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Face Masks

This guide will help you understand what you need to know and do regarding face masks while on campus.

August 22, 2022

Here’s what you need to know:

    • With some exceptions, wearing masks on campus is not required. The University encourages wearing masks to limit the spread of COVID-19. 
    • Wearing a mask is still required in certain spaces.
    • Although N95 masks are currently proven to be the most effective against the spread of COVID-19 and its variants, they are not mandated.

    Wearing masks will still be required in the following circumstances:

    • In medical and clinical spaces, including the Student Health & Counseling building and Behavioral & Social Sciences 208
    • In the athletics training room, and any time student-athletes are receiving athletic training services
    • After being deemed a close contact of a positive case, an N95/KN95 is required to be worn for 10 days following exposure.

    • When leaving isolation before 10 days, an N95/KN95 should be worn for the remainder of the isolation period.

                The University encourages wearing masks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Wearing N95 masks reduces a wearer’s chances of testing positive and filters two ways, providing a higher level of additional security when one has been exposed but has not verified Covid status, to protect others.

                N95 and surgical masks are available for free to the campus community at the following distribution sites: College Creek Mailroom, Jolly Giant Commons mailroom, University Police Department, Admissions Welcome Center, Library, and the Gutswurrak Student Activities Center.

                CDC guidance on face masks

                Wearing a face mask will help protect people or objects from the droplet spread that can come from breathing, talking, singing, coughing, sneezing, and more.

                It will also inhibit you from touching your nose or your mouth which:

                1. Helps protect you from potentially getting the live virus into your nose, mouth, or eyes.

                2. Helps prevent you from placing the virus on objects or people.

                Anytime a face mask is worn around others you should assume it has been contaminated and should be laundered. Another option, if you have not touched it with your hands, and have taken it off carefully using the strap after washing your hands, is to let it sit for at least 72 hours. 

                Please respect your peers who chose to wear or not wear a mask. No one without a mask is to be excluded from a space or activity.