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Greg Shirley of TWU's Career Connections Center shows off his face mask. All university employees and students will be asked to wear a facial covering when returning to campus.

Face masks to be part of TWU's 'new normal'

As Texas Woman’s University begins the next phase of its reopening, personal responsibility and consideration of others is key to a successful return.

TWU faculty, staff and students at all three campuses began learning and working remotely in mid-March as COVID-19 began spreading significantly across the state. A majority of faculty and staff will return to work on their respective campuses July 1, joining those who returned at the beginning of June. In-person classes — along with online and hybrid classes — will return in the fall, with health and safety as a guiding principle.

As noted in a message from Chancellor Carine Feyten, all TWU employees and students will be asked to wear protective face coverings when on campus. New articles in peer-reviewed journals support the use of protective face coverings as effective mitigators to the spread of the coronavirus, so wearing a mask is a sign of respect to others — part of our TWU legacy.

The university will continue to follow guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as state and county health authorities, and will make adjustments should that guidance change. In the meantime, virtual committee meetings are encouraged, inter-campus travel is discouraged, and all are encouraged to move forward together, respecting and protecting each other.