Life on Campus Face Coverings Policy Fall 2020

Mandatory Face Coverings in Academic, Administrative and Residential Buildings

(Effective July 1, 2020)

Faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors across all campus locations must use face coverings (which include masks, cloth face coverings, or face shields) when in the following locations:

  • Enclosed public and common areas
  • Outdoor areas where physical distancing is not easily maintained

Note: Face coverings do not replace other hygiene and safety measures. Wearing a face covering is intended to be in conjunction with physical distancing and good hygiene habits.

Bruin bear statue wearing a face mask

Academic and Administrative Buildings

Following is a summary of where face coverings will be required.

  • All academic and administrative buildings. This includes:
    • In-person classroom settings
    • Shared lab spaces, including computer labs
    • Hallways, doorways, elevators, stairwells, etc.
    • Common areas within university-owned and leased buildings
    • Health and Counseling Center, library, bookstore
    • Non-residential gathering spaces (Bruin Den, FoxHole, all lounges, etc.)
  • High-density shared outdoor spaces
  • University-owned or leased transit/vehicles with more than one occupant

Face coverings will be worn as required above for any meetings within offices or workspaces.

Campus Housing

Residential Halls and Suites Public Areas

If there are other people present, students must wear face coverings at all times outside of their own suite or bedroom. This includes hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry spaces, study areas and all other common spaces.

A student’s personal bedroom or suite is considered a family unit, and students assigned to be living together in those locations are not required to wear face coverings.

If a person enters a room or suite that is not their assigned room, all parties in that room must wear face coverings in compliance with CDC guidelines.

Apartments and Houses

A student’s house or apartment is considered a family unit, and students assigned to be living together in those locations are not required to wear face coverings. Students are encouraged to share any additional safety concerns about apartment or house shared spaces during their roommate agreement process.

Face Covering Availability

The university will make face coverings available to those who do not have one. We will provide employees alternatives to face masks, such as face shields, if such alternatives are needed.

Exceptions to Face-Covering Policy

  • Face coverings are not required while working in the individual’s assigned office as long as they are working alone and are not having visitors within their office. 
  • Face coverings do not need to be worn when:
    • Sitting more than six feet apart
    • In a private setting (e.g., your bedroom in a dorm, house, or apartment)
    • Outdoors while socially distanced six feet apart
    • When a barrier has been placed two people. 
  • Use goes against documented best practices for a specific position, location (e.g., certain chemical labs) or by law or regulation
    • Individuals with medical conditions that prohibit them from wearing any face covering
    • Indoor spaces designed with adequate barriers (e.g., in cubicles)
  • Other areas in which students congregate will require face coverings to the degree it’s practical, and physical distancing will be critically important for activities that will require them to be removed (such as eating).

Individual Building Policies

The Hadlock Sports Center and the Canyon Commons have their own face-covering policies which must be followed.

Care and Maintenance

Proper use, care and maintenance of mask or face coverings are the responsibility of each community member. Individuals should consider having more than one cloth face covering to allow for proper washing and drying when necessary.

Use Discretion

Face coverings utilized on university property are prohibited from displaying discriminatory, vulgar, offensive or harassing language, art or symbols. Any violations of this guideline are subject to employee or student discipline based on the severity of the design, and the item in question can be ordered off campus property immediately.

Any appeal of this decision will be handled by the dean of students, the director of human resources or the director of Campus Public Safety, depending on whether the offender is a student, employee or visitor.


Individuals who engage in harassing, discriminatory, bullying or retaliatory behavior toward those who are or are not wearing a face covering may be subject to investigation and sanction under other applicable university policies.