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Masks still encouraged for return to campus this fall

Though Texas Woman’s University can't mandate vaccines or mask wearing, university officials are strongly encouraging faculty, staff and students to observe these mitigation efforts this fall.

In a recent email to the TWU Community, Provost Carolyn Kapinus noted the increase in COVID-19 cases in Texas and the nation. She recommended that faculty, staff and students get the vaccine if they haven’t already done so.

“Current research indicates that Moderna, Pfizer, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines have high efficacy rates against the Delta variant in preventing hospitalization and death, although no vaccine is 100% effective,” Kapinus wrote. “Face masks were extremely effective at preventing the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses last year; there were no documented cases of classroom transmission. That success exemplifies our ‘Campus with a Heart’ culture of caring for one another. We will need to continue that culture in this upcoming year.”

The provost pointed to newly issued CDC guidelines in recommending  that individuals wear masks indoors, especially in large gatherings or when people are unable to use social distance.

Kapinus also noted that TWU will continue its efforts with contact tracing based on self-reporting for COVID exposure and continues to follow CDC guidance related to quarantine requirements.

The Office of Marketing & Communication will launch a Pioneers Protecting Pioneers social media campaign with related on-campus signage to encourage wearing masks. Masks also will be available in classrooms, and Student Health Ambassadors will promote wearing masks on campus. Kapinus noted that faculty and staff can further encourage students to wear masks by wearing masks themselves.