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UPDATE: Southern University walks back COVID-19 mask mandate

By: - August 15, 2022 11:51 am

The F. G. Clark Activity Center at Southern University in Baton Rouge is also known as the “Mini-Dome” and is a multi-purpose facility used for campus and community events. (Photo provided by Southern University)

After reinstating a mandate Sunday, the Southern University System is now saying it will not require students, faculty or staff to wear masks indoors at its campuses as a precaution against COVID-19.

The return of the mask mandate was announced on Southern’s Twitter account Sunday night, the day before classes began. A statement issued midday Monday walked back that decision.

“Upon further review of COVID-19 vaccination rates and other mitigation efforts, the Southern University System will not make masks mandatory on its campuses .. Masks are strongly encouraged in all indoor spaces to provide a safe atmosphere for all students, employees and visitors. Vaccine protocols remain in place. For more information about these protocols, go to”

The university did not explain Sunday why it put the mask mandate back into effect, only saying that it is “in an effort to keep its campus and communities safe amid #COVID19.”

The Southern system requires the COVID-19 vaccine at all of its schools, which include its main campus in Baton Rouge, the Southern University Law Center, the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Southern University at New Orleans and Southern University Shreveport.

LSU, also located in Baton Rouge, will not require masking or vaccinations.

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Piper Hutchinson
Piper Hutchinson

Piper Hutchinson is a reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator. She has covered the Legislature and state government extensively for the LSU Manship News Service and The Reveille, where she was named editor in chief for summer 2022.