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Face Coverings on Campus

Do students, faculty and staff still need to wear a face covering on campus?

All members of the university community, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings while indoors on campus.

Individuals do not need to wear face coverings when (a) working alone in a room or a vehicle, (b) actively eating and/or drinking, (c) when fully vaccinated and actively engaged in lecturing*, and/or (d) an accommodation is granted after the completion of the interactive process through Human Resources (for faculty and staff) and ​​​​​Services to Students with Disabilities (for students).

*Additional requirements are required.  See the “Academics” tile, “Do I have to wear a face-covering while lecturing” for all requirements associated with this face covering exemption.

Where can we find the regulations on the types of approved face coverings?

The California Department of Public Health provides the following guidance on mask selection.

Know which Masks Provide the Best Protection Against COVID-19:
Most Effective More Effective Effective Least Effective

N95 (also best for wildfire smoke)

KF94

KN95

Double Mask

Fitted Surgical Mask

Surgical Mask

Fabric mask with three or more cloth layers

No matter what kind of mask you wear, check the fit and eliminate gaps above the nose or on the sides. Gaps will significantly reduce the effectiveness of any mask.

Cloth Masks

Cloth masks can only work well if they are tight fitting and made of materials that filter out small particles. Good cloth masks have:

  • Two layers of tightly woven cotton with a third layer of non-woven fabric. The third layer could be a mask filter insert, or a synthetic fabric such as polypropylene.
  • Nose wires to reduce gaps from the nose.
  • Adjustable ear loops or straps that go around the head to reduce gaps from the face.
What if an individual does not have or refuses to wear a face covering?

Departments will have supplies of face coverings available for those who need one. In the event that an employee or student refuses to wear a face covering, standard disciplinary processes will apply. University departments can refuse service to guests or visitors who do not adhere to the campus COVID Prevention Plan.

Why are face coverings required if everyone is supposed to be vaccinated?

With emerging variants and the current campus community composed of both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, the campus is continuing to enforce the use of face coverings while indoors on campus.

Will face coverings be required in your own private office?

Face coverings are not required when working alone in a room or while alone in a vehicle.

How will the on-campus face covering requirement be enforced?

In the event that an employee, student, or guest refuses to wear a face covering, standard disciplinary processes will apply. University departments can refuse service to guests or visitors who do not adhere to the campus COVID Prevention Plan including the face covering requirement.

If you are alone in your cubicle, are you required to wear a face covering?

Cubicle workstations typically are in large open rooms with other workstations.  These spaces have shared ventilation so face coverings would be required if others were in the room.

Individuals do not need to wear face coverings when (a) working alone in a room or a vehicle, (b) actively eating and/or drinking, (c) when fully vaccinated and actively engaged in lecturing, and/or (d) an accommodation is granted after the completion of the interactive process through Human Resources (for faculty and staff) and ​​​​​Services to Students with Disabilities (for students).

I live on campus. Do I still need to wear a face covering?

Residents are required to wear face coverings in all common areas, including hallways in the Villages. For additional details, please see the Housing and Residential Education website.

Where can I obtain a face covering on campus?

N-95 Face coverings are available free of charge on the San Bernardino campus at the Parking Information booths, Library information desk, Student Union Information desk, University Police Station and at the Student Health Center. At the Palm Desert Campus N-95 face coverings can be obtained from the Information desk at the Mary Stuart Rogers Gateway building and in the Student Health Center.

Employees wishing to request an N-95 face covering can submit a request through Environmental Health and Safety using the Employee N-95 request form.