Dear GCU Community:
I am pleased to announce that our campus will lift the COVID-19 mask requirement, effective next Friday, April 1.
The steady decline in COVID-19 cases, combined with our ability to do more outdoors in warmer temperatures, presents an opportunity for us to become a mask-optional, mask-friendly campus. This means that while face coverings generally will not be required, they can still be worn by anyone who feels more comfortable with a mask. Please continue to keep a mask with you at all times.
Also of note:
- Faculty and staff may determine whether masks should be worn in individual classes or offices; if a professor or staff member asks for face coverings, please comply.
- All members of the GCU community may request that others wear a mask during meetings or other activities. Complying is a sign of respect consistent with our commitment to always consider each other.
- Surgical and KN95 masks remain available in building offices, should you need one.
- Masks may still be required for certain academic programs and lab experiences, as well as nursing clinicals. Please respect the guidance of faculty and university partners where applicable.
- Similarly, all local, state, and federal requirements still apply.
- Weekly PCR testing for unvaccinated employees and students with approved medical and religious exemptions will remain in effect.
- We will discontinue use of the COVID-19 visitors’ form, which should be removed from any special events and visitor requirements.
- We will discontinue use of the CampusClear app.
- The COVID-19 dashboard will continue to be updated, in keeping with our commitment to transparency.
In coming weeks, signage will be installed on campus regarding our shift to a mask-optional, mask-friendly campus. While COVID-19 and its variations remain with us, our campus—and our country—have come a long way in preventing the spread of the virus. Campus health officials continue to monitor federal and state guidelines to inform our university policies. I ask that you continue to safeguard your health and the health of others as we move forward, together. This includes getting vaccinations and booster shots.
Again, thank you for your ongoing support.
Joseph R. Marbach, Ph.D.