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3.9013R Face-Covering Regulation
To protect the health, safety and welfare of the College community and to help reduce the impact and transmission of COVID-19, face coverings 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.
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-covering regardless of vaccination status as outlined below and in accordance with the Mask Mandate: Official Statement issued by the College President on August 30, 2021.
When to wear a face covering
- Regardless of vaccination status:
- When you are indoors including but not limited to all classrooms, laboratories, tutoring centers, student service areas, offices, hallways, bathrooms, lounges, and all common indoor gathering areas;
- When you are riding in a vehicle with others (e.g., athlete’s traveling to a game);
- When gathered in a group outdoors for more than 15 minutes without the ability to maintain 6-feet social distancing.
When you can remove your face covering (you should keep a face covering with you at all times)
- Regardless of vaccination status:
- When you are outdoors;
- When you are in a private, non-shared space (such as an office);
- When actively involved in an athletic competition that has been officially approved by the Athletics Department;
- When you are actively eating or drinking.
How to wear a face covering per the CDC
Face coverings must:
- Securely cover one’s nose and mouth and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face;
- Be secure with ties or ear loops;
- Allow for breathing without restriction;
- Be kept clean.
- Cloth face coverings must be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape.
- Single-use face coverings must be properly and safely discarded in the trash after each use.
Face coverings must not:
- Be reversed, moved or removed unnecessarily;
- Be shared with others;
- Have one-way exhalation valves, as they are designed to allow droplets to pass through the covering;
- Include face shields as a substitute for face coverings as there is currently not enough evidence to support the effectiveness of face shields.
The College will provide face coverings to anyone in need. To obtain a face covering, students can contact a Faculty member or Student Affairs Office. Faculty and Staff should contact their supervisor or Department head.
Students with concerns about adhering to this Regulation for medical reasons are to contact the Disability Services Office prior to the beginning of the semester. If approved for an accommodation, the student is to have the Alert Form in his/her possession at all times while on College property and produce the Alert Form if or when requested by a Faculty member, College Police or other College staff. Employee requests for medical exemptions should be directed to the Office of Human Resources.
Violations of the Mask Mandate
Willfully refusing to wear a mask while indoors without an approved accommodation is considered disruptive or disorderly behavior which is a violation of Brookdale’s Student Conduct Code. For employees, willful refusal would be a violation of the Code of Ethic’s (3.9008 Policy and 3.9008 Regulation). Consequences for refusal to comply with the College’s Policies, Regulations and procedures range from reprimands to suspension or expulsion.
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 the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta Variant, this Regulation may be amended at any time.
V. Responsibility for Implementation
During periods of high COVID-19 transmission, Brookdale Community College’s locations will be open only to College employees, currently enrolled students, prospective students, and individuals who are conducting official College business. For the health and safety of our College community, all individuals are required to wear face masks while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Indoor areas include all classrooms, laboratories, tutoring centers, student service areas, offices, hallways, bathrooms, lounges, and common indoor gathering areas. Masks should conform to CDC guidelines and must completely cover your nose and mouth.
If you feel ill, stay home and contact the College in the following manner:
- Students — contact your healthcare provider and your instructors right away. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you test positive, immediately contact the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. Students will be able to participate in classes remotely, or will be given alternate assignments. It’s critically important that we collectively commit to protecting the health of others and act responsibly to ensure that the College can remain safe and open for in-person learning. Knowingly exposing anyone at the College to COVID-19 may result in consequences including expulsion and legal action.
- Employees – contact your healthcare provider and your supervisor right away. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or if you test positive, immediately contact the Associate Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Safety. Knowingly exposing anyone at the College to COVID-19 may result in consequences including termination and legal action.
If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, you must contact the College in the following manner:
- Students — contact the Disability Services Office prior to the beginning of the semester to discuss the possibility of obtaining an officially approved mask accommodation. An officially approved “Alert Form” noting the mask accommodation will be required to enter indoor areas without a mask, and students should keep the form with them at all times while inside Brookdale locations. Students without an officially approved accommodation from the Disability Services Office will not be allowed to remain indoors while unmasked.
- Employees – contact the Associate Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Safety immediately to discuss the possibility of obtaining an officially approved mask accommodation. An officially approved letter noting the mask accommodation will be required to enter indoor areas without a mask. Employees without an officially approved accommodation from Human Resources will not be allowed to remain indoors while unmasked except while working alone in a private office.
Our employees reserve the right to terminate any class or service session during which any student fails to comply with the College-wide face mask requirement. Refusal to wear a mask indoors without proof of an approved accommodation shall be considered a violation of Brookdale’s Student Conduct Code, specifically Article IV.G (Violations numbered below), which includes, but is not limited to:
- #1: Engagement in behavior which in any way interferes with, disrupts and/or obstructs the teaching and learning process;
- #6c — Other conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety or welfare of another person or persons;
- #23: Failure to comply with the directives of a College employee, including without limitation officials, administrators, faculty members, support staff members and/or police officers acting in the performance of their duties
- #25: Violation of any published policies, rules or regulations promulgated by an official College office.
- #27: Interference with the performance of the duties of any College employee, including without limitation officials, administrators, faculty members, support staff members and/or police officers.
Instructors, administrators, and staff may submit an Incident Report for disruptive behavior with consequences ranging from reprimands, to restitution, suspension, or expulsion. Any student who is concerned about their ability to comply with the College’s mask requirement is encouraged to contact the Executive Director of Student Services at email@example.com prior to the start of the semester.
Employees who fail to comply with the College’s mask regulation without an approved accommodation should be reported to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources & Organizational Safety immediately. Consequences may include financial penalties, suspension, or termination.