By Diana Leyva
Face coverings have officially been added to the university’s dress code policy as a temporary addendum for the 2021-22 academic year.
“This is based on current campus trends, CDC guidance and a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in Nashville, and it applies to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated individuals,” states the official policy.
Failure to adhere to the mask policy will result in disciplinary action.
On the first offense, students will receive a warning from a faculty member. For a second offense, students will be fined $10, may be dismissed from class, marked absent and be referred to the Center for Student Development. For a third offense, students will have a required meeting with a member of the Center for Student Development and will be fined $50.
A fourth offense will result in students being referred to the Community Accountability team for further disciplinary action.
Both faculty and students will be able to report violations.
Faculty will be reporting violations to the Center for Student Development, and students will be able to report directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, their resident director, or through the COVID-19 concern reporting link found on tnu4u.
“It is our hope that our students will honor the face-covering requirement and fines will not be needed,” said Jessica Dykes, associate vice president and dean of student development, via email. To read the policy in its entirety, visit the dress code policy available on tn4u.