Provide and Recommend Windowed Masks for All FSC Faculty

Provide and Recommend Windowed Masks for All FSC Faculty

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Miriam Pridgen started this petition to Florida Southern College

The use of standard masks eliminates lip-reading as an effective form of communication. Florida Southern College requires appropriate face coverings be worn by everyone in the classroom, and provides branded fabric masks to all students and faculty. These masks are worn by most faculty, with others opting for different fabric or surgical-style alternatives.

As a campus, this means we are effectively eliminating anyone relying on lip-reading, primarily the many who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, from the higher learning equation. Luckily, a simple solution is now readily available. Masks with transparent, anti-fog windows are available and dramatically increase accessibility.

Florida Southern College should provide transparently-windowed masks to all faculty members and strongly recommend their usage in classroom settings. These changes should be implemented by the beginning of the upcoming Spring semester.

We simply cannot, in good conscience and in line with Cornerstone values, allow entire college campuses to remain inaccessible to students with a very common group of disabilities.

While students of the college understand that these kind of innocent overlooks can happen during times of extreme change such as those associated with COVID-19, we now feel the need to bring this issue to administrative attention. Further inaction is not acceptable. We must set a national example and keep campuses accessible!

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