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Spring quarter mask update

​​​​​​March 18, 2022

Last month, university leadership committed to sharing a plan with the community before the end of spring break on indoor mask-wearing requirements for spring quarter.

DePaul has decided that for the first two weeks of spring quarter – March 28 to April 10 – masks will continue to be required in all classrooms and labs. Mask-wearing will also be highly recommended for other indoor spaces.

In making this decision, university leaders again considered the perspectives and recommendation of constituents including members of the Community Health team and the medical advisor to DePaul's COVID-19 response.

Enforcing a mask-wearing policy in classrooms and labs for the first two weeks will allow the university to continue to monitor transmission rates following spring break and give the community time to get tested. 

Starting April 11, masks will no longer be required in classrooms and labs. However, DePaul will remain a mask-friendly campus out of concern for fellow students and colleagues, and in the spirit of Take Care DePaul. If you are joining a meeting or gathering and a participant asks you to wear a mask, please do so. You can also download a mask-friendly zone poster to hang in your dorm, office or cubicle to share your mask-wearing preference with others.

DePaul strongly encourages you to seek a COVID test after spring break travel. On-campus testing hours for spring quarter are being finalized. This testing is available to all DePaul faculty, staff and students. If you have symptoms or were exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please get tested. Also, consider getting tested before you gather with others outside your household. Every home in the United States can order two sets of four free at-home tests from the federal government, and DePaul will continue to offer on-campus COVID-19 testing.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters 
All DePaul students, faculty and staff are required to attest to their vaccine booster status. If students do not submit proper vaccination or booster documentation, and do not receive approval for a religious or medical exemption, they will be unable to register for spring quarter courses. 

For more information and instructions on how to attest, visit DePaul's COVID-19 Updates and Guidance website.

The university will continue to monitor the situation, consult with on-campus stakeholders and will make adjustments to COVID protocol as needed. Changes to the university's COVID-19 measures will be shared on the COVID-19 Updates and Guidance website and in Newsline.

A. Gabriel Esteban, President

Salma Ghanem, Provost 
Sherri Sidler, Executive Vice President ​