UAF to require face coverings on campus and university owned locations

University of Alaska Fairbanks campus
University of Alaska Fairbanks campus((KTVF Archive, July 24, 2020))
Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 7:05 PM AKDT
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On July 23, University of Alaska Fairbanks Chancellor Dan White implemented a new policy for UAF requiring face coverings on campus and university owned locations effective immediately in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks or face shields are required unless through medical exception or for children under the age of five.

“The way we feel is the way I feel. It’s so important that we protect the educational and research and outreach missions of the university,” said Chancellor White. “It’s important that we do everything that we can to protect the health so we can continue that mission.”

Under the new policy, if students are non-compliant they could receive educational sanctions, loss of housing, university probation, suspension or expulsion. For those that are visitors or members of the public, not following the policy could result in being trespassed from the university. White says that they won’t be policing the new policy, however students will be signing a social compact when living at the dorms.

“We will be asking all students who will be living at residence halls to sign a social compact that says that they’re going to protect their health and others and part of that is wearing a mask.” said Chancellor White.

Students will be required to wear masks in classrooms according to White who says that the faculty and staff have been supportive of the mask policy.

“In order to protect the educational mission of the university all of our staff and faculty need to be kept healthy as well.” said White.

Exemptions under the new face coverings policy at UAF:

  • Working or spending time alone in a personal office with a closed door
  • Working or spending time outdoors maintaining six feet of distance from other individuals
  • Operating a single occupancy vehicle
  • Teleworking
  • Inside a private on-campus residential unit
  • Eating or drinking provided that a six-foot distance between individuals are maintained
  • Special communal work (Fire stations)
  • During exempted medical or training exercises
  • Exempted activities in recreation or athletic facilities

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