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Face Covering Guidance

Updated July 30, 2020

Face Coverings

All members of the Western New England University community (students, faculty and staff) are required to wear a face covering in classrooms, offices, and across campus, both indoors and outdoors. Face coverings are required and are not a substitute for physical distancing of at least six feet. Faculty and staff are required to wear a face covering even if they are behind a plexiglass barrier. A face covering is defined by Western New England University as a face shield or face mask.

Face coverings are optional and not required in a private office or work area (anywhere work is being performed with only one person present). Students are not required to wear a face covering while in their individual residential rooms. However, when others enter a private office, work area, or individual residential room, all present are required to wear a face covering. Students are required to wear a face covering for any in-person class.

The University has purchased reusable face masks for all faculty, staff and students. In addition, face shields have been purchased and will be provided to faculty and front line workers upon request to their supervisor. Face masks will be available in every building. Please contact your Dean’s office or your Vice-President for distribution information. Masks are currently available. Face shields will be available on or before August 10.

Every community member is required to abide by this policy. If an employee or student refuses to comply with this policy, they will be asked to remove themselves from the work location, classroom, or other campus location and may face disciplinary action as delineated in the student or employee handbook.

Who is exempted from wearing a face covering?

Certain medical and mental health conditions may exempt a person from wearing a face covering. Students should contact Student Accessibility Services for more information. Employees should contact Human Resources for more information.

Additional Guidelines

  • Community members may wear their own face covering (shield or mask) instead of the face covering provided by Western New England University.

  • Face coverings must cover the nose, mouth, and chin.

  • Face masks should fit snugly against the side of the face. They must be secured with ear loops

    or other secure fitting around the head and include multiple layers of fabric.

  • When putting on, adjusting, or removing the face covering, only touch the straps. Do not touch the face covering.

  • Hand sanitizer should be used after touching your face covering.

  • Face coverings must be stored in a safe location (in your pocket, desk or plastic bag) and sanitized/washed regularly with soap and water.

  • Face coverings do not have to be worn when eating or smoking in an appropriate or designated location. Food and drink is not permitted in classrooms, or other locations where face coverings are required at all times.