Campus Health and Safety

Mask Policy

Indoor higher-grade or double masking in campus buildings is recommended for all members of the University community and guests regardless of vaccination status. Please also note:

  • Instructors can continue to require that well-fitted, higher-grade masks or double masks be worn in instructional spaces (e.g. classrooms, laboratories). No explanation is required.

  • Employees and students can require individuals to wear well-fitted, higher-grade masks or double masks in their personal workspaces or residence hall rooms, respectively. No explanation is required.

  • Anyone identified as being a close contact with a known positive case must continue to follow all Campus Health and Safety Measures.
  • If an individual chooses to wear a mask, higher grade masks (e.g. N95, KN95 or KF94) or double masking (e.g. a cloth mask worn over a surgical mask) are recommended. These provide better protection against the Omicron variant and follow the latest guidance from the CDC. All masks should be well-fitted and must cover both the mouth and nose. 
  • The use of gaiters, bandanas, scarves, ski masks and balaclavas as masks is prohibited.
There are many reasons why an individual may continue wearing a mask. We must all respect and support individuals who continue wearing masks on campus.

Recommendations

  • Members of the community should carry a higher-grade mask with them. The University will continue to make masks available at current locations.
  • Students may ask their instructors to consider retaining a mask requirement in instructional spaces. If a student prefers to make such a request confidentially, they may do so through an confidential online process, which is managed by the Pandemic Safety Officer and Office of Equity and Diversity.
  • Guests are encouraged to wear a mask indoors throughout campus if they choose to do so.

Guidance on the Use, Re-Use and Care of Masks

The CDC provides both a document and video to guide how to properly wear or fit and N-95 or other higher-grade mask.

The CDC also provides the following guidance on the reuse of masks: “During times of crisis, practicing limited re-use while also implementing extended use can be considered. If limited re-use is practiced on top of extended use, caution should be used to minimize self-contamination and degradation of the respirator. If no manufacturer guidance is available, a reasonable limitation should continue to be five total donnings regardless of the number of hours the respirator is worn.”

Additionally, the New York Times summarized various advice on the use and re-use of masks.

Ordering Masks

Students can secure masks from the Printing and Mailing facility on Jefferson Avenue, and from their respective deans' offices, or from University Police in the evening hours.

Departments can secure masks and other personal protective equipment by completing an online ordering form and emailing it to the Purchasing Department. Departments should monitor their use of PPE and request additional supplies 7-10 days before running out.

Mandatory Information for Employees Using Respirators from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

OSHA provides mandatory information for employees using respirators in situations that are not specifically required under its established standards.