A Northern Illinois University professor had made it mandatory for students to wear masks to his class and called not wearing masks indoors "a manifestation of ableism and racism."
"Refusing to mask indoors is a manifestation of ableism and racism, an exercise of individual privilege that tells the most vulnerable that their health and the health of their loved ones does not matter. Thus, masks are required here. They are NOT optional," a message from Northern Illinois University physics professor Jahred Adelman says, according to a photo of a projector screen from the class per Fox News.
Northern Illinois University professor Jahred Adelman says going maskless indoors is a ‘manifestation’ of racism and will boot non-compliant studentshttps://t.co/Xks6N5IhN9
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"Masks are required AT ALL times in PHYS 253. Here and in your labs. It is not pleasant, but it is for your health and safety, my health and safety, and the health and safety of your friends and colleagues. If you do not follow this requirement, you will be asked to leave," Adelman wrote in the course syllabus, according to YAF.
Northern Illinois has eased their mask mandate, but professors do have the ability to require them. On their website it states that "faculty members can require masks be worn in their teaching spaces."
Adelman spoke with Fox Digital in email correspondence that he is trying to "keep everyone a little safer while we learn physics."
"The university allows professors to set mask policy in their classrooms and laboratories. I cannot and would not tell students what to do outside of my class, but if I can do my part to keep everyone a little safer while we learn physics, I will do so. Of particular concern to me is protecting those students of color and those with special health demands and needs, whom studies have shown are disproportionately impacted by the virus," Adelman said.
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