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Are masks required on campus?

Following the City of Milwaukee's mask advisory, it is recommended to wear a well-fitting mask in indoor public settings. Students are encouraged to bring disposable or KN95/N95 respirator masks to campus to ensure they are able to follow mask guidance.

  • Classrooms and labs: Our goal is to remain safe and provide a meaningful in-person learning experience. Instructors teaching in-person classes or labs this fall may encourage students to wear masks in alignment with our university recommendation and city guidance. Students are asked to comply with any such request in the spirit of fostering a respectful, inclusive community.
  • On-campus clinical settings: Masks are required.
  • Elsewhere on campus: Masks are strongly recommended indoors if Milwaukee County is at a "high" CDC Community Level or when the city issues a mask advisory. Anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so.

When should someone consider wearing a mask?

Individuals may choose to wear a mask for a wide variety of reasons, so anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask is encouraged to do so. In alignment with the latest CDC guidance, the university encourages members of our community who are immunocompromised, at high risk for COVID-19 complications or not up-to-date with COVID vaccination (primary series plus booster, if eligible) to continue wearing a mask while indoors. The CDC also recommends mask wearing in public for those who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who have tested positive within 10 days.

Where can I get a mask on campus?

Students are encouraged to bring disposable or KN95/N95 respirator masks to campus to ensure they are able to follow mask guidance. In addition, disposable masks and nonmedical grade N95 respirator masks for voluntary use are available at the AMU Information Desk and Raynor Memorial Libraries. Each school, college and residence hall also have a supply of masks to distribute.

Where can I find a N95/KN95 mask?

Nonmedical grade N95 respirator masks for voluntary use are available at the AMU Information Desk and Raynor Memorial Libraries. Each college and residence hall also has a limited supply of masks to distribute. To preserve supply, the CDC states N95 and KN95 respirator masks may be used beyond the manufacturer-designated number of uses, if properly sanitized between uses, but should not be used more than five times.

To sanitize an N95 or KN95 mask, remove the respirator mask and place it in a breathable paper bag. Close the bag and allow it to sit at room temperature for at least 72 hours before reusing the mask. This process can be repeated but should not exceed five times before discarding the mask. You should not reuse an N95 mask if straps are stretched out and it no longer fits snugly against your face or when it becomes wet, dirty, or damaged. Throw it in the trash, and please be sure to cut the straps before doing so.

How can I order more masks for my department or facility?

All mask styles can be ordered by submitting a requisition form to the Dental Store by emailing dentalstore@marquette.edu. Schools and colleges should place consolidated mask orders for their faculty, staff and students instead of individual academic departments ordering masks on their own. Access to the requisition form is located on the Purchasing Department website. For COVID-related purchases, use your department RC along with the new COVID natural 6202.

 

The purchasing requisition form notes the difference between the required healthcare N95 respirator mask and the added “voluntary use N95 mask” which currently states “Mask – N95 (voluntary – nonmedical use).” It is highly encouraged to order the voluntary non-medical use N95 masks to prioritize the medical grade version for clinicians and health care workers already included in the respiratory protection program

Can a faculty or staff member require masks in a specific office or space?

Instructors teaching in-person classes or labs this fall may encourage students to wear masks in alignment with our university recommendation and city guidance. Students are asked to comply with any such request in the spirit of fostering a respectful, inclusive community.

Masks continue to be required in university health care settings (including on-campus clinics), on-campus COVID-19 testing sites.