The Mount Holyoke campus is currently operating under a masks-welcome policy for all indoor spaces. Students, employees, alums or guests on our campus will not be required to wear a mask indoors, aside from the following noted exceptions, but are always welcome to do so.
mid-semester BREAK 2023 UPDATE
ALL students must report a positive test, even during break. Residential students will follow isolate-in-place protocols (regardless of roommate status) and all off-campus students (either nonresidential, commuter or residential students who are traveling during break) must follow the off-campus isolation protocols. Students who test positive over break and are off-campus cannot return to campus until cleared by Health Services.
The following campus locations will continue to require a mask for all those entering the building:
The Pattie Groves Health Center, which includes College Health Services and Counseling Services.
The athletic training room in Kendall Sports and Dance Complex.
Current masking guidelines
The College will generally follow the CDC’s masking and isolation guidelines for people who test positive for COVID-19 or who self-identify as a close contact. The following conditions require masking for the designated period of time:
- Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days may not remove their mask in public settings until Day 11. The date of a positive test is considered Day 0.
- Those who are close contacts or have been exposed to someone known to have COVID-19 (i.e. a roommate or office mate) must wear a mask for 10 days following their last exposure.
- Those who are experiencing symptoms that could be indicative of COVID-19 must mask outside their residence hall room until they obtain a negative COVID-19 test. Nonresidential students and employees should remain off campus until they obtain a negative COVID-19 test.
Additionally, for their own personal safety, community members who are exempt from COVID-19 vaccination and/or booster(s) or who have not yet received a booster (but are eligible), as well as those with compromised immune systems or other risk factors for severe COVID-19, should wear a mask indoors on campus.
KN95 masks are available to those who need them.
- Auxiliary Services Lobby (Students Only: 24/7)
- Blanchard 205 (Students Only: M-F, 9am- 4:30pm, please note the office may be closed for lunch)
- Carr Lab (requires advanced arrangement via email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Dining Cashier Station (during regular hours)
- Kendall Sports and Dance Info Desk (during regular hours)
- Library Circulation Desk at Level 2, near main entry (during regular hours)
- Library Technology Help Desk at Level 4, Info Commons (during regular hours)
- Public Safety and Service (Students Only: 24/7)
- Staff and Faculty can also write to email@example.com with questions regarding mask pickup for their department.
Anyone’s choice to wear a mask for any reason without explanation should be respected. In some instances, disability accommodations may require masking by all parties including those delivering remarks or lectures. While individuals or departments cannot create mask requirements separate from — or more restrictive than — College policy or accommodation requirements, we ask that everyone be attentive and respond reasonably to the concerns of others. Students should contact the Dean of the College at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about accommodations. Employees should refer to this Human Resources document.
Current isolation protocols
- Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate and should follow the protocols found on the Student COVID Protocols page. Students living on campus in a single room who test positive will isolate in place. Those with a roommate who is currently positive or has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 30 days will also isolate in place. Students who test positive for COVID-19 and who have roommate(s) who are negative and have not tested positive in the last 30 days, will have the option to move to College-provided isolation housing.
- As an added precaution, people who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are awaiting testing or test results should not come to campus or, if living on campus, should isolate in place until they have obtained a negative test.