Campus Mask & Social Distancing Policy

Campus Mask & Social Distancing Policy

Masking on campus will be optional, not required, and based on each person’s choice and comfort level. As Laurentians we expect members of our community to respect others’ individual decisions about masking that may be different than their own.

Acceptable and Not Acceptable Face Coverings

(Updated 1/10/22) We strongly encourage the use of medical-grade masks (e.g., surgical, KN95, or N95) and snug-fitting multi-ply masks when possible. Early data show these face coverings reduce the transmissibility of the virus more effectively than cloth masks. To encourage their use, to start the semester the University will provide three KN95 masks to every student and employee. 

What doesn’t count as a proper face covering:

  • Masks with exhalation valves, vents, or holes for eating or drinking
  • Your hand, arm, or elbow 
  • The collar of your shirt
  • A scarf
  • A face shield
  • A napkin, hand towel, piece of paper, or anything else that is not a cloth barrier, secured to your face and fitted snugly under your chin to cover your entire nose and mouth.

How to Wear a Face Covering

Face coverings need to cover your entire nose and mouth, hook under your chin, and fit snugly but comfortably to your face to avoid any gaps or sagging.

    Face Coverings Dos and Don'ts

    Face masks are only effective for protection if they are handled, worn, stored, and disposed of properly. 

    • Do practice proper hand hygiene. Before and after handling the mask (to put on, adjust, or take off), either wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to reduce cross-contamination risk. The outside of the mask is considered dirty.
    • Do mark the outside of the mask in some way so you can easily identify which side is the outside of the mask, and handle it accordingly. Some individuals mark the outside with their initials in permanent ink. 
    • Do keep a paper bag handy for storing the mask every time you take it off; an open plastic Ziploc-style baggie is an alternative if a paper bag is not available. Always store a mask in a clean place. Never store it in a purse or pocket.
    • Don’t touch the outside of your mask while it is on your face.
    • Don’t pull your mask below your chin while you are wearing it. Leaving the mask dangling or improperly fitted to your face creates opportunities for cross-contamination.