Coronavirus Update – Nov. 12, 2021

Dear Campus Community,

I write with an update to our Fortify Franklin policy. Based on our experience hosting the basketball game on Wednesday night, we have reconsidered our masking policy for indoor athletic events. Our policy (which requires unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and guests to wear masks) is difficult to enforce in that setting and, unfortunately, our unvaccinated spectators did not abide by our existing requirements.

Therefore, effective immediately, we will require masking for all individuals—regardless of vaccination status—at indoor athletic events, in addition to the current requirement of masking in classroom spaces and the Market Place in the Dining Hall. This is a temporary policy update as we continue to consider other effective strategies and move toward greater levels of community vaccination.

We love to have you showing your Grizzly Pride and encourage you to continue doing so in a way that allows for a healthy and safe community environment.

Have a great weekend and Go Griz!

Dr. Andrew B. Jones
Vice President for Student Development & Dean of Students