MTSU President Dr. Sidney McPhee says that masks will be required on the University Campus.
In less than two weeks, students will be returning to begin their Fall semester. McPhee said, “it is important to remind everyone that in order to assure the safety of our community, preventative health practices must be observed.”
Over the past few weeks, there has been a noticeable increase in the numbers of individuals testing positive with COVD-19; more specifically the Delta variant. In response, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has issued new guidance to help slow the spread of the virus. In keeping with these recommendations, effective Wednesday, August 11, MTSU will again require all members of the campus community to wear masks at all times inside university facilities. Exclusions to this include private offices, dorm rooms and individual study rooms.
McPhee said, “While recognizing that vaccination is a personal choice, it has been proven that this is the most effective way to combat this virus. We continue to strongly encourage everyone to be vaccinated and will continue to provide vaccinations through our student health Services. Masking and vaccination will help us keep the traditional class schedule currently in place for this fall.”
MTSU hopes that this requirement will be short-lived and officials will continue to monitor the situation on the campus and make decisions as appropriate. Currently, required masking is the only modification to MTSU’s plan for students returning to campus.
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