Campus Mask & Social Distancing Policy

As of Saturday, Sept. 12, the Campus Operating Status remains at orange (higher risk). Masks are required to be worn inside at all times; there will still be some instances, like during University-sponsored larger outdoor gatherings, where masks may be required outdoors.

Campus Mask & Social Distancing Policy

  • The University strongly encourages faculty, staff, and students to double mask when in contexts where social distancing is difficult like classrooms, advising sessions, or meetings.
  • Masks must be worn at all times, regardless of vaccination status, when inside all campus buildings including residential buildings. This includes residence hall bathrooms, lounges, common areas, and hallways.
  • Students may remove their masks when they are in their own room with only their roommate(s) present and the door closed. 
  • Unvaccinated students are required to wear face coverings inside all buildings at all times, unless they are in their own room with only roommates present and the door closed. They must also wear a mask outside when in the presence of others.

  • In all non-residential buildings, face coverings are not required indoors for vaccinated individuals when they are: 

    • Working alone in an office or workspace with the door closed
    • Seated in a designated dining area while eating and/or drinking (face coverings should be replaced immediately when finished)
  • Unvaccinated employees are required to wear face coverings inside all buildings. They must also wear a mask outside when in the presence of others.

  • All approved guests and visitors must wear face coverings when inside residential buildings, regardless of vaccination status. Only University-approved guests to campus are allowed at this time. Students may not invite outside guests to campus. 

  • Social distancing guidelines of 6 feet between people remain in place for unvaccinated individuals both indoors and outdoors on campus.
  • Other safety protocols, such as rapid testing of students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 and weekly surveillance testing for unvaccinated members of our community, remain in place.

Acceptable and Not Acceptable Face Coverings

Cloth masks and gaiters are acceptable options.

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.