NDSU is strongly recommending that all people wear face coverings in indoor spaces when social distancing cannot be maintained. However, effective with the start of classes on Monday, August 23, 2021, masks will be required in all classroom settings whether such classes are credit, non-credit, training sessions, etc. Faculty members who are able to maintain social distance from students may remove their masks during the class for purposes of being more easily heard.
The following rules will also apply:
a. Every person should be comfortable wearing a face covering and is encouraged to do so. People should not face any pressure to discontinue doing so.
b. Health care operations on campus, including Student Health Service and Counseling Center, will continue to be able to mandate face covering in accordance with regular health care protocols.
Guidance Regarding Classroom Management and Masks
NDSU has implemented a mask requirement for all classroom settings whether such classes are credit, non-credit, training sessions, etc. Faculty members who are able to maintain social distance from students may remove their masks during the class for purposes of being more easily heard.
Educational institutions like NDSU have the right to establish appropriate classroom behavior, including the wearing of reasonable protective clothing. Whether its protective goggles in a laboratory or shirt/shoes in regular classes, we have all become accustomed to educational requirements regarding our attire. Masks are new, but they are no different from prior requirements.
Medical exemptions for mask wearing can only come from Disability Services (701-231-8463). Students asking for a medical exemption should be directed to that office.
Faculty should take the following steps:
- Faculty should set clear expectations about the required use of masks in their classes. In the event that the faculty member has not been strictly enforcing the mask requirement to date, the faculty member should indicate that, starting with the next class meeting, the policy will be strictly enforced.
- In the event that one or more students do not wear a mask to a class, the faculty member should remind the student(s) of the mask requirement and indicate that the student(s) must comply.
- It is optional but recommended that the faculty member offer non-complying student(s) a mask (a limited supply is available from Central Stores).
- If a student continues to violate the mask requirement after being directed to comply, the faculty member may ask the student to leave the class. The faculty member is not required to either provide an alternative learning method or provide make-up opportunities for any missed class requirements.
- In the event that a student is asked to leave the class on three or more occasions, the faculty member should contact her/his chair to discuss further action(s). A possible action may be an administrative drop of the class, but this will only be used after a meeting between the student and the chair. This meeting is intended to discuss the situation and gain compliance for mask wearing by the student.
- If the student is disruptive in class beyond non-compliance on mask wearing, the faculty member should file a Concern and Complaint form with the Dean of Student’s Office to determine if a violation of the Code of Student Conduct occurred. The form can be found here.
Here is a short list of studies and articles that show how mask wearing reduces the spread of COVID-19 in school and community settings. The studies show that masks are an important mitigation strategy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
General Risk Reduction Guidelines
To help maintain a healthy campus NDSU is asking all students and employees to do their part by following CDC risk reduction practices below:
- Get vaccinated
- Stay home if you have a cough or fever.
- Students should check their temperature each day before coming to campus and stay home if they have a fever. Normal temperature should be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Practice social distancing.
- Wear a face covering.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Limit unnecessary contact, including hugs and handshakes.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects (phones, remotes, keys, computers, etc.)
- If you think you have been exposed to Covid-19 and are experiencing symptoms
- Students: Call Student Health Service at 701-231-7331 or call your primary care provider.
- Faculty and Staff: Contact your primary care provider.