BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Southern University cleared up some confusion after putting out a new mask mandate and then changing it.
The confusion started when the university decided to only put a mask mandate in place for only students attending the law center.
Early Monday, Southern University and A&M College announced they will reinforce their mask mandate for everyone on campus. But, after looking at the data, the university decided masks will no longer be mandatory, stating, “Upon further review of COVID-19 vaccination rates and other mitigation efforts, the Southern University System will not make masks mandatory on its campuses.”
Students said they are playing it safe because the pandemic is not over.
“Basically being responsible for everyone’s safety since COVID is still here,” said Kennedy McKnight, a senior at Southern University. “So I feel like it is necessary and people should still wear their masks.”
At the law center, students will be required to mask up. The mandate will stay in place at all law center buildings on campus until the foreseeable future. Students say it is for the best.
“So to know that I’m not getting someone else that has a family that comes to school here or elderly and things like that is very important to me because we’re such close facilities,” said Alexis Stokes, a third-year law student.
BRProud has reached out to the SULC but no one was able to comment on why they are bringing the mask mandate back. Southern University will still require students to be vaccinated in order to be on campus and attend class.