Return to Campus

Face Coverings

Wearing a face covering is one measure to help prevent individuals who may be infected with COVID-19 but not exhibiting symptoms from spreading the virus to others. 

What to do

  • All Nazareth students, faculty, and staff who are on campus and in the presence of others, shall be provided and are expected to wear face coverings. The only exception is in your residence hall room, suite, or apartment, with or without your own roommate; people who live together are considered a family unit under state and federal health guidelines.
  • Face coverings also must be worn by all contractors, temporary/contracted employees, and visitors
  • All faculty also will be provided, and encouraged to wear, face shields to offer another layer of protection and barrier as well as to provide a face covering 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.) 
  • Faculty and staff who are unable to wear face coverings should contact Human Resources,
  • Commuter students, faculty, and staff: Face coverings will be available at a welcome station tent as you arrive on campus (or show that you have your own), where you also will need to provide evidence that you completed Nazareth's daily health screening and received a green badge. Screening & Welcome Stations >
  • Students who live on campus: Face coverings will be distributed through Residential Life.

 What to know

  • Nazareth will provide one face covering — a surgical mask — per day for each member of the Nazareth community. Mask are available at welcome stations where commuters, faculty, and staff must stop when arriving on campus. Masks are available through Residential Life for students living on campus.
  • 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, bandana), surgical masks, N-95 respirators, and face shields. 
  • Information will be provided to all students, faculty, and staff on protective equipment distribution and proper use, removal, care and disposal.

Face Covering FAQs

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 students in your campus room, suite, or apartment with no guests present.

New York state requires face coverings in these areas:

  • Common areas in buildings — meaning areas in academic and residence hall facilities that are centrally located and generally available for use by Nazareth community members, such as lobbies, vestibules, waiting areas, break rooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms
  • Spaces where 6-foot social distancing can be difficult, such as elevators, stairwells, hallways, and entering and exiting buildings
  • Traveling around campus
  • Entering and exiting classrooms
  • Individual residence rooms that are not your own, when 6-foot social distancing can’t be maintained
  • In dining/food service locations, except when seated

Where are face coverings not required on campus?

Per New York state guidelines:

  • Outdoor areas where 6-foot physical distancing can be maintained
  • Individual residence hall room, suite, apartment (with your roommate, if any)

Employees: Face coverings do not need to be worn in your own office or enclosed workstation.

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?

Nazareth is creating a culture of shared responsibility; 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 will be reminded — including by student health ambassadors and resident assistants (RAs). A refusal to wear a mask would fall under the code of conduct/ethics. Nazareth is providing masks at welcome stations (for commuters, faculty, staff, and registered visitors) and through Residential Life (for students living on campus).

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

Generally yes, but it depends on the context. The state guidance calls for social distancing or a face covering. Nazareth 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.

Fill out my online form.