Update on Masks (8/6/21)

Recent concern about the COVID-19 Delta variant led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to advise that all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — wear masks in indoor spaces in regions of the country experiencing substantial COVID-19 transmission. Since then, the variant has continued to spread nationally and is now putting significant strain on healthcare systems throughout Kansas and neighboring states.

In light of this, effective August 9, the University of Kansas has reinstated its mandate that everyone on campus — regardless of vaccination status — wear masks indoors. Additionally, masks are strongly recommended in outdoor crowded spaces on our campuses. You can view the full text of the mask policy for additional detail.

Masks will still be required on public transportation and in campus healthcare settings in accordance with our previous policy. Members of our community who need a cloth mask can request one by completing the PPE request form.

Concerns about individuals on campus not complying with the mask requirement can be reported using the online COVID-19 Safety Non-compliance Report form.

Please also keep the following in mind when completing the form:

•    If you do not provide specific information about the occurrence of noncompliance, no action can be taken.
•    Reports are reviewed during normal business hours and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Response times to reports of noncompliance vary, depending on how much information is provided.
•    Investigations into reports of mask noncompliance are conducted by varying units, depending which type of community member has committed the offence.

  • Student violations are reviewed by Student Conduct & Community Standards.
  • Faculty violations are reviewed by the Office of Faculty Affairs in partnership with the appropriate dean, department, chair, or director.
  • Staff violations are reviewed by the Office of Human Resource Management.
  • Campus Visitors violations are reviewed by one of the above units, depending on the nature of the report.

•    Mask violations must have occurred on the KU Lawrence campus or the KU Edwards campus. Reports of mask violations outside campus grounds are not within our jurisdiction.
•    Your submission is anonymous. Retaliation as a result of reporting an issue of noncompliance is strictly prohibited and should be reported to the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX.
•    Additional information about mask compliance can be found on the Protect KU FAQ page.

Read the related message from Chancellor Doug Girod.