Face Covering Policy Requirements

Effective July 26, 2021, all individuals (community members and visitors), regardless of vaccination status, must wear an acceptable face covering over the nose and mouth when accessing indoor shared campus spaces (e.g., classroom, hallway, restroom, etc.). to protect our community. 

Masks are not required when alone in private work spaces or for students inside residence hall rooms and apartments. More details are available in the updated university Face Covering Policy

This requirement will be reconsidered when Austin Public Health (APH) moves its Risk-Based Guidelines below Stage 4. The university continues to monitor recommendations from the CDC, APH and our medical advisors, and we will continue to make adjustments based on their guidance.

University Community Standards

Toppers Mask Up

All vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals are required to wear an acceptable face covering over the nose and mouth when accessing indoor shared campus spaces (e.g., classroom, hallway, restroom, etc.). Masks are not required when alone in private work spaces or for students inside residence hall rooms and apartments. 

Toppers Wash Up

Improved hygiene fixtures have been installed across campus, including 115 hand sanitization and 150 surface disinfection stations.

Toppers Check Up

Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff are are required to conduct free weekly asymptomatic testing through Genotox through December. 

University Community Requirements

  • All individuals coming to campus must complete daily screenings on the TopperSafe app.
  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face coverings over the nose and mouth in all indoor shared spaces.
  • All unvaccinated individuals must complete weekly asymptomatic testing throughout the semester (excluding those learning, teaching, or working fully online and not accessing campus facilities).

Campus Visitor Requirements

  • Follow the face covering policy.
  • Adhere to closure of all fields and recreation areas. 
  • Avoid visiting campus if experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or if recently exposed to the virus. 

University Face Covering Policy

  • Acceptable face coverings include cloth-based face coverings that cover the mouth and nose snugly and medical-grade masks (surgical masks or N95 respirators).
  • Masks of any type fitted with an exhaust valve are not acceptable and should not be used.
  • Face shields alone do not satisfy the university’s face covering standard. Face shields may be worn with a face covering for additional protection.

Testing and Campus Access FAQs

All on-campus students, staff and faculty who do not have documentation of full Covid-19 vaccination on file are required to do weekly asymptomatic testing through our Genotox site in the Huddle (ground floor of Le Mans Hall) through December. The testing is free of charge and must be completed every seven days if you plan to be on campus at any time. The site will be open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Closed 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.).

Please note this information will be updated soon as new information becomes available.

Updated September 30, 2021