COVID-19 Resources

Face Coverings


    Wearing a face covering, such as a mask, is one measure to help prevent individuals who may be infected with COVID-19 but not exhibiting symptoms from spreading the virus to others as well as providing personal protection for the wearer. A mask is not a substitute for social distancing and should still be worn in addition to staying 6 feet apart.


    • All Nazareth students, faculty, and staff who are on campus in the presence of others, and in shared campus spaces (such as study rooms, even if you're alone), shall be provided and are expected to wear a mask. The only exceptions:
      • Students in your own residence hall room, suite, or apartment, either alone or with your own roommate. People who live together are considered a family unit under state and federal health guidelines.
      • Staff and faculty working in your own private office or enclosed workstation.
      • While eating or drinking (seated) in a classroom or dining facility. The CDC recommends wearing a mask while dining except when actively eating or drinking.
      • Taking a "mask break" in an open outdoor area where you can maintain 15 feet of distance between you and others.
      • Anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious or incapacitated should not wear a mask. In these situations contact Health and Counseling or Campus Safety for emergency medical attention.
    • Masks also must be worn by all contractors, temporary/contracted employees, and visitors
    • All faculty are also provided, and encouraged to wear, a face shield to offer another layer of protection and barrier as well as to provide a face covering that is more conducive to presenting in a classroom. (The face shields are non-medical grade; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines continue to limit medical grade face shields, as well as N-95 respirators and other protective equipment, to medical workers.) See more details in the FAQ below.
    • Faculty and staff who are unable to wear face coverings or masks should contact Human Resources,


    • Nazareth will provide one face covering — a surgical mask — per day for each member of the Nazareth community.  See the list of locations below.
    • Individuals can elect to provide and wear their own cloth face covering, as long as the face covering is in line with the Centers for Disease Control guidance
    • Definition: “Face coverings” include cloth (e.g. homemade sewn, quick cut multi layer cloth mask), non-medical disposable masks, surgical masks, and N-95 respirators. Neck gaiters and bandanas are not considered an appropriate face covering. If face shields (which also cover the eyes) are worn, they should be combined with a mask (which fits snugly to cover the nose and mouth). 
    • The Nazareth health & safety training provides information to all students, faculty, and staff on protective equipment distribution and proper use, removal, care and disposal. Those details are also below.


    Where can I get a face covering?

    • Residential Life can provide surgical masks and cloth face coverings.
    • Campus Safety is the around-the-clock distribution point for face coverings and other protective equipment and supplies, including after hours and weekends.  
    • The following student offices/locations can provide face coverings (surgical masks):  
      • Admissions House
      • Golisano Academic Center: Student Accessibility Services, Life Prep, Center for International Education, Center for Life’s work, Center for Spirituality, Civic Engagement, Alumni Relations, School of Education, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Konar Center, English, Arts and Sciences.
      • Peckham Hall: Math Department
      • Smyth Hall: School of Business and Leadership, Community and Belonging, Academic Affairs, Finance, Registrar, Payroll, Academic Advisement, Veterans Affairs, Student Success, Accounts Payable, Financial Aid, Campus Operations, Nursing, President’s Office.
      • Shults Center: Central Mail Services, Campus Safety, Information Desk, Athletics, Student Engagement, Suite 100 (Title IX, Campus Safety, Enrollment and Student Experience). 
      • Wilmot Library: Technology and Media Services Desk, Circulation Desk.
      • York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute: Physical Therapy, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Health and Human Services.
      • Arts Center: Art and Design, Operations, Box Office, Music.

    Face coverings also are available at these locations:

    • Golisano Training Center: main door check-in kiosk
    • Lourdes/Medaille:  Dining Commons (main entrance)
    • Peckham:  Sanitation station (in the main lobby)
    • YWRI: main information desk (ground floor)

    Where are face coverings required on campus?

    Nazareth requires students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear face coverings at all times when in the presence of others, except for the exceptions noted above. 

    What do I do with my face covering after I've worn it?

    From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

    • To remove it, handle it only by the ear loops or ties; avoid touching the surface of the mask. Fold the outside corners together. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing your face covering, and wash hands immediately after removing.
    • Disposable masks go in the regular trash.
    • Cloth face coverings: Wash regularly.

    What happens if someone on campus isn't wearing a mask?

    Health and safety on campus is a team sport this semester! And our team is only effective with shared effort, understanding, and respect. The health and safety measures are to protect each other and enable the campus to remain open.

    • If someone has forgotten a face covering or doesn't have it over their nose and mouth, they may just need a friendly reminder. Our student health ambassadors and resident assistants (RAs) also are on the lookout.
    • You can use Nazareth's COVID-19 concern form to report COVID-19 health and safety compliance concerns, and the appropriate office will follow up. (Sufficient details need to be provided to be able to look into the concern.)

    A refusal to wear a mask would fall under the code of conduct/ethics.

    Nazareth is providing masks through Residential Life (for students living on campus), and at many other locations (for commuters, faculty, staff, and registered visitors), listed above.

    Can faculty wear a face shield instead of a mask, when teaching in person?

    Generally yes, but it depends on the context. Nazareth in line with the CDC is requiring both physical distancing and a face covering in class. The choice between a face covering or a face shield, or both, can be up to the faculty member, depending on what you're doing. If you're standing right next to any student and talking at greater length, a face shield may not be sufficient and a mask should be worn as well.

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