Faculty and instructors must wear a mask or face covering while teaching.
Mask and Face Coverings
- Masks require 6 feet of distancing
- Face shields do not exempt the use of a mask when teaching
Face shield is last resort
- Face shields require at least 12 feet of distancing at all times
- Face shields, without the use of a mask, should only be used in limited circumstances such as in a large lecture space, with a microphone (if available)
Potential situations in which an instructor would opt for a face shield might include:
- A medical or mental health condition preventing the instructor from wearing a mask – this would require a medical exemption and accommodation through Office of Equal Opportunity.
- Teaching in a large lecture space – we would recommend first trying to use the mask and a microphone, if available, and only using the face shield without a mask as a last resort when a minimum of 12 ft distancing can be maintained.
- Teaching and accommodating hearing impaired individuals needing to lip read.
The Pandemic Planning team has a supply of clear face coverings that are the preferred method. Wearing a face shield is a last resort.