Face covering guidance

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Face covering guidance

Updated: Aug. 11, 2020 with banned face coverings

Everyone on campus is required to wear a mask or face covering at all times with a limited number of exceptions. Here is additional guidance about when masks or face coverings will be expected at UNCSA.

A face covering is an acceptable alternative to a mask if it covers your nose and mouth and is secured to the head, has two or more layers, and is tight-fitting.

  • Banned face coverings are bandanas, gaiters and scarves.
  • Face coverings or masks should cover your nose and mouth and be secured to the head. They should have two or more layers and be tight-fitting.
  • Cloth face coverings with one-way valves are prohibited for use on campus.
  • A face covering must be worn at all times indoor and outside on campus with the following exceptions:
    • When you are alone in your office or residence hall room.
    • When you are in your residence hall room with only your roommate.
    • Temporarily, when eating and drinking.
    • When you are alone in your personal vehicle.
    • When you are outside with no person within 6 feet, although you must carry your face covering in case others enter the space.
    • When a person has a medical or behavioral disability that makes them unable to wear a face covering.
  • Refusal to wear a face covering is considered grounds to prohibit a student from attending class in person. The student may participate in the online component of the course, if available.
  • Continued or repeated refusal to wear a face covering during in-person instruction will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action. 
  • Remember to wash your hands before putting on and taking off your mask or face coverings. Only handle your mask by the ear loops. Take care not to touch the front of your mask or face covering.
  • Store cloth masks or face coverings in a paper bag in-between use throughout the day and launder daily.
  • Face shields must be combined with masks.
Toni Beery

UNCSA Environmental Health and Safety Director Toni Beery reviews community protective equipment options.