State-by-state mask tracker: Colleges impose new COVID-19 mandates

Higher ed institutions opt for extra safety this fall.
By: | September 3, 2021

Most colleges and universities have cemented their decisions on COVID-19 vaccinations for the fall and have turned their attention to another fallback plan to protect populations: having students, faculty and staff mask up. Though many institutions were hoping to be mask free in 2021-22, they are instead choosing to mandate face coverings for all, following new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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Some are simply requiring masks in public buildings, while others are asking individuals to keep them on at all times.

The latest: There has been significant movement in the past 24 hours from colleges and universities in states where mandates were not considered before COVID cases numbers spiked and there were developments such as the state Supreme Court decision in South Carolina occurring. Institutions in Iowa, Kansas and North Carolina have opted to join in on those requirements, citing the increased number of COVID-positive cases in surrounding communities. Two such public universities have installed at least temporary mandates – North Dakota State University and West Virginia University.

Here is a list of those that have indicated mandates since the CDC’s updated its guidelines.

(Updated at 10:30 a.m. EST on Sept. 3):

ALASKA: Alaska Pacific University, University of Alaska (all campuses)

ALABAMA: Alabama State University, Auburn University, Oakwood University, Spring Hill College, University of Alabama-Birmingham, University of Mobile, University of North Alabama

Alabama Community College system: Bevill State Community College, Bishop State Community College, Calhoun Community College, Central Alabama Community College, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Drake State Community and Technical College, Enterprise State Community College, Gadsden State Community College, Ingram State Technical College, Jefferson State Community College, Lawson State Community College, Northeast Alabama Community College, Northwest-Shoals Community College, Reid State Technical College, Shelton State Community College, Snead State Community College, Southern Union State Community College, Trenholm State Community College, Wallace Community College – Dothan, Wallace State Community College (Hanceville), Wallace Community College – Selma, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College

ARKANSAS: Arkansas State University (Jonesboro, Henderson State University, Beebe, Newport, Mountain Home, Mid-South, Three Rivers), Hendrix College, Northwest Arkansas Community College, Ozarka College, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, Little Rock, Monticello, Pine Bluff, Fort Smith), Cossatot Community College of the University of Arkansas, University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, University of Arkansas Hope-Texarkana, University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Pulaski Technical College University of Arkansas Rich Mountain

ARIZONA: Arizona State University, Maricopa Community College District, Northern Arizona University, Pima Community College, University of Arizona

CALIFORNIA: Allan Hancock College, California State University (East Bay, Long Beach, Lutheran, Maritime Academy, Monterey Bay), California Lutheran University, Cerro Coso Community College, Claremont McKenna College, College of the Redwoods, Glendale Community Colleges,  Humboldt State University, Los Angeles Community College District, Pomona College, San Joaquin Delta College, Santa Barbara City College, Shasta College, Stanford University, University of California (Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz), University of San Francisco

COLORADO: Arapahoe Community Collegue, Colorado College, Colorado State University, Community College of Denver, Front Range Community College, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Naropa University, University of Colorado (Boulder, Colorado Springs, Denver)

CONNECTICUT: Albertus Magnus College, Asnuntuck Community College, Capital Community College, Central Connecticut State University, Charter Oak State College, Eastern Connecticut State University, Gateway Community College, Housatonic Community College, Manchster Community College, Middlesex Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Norwalk C0mmunity College, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Quinnipiac University, Sacred Heart University, Southern Connecticut State University, Three Rivers Community College, Tunxis Community College, University of Connecticut, University of New Haven, Western Connecticut State University, Yale University

FLORIDA: Jacksonville University, Nova Southeastern University, Rollins College

GEORGIA: Wesleyan College

HAWAII: BYU-Hawaii, Chaminade University, Hawaii Community College, Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii Medical College, Honolulu Community College, Kapiolani Community College, Leeward Community College, Pacific Rim Christian University, University of Hawaii (Hilo, Manoa, Maui College, West Oahu), Windward Community College,

IDAHO: Boise State University, Idaho State University, University of Idaho

ILLINOIS: Bradley University, College of DuPage,  DePaul University, Dominican University, Eastern Illinois University, Elgin Community College, Heartland Community College, Illinois State University, Illinois Valley Community College, Illinois Wesleyan University, John A. Logan College, Lake Land College, Lincoln College, Loyola University Chicago, McHenry County College, Millikin University, Northwestern University, Shawnee Community College, Southeastern Illinois College, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Waubansee Community College

INDIANA: Ball State University, Hanover College, Indiana University, Indiana State University, Ivy Tech Community College, Manchester University, Purdue University, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, University of Evansville, University of Southern Indiana, Vincennes University

IOWA: Clarke University, Mount Mercy University

KANSAS: Allen Community College, Johnson County Community College, Kansas State University, Kansas Wesleyan University, Pittsburg State University, Seward County Community College, University of Kansas, Wichita State University

KENTUCKY: Bellarmine University, Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, Jefferson Community and Technical College, Kentucky Community and Technical College system (all campuses), Kentucky State University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Morehead State University, Northern Kentucky University, Transylvania University, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University

LOUISIANA: Bossier Parish Community College, Centenary College, Delgado Community College, Dillard University, Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, Tulane University, University of Holy Cross, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of Louisiana-Monroe, University of New Orleans, Xavier University

MAINE: Bates College

MARYLAND: Harford Community College, Hood College, Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, Towson University

MASSACHUSETTS: Amherst College, Assumption University, Berkshire Community College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Bunker Hill Community College, Clark University, Emerson College, Endicott College, Fitchburg State University, Harvard University, Lesley University, Massasoit Community College, Middlesex Community College, MIT, Mount Holyoke College, New England Conservatory of Music, Northeastern University, Northern Essex Community College, Roxbury Community College, Salem State University, Simmons University, Springfield College, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Boston), Wellesley College, Wheaton College, Williams College, Worcester State University

MICHIGAN: Alma College, Aquinas College, Delta College, Delta State University, Central Michigan University, Ferris State University (Big Rapids), Finlandia University, Gogebic Community College (Portage), Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Lansing Community College, Michigan State University, Michigan Technological University, Northern Michigan University, Northwestern Michigan College, Oakland University, Saginaw Valley State University, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University

MINNESOTA: Augsburg University, Bemidji State University, Central Lakes College, Dakota County Technical College, Fond Du Lac Tribal and Community College, Inver Hills Community College, Lake Superior College, Minnesota State University, North Hennepin Community College, Northwest Technical College, Rochester Community and Technical College, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University, St. Mary’s University, The College of Saint Scholastica, University of Minnesota (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, Rochester, and Twin Cities), University of St. Thomas, Winona State University

MISSISSIPPI: Alcorn State University, Coahama Community College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Delta State University, East Central Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Hinds Community College, Itawamba Community College, Jackson State University, Jones College, Meridian Community College, Mississippi Delta Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi Valley State University, Northeast Community College, Northwest Community College, Pearl River Community College, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi

MISSOURI: Columbia College, Jefferson College, Lincoln University, Mineral Area College, Missouri State University, Northwest Missouri State University, Saint Louis University, Truman State University, University of Missouri, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Washington University, William Jewell College

MONTANA: Carroll College

NEBRASKA: Hastings College

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Dartmouth College, New Hampshire Technical Institute, Southern New Hampshire University, University of New Hampshire

NEW JERSEY: Essex County College, Monmouth University, Montclair State University, Princeton University, Rowan University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, Stockton University

NEW MEXICO: Central New Mexico Community College, Dona Ana Community College, New Mexico State University, University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, Taos, Valencia)

NEW YORK: Binghamton University, Buffalo State College, Cornell University, Corning Community College, Farmingdale State College, Fordham University, Ithaca College, Jefferson Community College, LeMoyne College, Nazareth College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Russell Sage College, Skidmore College, Syracuse University, Tompkins Cortland Community College, University at Buffalo, University of Rochester

State University of New York (Adirondack, University at Albany, Alfred State University, Binghamton University, Bockport, Broome, University at Buffalo, Buffalo State, Canton, Cayuga CC, Clinton CC, Cobleskill, Columbia Greene CC, Cornell University (NY State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Human Ecology, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and College of Veterinary Medicine), Corning, Cortland, Delhi, Downstate, Dutchess CC, Empire, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Erie, Farmingdale State College, Fashion Institute of Technology, Finger Lakes CC, Fredonia, Fulton-Montgomery CC, Genesee CC, Geneseo, Herkimer, Hudson Valley CC, Jamestown CC, Jefferson, Maritime College, Mohawk Valley CC, New Paltz, Niagara County CC, North Country CC, Old Westbury, Oneonta, Onondaga, College of Optometry, Orange, Oswego, Plattsburgh, Potsdam, Purchase College, Rockland CC, Schenectady, Stony Brook University, Suffolk County CC, Sullivan, Polytechnic Institute, Tompkins Cortland CC, Ulster, Upstate Medical University, Westchester CC)

NEVADA: College of Southern Nevada, Desert Research Institute, Great Basin College, Nevada State College, Truckee Meadows Community College, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Nevada-Reno, College of Southern Nevada, Western Nevada College

NORTH CAROLINA: Appalachian State University, Beaufort County Community College, Cape Fear Community College, Cateret Community College, Central Piedmont Community College, Duke University, East Carolina University, Guilford Technical Community College, High Point University, Johnson C. Smith University, Johnson & Wales University, Livingstone College, North Carolina State University, Queens University, Richmond Community College, Rockingham Community College, Rowan Cabarrus College, Southwestern Community College, University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Wilmington), Wake Forest University, Wake Technical Community College, Western Carolina University, William Peace University, Wingate University

NORTH DAKOTA: North Dakota State University

OHIO: Case Western Reserve University, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Clifton, Harrison, Evendale and Middletown), Clark State College, Cleveland State University, College of Wooster, Cuyahoga Community College, Kent State University, Lorain Community College, Miami University, Oberlin College, Ohio University, Otterbein University, Sinclair College, The Ohio State University, University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, University of Dayton, University of Toledo, Ursuline College, Wright State University

OREGON: Bushnell University, Clark College, Corban University, Eastern Oregon University, George Fox University, Lewis and Clark College, Linfield University, Mount Angel Seminary, Multnomah University, Oregon Health and Science University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland Community College, Portland State University, Reed College, University of Oregon, University of Portland, University of Western States, Warner Pacific University, Western Governors University, Western Oregon University

Community Colleges: Blue Mountain, Central Oregon, Chemeketa, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia Gorge, Klamath, Lane, Mount Hood, Oregon Coast, Portland, Rogue, Southwestern Oregon, Tillamook Bay, Treasure Valley, Umpqua

PENNSYLVANIA: Bloomsburg University, Bucknell University, California University (Pa.), Carnegie Mellon University, Chestnut Hill College, Clarion University, Community College of Philadelphia, Curtis Institute of Music, Drexel University, Duquesne University, Edinboro University, Franklin & Marshall College, Holy Family University, Hussian College, La Salle University, Lafayette University, Lehigh University, Lincoln University, Millersville University, Moore College of Art & Design, Moravian University, Muhlenberg College, Northampton Community College, Orleans Technical College, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Penn State University (all campuses), Pierce College, Point Park University, Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, Slippery Rock University, St. Joseph’s University, Talmudical Yeshiva Of Philadelphia, Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, University of the Arts, University of the Sciences, University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, University of West Chester, York College

RHODE ISLAND: Brown University, Community College of Rhode Island, Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Rhode Island

SOUTH CAROLINA: Central Carolina Technical College, Charleston Southern University, Coastal Carolina University, College of Charleston, Clemson University, Francis Marion University, Greenville Technical College, Morris College, University of South Carolina (Beaufort, Columbia, Sumter), Trident Technical College

TENNESSEE: American Baptist College, Austin Peay State University, Belmont University, Cumberland University, East Tennessee State University, Jackson State Community College, Lipscomb University, Middle Tennessee State University, Northeast State Community College, Pellissippi State Community College, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Tennessee State University, Tusculum University, University of Memphis, University of Tennessee (Knoxville, Chattanooga, Pulaski, Martin and the Health Science Center at Memphis)

TEXAS: Austin Community College, Dallas College, Rice University, Southern Methodist University, St. Edward’s University, Texas Christian University, Trinity University, University of North Texas-Dallas, University of Texas-Dallas,

UTAH: Westminster College

VERMONT: Castleton University, Norwich University, University of Vermont

VIRGINIA: Averett University, Christopher Newport University, Fountain Empire Community College, Hampden-Sydney College, James Madison University, Old Dominion University, Randolph College, Richard Bland College, Sweet Brian College, University of Lynchburg, University of Richmond, University of Virginia (Wise), Virginia Tech University

Virginia Community College system:  Blue Ridge Community College, Central Virginia Community College, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College, Danville Community College, Eastern Shore Community College, Germanna Community College, J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, John Tyler Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Mountain Empire Community College, New River Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Patrick Henry Community College, Paul D. Camp Community College, Piedmont Virginia Community College, Rappahannock Community College, Southside Virginia Community College, Southwest Virginia Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College, Tidewater Community College, Virginia Highlands Community College, Virginia Western Community College, Wytheville Community College

WASHINGTON: Eastern Washington University, Gonzaga University, University of Washington, Whitworth University, Yakima Valley College

WASHINGTON DC: American University, George Washington University

WEST VIRGINIA: Bethany College, Concord University, Shepherd University, West Virginia University, West Virginia Wesleyan College

WISCONSIN: Beloit College, Edgewood College, Madison Area Technical College St. Norbert College, University of Wisconsin (all campuses), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

WYOMING: Western Wyoming College


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