On Tuesday, November 9, Southern Adventist University’s student body received an email announcing that Southern’s campus will transition to “mask optional” in indoor spaces beginning Wednesday, November 10. The email was sent by Teri Reutebuch, administrative assistant for Student Development, on behalf of Dennis Negrón, vice president for Student Development.
The email stated that the decision to make this change occurred because of the reduction in COVID-19 cases on campus and in Hamilton County. It further explained that the university is supportive of those who wish to continue wearing masks and encourages everyone to practice safety measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.
“Administration remains attentive to caring for the health and safety of our campus family and will continue to monitor and adjust to the COVID situation on campus and in the county,” Negrón wrote.
If there is a considerable increase in COVID-19 cases on campus, Southern might return to requiring masks indoors, according to the email.