The lower half of faces will become visible once again on Wartburg’s campus. On Saturday, May 15, Darrel Colson, president of Wartburg College, announced the lifting of mask requirements on campus. This decision was made in response to the Center of Disease Control’s recently released guidance, stating that individuals who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 could return to normal daily activities without a mask. 

“I want to echo, however, what both Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIH have said repeatedly since these new recommendations were announced. The Campus Health Recovery Team (CHRT) and I strongly encourage every member of the community to secure vaccination, and we continue to encourage those not yet vaccinated to take every precaution, including masking and distancing,” Colson wrote in the email. 

While the mask mandate has been lifted, Colson also shared that this decision extends to the classrooms. Individual faculty can still ask students to wear a mask while in the classroom. 

Additional information regarding the graduation ceremony and campus COVID-19 policies for the 2021-22 academic year will be released as it becomes available. 

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