General Mask FAQs

Beginning April 11, masks will be optional in most indoor spaces. They will continue to be required in:

  • Clinical spaces on campus and in accordance with requirements at external locations, such as clinical placements, student teaching assignments, etc.
  • Health care settings
  • In private offices when requested
  • In other instances where specific contractual obligations apply

If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, you must follow the isolation and quarantine instructions.

Yes, you are encouraged to wear a mask if you choose to do so.

No. Masks are optional in all indoor spaces, except as noted here.

If you are in an office or another small space with another person and one person requests that masks be worn, both individuals should honor the request to wear masks, use another meeting space that allows for physical distancing or make use of a remote option.

Organizers of campus events and activities can decide whether to require masks for participation in those events and activities (e.g., for artistic performances, special receptions, etc.) on a case-by-case basis. JMU will also continue to adhere to any external requirements that apply to clinical placements, student teaching, etc.  

If you recently tested positive for COVID-19, you must follow the isolation and quarantine instructions.

Employee Masking

You do not need to wear a mask while in a vehicle with two or more persons; however, those who feel uncomfortable may wear a mask. 

Employees may continue to wear a mask at any time while working at JMU.

It is not necessary to wear a mask while working on or visiting the JMU campus in most public spaces. Employees are not required to wear a face covering while working alone in a private office with the door open or closed.

During meetings, either party in a small office or space may request that the other person wear a mask. If so, both parties should be masked or a remote meeting option should be made available.  

JMU will provide KN95 and N95 masks to those employees who request them via email at N-95maskrequest@jmu.edu. They meet government standards.

Yes. To request N-95 masks or a KN-95 mask, send an email request from your JMU email account to N-95maskrequest@jmu.edu. 

Additional mask and accessibility guidance can be found on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website here. 

Respectfully ask the person to wear a mask or seek another means by which to achieve their desired goal requiring the interaction. Other means could include remote communication via phone or internet. Do not ask anyone why they are or are not wearing a mask.  

It is inappropriate to ask someone why they are or are not wearing a mask.

It is inappropriate to ask someone why they are or are not wearing a mask, or their reasons for doing so. 

It is up to the meeting organizer to determine if masks will be required. You should honor the request from the meeting organizer if they ask that you wear mask. You can also check to see if there are alternatives available for remote meeting access.  

If you are in an office or another small space with another person and one person requests that masks be worn, both individuals should honor the request to wear masks, use another meeting space that allows for physical distancing, or make use of a remote option.

Please respect all individuals whether they choose to wear a mask or not. Calmly make your request, provide an explanation, and offer an alternative such as moving to a space that allows for physical distancing or using a remote option.

You have the option to provide alternative choices for meetings (e.g., virtual) or require all in-person participants to be masked. Attendees should feel comfortable wearing masks as an option in any setting. 

It is up to the instructional faculty member to decide if their research spaces require masking.

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