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Ensuring the health, safety and well-being of all members of our community is our top priority.

Read updated guidance on UK's mask policy on campus.

Masks are required inside of all University of Kentucky indoor spaces, including both our academic and medical campuses, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status. This also includes leased spaces. 

What does this policy mean?

  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear masks in indoor spaces on campus where people gather — including, but not limited to, classrooms, the Gatton Student Center, shared office spaces, recreational facilities, hallways and common spaces like the lobby of a residence hall. This policy is per an email to campus from President Capilouto on August 6. 
  • Masks are not required for any vaccinated individual who is alone in an indoor space.

  • Masks are not required for vaccinated individuals outside. 

  • However, unvaccinated individuals should wear masks outside when around other people. 

  • These requirements apply to all individuals—faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus. 

  • As a reminder, under the federal and state constitutional rights to privacy, a university official, such as a faculty member or a supervisor, generally may not compel an individual to disclose their vaccine status. For additional information on this topic, please see the above section of vaccine FAQs.

  • The institution strongly encourages moving events, where and when possible, to outdoor locations. Event planners can work with the events management team for alternate locations. All event planners, from across the UK campus, should, as they have in the past, coordinate with the Office of University Events to ensure their event protocols align with university policies, including mask policies. 

  • Refusal to wear a mask in a common area or gathering space constitutes a violation of university policies.

    • Faculty members can ask students to leave their classroom if they refuse to wear a mask. In addition, faculty members can also report this to the Office of Student Conduct. 

    • Supervisors may call Employee Relations at 859-257-8758 or use this form to report employee violations. 

  • Given UK’s ongoing successful vaccination efforts and our indoor mask requirement, offices and classrooms have returned to normal configurations for the fall. Community members are encouraged to avoid crowding when possible, and to make personal distancing decisions in the best interest of the health and safety of our community. 

  • Everyone (particularly unvaccinated individuals) is encouraged to eat outside when possible. 

Mask Up.

Masks or face coverings need to cover mouth and nose, and they should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Be made of multiple layers of fabric or medical grade material, such as KN95 or surgical masks
  • Allow for breathing without restriction

To safely remove, grasp the mask by the ties or ear loops, and be careful not to touch eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash your face covering in a washing machine after each use, and wash your hands after removing from your face.

Please note that face shields are only permitted for use while lecturing. 

Icon of a cloth face mask on a blue background.

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