Mask Protocol Update
Ensuring The Wellness of our Campus Community is Paramount
Dear Morgan Community,
With the increased incidence of positive COVID-19 cases advancing across the nation—particularly here in Maryland, Morgan must take a proactive stance in safeguarding our campus community. Recent upticks in Baltimore City, its surrounding counties, and right here on campus, have prompted the Morgan Campus Health Monitoring and Response Team (MCHMRT) to advise the wearing of masks for all University-sanctioned indoor events and activities.
Effective May 16, 2022, will we require Morgan students, faculty, staff and guests of the University to wear masks at all indoor events or meetings with more than 50 people. This provision includes indoor events happening on campus and any University-related events taking place off campus. The indoor mask protocol is in addition to our existing mask requirements for classroom settings, BEARtransit and campus medical settings.
This measure is being taken out of an abundance of caution and will be in place through the end of the semester—culminating with the President’s Commencement Luncheon scheduled for Saturday, May 21, at the University Student Center.
Of course, I, among many of you, have longed for the end of this seemingly unrelenting pandemic. However, as we’ve long communicated, the University will adhere to the counsel of our trusted public health authorities at all levels, including federal, state, local and our own resident experts at Morgan. Accordingly, we are fully aligned with the evidence-based science in this decision to require masks at our University indoor events.
We will continue to monitor the rates of incidence and positivity in the days and weeks following the end of this spring semester, particularly as we lead into the summer months and the beginning of the upcoming fall semester. It is strongly advised that each of you remain connected to University communications, website and emails for any updates related to COVD-19 protocols.
Morgan family, we have much to celebrate and be thankful for—despite this apparent backstep. We have navigated a raging pandemic; we are capping off a hugely successful academic year; and are poised to celebrate the magnificent matriculation milestone of graduation with our 145th Spring Commencement Exercises!
Remain vigilant. Be purposeful in your wellness regimen and though it is not a requirement here at Morgan, if you are eligible to receive a vaccine booster, please do so. Do your part in ensuring the wellness of not just our campus community, but our families, neighbors and fellow citizens—get boosted.
David K. Wilson