Face coverings no longer required on campus for vaccinated individuals

Published: November 12, 2021

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Beginning Monday, Nov. 15, Auburn University will no longer require face coverings in most campus buildings for those who are fully vaccinated. This policy is consistent with the requirements of Executive Order 14042 and associated guidance for federal contractors.

Face coverings must be worn by everyone, regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, in the following areas: 

  • Health care settings, such as the Auburn University Pharmaceutical Care Center, the Auburn University employee and student pharmacies, the College of Veterinary Medicine hospitals and clinic, and the Auburn University Medical Clinic

  • Tiger Transit

  • Other areas marked by official university signage or otherwise clearly communicated by the university

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including those granted an exception to the university’s COVID-19 vaccine policy) must wear face coverings at all times, except in the following areas:

  • When alone in an office with floor to ceiling walls and a closed door

    • Note that masks must be worn in any common areas or shared workspaces (including open floorplan office space, cubicle embankments, and conference rooms)

  • When actively eating or drinking and maintaining appropriate distancing

  • Residence hall rooms, when alone or with roommates only

  • The Auburn University Campus Recreation and Wellness Center, when actively exercising

  • Outdoor areas that are not crowded and do not involve sustained close contact with other people who are not fully vaccinated

Faculty members may require all individuals to continue wearing face coverings during their classes if the faculty member has a face coverings requirement in the course syllabus.

This policy, based on currently available information, is in effect until further notice. This policy currently does not apply to the AUM campus. AUM will continue to follow the face covering protocol currently outlined in its 2020-2021 Pandemic Plan, requiring that all students, employees, contractors, and visitors properly wear face coverings while inside campus buildings or utilizing university transportation. AUM employees will receive additional correspondence regarding updates to the face covering protocol.

Auburn is consistently monitoring CDC and medical recommendations, local conditions and federal regulations. We will communicate to the campus community any modifications to this policy that result from changing circumstances. Please refer to the university’s face covering policy for further guidance.