Troy University to require masks when social distancing isn’t possible

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TROY, Ala. (WDHN) — Troy University will now require students, faculty, and staff members to wear masks whenever it would be difficult to practice social distancing, according to an announcement by Dr. Lance Tatum, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs,

Face coverings will be required in labs, classrooms, and communal spaces and gatherings where social distancing isn’t exactly possible. However, they will not be required in dorms, closed offices, study rooms, personal vehicles, or outside when distancing is possible.

“The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priorities, and the University’s Coronavirus Task Force has been working for weeks to develop safety protocols for the upcoming semester,” Tatum said. “Today, we are releasing a set of guidelines, titled ‘TROY Strong: Troy University Health and Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic,’ that we hope will allow us to learn and work together on campus safely.

Several other changes will be made during the fall semester, concerning classes and how things will be done should someone test positive for COVID-19.

Employees and students who start showing COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed to the virus will need to tell the Dean of Students or Human Resources of any potential exposures. They also must not go to class.

After Thanksgiving break, all class instruction and final exams will be done remotely on Canvas.

Finally, Troy is redoing its classrooms to achieve social distancing. This is done through:

  • Larger classrooms
  • Smaller class sizes that meet on different days
  • Hybrid instruction

You can read more about the plans on

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