Miami University President Gregory Crawford announced today that facial coverings will be required for everyone on its campuses regardless of vaccination status.
President Crawford cited concern about the spread of the delta variant of COVID-19 and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that masking is an added protection to combat the virus.
- Miami will require face coverings indoors at all times beginning Monday, Aug. 9, regardless of vaccination status.
- Face coverings must be worn indoors except as exempted under the university’s COVID-19 policy (e.g. when working in an office alone).
- Additionally, students are not required to wear their masks when in their residence hall rooms.
Miami University continues to monitor and respond to shifts in public health guidance from the CDC. The university will continue to assess the facial covering precaution and make adjustments as appropriate.
“Our top priority is ensuring the health and safety of our campus community,” President Crawford said. “Public health officials have advised us that the safest course of action for the successful completion of a robust, in-person semester is to take preventative actions now.”
Miami is urging anyone who is not vaccinated to get vaccinated immediately. “Vaccines remain our best protective measure against the virus,” President Crawford said.
Miami is providing clinics for faculty, staff, and students to get the free vaccine.
President Crawford’s message is available online at wwww.miamioh.edu/covid19.
Miami prepares for its fall semester. The first day of classes is Aug. 23.