Masks

Face Coverings Required on Campus

Everyone is required to properly wear appropriate face coverings on university campuses across Utah, as mandated by the Governor’s Office. This includes in classrooms, hallways, labs, meetings, the library, and at social gatherings. Face coverings will be required inside University buildings and outside when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. This will be required as long as the executive order is in effect, which is expected at least through fall semester. Individuals who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered are still expected to properly wear a face covering.

Face coverings may be removed within personal spaces such as private work spaces and residence hall apartments. Face coverings are also not required while eating or drinking but should be worn again promptly after eating. In courses where face coverings may interfere with instruction such as physical education, music, or performing and visual arts, faculty have worked to adapt their curriculum appropriately.

SUU will provide one washable, reusable face mask for students and employees. The students can pick up a mask in the Student Involvement and Leadership Office (ST 177). Masks for employees are located in the Hunter Conference Center, room 103. All are encouraged to bring additional masks from home as well.

This document will help to guide you through interactions and conversations with individuals who are not properly wearing face coverings or are unwilling to do so.

Mask Type

A proper face covering is a cloth or other type of material that covers an individual’s mouth and nose. It should fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, and include multiple layers of fabric. A plastic face shield is not a substitute for a cloth mask and should only be used in addition to a face mask. Exceptions must be coordinated through the Disability Resource Center or Human Resources.

Student Code of Conduct

Students at SUU are members of a community committed to maintaining a healthy and safe campus. While enrolled at SUU, students must follow the Student Code of Conduct, SUU Policy 11.2, and other policies. The Student Code supports the intellectual, personal, social, and ethical development of all community members by promoting the values of civility, integrity, inclusion, respect, and responsibility. The Student Code also establishes the conduct expectations for SUU students and outlines students’ rights and due process procedures for addressing alleged student violations of university policies.

To ensure everyone’s safe return for fall semester, we want to remind students of their responsibility to uphold the safety precautions outlined by SUU. Everyone on the SUU campus is expected to wear a face covering or mask whenever social distancing is difficult. Utah Governor Gary Herbert issued an executive order on June 26, 2020, requiring face coverings in state buildings, including higher education institutions. Guidance from federal, state, and local health authorities indicates that wearing face coverings (e.g., masks, scarves, gaiters, bandanas) significantly reduces the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Therefore, students are required to wear face coverings inside university buildings, in common areas, including classrooms, while also maintaining a six-foot physical distance when possible. Students must wear facial coverings outside when maintaining a six-foot distance is not possible. Face coverings must cover both the nose and the mouth. 

Students who disregard the requirement to wear face coverings may be in violation of the Student Code for endangering the health or safety of others (See Student Code 11.2, 4.E and 4.H) and may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. Faculty and staff are encouraged first to discuss concerns with the student involved using the guidelines for interactions and conversations; however, when appropriate, they may refer a student to the Office of Student Conduct at 435-586-7766 or deanofstudentsoffice@suu.edu

Our university is committed to providing balanced and fair systems of resolution, and we encourage an education-based, informal resolution process, which includes conversations to deepen understanding about community responsibility. Repeated violations of the Student Code may be subject to progressive sanctions, including written warning, probation, and suspension from the university. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct for more information on expectations of student conduct.

Can’t Wear a Mask?

Students who qualify for special accommodations through the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for medical reasons may make these requests to the Disability Resource Center. Employees should work with Human Resources. Accommodations will be determined based on the specific needs of the individual.

Students and employees must request and complete the accommodation process before attending class or entering buildings on campus without a standard face covering. This process may take 1-2 weeks to complete.

Masks for Campus Offices

Facilities Management has been asked to serve as a central point for procurement and distribution of supplies related to COVID-19 defense. Supervisors may order disposable masks through Facilities for their offices. Please contact your assigned building custodian.

Masks at Events

While following all applicable safety guidelines to help protect the SUU community, we intend to make the student experience this upcoming year as robust and vibrant as we can given the uniqueness of this semester. For example, the Student Programming Board (SPB) is planning at least two events each week throughout the semester. Some of these events will be in-person while others will be virtual. Per Governor Herbert's executive order, it is expected that all students who attend the in-person events properly wear a mask and maintain proper social distancing where possible. To ensure a safe environment at these events, there may be a limit of students who can attend, limited and/or spaced out seating, and other precautions that align with Utah's COVID-19 guidelines. For more information about student events, please contact Heather Garcia at heathergarcia1@suu.edu 

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