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COVID Statement

Sep 02, 2021
English Dept statement on COVID

The faculty of the English Department supports the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which states clearly that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals should wear a mask in areas of high covid transmission. We also support the Mayor of Iowa City’s mask mandate, which instructs individuals within Iowa City to abide by that guidance at the current time. We follow these guidelines because 648,000+ people in the US have died from the virus, a disproportionate number of them coming from working class and POC communities. A university that teaches critical thinking and promotes the advancement of scientific knowledge as part of its core mission has an obligation to its students, staff, and faculty to follow public health guidelines to offer a safe, equitable, and collegial learning environment.