Grand Valley State University lifts mask mandate

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GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Students and faculty at Grand Valley State University will no longer be required to wear masks on campus starting this week.

GVSU leaders said moving to its Level 0 COVID-19 alert level means masks will be optional on all campuses, including classrooms and other academic spaces.

Faculty members can ask their students to wear face masks in class but cannot make it a requirement, according to a statement from GVSU. There may still be unique circumstances where face masks are required, such as those regulated by the government.

Faculty and staff can still require masks to be worn in their private offices, according to GVSU.

“Some members of the campus community will choose to continue wearing masks, and they should be supported by all Lakers to do so,” GVSU leaders said in a press release.

Grand Valley held its spring graduation ceremonies over the weekend at Van Andel Arena.

In early August 2021, GVSU announced that all students, faculty, and staff must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by September 30, 2021. At that time, the university required universal indoor masking.

Currently, GVSU leaders said the health indicators used to inform the university’s COVID-19 response have been revised since the last review in summer 2021.

Some indicators have proven to be “more useful,” according to GVSU leaders, due to the virus action team’s transition and evolving guidance from the CDC and local health experts.

The decision to move to Level 0 was informed by the following indicators:

  • Government orders and regulations
  • CDC COVID-19 Community Levels in Kent and Ottawa County
  • Internally monitored GVSU trends (e.g. students who live on campus, athletics, employees, and clusters)
  • State and regional trends in cases
  • Stress on state and regional hospitals
  • Vaccination rate
  • Observations of Conditions at Other Michigan Colleges and Universities

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