Xavier University Announces End to Indoor Mask Mandate for Students, Faculty and Staff

“As a campus community, our students, faculty and staff have done an excellent job to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus."

click to enlarge Xavier University is requiring all students (except those with approved exemptions) to be vaccinated by Jan. 3. - Photo: CC BY-SA 4.0
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Xavier University is requiring all students (except those with approved exemptions) to be vaccinated by Jan. 3.

When colleges were gearing up to welcome back students at the start of the school year in August, many implemented COVID safety protocols, including masking.

Now, one Cincinnati area university has announced an end to its mask policy.

Starting Dec. 1, Xavier University will no longer require anyone to wear a mask indoors on campus.

“As a campus community, our students, faculty and staff have done an excellent job to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on our campus,” said Jeff Coleman, chair of Xavier’s COVID-19 Task Force, in a release about the decision.

Xavier says more than 92% of its student population has been vaccinated, and that 100% of those who don't have an approved exemption will be required to get their shot by Jan. 3. Those who remain unvaccinated for religious or medical exemptions must be tested on a regular basis and the school says they "should" mask up indoors, but it won't be mandated.

Xavier says they have had fewer than 10 positive COVID cases at any given time at the school. "In addition to low COVID-19 case counts, Xavier has experienced very low transmission rates, as well as low positivity rates for COVID-19 tests conducted at Student Health Services," the school says in the release. According to their COVID dashboard, as of Nov. 18, Xavier has three active cases on campus.

If things change, Xavier says they'll reexamine their COVID policies.

“While we are making this transition to lift the mask mandate, the Task Force will continue to monitor our campus and local environments,” Coleman said. “If our community numbers change, the Task Force will respond as needed to keep our community safe.”

The Student Health Center, in partnership with TriHealth, will also continue to provide vaccines and boosters.


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