SUNY Oswego announces mask-wearing on campus is optional effective immediately

OSWEGO, N.Y. – The campus of SUNY Oswego has been notified that the imposed mask mandate has been changed, with masks now optional for anyone on campus. Students, faculty and staff received the information via an email which was sent out the afternoon of March 4.

Effective immediately, masks will be optional for fully vaccinated and boosted individuals. The email stated that the decision is based on guidance from the CDC, the Oswego County Health Department, and the declining number of COVID-19 cases on campus and in the region.

Those that wish to continue wearing their masks are free to do so. Additionally, faculty may require masks in their own instructional settings or office spaces. 

Members of the campus community are required to wear masks in healthcare settings such as Mary Walker Health Center, the COVID-19 testing center, and the on-campus vaccination clinic. Masks are also required on buses, on other public transportation, in an indoor gathering of 5,000 or more individuals or if someone on campus is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

The email from Officer in Charge Mary Toale reminded students to respect others on campus in regards to these changing policies. 

“It is important to remember that some members of the campus community (students, faculty, staff, and visitors/guests) may choose to continue wearing face masks for any number of reasons,” the email said. “Some may just feel more comfortable wearing a mask. In addition, a mask should not be interpreted as a symbol of vaccination status. Welcoming and accepting those who wear masks on campus is an important part of being a caring and respectful community,”

The school says it will continue to monitor the campus and regional situation regarding COVID and will make the necessary adjustments if they are warranted.