Face coverings

The universitys mascot in a maskFacemasks have been shown to be effective at limiting the spread of COVID-19. For the safety of each member of the campus community, cloth face coverings that cover the nose, mouth and chin must always be worn in public, except while actively eating, drinking or alone in a private room, as recommended by the CDC. Cloth masks should be made from two layers of fabric. Face coverings with an exhalation valve are not recommended, as these do not offer the same protection as other cloth coverings.

The wearing of facial coverings is required, except for one of the following reasons:

  • Facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation;
  • Facial coverings are in violation of documented industry standards;
  • Facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons;
  • Facial coverings are in violation of the University documented safety policies;
  • There is a functional (practical) reason not to wear a facial covering; and
  • Children under age 2.

To request an accommodation

Students: If you have been advised not to wear face coverings due to health reasons, please contact the Office of Accessibility to request medical accommodation.

Employees (professional & student): If you have been advised not to wear face coverings due to health reasons, please contact Human Resouces at benefits@uakron.edu to request medical accommodation. 

If an employee or supervisor believes there is a functional reason for an employee not to wear a face covering for a specific task, or that it is a violation of documented industry standards, or prohibited by law, please complete a safety concern form to request approval for an exception.

Facial shields

Facial shields, by themselves, do not provide the same protection as cloth facial coverings. Facial shields should be used in place of a cloth mask only after a facial shield has been approved for a health accommodation. To request an accommodation, use the links above.

Face covering by area

Classrooms and labs

  • Facial coverings are required to be worn in any classroom and academic buildings. Coverings must be worn at all times in labs, even when working alone.

Residence halls

  • Facial coverings are required in all common areas including hallways, lounges, bathrooms and kitchens.  Facial coverings are not required in individual private bedrooms.

Health Services/Counseling

  • Facial coverings are required to be worn upon arrival and before entry into the Student Health Services facility;
  • Facial coverings are required while seated in a waiting area;
  • Facial coverings are to remain in place while in the examination rooms unless otherwise directed by a health care provider; and
  • Facial coverings must be put on prior to entry into the Counseling and Testing Center (CTC) and worn throughout the time one spends in the center.  Persons who have permission not to wear face coverings must contact CTC prior to entering CTC.

Dining locations

  • Face coverings are required in all dining facilities except when actively eating or drinking.

Recreation areas (Student Recreation & Wellness Center and Ocasek Natatorium)

  • Facial coverings are required in all areas at all times except when in the pools or hot tub.

Recruiting events

  • Face coverings are required for participants at all recruiting events including areas of academics, athletics and employment.

Athletic facilities 

  • Indoor – Facial coverings are required in all areas with the exception of strenuous exercise.  Facial coverings are required when lifting in the weight rooms; and
  • Outdoor Fields – Face coverings are required with the exception of strenuous exercise.

Indoor common areas

  • Facial coverings are required throughout the Jean Hower Taber Student Union except when actively eating or drinking;
  • Facial coverings are required in all University libraries; and
  • Facial coverings are required in all University book and convenience stores.

Events 

  • Indoor – Facial coverings are required at any indoor event sponsored by the University, except when actively eating or drinking; and
  • Outdoor – Facial coverings are required at any outdoor event sponsored by the University where social distancing cannot be maintained, except when actively eating or drinking.

Outdoor common space

  • Facial coverings are required during use of the outdoor common space when social distancing cannot be maintained.  During the act of eating or drinking, social distancing should be maintained.

Transportation

  • When two or more people are riding in University owned/leased vehicles, including the Roo Express, facial coverings are required.
  • Students and staff riding the DASH must abide by Akron METRO policies regarding facial coverings.

The use of face coverings helps protect our fellow Zips and build a healthy campus community.  Violation of the policy puts others at risk; therefore, violators are subjected to discipline through the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards or the Office of Human Resources. Mask use is strictly enforced for everyone’s safety. 

These protocols apply to students, faculty, staff, guests and vendors.