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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

According to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if you are vaccinated you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic. In accordance with this guidance, vaccinated people are not expected to wear a mask on WVU campuses.

Unvaccinated people are expected to wear a mask inside all University facilities, as well as outdoors when they are around other people.

WVU Medicine requires face coverings/masks for patients and healthcare workers in all patient-care areas. All patients and individuals who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to wear face coverings upon entering the WVU Health Sciences Center.

In accordance to CDC guidance, masks are required even if you’ve been vaccinated in hospitals, nursing homes, buses, trains, planes, schools and prisons and in accordance with local government and business policies. Masks are required for all passengers on campus transportation, including the PRT and buses, through at least Sept. 13.

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 policies relating to PPE.
  • Reporting violations

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Masks for Vaccinated People

  • Those who are fully vaccinated are not expected to wear a mask on WVU campuses.
  • Vaccinated individuals who would like to continue wearing a mask for additional protection are encouraged to do so.
  • All passengers, including those who are fully vaccinated, are expected to wear masks on University transportation through at least Sept. 13.
  • WVU Medicine requires face coverings/masks for patients and healthcare workers in all patient-care areas.

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Masks for Unvaccinated People

If you are NOT vaccinated and are on the WVU system campuses, you are expected to wear a mask in all public spaces, such as:

  • Classrooms
  • Restrooms
  • Student unions
  • Campus transportation
  • Office spaces
  • Hallways
  • Elevators
  • Libraries
  • Sports and athletic venues
  • Communal restrooms in residence halls
  • Any other indoor or outdoor space where there may be interaction with others
  • Healthcare settings such as hospitals, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, etc.

Masks are not required in personal spaces, such as:

  • your residence hall room
  • your apartment
  • your personal vehicle
  • if you're alone in your private office

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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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