Hiram College

Over the past few weeks, we have watched COVID-19 case numbers on campus and in the surrounding communities continue to decline with disease severity remaining low. With limited exposure and spread, we are now at the levels we identified to transition to mask-optional policy effective Monday, Feb. 28. 

Although masking will be optional on campus, a few exceptions will apply. Faculty members can continue the mask mandate in their classroom and/or lab spaces if they wish to do so. Please check with your professors for their preference.  

Masks will continue to be required in college transportation and the Dining Hall’s food serving areas. Certain on-campus events may also still require masks depending on size and nature of the event. This includes events where crowds are anticipated, making it difficult to physically distance. Additionally, music and performing arts productions should require masks for attendees due to the particles that can be easily spread by performers. 

Hiram College Athletics will continue to require that all spectators wear masks at indoor athletic competitions to protect our athletes and preserve the integrity of their competition season.  

The same requirements apply to the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station.  

 

A few things to remember. 

You can still mask if you want to. Even though the College is adopting a mask-optional policy, if you have access to a high-quality mask and you would like to continue to wear it, please do so. If you need a high-quality mask, please visit the Health Center or the Welcome Center.  

Mask to help others. If you are coming from an area of high-spread or are around someone who you know is immunocompromised, wear a mask to help them stay safe.  

Support others who want to wear a mask. Be supportive of individuals who choose to wear masks because you never know what their circumstances are.  

COVID-19 Boosters  

Based on emerging data that suggests the benefits of the booster vaccination differ between individuals, Hiram College will not require a booster vaccination for students, faculty, and staff. For individuals who have not previously been infected with symptomatic COVID-19, it is recommended that you receive a booster. Individuals who have previously been infected with symptomatic COVID-19 should consult with their healthcare provider.  

Hiram College will continue to require that all students, faculty, and staff become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To be fully vaccinated, an individual must receive both doses of a two-dose primary vaccine or one dose of a single-dose vaccine. The Health Center will continue to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 primary series and booster vaccines to those who wish to receive it.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Health Center at healthcenter@hiram.edu