Health and Safety Expectations

We are looking forward to returning to in-person, on campus classes this Fall. Check back to this page for updates in the near future and thank you!

Masks on campus

Appropriate face masks must be worn by everyone (including all students, faculty, staff, guests, vendors, and visitors) when indoors in college buildings. A mask with two or more layers that covers your nose and mouth is required. It must fit snugly against the sides of your face, without gaps. Gaiters must have two layers or be folded to make two layers. Students must wear masks in the classroom. Faculty may use face shields while teaching. This applies to all College facilities at all locations. Community members at CCG locations must follow these guidelines and if local and state health directives require additional actions, then CCG leadership will provide updates.

Exceptions to the mask requirements are as follows:

  • In a dorm room or individual office when separated from others by at least 6 feet
  • In an individual work space with partition walls that are a minimum of 4 feet tall
  • While eating or drinking on campus as long as social distancing requirements are met
    • Food and drinks are not permitted in classrooms at this time
  • As a student athlete, when participating in College-approved athletic activities
  • Masks that have exhalation valves, bandanas, and face shields are prohibited, as they do not sufficiently reduce the transfer of respiratory droplets.

    Examples of masks with exhalation valves.

    The college has a limited number of masks for students unable to provide their own. Guidelines on suitable masks and care of reusable masks can be found on the CDC website. Please follow these guidelines to wash and disinfect masks.

    Student Affairs staff members have the authority to determine if face coverings comply with minimum standards. Homemade face masks must comply with college dress code policy for appropriateness.

    Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Columbia College currently requires all individuals at a Columbia College location to wear a mask (outlined in the College’s return to campus guidelines).

Questions about the current mask requirement? Contact Student Affairs, or Jess Sprague at (573) 875-7877 or

Refusing to wear a mask or wear a mask correctly will result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct.