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Masks / Face Coverings

Updated: Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, CDC recommends that people wear cloth face masks in public settings, especially when it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of six feet or more. Cloth masks or other approved face coverings are required inside buildings, including in all classrooms, labs, and dining spaces. Individuals may remove their masks or face coverings once safely inside their individual residence hall rooms, or offices, but masks or face coverings are required in common areas. Cloth face masks must be worn outdoors as well.

Cloth face masks must be worn by all faculty, staff, students, and visitors while in the workplace, classroom, hallways, common areas, and in public spaces, when two or more people are present.

When possible, alternate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as face shields will be offered to people who are unable to wear a face covering due to health reasons.

Each student and staff member will receive an appropriate amount of cloth masks from the University. Each faculty member will be provided with two cloth masks upon request. 

Types of Face Masks / Coverings

Cloth face masks are the main protective measure to be used for all employees, students and visitors. First responders, Health Center clinicians, and athletic trainers will be required to use N95 masks and additional PPE.

Use and Care of Cloth Coverings 

Cloth face masks should be washed regularly. Students and employees are advised to have at least 3-5 cloth face coverings for alternating use. Wash or sanitize your hands before handling your mask.

When wearing a mask, it should completely cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the side of the face and not have any gaps.

Enforcement of Use

Policy: No mask, no entry. This applies to employees, students, and visitors in classrooms, work settings, dining facilities, and all other areas where people gather, and will be enforced by security officers, student ambassadors, and others. For students, enforcement of the COVID-19 prevention policies will be handled through the procedure of the Code of Conduct. Faculty shall restrict admittance to the classroom for students not wearing face masks, and employees may restrict entrance to departments by persons who are not wearing face masks.

The University’s plans and protocols are subject to change in response to evolving guidance from local, state, and federal government and public health officials. We will continue to update this website regularly and encourage you to check back often for the most up-to-date information.