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UAF updates COVID-19 policies & mask mandates, plans for fall return to in-person schooling

Updated: Jun. 2, 2021 at 6:09 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is updating its policies regarding COVID-19 amid falling case counts state — and nationwide.

UAF Chancellor Dan White held a press availability Wednesday, June 2 to discuss the current status of fall enrollment and the changed COVID-19 policies.

The chancellor said that enrollment at the university is flat for the fall, which he believes is a good sign.

According to White, the university system has transitioned into phase C of its COVID-19 operations. This phase involves more university employees returning to in-person work.

Some buildings are being opened to the public, including the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library.

The university’s mask policy is also being changed.

“The masking policy continues in place for those who are not vaccinated, but for those who are vaccinated, the mask is optional except in specific cases, and that is in public transportation, so if you’re riding one of our campus shuttles, you’ll still need to wear a mask whether you’ve been vaccinated or not,” White said.

He explained that the university is planning to enter phase D by this fall.

Phase D involves in-person classes and activities, as well as full housing capacity.

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