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Face Mask Policy

Last updated: March 10, 2022

Indoor Masking (Except Classrooms)

In all areas except classrooms, laboratories, and health services, indoor masking will be optional for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. All individuals are strongly encouraged to continue indoor masking, however, to mitigate on-going COVID risk.

As an expression of community care, all persons who choose to continue masking must be treated with respect. Neither supervisors, colleagues, nor classmates should ask why another person is choosing to wear a mask.

Indoor Masking: Classrooms, Studios, Labs, and all Dedicated Indoor Learning Spaces

Until further notice all individuals are required to wear well-fitted masks in dedicated indoor learning spaces (e.g., classrooms, laboratories, art studios, theater stage).

If an individual professor wants to teach in a non-masked classroom, however, they are required to conduct an anonymous classroom poll. If votes unanimously indicate that all present want to be unmasked, the professor can allow attendees to be unmasked.

Anonymous polls can be conducted through Blackboard (faculty will receive a separate email with instructions).

Outdoor Masking

Outdoor masking is optional for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.

What informed the updated mask policy?

The University has a multidisciplinary committee who advises the University President on COVID-19 related matters. Each member of the committee brings to the table a unique set of experience from their respective fields (e.g., health, education, residential life, facilities, and more). They also bring their own training and expertise (e.g., Ph.Ds, MAs, PA-C). All who serve on the committee read articles in their respective fields and gather information from colleagues at various institutions. Several of them are further charged to consult with the experts at the Ventura County Health Department. The committee meets weekly and is continuously monitoring the situation. 

The University is dropping the mask requirements outside of learning spaces but will follow the recommendation of the California Department of Public Health regarding enclosed spaces in school settings. The Governor’s order notes: “Masking will continue to be an important layer of protection along with the continued recommendations around vaccinations, testing and ventilation, to keep schools a safe environment, even as case rates and hospitalizations decline.” Learn more 

In addition to this recommendation from the State, the Ventura County Department of Public Health strongly recommends that masks continue to be worn in indoor spaces at the current time also. Because the majority of Cal Lutheran classes fill every seat in their classrooms, and all classes run from 70 minutes to several hours, the University is following both the State and County recommendations for masking in these enclosed indoor spaces. 

The University and its leaders will continue to monitor the situation and evaluate what is best for the education and safety of its students.