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Mask-Wearing Guidelines

(Last updated March 20, 2022)

Beginning April 4, Clark becomes a  fully mask-optional campus, including in the classroom. Faculty, however, are being given the authority, for the remainder of this semester, to set class-specific policies based on risks that they may be aware of but cannot, for health privacy reasons, share publicly with the class as a whole. Masking is still required inside the Health Services facility. Masking is optional but encouraged when you are riding the Clark Shuttle and ClarkRIDE.

  • If you choose to wear a mask, Clark strongly encourages the wearing of KN95 or other medical-grade masks whenever possible. These offer excellent protection for the wearer. KN95 masks are available at these distribution points on campus: the Information Desk in the University Center, the Information Desk in the Shaich Family Alumni and Student Engagement Center,  the Help Desk in the Academic Commons, and the Library Services Desk (formerly Circulation Desk) on the second floor of Goddard Library. More information about effective mask-wearing can be found on the CDC website.
  • Many of our community members will choose to continue wearing masks and getting tested. Please respect and honor their choices, and when you are out and about on campus, always keep a mask handy. If someone asks you to wear a mask in a particular office or situation, please wear one.
  • Eating inside a classroom is not allowed. However, you can drink water or other beverages in class.

The University’s policy regarding mask-wearing, and other mitigation strategies, is subject to change depending on our rates of vaccination, COVID-19 trends both locally and nationally, and guidance from health and government entities.

Clark Events Policy

(Last updated March 20, 2022)

Organizers of on-campus events, in coordination with the Office of Student Leadership and Programming or the Office of Events Planning, can require masks at specific events.

Visitor Policy

(Last updated March 20, 2022)

All visitors should be notified of Clark’s vaccination requirement and the expectation that they are in compliance, and in compliance with all state and federal policy and guidelines. Clark is not requiring visitors to prove their vaccination status. All visitors should also be made aware of any mask requirement for a particular event.

Travel Policies

(Last updated July 30, 2021)

Domestic and international travel resumed on June 2, 2021, and is permitted. University-funded travel within the United States is permitted but is subject to both TSA and FAA flight regulations. The following guidelines and precautions apply.

Domestic travel

Those traveling on University business must follow the guidelines as presented by the CDC, the state of destination, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

  • Any employee engaged in domestic travel for Clark business must be fully vaccinated.
  • Any employee uncomfortable with travel will not be required to do so.
  • Student travel as part of a club or organization needs to be approved by the Office of Student Leadership and Programming.
  • Currently, all domestic flights require the wearing of a mask at all times in airports and during the flights.

International travel

Clark maintains an International Travel Policy that is posted on the website. The policy remains in effect. In addition to the existing policy framework, international travel at Clark resumed after June 1, 2021, with adoption of the following considerations/recommendations to accommodate the evolving COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Newly calculated Department of State (DOS) travel advisories do not indicate a change to current risk situations. Rather, the updated methodology reflects an adjustment in the system to give more weight to CDC guidelines and assessments.  DOS has advised that universities consider other factors when developing a travel risk assessment for a given country or geographic region.
  • Clark will consider the DOS travel warnings, but will not rely exclusively on them to determine risk for international travelers for the the2021-22 academic year.
    • Clark also will rely on criteria, such as:
      1. Drum Cussac Country Reports
      2. Alert Traveler/World Aware(Terra Dotta)
      3. OSAC
      4. Study Abroad Provider and peer University risk assessment tools (CIEESITNAFSA)
    • Clark asks anyone traveling abroad to only travel if fully vaccinated. Individuals traveling abroad will still need to assess travel restrictions and other COVID-19 vaccination/testing requirements of the country they intend to visit.
    • If you plan on traveling internationally on University business, you must first receive the appropriate permissions prior to purchasing air tickets or paying other accommodations.
    • Study Abroad Programs:After a thorough review of study abroad providers at peer institutions, and current health, risk, and assessment conditions and practices, study abroad will proceed as scheduled. COVID-19 vaccination will be required for any international traveler in the program.
    • The Office of Study Abroad/Study Away will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation globally and make necessary changes in real time, in consultation with providers, other international-related staff, and representatives of host institutions.
    • The Office will defer to local, state and international guidelines as additional precautions for going abroad or returning home.
    • As always, all students will have GeoBlue health, medical, emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance for the duration of their time abroad. Coverage includes COVID-19. Students will be fully covered in the event of sickness.
    • As always, all students will sign study abroad confirmation and liability forms outlining policies.
    • All study abroad participants will be enrolled in Clark’s Travel Registry.
  • Staff/Faculty and Independent/Graduate Student Travel Procedure:
    • The Travel Advisory Committee will review all proposals for international travel (regardless of State Department advisory level) to evaluate health and safety concerns.
    • As is currently the policy, University funds used for academically related international travel must be pre-approved by the Provost or the Provost’s designee.
    • All international travelers should be required to enroll in GeoBlue insurance and fill out Alert Traveler registration in Terra Dotta (a.k.a. the Travel Registry).
  • All individuals traveling abroad should be aware of inherent risks associated with traveling to sites where COVID-19 and its variants are more prevalent than within the U.S. Also, be aware that some health insurance and travel plans have exempted COVID-19-related illnesses and expenses from their coverage.
  • Clark students, faculty, and staff traveling internationally on their own and independent of any official Clark affiliation are asked to voluntarily adhere to the spirit of these travel regulations for the health and safety of themselves and Clark’s extended community.
  • Given the state of the pandemic worldwide, travel regulations remain subject to frequent modifications.  It is the individual traveler’s responsibility to remain informed of these changes.
  • Further CDC guidelines for international travelers can be found at CDC.gov.