Life on Campus Face Coverings Policy

Face Coverings in Academic, Administrative and Residential Buildings

(Updated Aug. 13, 2021) Faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors across all campus locations must use face coverings as required by state guidelines.

Masks, face coverings or face shields are currently required for:

  • All indoor public campus spaces (e.g., classrooms, offices, hallways, meeting rooms, etc.) unless the individual is alone in an individual private workspace defined by OHA as an indoor space within a public or private workplace used for work by one individual at a time that is enclosed on all sides with walls from floor to ceiling and with a closed door. Note: Face coverings are required in all cubicle and open workspaces.
Face shields may be used:
  • When presenting in front of a class or audience so long as you maintain six feet of distance at all times.  If you are closer or likely to be closer than six feet, you must wear a face mask.
  • If you have a medical condition preventing masks
  • If you are working with the hearing impaired so they can lip read

Face coverings that are prohibited include mesh masks, lace masks, masks with valves for exhalation, other coverings with openings, holes, gaps, or vents.


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.)
  • University-owned or leased transit/vehicles with more than one occupant

State Guidance for all workspaces:

The Oregon Health Authority is temporarily adopting a rule under Chapter 333, Division 19 pertaining to wearing masks in indoor spaces. “Indoor spaces” is defined broadly as anywhere indoors, including but not limited to public and private workplaces, businesses, indoor areas open to the public, building lobbies, common or shared spaces, classrooms, elevators, bathrooms, transportation services and other indoor space where people may gather for any purpose.

Employers must “ensure that employees, contractors, and volunteers comply with this rule within the indoor space and make reasonable efforts to ensure customers, guests, visitors and other individuals comply with this rule within the indoor space. OHSA 8/12/21

Campus Housing

Residential Halls and Suites Public Areas

Students must wear face coverings at all times outside of their own suite or bedroom. This includes kitchens, laundry spaces, study areas and all other common spaces (e.g., lobbies).

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.

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.

Exceptions to Face-Covering Policy

  • 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
Individuals who have a medical condition that makes it hard to breathe or a disability that prevents the individual from wearing a mask, face covering or face shield can request an accommodation from Human Resources (if an employee) or the Disability and Accessibility Services Office (if a student) to enable full and equal access to services, transportation and facilities open to the public.

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.


Students and employees 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.