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Face Coverings

Last updated: Aug. 1, 2020 — (12:15 p.m. MDT)

All individuals (faculty, staff, students and visitors) are required to wear face coverings when indoors on university property with limited exceptions, outlined below. The CDC has created guides for properly putting on, removing, cleaning, and making face coverings. This information is also available in American Sign Language. Everyone is expected to review these materials.

What is a Face Covering?

A face covering means any face covering that covers the nose and mouth, and ties around the ears or the back of the head. It must fit snugly against the sides of the face and be worn so that it is secured under the chin. 

The following are acceptable face coverings: cloth face coverings and surgical masks. Scarves, bandanas, or gaiters may also be acceptable if worn snugly to sides of face and chin. Face shields are not an acceptable replacement for a face covering.

When used with social distancing and hygiene measures, face coverings serve as a central public health measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.* 

Face coverings are particularly important in spaces where social distancing may be difficult, or when working in enclosed spaces shared by other people, with the exception of immediate family or household members (e.g. partner, child, parents, or roommates).

Some individuals may have difficulty wearing face coverings, including:

  • An individual with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a face covering, including an individual with a medical condition for whom wearing a face covering could cause harm or obstruct breathing. 
  • An individual who is deaf or hard of hearing, or communicating with an individual who is deaf or hard of hearing, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication. 

Individuals who fall into either of the circumstances listed above, may work with the Disability Services Center (students and visitors) or Human Resources (employees) to identify reasonable accommodations, including, but not limited to remote learning or working.

Limited Exceptions

The face covering requirement at Weber State does not apply to: 

  • A child who: 
    • is in a childcare setting (specific requirements may be enforced in individual areas).
    • is younger than two years old.
    • is two years old or older if the parent, guardian, or individual responsible for caring for the child cannot place the face covering safely on the child's face.
  • An individual who is obtaining a service involving the nose or face for which temporary removal of the face covering is necessary to perform the service
  • An individual who is outdoors, except when social distancing of at least 6 feet is difficult to maintain.
  • An individual who is actively playing a musical instrument or otherwise participating in an arts or performance activity that requires use of their nose or mouth. In such circumstances, social distancing must be maintained and all other recommendations from the local health department must be followed.
  • An individual in a vehicle with no other individuals present; this extends to individuals using personal vehicles for university business.
  • An individual who is actively exercising in an indoor recreational facility and maintains a physical distance of at least 6 feet from any other individual.
  • An individual who is eating or drinking and maintains a physical distance of at least 6 feet from any other individual who is not from the same household or residence.
  • A student inside their on-campus residential unit.
  • Employees when working in a private and enclosed office or private laboratory space that is not shared with any other employee, or where the employee is the sole occupant of a partially enclosed room, office, or similar space.
  • Emergency situations, such as where an individual is unconscious or otherwise incapacitated. 

All WSU employees, students, volunteers, and visitors are expected to comply with these requirements. Anyone not wearing a face covering as outlined herein will be asked to leave the WSU facility immediately; will be subject to corrective action or disciplinary process as appropriate for failure to comply with WSU policy; and/or may lose any privileges or ability to access WSU facilities.

*A face covering is not considered personal protective equipment (PPE) and does not protect the wearer from the COVID-19 virus (instead, as mentioned above face coverings can significantly reduce the risk of transmitting or contracting the virus when properly worn). Employees whose jobs require the use of PPE will be provided with appropriate face masks to meet PPE standards applicable to their positions.

Face Covering Policy Compliance

Face Covering Requirements Q&A

Additional Resources

  • Students who qualify can pursue accommodations through Disability Services. Employees can do so through Human Resources.
  • Facilities Management has provided supervisors at Weber State with face coverings for all of their direct reports, including hourly and student workers.
  • Watch Waldo make his own mask! Mask tutorials are also available from the CDC.
  • Learn why masks are effective.
  • Practice social distancing by staying 6 feet apart when possible. 
  • Follow our Phased Health Guidelines.
  • Guidelines for faculty and staff regarding face coverings in on-campus classes are available through Academic Affairs.
  • Want to print Mask Up posters for your office or classroom? We've got you covered!
  • Mask anxiety resources are available through the counseling center.

Wearing Your Face Covering Correctly

  • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering.
  • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin.
  • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily.


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