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I. Title

3.9013R Face Mask Regulation

II. Objective

To protect the health, safety and welfare of the College community and to help reduce the impact and transmission of COVID-19, face masks are required under the conditions outlined in this Regulation when anyone accesses Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft campus, regional locations in Freehold, Hazlet, Long Branch, Neptune or Wall or any Brookdale buildings, grounds, facilities, or worksites. This includes, but is not limited to, all current students, prospective students, faculty, staff, contractors, vendors, guests/visitors, licensees and invitees who have a legitimate business purpose to access Brookdale buildings, grounds or facilities.

III. Authority

NJ Department of Health
Monmouth County Department of Health
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Board of Trustees Bylaws
Board Policy 2.1002 (Health & Safety Emergency Policy)
Board Policy 3.9008 (Code of Ethics for Employees)
Board Policy 6.3000 (Student Conduct)
College Regulation 3.9012R (Infectious Disease)

IV. Regulation Statement

Brookdale Community College will continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that promotes the health, safety, and welfare of its students, employees, and visitors with business purposes while furthering the College’s Mission and Values.  The College’s Policies, Regulations and guidelines will also be aligned with governmental mandates, advisory opinions and directives and guidance from government agencies, public health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  In light of COVID-19 conditions in our community and consistent with recent guidance from the CDC, this Regulation requires students, employees and other individuals conducting business, attending programs or accessing College Property to wear a face mask regardless of vaccination status.

The College expects all visitors to have a face mask but will provide face masks to anyone who is in need. To obtain a face mask, students can contact a Faculty member or Student Affairs Office. Faculty and Staff should contact their supervisor or Department head.

A. When to wear a face mask

Regardless of vaccination status, face masks must be worn:

B. When you can remove your face mask (you should keep a face mask with you at all times)

Regardless of vaccination status, face masks may be removed:

C. How to wear a face covering per the CDC

i. Face masks must:

ii. Please see attached link for CDC approved face coverings that are accepted at the College: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/about-face-coverings.html 

iii. Face masks must not:

D. Accommodations

i. Students who cannot wear a face mask due to a documented disability or mental health condition must contact the Disability Services Office and provide the following documentation in support of a request for an accommodation:

The Director of Disability Services will verify the documentation with the qualified professional and interview the student to determine whether a reasonable accommodation may be afforded to the requesting student. Reasonable accommodations may include but not be limited to:

If approved for an accommodation, the student must have a valid* and officially approved Alert Form in his/her possession at all times while on College property and produce the Alert Form if/when requested by a College employee.

(*The student must request an accommodation for each term that the accommodation is needed. If approved, the student will receive an updated Alert Form for each term).

ii. Employee who cannot wear a face mask due to a documented disability or mental health condition must contact the Office of Human Resources and provide the following documentation in support of a request for an accommodation:

The Associate Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Safety will verify the documentation with the qualified professional and interview the employee/contractor to determine whether a reasonable accommodation may be afforded to the requestor. Reasonable accommodations may include but not be limited to:

E. Violations of the Mask Mandate

Among students, willfully refusing to comply with this Regulation is considered disruptive or disorderly behavior which is a violation of Brookdale’s Student Conduct Code. For employees, willful refusal is a violation of the Code of Ethic’s (3.9008 Policy and 3.9008 Regulation). Refusal to comply with the College’s Policies, Regulations and procedures will lead to discipline up to and including expulsion or termination.

F. Updates to Follow via Broadcast to the College Community

While campus and workplace safety guidelines from federal, state and local authorities are rapidly changing in response to highly transmissible COVID-19 variants, this Regulation may be amended at any time.

V. Responsibility for Implementation

President

Approved: President, 8/30/2021
Approved: President, 10/4/2021
Approved: President, 12/09/2021

Also see:  Mask Mandate:  Official Statement