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Back to Pratt: What should a faculty member do if a student in their class refuses to wear a mask?


The first step a faculty member should take with a student who is not wearing a mask is ask them to comply. If they refuse, they should be asked to leave. Only if the situation escalates should Pratt public safety be involved.

Not wearing a mask when required is in violation of the social contract for students, faculty, and staff which is an extension of Pratt’s Community Standards. Any violations will be adjudicated as are all policy violations, however, it should be noted that violations where one’s actions cause potential harm to another or the community are dealt with more serious consequences/limitations. It is critical that all members of the community think through their decisions regarding the social contract as each decision will not only put others at physical risk, it will cause a student a conduct outcome.