Update on Facial Coverings

As we prepare for a Return to Campus this fall with in-person instruction, we continue to closely and carefully consider all options to provide a safe learning and teaching environment for our students, faculty, and staff. Of particular importance is an update to our previous face covering recommendations.


Beginning July 6, 2020,  and continuing until further notice, MSU Texas is implementing a mandatory facial covering requirement for our campus community.


  • Face masks or appropriate face coverings will be required in campus buildings by all students, faculty, and staff.
  • Exceptions to this requirement for faculty and staff will be made only while in their private office or workspace.
  • In the classroom where a physical distance of at least 10 feet between the instructor and the students can be maintained, faculty will not be required to wear a face mask or face covering.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask or face covering when attending an in-person class.
  • Students will be required to wear appropriate face coverings in all campus buildings with the exception of their private residence hall room or when eating and drinking.
  • Patrons of the Redwine Student Wellness Center will continue to follow protocol as defined by the guidance set forth from the Governor for reopening gyms.

In the video link below, Dr. Keith Williamson, Medical Director for Vinson Health Center and University Physician, provides more information about how masks keep us safe.


It is important that we all do our part, not only for ourselves, our friends and our families, but also for our more vulnerable classmates, faculty, and staff. A safe campus environment can be achieved and maintained only by working together. Thank you for your attention to and support of this important measure. 


Suzanne Shipley


Midwestern State University