March 03, 2022 | Midwestern University
Over the past two years, Midwestern University has diligently worked to maintain safe and healthy campuses by following health protocols established to combat COVID-19. At this time, more than 94% of our academic and healthcare community are vaccinated and the number of new cases among our faculty, staff, and students is at an all-time low.
Throughout the pandemic, the University Leadership Team has continued to evaluate health and safety protocols while adhering to state and federal regulations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have revised the indoor mask guidelines as the surge in the virus and omicron variant appear to be declining. Based on this guidance, and with careful consideration of the overall well-being of our academic family, Midwestern University has updated its face mask policy effective February 28, 2022. The University looks forward to a successful Spring Quarter and is committed to providing quality educational experiences for all our students.
The revised face masks requirements as it pertains to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors effective 2/28/22 are as follows:
- Face masks are no longer required in academic campus facilities. However, as it has always been the case, faculty, staff, and students must adhere to specific federal, local, departmental, or College policies and procedures related to personal protective equipment, including face masks and other face coverings that must be worn as part of specific job duties or academic activities. Based on this, some laboratories and simulation centers may continue to require the use of face masks and other PPE on a regular basis.
- In accordance with federal directives, face masks will continue to be required of faculty, staff, and students in any healthcare setting including all our Clinic facilities and applies to anyone involved in patient care.
Midwestern University will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 transmission data and all related local and federal guidelines and directives. Should the number of positive cases increase, this policy may need to be revised. At this time, the University will continue to utilize the Daily Health Screening and weekly on-campus testing for unvaccinated faculty, staff, or students and asks anyone who is symptomatic or tests positive for COVID-19 to continue to follow the Midwestern University protocols. Additionally, anyone who prefers to continue to wear face coverings during daily activities on and off campus, is welcome to do so.