When used properly to cover the nose and mouth, face masks can reduce transmission of the coronavirus. The complete requirements for mask-wearing on campus are outlined in Shenandoah’s Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy but include:
- Wearing a non-valved surgical or two-ply cloth mask – or other type specifically approved below – over the nose and mouth in any enclosed building or structure on a university campus, including academic and administrative buildings. Masks are not required when you are alone in a private space such as an office or residence hall room.
- When gathering indoors, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet of distance. Wear a mask and limit interaction to fewer than 15 minutes. Greater distance may be required for some activities.
- While outside on campus, when maintaining a physical distance of greater than 6 feet from other individuals no mask is required. When maintaining a physical distance of less than 6 feet from other individuals a mask is required.
When off-campus, community members should comply with any applicable Virginia law relating to wearing masks and/or social distancing.
Requesting An Accommodation
When an individual suffers from a medical condition that prevents the use of the type of mask expressly authorized under this policy, their situation will be considered as a request for accommodation under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Students making such a request should direct the request to Disability Services.
Students who would like to make a modified learning request to take classes fully online may submit this form. Faculty and staff should direct such requests to the Office of Human Resources.
Accepted Types Of Face Masks
Acceptable Types Of Face Masks, But Not Preferred
Not Acceptable Types Of Face Masks
Correct Way To Wear A Face Mask
How To Put On A Face Mask Properly
- Wash your hands
- Place the loops over your ears (or handle by the mask’s ties)
- Ensure the face covering is worn properly over the nose and mouth at all times
- Don’t touch the mask while wearing
- Do not pull the mask down around your chin/neck or up on your forehead
How To Remove A Face Mask Properly
- Handle by the loops or ties and pull it away from your face
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth while removing the face mask
- Fold outside corners together
- Dispose of the mask after using it or, if you have a cloth mask, carefully put it in a plastic bag after use and wash it (see CDC mask-washing recommendations)
- Wash your hands after touching the face mask