President Yager Announces Updated Masking Policy for Fall 2021

Sent to students, faculty and staff August 6, 2021

To the students, faculty and staff of UArts:

I know we are all eager to return to our studios, stages, shops and classrooms, and to support a successful and safe return to our campus. With this in mind, I write today to share important updates relating to our continued COVID-19 response.

We have continued to monitor the national, state and local guidance concerning public health and safety precautions. As you know, the Delta variant of COVID-19 is more easily transmitted and has resulted in new CDC guidance on masking, which was announced recently.

Relying on this guidance and in consultation with our partners at Jefferson University, effective today, University of the Arts will require masks in most indoor settings of all students, staff, faculty, contractors and visitors to our campus

In addition, and as you know, University of the Arts is a vaccine-required community, with few exceptions for medical or religious reasons only. Students, faculty and staff are reminded to ensure they are fully vaccinated before arriving to campus. 

With this in mind, all visitors and guests to UArts public events and programs must also be fully vaccinated and will be required to wear a mask in most indoor settings.

Limited exceptions to the mask requirement will be made within university dining halls, specialty academic instruction environments, apartments within residence halls and some special event / performance settings. Any exceptions will be communicated directly to those impacted. 

The Fall 2021 Plan webpage will continue to be updated with COVID-19 policies and FAQs, and I encourage all students, faculty and staff to bookmark and return to this page to stay informed. Any additional questions may be directed to our COVID Response Team at crt@uarts.edu (faculty and staff may also contact hr@uarts.edu).

The success of our return to campus will continue to require each of us to prioritize the well-being of one another and commit to upholding the UArts Healthy Promise. I want to thank each of you for your continued patience, dedication and concern for the health and safety of our entire community.

With gratitude and appreciation, I look forward to welcoming you all back to campus in a few short weeks. 

Sincerely,

David