Exceptions to Mask-Wearing Requirements in Indoor Spaces on Campus

Updated August 9, 2021

All employees, student and visitors must have a face covering when on campus and be prepared to wear a face covering during periods of mandated mask usage in campus indoor public spaces. Current requirements will be communicated via website alert banners and via notifications on the BSU COVID-19 Dashboard.

During periods of required masking, masks must be worn in all indoor public spaces on the BSU campus and in all leased spaces — such as the Mayflower Building or Sanford Center. Due to the spread of COVID-19’s Delta variant, vaccination status does not negate the requirement to wear face coverings during required masking periods.

Limited exceptions to masking are allowed, including:

  • Individual office spaces when in an office alone with the door closed
  • While inside dormitory rooms or apartments

Temporary removal is authorized:

  • During certain indoor sports and exercise activities where wearing a mask may be unsafe (i.e. swimming)
  • During certain indoor speaking, teaching or performance activities
  • During Indoor musical (wind) instrument practice or performance
  • Eating and/or drinking while indoors in designated eating areas
  • When communicating with hearing impaired and other health conditions
  • When alone in a room or in certain cubicles
  • When alone in a university vehicle or heavy machinery cab

Employees needing accommodations please contact Carol Hess in Human Resources.

Students needing accommodations please contact Christian Breczinski in Accessibility Services.

If you are seeking face mask alternatives for classroom or lab settings, please contact your academic dean.


This information is correct and accurate as of the date it was posted and/or updated, listed at the top of this page. For current information, visit the Coronavirus website homepage.