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We know we’re repeating ourselves, but it bears a reminder to all: The pandemic is not behind us. Thank you for doing your part to share in the responsibility of keeping each other safe and healthy.

Please read this communication in its entirety to understand current expectations in place for the entire The University of Olivet community.

  1. The Definition of “Community”
  2. Masks are Required in Public Indoor Spaces for Students, Faculty and Staff
  3. Examples of Public Indoor Spaces
The Definition of Community

Noun, often attributive
com·mu·ni·ty | \ kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē

A group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood).

A unified body of individuals: such as

  • the people with common interests living in a particular area broadly : the area itself,
  • a group of people with a common characteristic or interest living together within a larger society,
  • a group linked by a common policy.

What often unites a group of individuals as a community is a set of common goals, protocols and guidelines. We may not always agree with certain rules or policies of our community, and that’s okay; however, as a member of the community, we have the responsibility to respect and follow established rules (so long as they are legal and ethical). Just as we have academic, student and employee expectations within our OC community, currently we have COVID-19 related rules and guidelines we are expected to follow.

Thank you to the students, faculty and staff who understand what it means to live and work in a community. Your actions speak to what it truly means to be an Olivetian.

Masks are Required in Public Indoor Spaces for Students, Faculty and Staff

The College puts you and your health first. That is why we require masks for all students, faculty and staff, regardless of vaccination status, in public indoor spaces at this time.

What is a Public Indoor Space

Below are examples of when masks must be worn. When in doubt, please put on a mask and ask.

Mask Required

  • Residence Hall – common areas, including lobbies, game rooms, computer lounges, laundry rooms and hallways
  • All buildings – classrooms and labs, reception areas, lobbies, hallways and stairwells
  • Burrage Library and Roznowski Learning Commons
  • Kirk Center and Starbucks Cafe – when not seated or eating and drinking
  • Indoor social/student engagement events
  • Public meeting or event when 6-feet physical distancing is not possible to maintain

Mask Not Required

  • Private living space when alone, with a roommate or friends
  • When eating or drinking
  • In a private office or meeting space where 6-feet physical distancing can be maintained and all parties agree to no masking
  • Outdoors
  • When engaging in physical activity or exercise

Participation programs, athletics or internships may require different masking requirements depending on policies in place from outside governing bodies.

Thank you for being understanding, kind, flexible and patient with the masking requirement. By wearing a mask, you demonstrate what it means to be a responsible member of our community.

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” – Coretta Scott King



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