New indoor masking policy goes into effect March 12
Washington State University would like to once again thank members of the Cougar
community for their efforts to fight the spread of COVID‑19.
As a result of this hard work and the positive public health indicators that have
followed, WSU is adopting new face covering guidance in keeping with relaxed
requirements being implemented by the state of Washington.
Beginning March 12, masks no longer will be required to be worn in a majority
of WSU buildings. That includes classrooms, residence halls, recreation centers
and dining halls. Face coverings will still be required on public transit and by
those inside medical facilities, including Cougar Health Services and counseling
centers, in keeping with Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest guidance and federal
While these policy changes are being made, Cougs who feel more comfortable
wearing a mask should continue to do so.
Effective March 1, WSU also is no longer requiring proof of vaccination for
those attending events on its campuses. This after the same restriction was lifted
on the state level. More information on the changes is available on WSU Insider.
Faculty, staff, students and visitors should continue to self‑screen for
illness prior to visiting a WSU facility and stay home if they are sick. Vaccines,
face coverings and social distancing remain the best ways for individuals to protect
themselves and others from serious illness.
Those who are not fully vaccinated and boosted are encouraged to seek them out
as soon as possible. The state’s Vaccine Locator tool can help find a vaccine
provider nearby simply by entering a ZIP code.
Questions about the university’s revised policies can be submitted via email
to the COVID‑19 Info inbox.