As of March 2, 2022, face masks are optional in all indoor spaces, including classrooms, residence halls, and dining areas. Masks may be required in some classrooms, and for some cultural performances and speakers, so please be prepared to wear a mask if asked to do so.

We know that COVID-19 remains in our lives, and many faculty members and their families have circumstances that put them at a higher risk of illness from COVID-19. Out of respect for their individual situations, and to ensure that we can continue with in-classroom instruction for all students, we are allowing faculty members to require masks at their discretion.

All students are expected to comply with the masking policies set forth by their faculty members. Failure to comply may result in disciplinary action by the Dean of Students.

The University’s official policy is that face masks are encouraged, but not required. Individuals may ask visitors to be masked or may ask to meet in a different location. Those who have not received their vaccination and who are at elevated risk are encouraged to wear masks indoors, and everyone should keep a mask with them at all times. Please support and offer respect and understanding for those who choose to wear masks or request that masks be worn. Faculty and staff with specific health-related concerns should contact their supervisor or the Office of Human Resources; students may contact Student Disability Services at

Face masks are not required in Hinkle Fieldhouse, but may be required by the performing artist in Clowes Hall and other event venues. Face masks are encouraged for patrons in Clowes Hall and other event venues. Some shows/artists may have additional requirements, such as proof of vaccination or mandated masks. Please check the event page on our website for the most up-to-date information about the event you are attending.

Given our high vaccination rate on campus, the rapid decline of active cases nationwide and in Marion County, the low number of active cases on campus, the low threat of emerging variants on the horizon, and guidance from the CDC and other experts, we are comfortable with the decision to make masking optional as another step toward greater normalcy.

We are monitoring the number of active cases on campus daily, and are prepared to reinstate any policies and protocols—including mandatory face masks—that will mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

Yes. The University has N95 masks that are currently available at no charge. Students, faculty, staff and visitors can pick up a mask in the Bookstore or in the Health and Recreation Complex (HRC).

We know that many students, faculty, and staff will continue to wear masks, and our emails and social media communications about this topic have consistently insisted that everyone be respectful of their individual decisions. Butler University will not tolerate harassment of any kind. If there are issues, individuals can report them to: for students – RA or Dean of Students; for faculty and staff – supervisor or Office of Human Resources.