Dear Wright State Community,
Effective tomorrow, August 5, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face mask when inside all buildings on Wright State University campuses, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required when outdoors on Wright State campuses if you are able to maintain a safe physical distance.
Face coverings must be worn at all times in university buildings—except when actively eating or drinking or working alone in a closed space such as an office or lab. Masks should cover your nose, mouth, and chin. Any exceptions to the mask requirement must be documented. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how to request a face covering exemption/alternative.
Throughout the pandemic, Wright State has adjusted campus protocols as state and federal guidance, conditions, and scientific recommendations changed.
The university's decision to revise its campus mask policy is based on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and our state and local health partners. It reflects the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, which has become the most common form of the coronavirus in Ohio and in the United States. It is also a necessary step given the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the counties in which our campuses are located. Because the Delta variant can be transmitted by fully vaccinated people to others, masking adds another layer of protection for employees, students, and visitors.
Wright State strongly encourages all faculty, staff, and students to get a COVID-19 vaccine. When combined with masking, the vaccine remains the most effective tool to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is also the best way to help our university return to a full campus life and protect community members who cannot get the vaccine.
Vaccines are available through campus resources and through our community partners. Learn more about vaccine availability on campus.
Please continue to take these additional protective measures:
- Stay home if you have symptoms of COVID-19.
- Stay six feet apart from others who don't live with you.
- Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water aren't available.
Wright State will continue to evaluate university health and safety protocols and will communicate important updates with you.
Please visit the university’s coronavirus website frequently to view updates to guidance and policies. Coronavirus cases from our community continue to be publicly tracked on the university’s COVID Dashboard.