Update to JSU's Mask Policy

August 6, 2021 

Dear Student, Faculty and Staff,  

Jacksonville State University will require face coverings, beginning Monday, August 9, 2021. This temporary requirement applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status, and is designed to keep us safely operating in person and on campus as we begin the fall semester. Given the revised CDC guidance, increases in COVID variant cases in our area, increases in hospitalizations due to Covid-19 and the State reporting several days of double digit deaths from Covid-19, we have come to this difficult decision. JSU will continuously monitor these conditions in our region, and our mitigation measure will be reevaluated on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, unless we see a marked improvement to remove the mask mandate prior. 

The policy mandates the use of face coverings or masks when inside university buildings, and applies to all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and campus visitors, regardless of vaccination status. 

With this new requirement, masks must be worn: 

    • In classrooms and classroom buildings, regardless of distancing 
    • In personal meeting spaces, such as meetings with faculty and advisors 
    • On campus sanctioned transportation  
    • Other indoor common spaces  

Exceptions include: 

  • When alone in offices and private workspaces 
  • When eating or drinking inside campus dining facilities 
  • When participating in activities of physical exercise  

Thank you for helping us keep our campus community safe, 

Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr.