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Coronavirus: Get complete details about the university's response to COVID-19.

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Face Coverings

Coughing, sneezing or merely speaking can spread coronavirus. Face coverings are encouraged and required in campus buildings. We'll continue to update this information as changes occur.

A face covering is material that covers your nose and mouth.

Always have a face covering on campus. The university is requiring face coverings to be worn at all times inside all campus buildings – unless you are in your own residence hall room, private office or you are eating inside campus dining facilities – and also on university shuttles. All individuals on campus in outdoor areas are expected to wear a face covering whenever physical distancing (six feet or more) is difficult or the risk of infection is high. Other locations may be added as conditions warrant.

The university will provide a washable, reusable face covering for every student, faculty and staff member.

Policy UNIV 3.04 Communicable Disease Outbreak Mitigation Measures [pdf] includes specific directives concerning the need and use for face coverings on campus.

The CDC and WHO offer guidance and recommendations on face coverings, including when and how to wear them and how face coverings can be made. Clear face shields may be used by persons with disabilities that make it difficult to use face coverings, and by instructors where a view of a person’s face is critical to quality instruction.


Use

  • Face coverings should not be shared with other individuals and should be kept in a clean safe place when not being worn.
  • When removing or putting on a face covering, use the ties and avoid putting your hands on the face cover.
  • Wash your hands before and after removal.
  • Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time, and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week's supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.

Students

Face coverings are required in all campus buildings; however, students are not expected to wear face coverings in personal residence hall rooms, individual study rooms or individual offices.

Any student who intentionally violates a face-covering mandate may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for education and/or disciplinary action if necessary.

Students who have documented conditions that could be exacerbated by wearing face coverings should submit an application to become registered with the Student Disability Resource Center. Students who become registered with the SDRC will be entitled to reasonable accommodations that may help mitigate issues caused by face coverings mandates.

Faculty and Staff

Because face coverings are required in all buildings, instructors inside classrooms (including faculty, staff instructors, graduate instructors or teaching assistants) are expected to either wear a face covering or be behind a barrier, and also be physically distanced from the students.

Face coverings are required in all campus buildings; however, employees are not expected to wear face coverings when alone in individual offices.

Employees who have health conditions that make wearing a face covering difficult should talk with their direct supervisor about accommodations and/or working remotely.

All staff should approach enforcement of the face covering requirement as they would any other student conduct policy and may request that students leave unless properly equipped. The university will provide face coverings to offer to students who may forget to bring their own. If a student refuses to cover their face and refuses to leave, that student can be reported to the Office of Student Conduct.

Visitors

Visitors on campus should be limited; however, the university will supply schools, colleges, facility mangers, department heads and others with appropriate supplies of disposable masks for use by visitors on campus.

Types of Face Coverings

cloth face mask

Cloth Face Covering

Home-made or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions

Intended use: Recommended for use in areas where 6 feet physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained and required in designated areas. Must be washed or replaced daily. Not required when working alone in an enclosed office.

disposable mask

Disposable Mask

Commercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions

Intended use: Recommended for use in areas where 6 feet physical distancing cannot be consistently maintained and required in designated areas. Disposable face coverings can be reused for several days as long as they are in good condition and not soiled. Not required when working alone in an enclosed office.

 

Medical-Grade Surgical Mask

FDA-approved masks to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; helps contains wearer’s respiratory emissions

Intended use: These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with taskspecific hazards determined by OESO.

N95 Respirator

Provide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosols; helps contain wearer’s respiratory emissions

Intended use: These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with taskspecific hazards determined by OESO.


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