Face Covering Policy

There have been consistent messages from federal, state and local health authorities about the best measures to keep yourself and the community safe.

  • Wearing a face covering
  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds (or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible)
  • Physically distancing at least 6 feet
  • Getting vaccinated

Stetson University Policy on Face Coverings

Due in part to local and national COVID-19 trends and CDC recommendations, Stetson University revised the campus face coverings policy in accordance with the latest CDC guidance issued July 27:

  • Masks are required in all indoor gatherings or group meetings, including group meetings of four or less, regardless of vaccination status.

A reminder that masks are, and have been, required at Stetson with the following exceptions: 

  • Outside, when you are eating, or when you are by yourself in your residential room, apartment or office. 

Not required:

  • Inside your own residence hall room (alone and with door closed)
  • Inside your individual, non-shared office (alone and with door closed)
  • when you are eating or drinking
  • Outside when distancing is possible 

Required in:

  • All classrooms   
  • All meetings, including group meetings of four or less 
  • All shared office space, even if 6 feet apart 
  • All indoor events, common areas and shared offices  
  • Outdoor events if so indicated  

Why Face Coverings?

Mask requirements are part of Stetson’s temporary enhanced health and safety protocols during a period of increased COVID-19 infection rates due to the Delta variant locally and nationally. Remember, face coverings should be multi-layered and cover the nose and mouth. Neck gaiters, face masks with exhalation valves, and face shields (unless used in conjunction with an acceptable cloth face covering) are not sufficient as a facial covering. Please note that due to N-95 mask shortages, N-95 face masks areLearn more information on cleaning face coverings.

It is important to properly wear a face covering. The CDC recommends washing hands before putting on a face covering, ensuring that it fits properly, removing the face covering without touching the face, and washing hands after removal. The CDC’s detailed guide for proper use of face coverings is available.

Bystander Intervention

Bystander Intervention is our best strategy to help our community be mindful about wearing face coverings. We encourage community members to calmly suggest a face covering be worn if someone is not wearing one in a public shared space (always assess your own safety first). You could start by asking the person if they have a face covering with them. With face coverings, it helps to point out that you wear a face covering to protect other people and that COVID-19 can be transmitted when someone is not demonstrating any symptoms of infection.

Stetson University encourages a community that supports and cares for its members. The Stetson Report It website is a place where anyone can report concern for a Stetson student.

  • The Report a COVID Health Concern form can be used to report positive cases and exposures of COVID-19 to the university so that resources can be given and follow up occur.  
  • The Report a COVID Policy Violation form is available for anyone in the community wanting to report a concern for a fellow community member (faculty, staff, students) not following current Stetson University COVID-19 guidelines. Concerns reported regarding faculty and staff will be directed to Human Resources and concerns for students will be sent to the Office of Community Standards (Deland) or the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs (Gulfport). 

Stetson’s Code of Community Standards is designed to increase awareness, understanding, and safety among students and the university community. It applies to student behavior on and off campus. The Office of Community Standards COVID Policy Addendum can be found on the Office of Community Standards website. 

You may also report concerns about community members not wearing face coverings to:

While disciplinary action may be a possibility for the refusal to wear a face covering, our primary focus is on promoting awareness of the reasons for face coverings in order to encourage personal responsibility and voluntary compliance with our face covering policies.