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Campus Rec Threatens Closures If Indoor Masking Doesn’t Improve

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Penn State Campus Recreation said Friday it may temporarily close on-campus facilities if compliance with the university’s indoor masking policy doesn’t improve soon.

More than 75 individuals have already been asked to leave Campus Rec facilities for noncompliance with the mask mandate, according to a release. Signage and announcements were created to remind folks of the mask policy and staff has been going around enforcing it.

Penn State said that while mask-wearing has generally been good across campus, compliance at recreation facilities like the IM Building, White Building, and Hepper Fitness Center, has been below par.

“The exception has been found in our Campus Recreation facilities,” Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims said. “We understand the challenge masking poses for those using these facilities, but the health of both participants and staff members demands that we enforce the mask expectation as clearly and reasonably as we can, and those using these facilities must do their part.”

Penn State Student Affairs said it will reach out to the Student Leaders Roundtable, Faculty Senate, and the Staff Council about a potential closure of facilities. Those who fail to comply with the masking requirement could also have facility access revoked or be referred for student conduct proceedings.

Campus Rec said it will do “everything that can reasonably be done” to enforce mask-wearing, leaving potential closures as a last resort.

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