The current requirement for masks in classrooms will remain in effect until further notice, according to a September 10 announcement from College Principal Jill Dolan.

This notice maintains the previous requirement to wear a mask in classrooms with more than 12 students that was announced on August 23. The decision to wear a mask for immunized students in smaller classes remains up to you. in the instructor’s decision.

“We have seen no evidence of COVID-19 transmission in the classroom,” Dolan said in the announcement.

Dolan cites that 98 percent of undergraduates have been vaccinated. The positive rate for last week’s COVID-19 testing cycle was 0.16 percent.

The notice acknowledges that positivity rates in the campus community “remain low to moderate,” but “given the high case rates in the surrounding area, the predominance of the Delta variant in Mercer County, and other factors.” Colleges will continue to require face coverings in classrooms.

The students had mixed feelings about this announcement. Daniel Kyong ’25 expressed that wearing a mask is “not ideal but it is necessary.” Similarly, Evan Dogaru ’24 says, “we need to ensure the safety of all our students and faculty even at the expense of comfort.”

Archika Dogra ’24 says “I understand how the decision was made at the beginning of the semester, but hopefully in the coming weeks the extremely low positivity rate can be used as an indicator to revise the assignment.” service.”

The University previously removed the requirement to wear a mask on July 4. Concerns surrounding the Delta variant led the University to reinstate the face covering policy on August 11, requiring students to, Faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear masks indoors unless alone, eating, or drinking. Additional policies regarding face coverings in classrooms were announced on August 23.

This story is broken and will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.

Assistant News Editor Anika Buch contributed reporting to this section.

Paige Cromley is a sophomore writing for the News, Features and Art & Culture sections of ‘Prince’. She can be reached at

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