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I. Title

3.9013R Face-Covering 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 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.

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-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

When you can remove your face covering (you should keep a face covering with you at all times)

How to wear a face covering per the CDC

Face coverings must:

Face coverings must not:

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.

Accommodations

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

President

Approved: 8/30/2021

Also see:  Mask Mandate:  Official Statement (D.Stout, 8/30/2021)

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:

If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, you must contact the College in the following manner:

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:

 

 

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 cjeune@brookdalecc.edu 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.