Auburn requires face coverings for all indoor and outdoor spaces

Published: August 20, 2020
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Effective August 19, Auburn requires everyone on campus — in all indoor and outdoor spaces — to wear a face covering. This is a preventative measure intended to protect the campus community. Read the complete policy here.

After observing recent events at institutions across the country, it was clear Auburn must go above and beyond policies already in place to reach our goal of an uninterrupted fall semester. Since students’ return, it has been widely observed that there is a campus-wide disregard for basic safety protocols, including the wearing of face coverings and maintaining of appropriate physical distancing, all of which have been encouraged and mandated at the state and local levels since the onset of the pandemic.

Physical distancing remains essential, and the new, more robust face covering mandate was designed to support measures already in place across the university, including but not limited to reduced classroom capacities, encouraging remote work when possible, enhanced cleaning measures and numerous others. Read more about Auburn’s efforts to safeguard campus health in the A Healthier U reentry plans.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.