All members of the campus community (including all students, employees, and visitors) must wear a face mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status, except in the following circumstances in which indoor masking is not required:
- You are an instructor teaching in a classroom, you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and you have reported your vaccination status to the University here. Instructors may not waive the requirement that all students in the classroom wear face masks regardless of vaccination status.
- You have a disability-based University accommodation from wearing a face mask (employees requesting an accommodation should contact [email protected] and students requesting an accommodation should contact [email protected]).
- You are alone in a private office, living space, or private motor vehicle with the door closed, or in another similarly isolated space.
- You are actively eating, drinking, or swimming.
- You are undergoing a physical exam of your mouth, nose, or throat by a medical professional.
- You are attending an event that has been approved for a special exemption. Requests to consider exemptions for events must be submitted to the Office of Conference & Event Services (CES) at [email protected].
Face masks are not required outdoors regardless of vaccination status.
Individual University employees and offices cannot waive the University face mask requirement -- including the mandate that face masks be worn by all students in classrooms -- without the approval of the President’s Office. When necessary, instructors should reference and follow the University’s Guide to Classroom Management [PDF] in the event an individual in the classroom refuses to comply with the University’s face mask policy.
We hope that this face mask mandate can be temporary. The best way to return to a sense of normalcy is for people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. You may learn about opportunities for vaccination and the vaccine’s safety here.
Students who violate this policy may be subject to the University’s Code of Community Responsibility. Employees who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.
When choosing a face mask, 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, mouth, and chin by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask and make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask. If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath. Face masks are available in a variety of locations, including at check-in stations located in many campus buildings.
A three-layer mask provides enhanced protection against COVID-19. The EMU-branded face masks contain three layers. When a three-layer mask is not available, wearing two masks, such as a cloth mask over a surgical mask, can provide added protection, particularly if cloth masks are thin or one layer. KN95/N95 masks may be worn, but they require customized fitting and are therefore not recommended. Gaiter coverings (which are worn around the neck instead of over the ears) and vented masks are not permitted. A face shield is not a substitute for a face mask; a face shield should only be worn with a face mask.
Face Mask Do's and Don'ts