Face covering guidance and requirements

A “face covering” must be worn to cover the nose and mouth completely, and can include a paper or disposable face mask, a cloth face mask, a scarf, a bandana, a neck gaiter, or a religious face covering. Masks that incorporate a valve designed to facilitate easy exhaling, mesh masks, or masks with openings, holes, visible gaps in the design or material, or vents are not sufficient face coverings because they allow exhaled droplets to be released into the air.

  • Face masks/coverings must be worn by all employees at all times on campus in public settings (e.g., reception/receiving area, common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break rooms, restrooms, etc.).
  • Face masks/coverings must be worn by all students, contractors, and members of the public at all times on campus in public settings (e.g., reception/receiving area, common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break rooms, restrooms, etc.).
  • Face masks/coverings are NOT required to be worn when an individual is alone, including when alone in an office, a room, a cubicle with walls that are higher than face level when social distancing is maintained, a vehicle, or the cab of heavy equipment or machinery, or an enclosed work area. In these situations, a face covering should be available and used when another person enters your work area.
  • Children under the age of 2 are entirely exempt from the face covering requirement. Children under age 5, but at least 2 are strongly encouraged, but not required to wear face coverings.
  • An employee who cannot wear a face mask/covering due to medical or disability reasons should contact Dacia Johnson, Chief Human Resources Officer for possible accommodation measures.
  • Students who cannot wear a face mask/covering due to medical or disability reasons should contact one of the Accessibility Resource Officers for possible accommodation measures. Those individuals are:
    • Mark Nelson
    • Jon Kragness
    • Jaime Jensen
  • Face Shields are permitted as alternative to a face mask/face covering in the following situations:
    • When faculty are teaching a class or giving a lecture, or when students are participating in classroom activities, where it is important for the face to be seen (for example, certain activities in language or communications classes).
    • Where a face covering may pose a hazard due to the nature of the class or activity (for example, in a laboratory component of a class).
    • When staff or faculty are providing direct support student services and a face covering impedes the service being provided.
    • For individuals who cannot wear a mask for a mental health condition, or disability.
  • As per the system office face mask operating instruction compliance section:
    • Students who fail to comply with face covering requirements will be asked to leave class and faculty should notify their supervisor.
    • Employees will report employee non-compliance to their supervisor who will work with the non-compliant employee’s supervisor.