Facemasks 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 eating, or alone in a private room, laboratory or work area as recommended by the CDC. Cloth masks should be made from two layers of fabric, and recommendations on how to make a mask are available from the CDC. 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.
"I wear a mask because I want to keep myself and other Zips safe. I wear a mask so that I can physically be at college and enjoy UA’s campus. I’m proud to be a Zip!" —Meganne Chapman, Civil Engineering Major, Class of 2024#MaskUp pic.twitter.com/R4K9l1fU7Y— The University of Akron (@uakron) August 18, 2020
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 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.
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.