Face Masks

As of Aug. 25, 2021, Pacific University requires people to wear masks in both common indoor spaces on its campuses and in outdoor settings in which individuals from different households are unable to consistently maintain physical distance.

Common-sense exceptions remain in effect for activities where it would be impractical or impossible to wear a mask, such as fleeting encounters when two individuals pass on a trail or in a park; while eating, drinking and sleeping; while playing or practicing competitive sports; and when delivering a speech or performing, such as with outdoor music or theatre.

Students may remove masks in private residence hall settings, including small gatherings with friends in a residence. Students should continue to wear masks when practical in group restrooms and in shared kitchens or lounges.

Exceptions also may be made for specific classroom activities, such as dental hygiene clinical skills practice or musical instrument rehearsals. Faculty members should contact their dean for any classroom mask exceptions.

Face masks also are required in healthcare settings, including Pacific’s clinics, and in the Pacific University Early Learning Community, which serves children in preschool through fourth grade. Under state guidelines, face masks also are required in public transportation settings, including Pacific’s vans and buses.

Why Wear Masks

Face masks have proven highly effective in helping to mitigate the spread of respiratory illnesses, such as the flu and colds, in addition to COVID-19 and its spreading Delta variant.

Pacific University urges all members of our community to carefully follow local public health guidance for prevention of the spread of COVID-19.

Masks are important for vaccinated individuals, who are at lower risk of serious illness but who may still contract or spread the COVID-19 virus.

Anyone who is unvaccinated, who is immunocompromised, or who is experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including a cold or the flu, should especially wear a face mask.

We also urge all members of our community to be supportive of one another’s personal circumstances and choices to wear a mask to protect themselves or their loved ones.