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Face coverings required on all Indiana University campuses

INDIANA (WPTA21) - When students return to Indiana University campuses, face coverings will be required at all times.

School officials say all students, staff, and any other visitors on campus must wear one to enter.

To ensure this happens, IU will provide each student, staff, and faculty member with two masks.

Per CDC guidelines, facial coverings should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • Completely cover the nose and mouth.
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • Include multiple layers of fabric.
  • Allow for breathing without restriction.
  • Be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape.

Officials say facial coverings should be worn while teaching and interacting with others, and while walking to the bathroom or laundry room in residence halls.

Read More: Masks 101: Everything you need to know about wearing a cloth face covering on an IU campus

School leaders say they're working on plans to help enforce the requirement.

IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel said it is the expectation that everyone on the Bloomington campus will wear a mask.

"Our students have shared with us that they want to be on campus for an in-person educational experience this fall semester. We are committed to providing that experience. However, we know that in order to do that, everyone must do his or her part. Wearing a mask or shield, washing hands, and social distancing will be required. We must hold strong to doing what is best for all of our faculty, staff and students."

Susan Sciame-Giesecke, IU Kokomo Chancellor

This rule went into effect on June 1st.

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