Cumberland University Shifts to Masks Optional Policy


Cumberland University announced today that beginning Monday, March 14 facemasks will no longer be expected to be worn on campus, and the campus will shift to a mask optional policy.

Face coverings will no longer be expected in campus buildings, however it is up to each individual to decide whether to continue wearing face coverings in public spaces or not, based on their comfort level and health concerns. 

“As we continue to monitor COVID-19 data on our campus and in our community, we are pleased to see a steady decline in the number of cases and low levels of transmission,” said Cumberland COO/CFO Dr. Ron Ford . “This decision brings us one step closer to ‘normal’ and I am extremely proud of how the CU campus has shown resilience and flexibility while navigating this pandemic.” 

While face coverings are optional on the majority of campus, there are exceptions where masks will still be expected. Students, faculty and staff will be notified directly if these exceptions pertain to them specifically.

Beginning Monday, March 14, face coverings will be optional in all other indoor spaces, including classrooms, laboratories, studios, residence halls, libraries, dining facilities and offices.

“We are thankful for all those who contributed to this tremendous success, including following the university’s social contract and receiving a COVID-19 vaccine,” continued Ford. “While we know that circumstances can change quickly, and we will continue to closely monitor the situation, it feels like a victory to be at this point. I look forward to seeing maskless smiles on our beautiful campus in the coming weeks.”

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