End SMU's Mask Mandate

End SMU's Mask Mandate

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Why this petition matters

For the past three semesters SMU’s campus activities have been dictated by mask policies that, at this point, have exhausted their intended purpose. 

It is hard to characterize SMU’s mask policies — which do not reflect any policies instated by the city of Dallas or the State of Texas — as anything short of performative when accounting that nearly everyone in the community ventures off campus at some point where different mask policies are observed.

Wearing a mask under one's nose and even chin offers no real benefit to the SMU community. This standard of mask wearing is what a vast majority of students are adhering to. Being told to wear a mask in the gym or classroom when 75% of the people are wearing below their chin makes no real difference. It is clear that our age group is at risk a very low risk, especially if vaccinated. Those who want to get vaccinated have had ample time to do so. Why did we all get vaccinated? To protect those who made the personal choice to not get one and won't get one any time soon? It is time to shift our expectations and live with the fact there will always COVID cases (much like the flu). 

More importantly, masks are preventing SMU Students and staff from gaining anti-bodies and immunity to other illnesses. The longer we continue to wear masks, the worse other illnesses will be once the mandate is lifted. 

We believe that out of respect to the individuals who make up this community, SMU should leave the decision to wear a mask, just as they do to get the vaccine or opt for remote learning, to the individual. The science is conclusive. Individuals who chose to not get vaccinated or partake unhealthy social interaction are well aware of the risks. But those who did their part to protect others and themselves have footed the bill for long enough. It's time to reintroduce personal responsibility and freedom into the equation and that includes a persons right to make his or her own health decisions — including wearing or not wearing a mask.

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