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COVID Levels

The four campus COVID levels and masking framework are color-coded, and correlate to specific on-campus masking requirements applicable to students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors. The four tiers of this new framework are as follows:

Know the campus mask status. Vaccinated: green level: mask is is optional; yellow level: mask recommended indoors and outdoors in groups; blue level: mask recommended indoors and outdoors in groups, required for academic instruction; red level: mask is required indoors and outdoors in groups. Unvaccinated: for all levels green, yellow, blue and red: mask is required indoors and outdoors in groups.
  • GREEN: indicates a low level of transmission risk on campus, and correlates with the following masking policy:
    • Masks Required: All unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus indoors at all times, and outdoors when in the presence of others
    • Masks Optional: All vaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors – indoors and outdoors
  • YELLOW: indicates a moderate level of transmission risk on campus, and correlates with the following masking policy:
    • Masks Required: All unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus indoors at all times, and outdoors when in the presence of others
    • Masks Recommended: Vaccinated students, faculty, staff, and visitors while indoors in the presence of others, and outdoors in large group settings
  • BLUE: indicates an elevated level of transmission risk on campus, and correlates with the following masking policy:
    • Masks Required: All unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus indoors at all times, and outdoors when in the presence of others
    • Masks Required: All students, faculty, staff and visitors (vaccinated and unvaccinated) in the following settings:
      • During academic instruction (inclusive of classrooms, laboratories, and lecture venues)
      • During non-academic events, on a case-by-case basis, as determined by a public health risk assessment. These changes will be communicated directly as appropriate.
    • Masks Recommended: All students, faculty, staff and visitors (vaccinated and unvaccinated) while indoors in the presence of others, and when outdoors in large group settings
  • RED: indicates a high level of transmission risk on campus, and correlates with the following masking policy:
    • Masks Required: All students, faculty, staff and visitors (vaccinated and unvaccinated) accessing the Syracuse University campus, indoors at all times and outdoors in the presence of others. At this alert condition (RED), the following masking exceptions are permitted for students, faculty, staff only:
      • Students while in their own residence hall room
      • Vaccinated employees while alone in private offices, personal workstations, or when working independently outdoors on campus

Please note that all individuals – regardless of vaccination status and/or COVID level – are required by NYS law to wear a mask on public transit (including the Syracuse University Shuttle) and when visiting any healthcare facility (including the Barnes Health Center and the Kimmel Testing Center). In addition, the above framework does not apply to events held at the Syracuse University Stadium, where masking and other COVID prevention policies will be prescribed based on local and state public health orders.