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Look out for your friends and colleagues by wearing a mask when you're asked to do so.

Important information

Mask Requirements

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a mask properly above the nose while:

  • indoors in all WVU System buildings and facilities through Oct. 20, when public health conditions will be reevaluated
  • on campus transportation, including buses and the PRT, through Jan. 18, 2022, under federal guidelines from the Transportation Security Administration

The University encourages all students, employees and visitors to continue physical distancing when possible and wear a mask in crowded spaces – even when outdoors.

WVU Medicine Mask Guidelines
WVU Medicine masking guidance has been updated for all employees who work at non-clinical, administrative sites, including the Health Sciences campuses in Morgantown, Eastern and Charleston. Masks are required in all patient care clinics including those located in the Health Sciences building.

In accordance with CDC guidance, masks are required for everyone in hospitals, nursing homes, buses, trains, planes, schools and prisons and in accordance with local government and business policies.

Cloth Mask Guidance
Cloth coverings worn on campus should:

  • Fit over the nose and mouth and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Not have an exhalation valve
  • Only be worn for one day and must be properly cleaned before they are used again
  • Not be used if they become wet or contaminated
  • Be replaced with clean substitutes, as needed
  • Be handled as little as possible
  • Not be worn with or instead of respiratory protection when respirators are needed

Masks with exhalation valves should not be used.

Failure to Comply

  • Failure to comply with Student Health and Safety Policies and the University’s Student Code of Conduct regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and face coverings, will result in one or more of the following measures: written warning, removal from class, probation, suspension and/or expulsion from the University.
  • Employees will be subject to discipline for failure to comply with Employee Health and Safety Policies relating to PPE.
  • Reporting violations

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Where You Don't Have to Wear a Mask

Indoors

Masks are not required indoors when:

  • in personal office spaces
  • eating or drinking
  • engaging in fitness activities
  • in personal vehicles

For individuals who are fully vaccinated, masks are also not required:

  • in meetings of 10 or fewer people
  • on residence hall floors and rooms

Outdoors

Masks are not required outdoors, but the University encourages all students, employees and visitors to wear a mask in crowded outdoor spaces.

Milan Puskar Stadium

Because it is primarily an outdoor event, the University's indoor mask requirement does not include areas of Milan Puskar Stadium (i.e., restrooms, suites, press box) at this time. However, the University continues to strongly encourage masks to be worn in the Hall of Traditions, suites, restrooms or other indoor areas at the stadium.

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How to Wear (and Remove) Your Mask

Putting on Your Mask

  • Wash your hands before putting it on.
  • Make sure it’s completely covering your nose and mouth.
  • Secure it under your chin.
  • Fit it as snugly as possible to the sides of your face.
  • Check to make sure you can breathe easily; if not, readjust or try a different type of mask.
  • Once your mask is on, don’t touch it. If you do, wash your hands.

Removing Your Mask

  • Untie or unloop the mask from behind your head or ears. If wearing a neck gaiter, pull the mask up and off your face from the back, being careful not to touch the front.
  • Handle your mask only by the ties or loops if possible.
  • Fold the outside corners together and place immediately in a washing machine or throw away if disposable.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth after removing it.
  • Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds after removing.

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How to Clean Your Mask

Wash cloth masks after each use.

  • Feel free to wash the mask with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting.
  • Completely dry your face mask after each washing, using the highest heat setting.

Cloth Mask Cleaning Recommendations

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Review the measures WVU is taking to provide for a methodical and thoughtful phased re-opening of the WVU System that also ensures the safety and health of our faculty, staff, students and communities.

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