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Miami to require masks indoors regardless of vaccination status

<p>Provost Jason Osborne says faculty don&#x27;t have to wear masks while teaching, and students have mixed opinions.<br/></p>

Provost Jason Osborne says faculty don't have to wear masks while teaching, and students have mixed opinions.

Miami University will require face coverings indoors for all faculty, students and staff on campus regardless of vaccination status, beginning Monday, Aug. 9. Unvaccinated students will be subject to COVID-19 surveillance testing.

The announcement came in a late morning Instagram post on Thursday, Aug. 5, and was followed by a university-wide email from President Greg Crawford later in the day.

Students living on campus must submit their vaccination records or they will be required to participate in the university’s surveillance testing. Unvaccinated students will also be tested during move-in.

Students living off-campus will not be required to participate in campus testing. Instead, these students will be given BinaxNow, an at-home COVID-19 testing kit, to use at their discretion.

The Student Health Center will offer rapid testing for symptomatic students using AbbottID tests. For those who test positive, the university will provide room for them to isolate.

“While face coverings, social distancing, and vaccination will likely remain part of our experience for at least part of this fall,” the statement read, “we believe in our plans for the fall semester and protocols we have in place to maintain a robust, in-person experience."