Face covering protocols

Facemasks have been shown to be effective at limiting the spread of COVID-19. For the safety of each member of the campus community, cloth face coverings that cover the nose, mouth and chin must always be worn in public, except while eating, or alone in a private room, laboratory or work area as recommended by the CDC. Cloth masks should be made from two layers of fabric, and recommendations on how to make a mask are available from the CDC. Face coverings with an exhalation valve are not recommended, as these do not offer the same protection as other cloth coverings.

The wearing of facial coverings is required, except for one of the following reasons:

  • Facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation;
  • Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards;
  • Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons;
  • Facial coverings are in violation of the University documented safety policies;
  • There is a functional (practical) reason not to wear a facial covering; and
  • Children under age 2.

Students:  If you have been advised not to wear face coverings due to health reasons, please contact the Office of Accessibility to request medical accommodation.

Employees (professional & student):  If you have been advised not to wear face coverings due to health reasons, please contact Human Resources to request medical accommodation. 

If an employee or supervisor believes there is a functional reason for an employee not to wear a face covering for a specific task, or that it is a violation of documented industry standards, or prohibited by law, please complete a safety concern form to request approval for an exception.

Face covering by area

Classrooms and labs

  • Facial coverings are required to be worn when more than one individual is present in any classroom, lab, and academic buildings.

Residence halls

  • Facial coverings are required in all common areas including hallways, lounges, bathrooms and kitchens.  Facial coverings are not required in individual private bedrooms.

Health Services/Counseling

  • Facial coverings are required to be worn upon arrival and before entry into the Student Health Services facility;
  • Facial coverings are required while seated in a waiting area;
  • Facial coverings are to remain in place while in the examination rooms unless otherwise directed by a health care provider; and
  • Facial coverings must be put on prior to entry into the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) and worn throughout the time one spends in the center.  Persons who have permission not to wear face coverings must contact CTC prior to entering CTC.

Dining locations

  • Face coverings are required in all dining facilities except when eating or drinking.

Recreation areas (Student Recreation & Wellness Center and Ocasek Natatorium) 

  • SRWC – Facial coverings are required in all areas when the patron is not working out; and
  • ONAT – Facial coverings are required in all areas of the ONAT except when in the pool or working out in dryland rooms.  No facial coverings are permitted in the pool.

Recruiting events

  • Face coverings are required for participants at all recruiting events including areas of academics, athletics and employment.

Athletic facilities 

  • Indoor – Facial coverings are required in all areas with the exception of strenuous exercise.  Facial coverings are required when lifting in the weight rooms; and
  • Outdoor Fields – Face coverings are required with the exception of strenuous exercise.

Indoor common areas

  • Facial coverings are required throughout the Jean Hower Taber Student Union with the exception of during the act of eating or drinking;
  • Facial coverings are required in all University libraries; and
  • Facial coverings are required in all University book and convenience stores.

Events 

  • Indoor – Facial coverings are required at any indoor event sponsored by the University with the exception of during the act of eating or drinking; and
  • Outdoor – Facial coverings are recommended at any outdoor event sponsored by the University where social distancing cannot be maintained with the exception of during the act of eating or drinking.

Outdoor common space

  • Facial coverings are recommended during use of the outdoor common space when social distancing cannot be maintained.  During the act of eating or drinking, social distancing should be maintained.

Transportation

  • When two or more people are riding in University owned/leased vehicles, including the Roo Express, facial coverings should be worn; and
  • Students and staff riding the DASH must abide by Akron METRO policies regarding facial coverings.

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These protocols apply to students, faculty, staff, guests and vendors.