Mask Mandate at American University Exceeds CDC Guidelines
“AU has a long history of implementing masking policies that stretch CDC guidance.”
At this point, isn’t this just a form of virtue signaling?
Campus Reform reports:
University’s fall mask mandate exceeds CDC guidance
American University (AU) in Washington D.C. recently announced its mask policy to require students to wear masks in classrooms for the fall 2022 semester. The policy goes beyond CDC guidance and also gives leeway to the university’s faculty.
According to the August 11 announcement, if faculty are at least six feet away from the students, they may remove their masks during a lecture.
However, students are required to keep their masks on, unless they are “drinking” or in “performing arts/language classes” when “specific instructional needs” are warranted, drawing a clear double standard between AU’s faculty and its students.
According to DC Health guidelines, “[m]ost people no longer need to wear masks in indoor public settings or outdoors unless COVID19 community levels are HIGH.”
DC Health categorizes COVID-19 community levels as low, medium, or high based on the hospitalization rates.
But AU is implementing its mask mandate for students during a time when the COVID-19 community level in Washington D.C. is currently low.
AU has a long history of implementing masking policies that stretch CDC guidance.
In July 2021, for example, Fanta Aw, Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment, Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence at AU, released a statement requiring “anyone present in AU buildings or campus facilities [to] wear masks while indoors.”
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