When students were registering for classes for the fall semester they were under the impression that there would be no more masks in schools. Governor Doug Ducey released this statement in July “Arizona does not allow mask mandates, vaccine mandates, vaccine passports or discrimination in schools based on who is or isn’t vaccinated. We’ve passed all of this into law, and it will not change.”
The Governor supported his position on masks with vaccine guidance from the CDC and health officials. Shortly before the semester began Arizona State University decided to ignore the advisement of the Governor. ASU announced that masks would be required inside the classroom despite rapidly growing vaccination rates.
Masks Requirements on Campus
Today marks the end of midterms week for Arizona State University. Students spent hours crunching in time to study and stressing over their exams. Along with the stress of the exams, at least one ASU student will be wondering whether their time at the university will be coming to an abrupt end. Arizona State University is threatening to withdraw a student for improperly wearing a mask.
One professor at University said that ASU’s mask policy would continue “indefinitely”. Arizona State University students would like further guidance on whether masks requirements are lawful and whether there will ever be an end to these requirements. Are there certain metrics that the University needs to see before the ordinances can be lifted?
Governor Ducey’s strongly worded message regarding unlawful COVID-19 restrictions echoed restrictions passed through the state legislature during the regular session. These measures have faced legal opposition in court. The Attorney General of Arizona Mark Brnovich stated that he intends to appeal in favor of personal liberties.