In accordance with state public health guidelines, masks are optional in most indoor spaces.
In accordance with public health guidance, masks will remain required in healthcare facilities, including Pacific’s public clinics, Student Health Center, Student Counseling Center and Athletic Training Room. Masks may also be required in some class and lab settings where students practice the skills they would use in such healthcare settings.
The Pacific University Early Learning Community, which serves children in preschool through fourth grade, follows guidance from the Early Learning Division and Oregon Department of Education. Masks are currently optional for students and employees in kindergarten through fourth grade classes. Preschool classrooms continue to require masks for children and staff.
High Risk Individuals
The Oregon Health Authority and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to recommend that people who are at higher risk continue to wear a well-fitting high quality mask in public areas, especially crowded indoor spaces. High risk individuals may include those who are unvaccinated, immunocompromised, have underlying health conditions, are 65 or older, or live with someone in those categories.
Pacific University respects the choices of individuals who choose to wear a face mask to protect themselves or their community, and the university considers all protocols from a science-based public health perspective that supports the needs of those who are most at risk.
Choosing a Mask
Public health officials recommend a well-fitted, high-quality mask for those in higher risk populations. Surgical masks and high-filtration efficiency options, such as N95, KN95 and KF94 respirators provide the highest level of protection. Alternatively, wearing a close-fitting cloth mask on top of a surgical mask is an effective option. A cloth mask with multiple layers is better than a single layer of fabric. It is most important that a mask fits snuggly (no gaps around the nose or cheeks) and is worn properly, covering the nose and mouth.