Face Covering Policy

Updated June 21, 2021

The use of face coverings, such as masks, is just one element in reducing the risk of COVID-19. Face coverings must be combined with increased vaccination rates in our campus community, social distancing, hand washing, self-assessments, and a requirement to stay home when ill (even with mild symptoms), to have our best opportunity to reduce risk. We are all responsible for keeping our campus safe.

Changes to the GVSU face covering policy will be considered based on CDC guidance and county, state (MDHHS/MIOSHA) and federal requirements.

If you are fully vaccinated, you are exempt from wearing a face covering indoors, except everyone must continue to wear a face covering in academic classrooms, labs and other indoor areas of academic instruction. 

Spring/Summer student face-to-face class registration and faculty teaching assignment decisions were made under a "masks required" expectation; to change mid-term could be disruptive to learning.

Face coverings are required:

  • of all unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors when indoors at all campus locations with the few exceptions below.
  • of all persons at GVSU COVID-19 testing sites, the Campus Health Center, the Family Health Center and any potential on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site.

Exceptions to indoor mask requirements for unvaccinated persons:

  • In your specific assigned room, suite, or apartment when only you or your roommates are present. 
  • In dining areas, while eating and drinking.
  • In an enclosed space, when an individual is the sole occupant.

Face coverings are not required outdoors.

We expect that Lakers will support those in our community who choose to wear a face covering even if they are fully vaccinated.

Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose, and fit snugly against the sides of the face.

Faculty, staff, and students representing the university at off-campus locations should follow the face covering policies at the host location.

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  • Those unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition should contact Disability Support Resources (DSR).
  • Students, faculty and staff with weakened immune systems should discuss their activities and precautions they need to take to prevent COVID-19 with their health care providers. Currently, the CDC recommends continued masking and physical distancing for individuals with weakened immune systems.
  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear masks or avoid crowded, outdoor events, like a live performance, parade, or sports event that might carry higher risk of COVID-19 transmission especially among unvaccinated individuals.
  • Faculty, staff and students are responsible for laundering their face coverings and properly disposing of one-time use masks
  • Compliance is facilitated primarily through proactive, ongoing education, communication, modeling and reduction of barriers.
  • As part of the education plan, the Division of Student Affairs has a working group of student leaders dedicated to creating a culture of safety, wellness, inclusivity, respect and accountability.
  • A toolkit which includes videos and articles about face coverings,  and frequently asked questions is available.
  • These protocols are administered by the Virus Action Team through consultations with public health experts and the Senior Leadership Team.