Face masks are optional in most indoor public spaces on campus, but are required in the following spaces:
- Instructors may require students in their class/lab to wear face masks while class/lab is in session. The syllabus for a class/lab in which face masks are required must include language approved by the University.
- Face masks will continue to be required in other specific settings that have been approved by the Office of the President.
- Face masks may be required in private individual offices at the office occupant’s discretion because these spaces are typically smaller and used for longer interactions, and because only one individual occupies the space. However, there will be no requirement for masking in shared reception or student or employee service areas. By way of example, in an office such as the University Advising and Career Development Center (UACDC), the reception areas will have no masking requirement, while an individual advisor or career coach may require face masks in their private individual office.
- Consistent with CDC guidance, employees or students may be required by University Telehealth to wear a face mask for a period of time after having a close contact or testing positive for COVID-19.
It is important that we respect the choice of community members who choose to continue wearing face masks. No employee may prohibit any other person from wearing a face mask. The University will continue to make face masks available for free at the Student Center Information Desk and at DPS Headquarters (1200 Oakwood).
We expect every member of the campus community to follow these standards as part of our community commitment to safety. Employees who do not comply with this policy are subject to disciplinary action.
Here are tips for how to properly wear a face mask:
When choosing a face mask, you should wear a mask that offers the most robust protection possible. You should consider how well it fits, how well it filters air, and how many layers it has. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and around the edges of the mask. Ensure that it fits snugly over your nose and mouth.
A three-layer mask provides enhanced protection against COVID-19, especially when using the knot and tuck method for fitting. New EMU-branded green or white surgical masks contain three layers and are available at the Student Center or DPS Headquarters.
Watch video on Knot and Tuck Method for a Better-fitting Face Mask.
When a three-layer mask is not available, wearing two masks, such as a cloth mask over a traditional face mask, can provide added protection. Cloth masks worn without a surgical mask are not recommended.
N95/KN95/KF94 masks may be worn at your own discretion. KN95 masks will be made available at the Student Center Information Desk or the DPS Headquarters with a limit of two per person. The State of Michigan also provides free KN95 face masks at various locations around the State. Persons with underlying medical conditions may want to check with their physician before wearing any of these respirator-type masks for extended periods of time.
N95 masks may be worn, but are neither provided nor required by EMU. N95 respirator masks require medical clearance and customized fitting. EMU departments that require N95 masks work with the Office of Environmental Health & Safety to do so.
A face shield is not a substitute for a face mask; a face shield should only be worn with a face mask.