Face Covering Policy
Personal safety is a shared responsibility. Current pandemic creates a unique and challenging situation where persons who are sick but do not know it have the ability to spread a virus that is highly contagious. The appropriate use of cloth face coverings or face masks have been found to be a critical step for communities and individuals to take to minimize the risk of transmission of the virus to others near you.
Until further notice, when entering into, spending time in, passing through or exiting a building on campus or any other College controlled buildings employees and students are required to wear either a cloth face covering or disposal mask as outlined herein.
Cloth face coverings are REQUIRED to be worn by all employees and students in the following locations:
- common areas inside all campus buildings and in all other buildings owned or used by the College including hallways, elevators, stairways, meeting rooms, classrooms, training rooms, locker rooms, dining facilities, restrooms, and lounges/break rooms
- common areas of all College provided residence halls, including hallways, elevators, stairways, lounges, another student’s room (in apartments and suites), study rooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms
- any other indoor or outdoor areas of campus where social distancing cannot be maintained
- when traveling by vehicle on College business if there is more than one person in the vehicle and everyone in the vehicle does not live together
Cloth face coverings should only be worn for one day and should be properly cleaned before use again. Having an adequate supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily cleaning. See details regarding use and care of cloth face coverings below.
Face masks (disposable or medical grade) may be used if the employee or student prefers them over a cloth face covering, but are not required and should be disposed of properly after use. As mentioned above, cloth face coverings are required.
Type and Intended Use of Face Coverings/Masks
Cloth Face/Bandana/Buff Covering
Home-made or commercially manufactured fabric face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions. Face covering designs should be in good taste.
Intended use: To provide a measure of protection to others. Recommended for use in all areas on campus where six feet social distancing cannot be consistently maintained and required in designated areas listed above. Should be washed daily.
Commercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions are also acceptable
Intended use: To provide a measure of protection to others. Recommended for use in areas where six feet social distancing cannot be consistently maintained and required in designated areas listed above. Should be replaced daily.
Medical-Grade Surgical Mask
FDA-approved masks designed to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes generated by others and also helps contains wearer’s respiratory emissions
Intended use: To provide a measure of protection for wearer and others. These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and others who work in designated areas of campus with task-specific hazards. These masks are designed to be used once before being replaced. The College is not requiring surgical grade masks, except for a few specific work areas on campus.
Provide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosols; helps contain wearer’s respiratory emissions
Intended use: Protects wearer and others. These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and others who work in designated areas of campus with task-specific hazards Before use, all individuals must be properly fitted and trained on the use of these masks in accordance with OSHA standards.
Face Coverings with Valves
All cloth facial coverings or respirators with exhalation valves, including N95 respirators, do not meet the requirements of this policy, because the exhalation valve allows unfiltered exhaled air to be released.
Obtaining a cloth face covering or mask for work
The College will provide each employee with one cloth face covering. Employees are allowed and encouraged to provide your own face coverings and it is recommended you have at least one spare for cleaning purposes. If your College-provided face covering is lost or damaged, request a replacement through your supervisor. If supervisors need to order face coverings or masks for their employees, they should contact Campus Safety.
Obtaining a cloth face covering if you are a student
The Office of Residence Life & Housing (RLH) will provide each student with a face covering. Students are allowed and encouraged to provide their own face coverings and it is recommended you have at least one spare for cleaning purposes. If you are in need of additional face coverings and cannot afford to purchase or make them, RLH has a limited number of extra masks available to students who cannot provide their own. Please contact RLH at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-375-2308.
Disposable masks will be available around campus to use if an employee or student forgets their cloth face covering. Surgical grade masks and respirators will only be provided to those in areas requiring them, such as Student Health and Counseling and Campus Safety.
*Adapted from the CDC, Rochester University, University of South Carolina, and Duke University policies