July 26, 2021 - Updated campus policy for face coverings at UMSL


Dear University Community,

As you likely know, St. Louis and St. Louis County leaders issued new mask requirements on Friday to limit the spread of the COVID-19 Delta Variant, which take effect on Monday, July 26, 2021. Throughout the pandemic, the University of Missouri–St. Louis has relied on the guidance of local health experts to inform university policy. As such, the university’s Unified Command Pandemic Response team has recommended – and university leadership has approved – an updated campus policy for face coverings at UMSL.

Beginning today, all faculty, staff, students and visitors age five and older are required to wear a face mask when entering or occupying a physical building or facility owned, operated or managed by the university regardless of vaccination status. Additionally, face coverings are required when utilizing campus shuttles. Wearing face masks outdoors, especially in group settings, continues to be strongly encouraged.

Exceptions include:

  • When you are alone in a private work space/office or a single-occupancy study room.
  • In your private residence, including those who live in university-owned or approved residential housing while in their private rooms or apartments. Note that face masks are required to be worn in all common areas.
  • Children under the age of five.
  • Face masks may be removed when consuming food or beverage when seated.
  • Those who require a health or disability-related accommodation or are otherwise unable to place or remove a face mask without assistance.
  • Those who require a religious exemption.
  • Read the complete UMSL Face Covering Policy as well as information on attaining documentation for accommodation.

While wearing a face mask is an additional step to help slow the spread of COVID-19 Delta Variant, getting vaccinated is the safest and quickest way to protect your own health and that of your family, friends and our community.

If you have not yet done so, please join a vaccination event or schedule your appointment today. Doing so will help ensure not only the safety of yourself and others, but also the ability of our university community to begin a near-normal fall semester with fewer safety restrictions.

Best regards,

UMSL Unified Command

  • D'Andre Braddix, Dean of Students
  • Dan Freet, Chief of Police/Institutional Safety
  • Daryl Ives, Executive Director of Facilities Management
  • Marie Mora, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
  • Justin Roberts, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Marketing and Communications
  • Bob Samples, Chief of Staff
  • Christopher Sullivan, Campus Health Officer
  • Jill Wood, Interim Executive Director of Human Resources