SMU has lifted the mask requirement on campus. For Summer 2021, classroom decisions regarding masks are at the discretion of each faculty member. Communicate with students-- including a formal announcement on your syllabus and on Canvas-- about whether or not masks will be required in your course. In the interest of maintaining a consistent approach across faculty and staff, faculty can choose to require masks or not only in classroom instructional spaces, not during office hours. If you are interested in office hour options, you can reach out to your chair to help you find larger spaces in which to meet with students in person for office hours or offer a combination of in-person or Zoom-based office hours. Below is suggested language you can use and/or modify for your syllabi.
Masks required: On May 18, SMU announced that faculty will determine whether masks will be required in Summer 2021 courses. For this course, the instructor and students attending in person are required to wear a mask during all class meetings.
Masks recommended: While masks are not required in this course, individuals should use their own discretion if they prefer to wear masks. The instructor and students will show respect for individual decisions and responses to the health concerns of the pandemic for those who choose to continue wearing masks. Your vaccine status is private information and will neither be requested nor made public.