Our policy about face masks
Since the Student Health Center is a health care facility, mask expectations will be different from the general campus policy. Our policy is outlined below
- All patients and visitors to the Student Health Center will need to wear face masks when they are in the facility, independent of their vaccination status.
- If they have a cloth mask, they may wear that instead of changing to a surgical mask. If the patient has Upper Respiratory Infection or COVID symptoms, they will need to switch into a surgical mask.
- Nursing will no longer be screening patients at the doors. Instead, masks will need to be available at all patient-facing desks for distribution and those staff will be asked to enforce the IU Student Health Center Mask Policy. Administration will be available for any patient/visitor refusing to comply.
- All unvaccinated Student Health Center staff will need to wear masks at all times when on IU property (per IU policy).
- Vaccinated staff will continue to wear masks when working with patients or in patient-facing positions (i.e., cashiers, receptionists, etc.).
- Staff may remove masks when in meetings with other staff members or when not around patients.
- All staff will wear masks when walking in hallways or in areas where patients may be present.
The Indiana University Student Health Center and the Office of Disability Services for Students does not provide excuses or exemptions from wearing face masks.
The use of masks covering the mouth and nose is a key component to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other public health authorities. Consistent use of masks by all parties in a space is the best way to diminish transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Currently, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) does not have rules that address the required use of face masks. Under the ADA, if a disability prevents compliance with a rule or policy (such as a face mask policy), a reasonable modification must be considered, unless the person with a disability poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others. Due to the nature of this virus, any individual exception to the mask wearing poses an unacceptable risk to others. If individual is unable to wear a face mask due to a disability, the reasonable modification at IU is to attend classes and meetings virtually. The Student Health Center offers virtual visits for many common medical conditions as well as counseling.