The Fall Contingency Planning Task Force announced that more arrangements have been made to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and to keep Eastern Kentucky University students, faculty and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic in an email to students on July 7.

Students will be required to wear masks/face coverings in order to attend in-person classes, if they are unwilling to, they will not be permitted to attend. 

“The health and well-being of EKU students, faculty and staff is a primary concern. We want to keep you and our campus community well and need your help to do that,” the task force said.

Students that do not want to wear a mask will need to make different accommodations with their advisor.

“Any student who objects to wearing a mask must contact their advisor to make alternate arrangements that do not put others at risk,” the email said.

According to the task force, if students fail to follow the new requirements they will be considered in violation of the Code of Student Conduct and students will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

“Students are not required to wear a mask/face covering when alone in an enclosed space or if a mask/face covering will create a serious safety or health hazard,” the email said.

Students will need to give evidence that will excuse them from the requirement of wearing a mask. The evidence needs to be approved by the Center for Student Accessibility.

Wearing a mask/face covering is encouraged when there is potential to be around other students as well as if individuals are taking a walk around campus.

“It is recommended that students wear a face covering if the student could potentially be within six feet of other individuals, including while walking outside on campus,” the email said.

Students will need to do health self-assessments before coming to campus each day which includes taking their own temperature.

Students and faculty will be required to social distance while on campus in the fall.

“Students must practice physical distancing on campus. To practice physical distancing, stay at least six feet from other people especially since the virus can be spread before people show symptoms,” the email said.

There will also be signs leading students to further enforce social distancing.

The task force urges students to pay attention to signage directing pedestrian flow and maximum occupancy to help with physical distancing.

According to the task force, EKU is limiting the amount of visitors on campus which will require students to carry their EKU ID with them at all times to get entry into certain buildings.

“The fall semester will be different from any we have ever experienced, with opportunities to learn from each other and take care of each other,” the task force said.

The fall semester is set to begin on Aug. 17.

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