Because COVID-19 is spread through droplets when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes, one of the most important tools we have in this fight are face coverings.
- Everyone is required to wear face coverings that cover the mouth and nose in all campus buildings, including hallways, conference and meeting rooms, multi-person workstations, elevators, stairwells, restrooms and kitchens when social distancing cannot be guaranteed.
- Face coverings must be worn at all times, regardless of distancing, in classrooms and all instructional areas.
- Examples of acceptable face coverings include cloth face coverings - such as those being distributed to all students, faculty and staff - surgical masks and bandanas that cover the nose and mouth. If you have questions, email email@example.com.
- Everyone is required to carry a face covering at all times while on campus, in case they encounter an unforeseen situation where at least 6 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
- You are not required to wear a face covering when you are working alone in your office, in private living spaces within residential halls, but the policy does apply to common areas such as lobbies.
- You may temporarily remove your face covering while drinking or eating in non-instructional spaces. Eating and drinking in common areas in residence halls is not permitted.
- Read the policy in full here.
We are relying on members of our community to adhere to these standards, but when necessary, we also will enforce these behaviors. This will include asking students who do not have a face covering to leave the classroom, campus building or other venue and only return when they have a face covering. Students who continue to violate this policy may be subject to further action per the Code of Student Conduct. Similarly, employees who do not wear a face covering may be subject to disciplinary action based on our policies regarding employee performance and behaviors in the workplace.
- Students who seek a modification to this policy due to a medical condition should contact the Office of Disability Resources.
- Employees with a similar request should complete the "High Risk Identification Form" found here. Accommodations may be made on a case by case basis to facilitate teaching and learning in specific environments.
Distribution of face coverings
All students, faculty and staff will be provided with three face coverings.
Face coverings for employees:
- Environmental Health, Safety and Emergency Management has distributed more than 33,500 reusable face coverings to campus departments and areas, and distribution continues. Please contact your departmental administrator to see if reusable face coverings have been delivered to your area or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Campus departments will also receive disposable masks that can be given out as needed. Departments will be emailed instructions for where/when to pick up disposable masks in early August.
Face coverings for students: Reusable face coverings for students will be distributed in several ways:
- Residential students received their face coverings at check-in during their assigned move-in appointment.
- Online students received them by mail.
- Student Affairs partnered with many off-campus apartment complexes to distribute face coverings to students living off campus and hosted several events on campus where off-campus students were able to pick up their face coverings.
- Parking & Transportation also has a limited quantity of reusable face coverings available to off-campus students picking up parking passes.
If you have not received your face coverings or if you need a replacement, make a request via the Cloth Face Covering Replacement Request form here.
If I forgot my face covering, what should I do?
- Reusable face coverings are available for purchase at the University Bookstore for $10 plus tax, and 10-packs of disposable face masks are available for purchase at the Markets, located in Appalachian Panhellenic Hall, Trivette Hall and the University Bookstore, for $12.79 plus tax.
- Snack vending machines across campus will be stocked with 2-packs of disposable masks for $2.50. Vending machines will also be stocked with small bottles of hand sanitizer.
- Campus departments will receive a limited supply of disposable masks that can be given out while supplies last.