Mask and Face Covering Policy
Face coverings are very useful in drastically limiting the wearer's potential to spread infection. From the early days of COVID-19, it was clear the illness is often spread via asymptomatic carriers. With this knowledge and the growing body of evidence that suggests face coverings are effective in significantly reducing the spread of COVID-19, each member of the UE community, and visitors to campus, should abide by the following protocol:
- All faculty, staff, and students in a University campus space will be required to wear face coverings inside university facilities on campus including, but not limited to, classrooms, conference rooms, shared work spaces, academic and administrative buildings, lobbies and lounge areas, research facilities, residence halls, student unions, performance spaces, bookstore, library, and dining facilities. Anyone using a dining facility should cover their face until they sit down to eat and then put the face covering back on immediately after.
- Face coverings are required when moving through shared spaces (lobbies, elevators, stairwells, lounges, etc.).
- Face coverings may be removed when inside of a private building space, such as a single use office or in a residence hall room where a student resides. They can also be removed in cubicles or workspaces that are spaced at least six feet apart and have vertical barriers in place between workstations.
- Visitors to campus will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
- Each UE, student, staff, and faculty will be provided with one face covering.
- Students who have medical issues that may make wearing a face covering difficult should contact Debbie Brenton, Office of Disability Services, 812-488-2663; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty and staff who have medical issues that may make wearing a face covering difficult should contact the Office of Human Resources.
The primary goal is to achieve voluntary compliance.Enforcement of this policy is viewed as the shared responsibility of all those in the campus community.It is expected that all parties treat each other with respect and dignity at all times.It is essential that we support each other and embrace a spirit of having a healthy living, learning, and working environment.
When a face covering is required in accordance with this policy, enforcement non-compliance will be the following:
- Students: When in a classroom setting, the faculty member in charge of the classroom shall address the non-compliance as a classroom management issue and request the face covering be used. Continued refusal by the student will result in potential referral through the student conduct process. (Have a way for students to report)
- Employees:Supervisors shall address non-compliance directly with employees. Employees shall refrain from addressing non-compliance or perceived non-compliance with other employees and should instead report issues to their direct supervisor.
- Members of the Public: Members of the public shall first be offered a disposable face mask, when possible. If the individual refuses, they will be asked to leave and given options of how they can be served virtually.
Members of the UE community who see individuals not using a face covering are asked to politely inform these individuals that UE policy requires the usage of a face covering.Communication should be polite, brief, educational, and non-confrontational.
Use and Care of Face Coverings
A face covering should:
- Fasten securely with ties or ear loops
- Fit snugly but comfortably
- Include multiple layers
- Allow for breathing without restrictions
- Be able to be laundered
Putting On/Taking Off A Face Covering
- Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering.
- Avoid touching the front of the face covering.
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the face covering.
- Wash hands immediately after removing.
Care, Storage and Laundering
- Specifically, cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after daily use. They should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged or visibly contaminated. Keep face covering in a paper bag when not in use. If a paper bag is not available, then an alternative is a plastic Ziploc-style bag.
Face Shields for Faculty
- If a distance 12-feet can be maintained from students, an instructor may use an approved face shield and guidelines are referenced online.
- The University is not providing face shields.
- A face shield should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face (to ears) and extends below the chin.
- Fully adjustable headband to prevent airflow up above the head of the wearer.
- Reusable face shields should be considered if using on a routine basis.
- Reusable face shields should be designated for individual use and fitted to the individual wearing them. They are not intended to be shared.
- Disposable face shields should be considered for single use circumstances.