March 28, 2022
In the context of state and local guidelines that have removed mask mandates, as well as the relatively limited prevalence of COVID-19 in Dutchess County and on campus, we are amending our masking policies.
Masking continues to be required only in indoor classes, in Health Services, in Metcalf, in Athletic Training Rooms, and in COVID-19 testing facilities. Although faculty and student presenters who are able to maintain six feet physical distance from others while teaching or presenting in classrooms may choose to do so unmasked, all others must continue to mask. Additionally, some events and venues that are open to the public may still require that masks be worn.
In all other indoor and outdoor settings, masks are not required. Anyone who chooses should feel free to continue wearing a mask in any space on campus, and let us continue to support those who choose to wear masks as our campus policies change.
Some people are at increased risk of severe illness if infected with COVID-19, or live with people who are, and we want to support everyone’s needs as much as possible. In that light, please remember our “we precedes me” aspiration and be considerate of people who ask that masks be worn. All of us should remember to continue to carry a mask in case one is needed. Openly discussing comfort levels with masking and unmasking with classmates, roommates, office mates, meeting participants, and friend groups can help us understand each other and sustain a healthy and meaningful community.
As always, if you need accommodations due to a chronic medical condition or other disabilities, students may contact the Accessibility and Education Office (AEO) at email@example.com; employees, including faculty, may contact Candice West in Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have symptoms, do not go to work or class. Contact Health Services and get tested right away. Testing continues to be available at Health Services (if symptomatic), at the Aula Wednesday and Friday 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (if not symptomatic), and, for students only, from the vending machine.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 cases on campus and update the dashboard regularly.
Elizabeth H. Bradley, President
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604