Our policy about face mask exemptions
The Indiana University Student Health Center and the Office of Disability Services for Students does not provide excuses or exemptions from wearing face masks. This is consistent with Indiana University policy requiring masks to be worn in campus buildings and on campus transportation. Face masks are also mandatory in outdoor spaces when physical distancing is difficult on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 acknowledges that a number of medical and mental health conditions and disabilities can make wearing a face mask more challenging. We advise that all students who feel they are unable to wear a face mask due to a medical or mental health condition or disability opt to take part in their classes and meetings virtually. This will serve to protect the student and the rest of the campus community from COVID-19.