Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 numbers and recommendations from the CDC, masks are required indoors at all AACC facilities regardless of vaccination status.
Some classes may require students to wear additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and students will be notified if additional PPE is required.
Face coverings/masks must fully cover the person’s mouth and nose and be secure under the chin. In order to not wear a face covering/mask while on campus, a person must request and be granted an accommodation by Disability Support Services (students) or Human Resources (employees). If an accommodation has been granted, the person should take other measures to reduce the risk of COVID19 spread, including social distancing and frequent hand washing.
The following are not considered acceptable face coverings:
For the best effectiveness, face coverings should:
Please refer to the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) web page on face coverings to learn about choosing and caring for your face covering. The CDC also has information explaining why face coverings are important.
Resources cited by the CDC on the types of materials that perform better for homemade face masks can be found at:
Face shields should not be used to replace a cloth face mask. The CDC states, “It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings.” Therefore, unless a face shield is coupled with a face mask, it is not considered an acceptable masking practice on our campus.
Student compliance issues, under these guidelines, may be referred to the Office of Community Standards to handle under the Code of Student Conduct. In the event a student refuses to obtain or wear an appropriate mask, the student should be asked to leave the classroom and referred to the Office of Community Standards by filing an incident report. If an employee is not wearing a face covering or is wearing a face mask that is not acceptable, notification should be sent to the employee’s supervisor. Recurring instances of non-compliance by an employee will be handled through Human Resources.
If a visitor is not wearing a face covering or is wearing a face mask that is not acceptable, notification can be made by calling Public Safety at Police at 410-777-1818.
Students, faculty and staff may obtain a suitable mask from Public Safety & Police by visiting their communications office in the Central Services building.
If an individual refuses to wear an acceptable face mask where required on campus, Public Safety may be called to escort the person off campus.