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Masking on Campus

SUNY Oswego is currently operating under a mask optional status.*

CDC has rated Oswego County's transmission rate as low (as of July 11, 2022). Based on this guidance from the CDC, the Oswego County Health Department, and the low number of COVID-19 cases on campus and in the region, SUNY Oswego is currently operating in a mask optional status.

*This decision is subject to change at any time depending on evolving metrics and conditions. If infection numbers increase, we may reinstate the mask mandate on campus.

Please remember that masking is still required:

  • in an instructional setting when required by the instructor
  • in an office where required
  • in a healthcare setting (e.g., Mary Walker Health Center, COVID-19 testing center, on-campus vaccination clinic, etc.)
  • in an indoor gathering of 5,000 or more individuals
  • you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. In this case, you are required to wear a mask, get tested immediately and self-quarantine while you await results.
  • you are in quarantine or isolation (e.g., you will also be required to mask for five days after ending isolation, days 6-10).

Please Respect Others

It is important to remember that some members of the campus community (students, faculty, staff, and visitors/guests) may choose to continue wearing face masks for any number of reasons. For example, some people have found that masking reduces allergies. Other individuals value masking as a way to remain healthy and prevent other respiratory illnesses. Some may just feel more comfortable wearing a mask. In addition, a mask should not be interpreted as a symbol of vaccination status. Welcoming and accepting those who wear masks on campus is an important part of being a caring and respectful community.

In addition, and as mentioned in the bulleted list above, individual faculty retain the right to mandate masks in their classroom, and do not need to offer a justification, as discussion of such factors could raise privacy concerns. Reasons could include health concerns of faculty or students in the class, or those who have vulnerable family members. Please note that current penalties for violations of the mask mandate will apply to violations of classroom mask mandates and other areas where masks are required.

Types of Masks


Visit CDC guidance on use and care of masks.