University dropping mask mandate for vaccinated individuals June 9

All strongly encouraged to be vaccinated

June 9, 2021

The University of Southern Indiana has followed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance from the beginning of the pandemic. With the recent update to the guidance to allow for vaccinated individuals to resume activities they did prior to the pandemic; it is time for the University to pivot again.

Beginning June 9 and until further notice:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face covering indoors or outdoors on campus. However, those who may be uncomfortable in a group environment where some or many may be unvaccinated, are encouraged to continue wearing a face covering.

  • Those who are not vaccinated should continue wearing face coverings indoors.

  • Those who are not vaccinated should continue wearing face coverings outdoors when distancing is not possible.

  • Physical distancing of 3 feet or more is recommended whenever possible and continued regular hand sanitizing is recommended.

  • Masks must be worn at all times, regardless of vaccination status, when riding the METS busses and when visiting the University Health Center. (Updated July 8, 2021)

  • USI strongly encourages all students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Immunity is the key to protecting us all.

Information on how USI students and employees can receive the Pfizer vaccine on campus during vaccination clinic dates throughout the summer can be found on our website at

It is important employees and students, vaccinated or not vaccinated, continue to self-monitor and check daily for symptoms of COVID-19. If you exhibit symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive, you are required to fill out the Self-Report Form

We will continue to monitor and evaluate local, state and federal safety guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic and adjust accordingly.

"Integrity is a core value for USI. This value indicates that we act with consistency of character and are accountable for our actions," said Dr. Ronald S. Rochon, USI President. "Now is the time to take personal responsibility and account to the greater University community. I chose to be vaccinated both for myself and for us all. I hope you will too."