Everyone on our campuses (students, faculty, staff, visitors, and others) is required to properly wear a face covering or mask in the following indoor and outdoor settings. Make sure it fully covers the mouth and nose at all times.
- Wear a face covering or mask, unless in a secluded location such as a personal office space with the door closed or a residence hall room.
- The exception would be those with a medical condition.
- Employees who are unable to wear a face covering or face shield should be referred to the university’s ADA and Accessibility Services office.
- Wear a face shield or a face covering with clear space over the mouth (both are available for order by colleges and departments through Virginia Tech Procurement) in the following instances:
- Speaking with those who are hard of hearing.
- Instructors lecturing in situations where wearing a mask would make them inaudible.
Wear a face covering or mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained.
We trust and expect that members of our Virginia Tech community will each make a personal commitment to wear a face covering or mask, and abide by all public health guidelines, in order to lower the health risks for our community.
Students, employees, and visitors are encouraged to obtain their own face coverings before returning to campus. Additionally, in high-traffic areas on campus, one-time-use face coverings will be available, as supplies allow.
The university’s Environmental Health & Safety (EHS) office has also prepared a guide on face coverings and masks.
Face coverings (or respiratory protection if needed for a specific hazard) must be worn at all times while in labs/research areas and other spaces to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. However, anyone with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask is not recommended by their medical provider or anyone who has trouble breathing is exempted, but should wear a face shield instead. Please click here for EHS guidelines on the use of face coverings, masks, and respirators.
If you or a team member require a respirator as part of your job and have not been previously cleared by EHS to wear one, please contact EHS at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need PPE that is required for specific research activities, contact the IBCP Director (email@example.com).