Face Covering Policy

Face Covering Policy

Effective Monday, August 9, all people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks in indoor public spaces throughout campus, including classrooms. Students do not need to wear a mask when they are in their personal rooms/apartments. Faculty and staff do not need to wear a mask when they are alone in their private offices.

Per the CDC, vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings. If you are unvaccinated, you are strongly encouraged to wear your mask in outdoor settings.

We will continue to assess our mask policy throughout the semester.

Wearing a mask on-campus, in any environment, is welcomed and will be supported.

For general guidance on masks including effectiveness and acceptable types of masks, please visit the CDC's General Guidance for Wearing Maks.

Residential Living Guidelines

Students residing on-campus must continue to follow university guidelines and do not need to wear a mask when in their private residence. However, all on-campus residential students are asked to wear a mask in the common areas inside their residential location.

Masks are required in the OLLI and Safety Cruiser vans.

Guidance for putting on a face mask (reusable or disposable)

  • Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer before handling the face covering.
  • Ensure the mask fits over your nose and under your chin, and secure it in place.
  • Avoid touching your face or any part of the mask while wearing it.

Guidance for taking off a face mask (reusable or disposable)

  • Avoid touching your face, including your eyes, nose or mouth, when removing the face covering. To do this, pull the mask away from the ears or untie the straps.
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing the face mask.

Guidance for storing, cleaning and caring for a face mask (reusable)

  • Keep masks stored in a bag when not in use.
  • Don’t use disposable masks for more than one day or if the mask becomes soiled, damaged or visibly contaminated. Clean your mask (use regular clothing detergent) after each use. Place disposable masks in the trash when you finish working.