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Masks are critical to a successful fall. You can have the virus without having symptoms. Look out for others by wearing a mask in public.

How to Wear a Mask

We want everyone at WVU to be safe and healthy. Dr. Kathy Moffett explains why it's important to wear your mask or face covering and how to properly put them on.

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Wearing a mask or face covering will be a requirement on campus this fall. This unique initiative is an opportunity not only to share your "WHY" for wearing masks in order to help protect others, but also to encourage our community to do the same.

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Mask Requirements

Wear a mask anytime you’re in a public place unless you have a medical reason not to. Not only does it help keep viruses out of the air, it also reminds you not to touch your face.

WVU will provide a cloth, washable gaiter or mask for faculty, staff and students, as well as disposable masks, as part of the Welcome Back Kit.

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.

Medical Exemptions

Students who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, which will be the only exemptions allowed, should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at access2@mail.wvu.edu for possible arrangements. Faculty and staff who want to seek a modification should contact coronavirusmodification@mail.wvu.edu to discuss their needs.

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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Where to Wear Your Mask

On WVU system campuses, you are required to wear a mask in 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

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Where You Don't Have to Wear a Mask

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

Tips for wearing 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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COVID-19 PPE Guidance

Face Coverings

Gaiters and Cloth and Disposable Face Covering
These should be worn at all times while in public spaces on campus to help contain wearers' respiratory emissions.

Use for campus community and non-healthcare settings (e.g., research labs, classrooms, shop areas, office spaces).

Surgical Mask or K95
Loose-fitting, disposable device that creates a physical barrier between the mouth and nose of the wearer and potential contaminants in the immediate environment.

Usually worn in a clinical setting.

N-95 Respirator
These masks are to be reserved for use in healthcare settings (per CDC), unless required for task-specific hazards determined by EHS risk assessment.

Masks with Exhalation Valve
Should NOT be used for COVID-19, since respiratory emissions can be released through the valve if it is not properly filtered.

Eye Protection

Safety Glasses
Protects the eyes from flying fragments, particles and objects. Also acts as a physical barrier in blocking respiratory droplets produced by a person who is in close contact.

Goggles
Protects the eyes from flying fragments, particles and objects, as well as from splashes. Goggles can aid in blocking respiratory droplets produced by a person who is in close contact.

Face Shields
Can only be used in lieu of face covering under the discretion of ADA and Medical Management unless used with Plexiglas barriers.

Can be used in addition to a face covering for added protection if deemed necessary.

For appropriate eye protection use in conjunction with safety glasses/goggles.

Engineering Control

Plexiglas Barriers
An engineering control that is placed as a physical barrier between people to support social and physical distancing efforts.

Must be used in conjunction with face coverings. While lecturing, it is highly recommended that these be used in conjunction with a face covering; however, a face shield will be permitted.

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What You Need to Know

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.

What You Need to Know

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