On Thursday, January 27th, the American University School of International Service sent out an email to undergraduate students announcing that KN95 masks were required indoors.
The announcement by SIS contradicts the statements of Fanta Aw, Vice President of Campus Life, during the AU Community Forum on Tuesday, January 25th. According to The Eagle, Fanta Aw stated that students are “expected” to wear KN95 or N95 masks on campus. Beth Deal, the university’s spokesperson, confirmed to The Eagle that students were “expected”, but not required, to wear a KN95 or N95 mask.
The District Conservative reached out to the SIS Undergraduate Program to seek clarity on their email. The response, while not authorized nor speaking on behalf of the university, confirmed that the most up-to-date guidance issued by the university administration requires KN95, N95, or KF94 masks to be worn by students at all times inside university buildings. This update was provided to the SIS Undergraduate Program on Wednesday, January 26th, and is publicly available on the school’s masks guidelines website.
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