage or change to shape; and
      • Be consistent with USM Personnel Policy on Professional Conduct for Nonexempt and Exempt Staff, and/or the TU Code of Student Conduct.
    4. NON-COMPLIANCE WITH MASKING PROTOCOLS 

      Failure to comply with these protocols places our campus community at risk for spreading COVID-19, which could endanger community health and further disrupt educational activities. Failure by any individual or groups of individuals can result in limitation of access and/or the shutdown of facilities or activities where non-compliance occurs.

      Non-compliance with these modified protocols or other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidelines may result in suspension of access to the applicable facility for a period of time and/or corrective/disciplinary action depending on the severity and/or frequency of the non-compliance. Any consideration regarding possible corrective/disciplinary action must be made in consultation with Human Resources for faculty/staff or with Student Affairs for students. Issues with non-compliance of contract workers should be referred to the Human Resources department for follow-up.

  4. Duration of Protocols

    These modified masking protocols will be in effect until further notice. The evaluation of the need to further modify these protocols or implement additional practice modifications will be continuous. The decision regarding when and under what conditions these protocols will be further modified or rescinded will be based upon the evaluation of information and guidance received from federal, state and local government and prevailing health authorities.

Established on July 2, 2020. Modified on May 4, 2021; May 25, 202; July 30, 2021; August 16, 2021; February 28. 2022.