This fall, all SU Pirates will need to accessorize not just with an eye patch but also with a face mask. Don’t worry: you won’t be alone. All students, faculty, and staff are required to wear a face mask while on campus to protect others from the transmission of COVID-19. The best news is that you will receive two SU branded masks to accentuate your SU ensemble.

Here is the official policy:

All Southwestern University employees, students, and visitors must cover their faces with a mask or cloth face covering at all times unless they are alone in a private office, private residence hall room, or other private space.  The face covering (mask) must fully cover your nose and mouth and have at least two layers of fabric to reduce risk of transmission to others around you. The mask must be properly fitted and secured in place. Southwestern University has provided two high quality fabric masks to all employees and students. You may also use a homemade fabric mask that meets the covering requirements listed above. If you choose to use a disposable paper mask, they are not designed to be reused on a daily basis and should be disposed of daily. Loose fitting, loose knit face coverings, single layer fabrics such as traditional bandanas and neck Gaiter coverings are not permitted due to inadequate filtration. Face masks with exhalation valves are not permitted.

If you want to know how to properly wear a mask, go to this video from the CDC. For other details about Southwestern’s reopening plan for fall 2020, visit our mask policy FAQs or