Face Covering Policy Requirements

On July 23, 2021, Austin Public Health’s (APH) moved their Covid-19 Risk-Based Guidelines to Stage 4 for Austin-Travis County. After careful review by university leadership, St. Edward’s has updated its face covering policy to require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, 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. This policy change is effective July, 26, 2021. 

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 Back Up

Social-distance signage and markings have been installed across campus, and buildings have designated entry and exit points, hallway flows and stairwell directions.

Toppers Wash Up

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

Toppers Check Up

Unvaccinated employees and students will be required to test weekly on-campus for free via Genotox. More information will be shared in August about the testing center and processes.

Toppers Mask Up

individuals, regardless of vaccination status, 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. More details are available in the updated university Face Covering Policy.

University Community Requirements

  • All individuals accessing campus must participate in the daily screening program on the TopperSafe app.
  • All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear face coverings over the nose and mouth in all indoor spaces.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must participate in 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, including in outdoor spaces where six feet of distance is not possible.
  • Adhere to closure of all fields and recreation areas. These spaces are reserved for student use. 
  • Use the daily Covid-19 screening on the TopperSafe app if entering campus buildings. University credentials are now required to access all buildings.
  • 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.
  • Only instructors and support staff when remaining socially distanced from others in an instructional space (e.g., laboratory or classroom) may utilize a qualified face shield without a face covering. Qualified face shields must be transparent in color, must extend from the forehead to below the chin, should not have a gap between the shield assembly and the forehead, and must extend and wrap laterally across the face from the front of the left ear to the front of the right ear.

Testing and Campus Access FAQs

Updated July 23, 2021