To begin the fall semester, Brigham Young University will require masks in classrooms, in any indoor space when physical distancing isn’t maintained and in other areas when directed. Because classrooms will be operating at full capacity during fall semester, all students must wear masks when attending in-person classes regardless of vaccination status. Fully vaccinated faculty who maintain physical distance from their students may remove their masks to teach.
These requirements will begin Monday, August 23. The university will continue to monitor the situation and will reevaluate mask requirements at the end of September based on several factors including the immunization rate of the campus community, COVID-19 transmission and hospitalization rates, and guidance from health and government officials.
BYU strongly urges students, employees and campus guests to follow recent counsel from the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to get vaccinated and wear masks in public meetings with limited distancing.
Face masks are not expected to be worn by the following individuals or in the following circumstances:
- A child who is younger than three years old; or who is three years old or older if the parent, guardian, or individual responsible for caring for the child cannot place the face mask safely on the child's face.
- An individual with a medical condition, mental health condition, or intellectual or developmental disability that prevents wearing a face mask. Qualifying conditions may include extreme claustrophobia, difficulty breathing, or deaf or hard of hearing. Students are required to provide documentation of the condition to the University Accessibility Center. Employees are required to provide documentation of the condition to Faculty Relations or Human Resources. Should the use of a face mask not be advised, individuals must maintain proper physical distancing of 6 feet or more at all times and follow all disease prevention guidelines.
- An individual maintaining at least six feet of physical distancing from any individual from a separate household while exercising at an indoor recreational or fitness center.
- Athletes and performers are not expected to wear a mask when competing or performing while indoors. Athletes and performers are expected to wear a mask during indoor competitions and performances while on the sidelines, backstage, etc. when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
- While actively eating or drinking in a stationary location while maintaining physical distancing between households.
- Vaccinated faculty while teaching, provided they maintain physical distance from their students.
- In private living spaces.
- In enclosed office areas occupied by only one person or when an employee is seated within an assigned office cubicle which has three walls that are at least as high as the seated individual’s head and physical distancing is maintained.
Non-compliant students may be referred to the disruptive student committee, non-compliant employees may be referred to Human Resources and non-compliant faculty may be referred to Faculty Relations.