Face-Covering Guidance

To create the safest possible environment on campus, everyone is encouraged to wear a face covering while on campus.

Face-Covering Guidance

All students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors are encouraged to continue wearing a mask on campus after the mask mandate, implemented in June 2020, ends beginning May 21, 2021.

Where Masks are Encouraged
  • Face masks or face coverings for all employees, students, visitors, and vendors are encouraged while in campus buildings and elsewhere on campus where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., student shuttle buses, well-attended outdoor events, etc.)
  • If dining on campus, consider wearing your mask or face covering until you are ready to eat and then replacing it after you are done eating.
Where to Obtain a Mask
  • The University will provide two re-usable cloth face masks per employee and one per student.
  • Departments/groups can request cloth face masks from Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) using the Face Mask Request Form.
  • Cloth face masks will also be made available to individual employees and/or students at the University Center Campus Information Desk, the Main Library, and at The Commons Information Desk.
  • EH&S will provide disposable face masks to research groups as needed. Research groups can request disposable face masks from EH&S using the Face Mask Request Form.
Acceptable Face Masks/Coverings

Face coverings may include various forms of self-made or commercial masks or face covers (i.e. pleated ear loop masks, neck gaiters) made of cloth, other textiles, or other materials such as paper.

Face coverings should: 

  • Cover the nose and below the chin 
  • Fit snuggly, but comfortably, against the side of the face 
  • Include multiple layers of fabric or paper 
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Not include a valve of any kind that may allow respiratory droplets to escape
  • If cloth, be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change in shape. 
  • Request masks for your department or lab

    Through UTA’s Environmental Health and Safety Department, reusable, washable fabric face masks are available for UTA departments and disposable, three-ply, pleated, ear-loop face masks are available for research groups.

    USE AND CARE OF FACE COVERINGS

    Re-usable cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before each use.

    Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then should be placed in the trash.

    Putting on the Face Covering/Disposable Mask
    1. Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask.
    2. Ensure the face covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
    3. Situate the face covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
    4. Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
    5. Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.
    Taking Off the Face Covering/Disposable Mask
    1. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask.
    2. When taking off the face covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
    3. If you plan to reuse the face covering soon (e.g., you are taking a break to eat), carefully fold the mask so that the outer surface is held inward and against itself to reduce contact with the outer surface during storage, then place the face covering in a paper bag until you are ready to put it on again.
    4. Wash hands immediately after removing.
    Care, Storage, and Laundering
    1. Keep face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
    2. Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent before first use and after each shift. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped, punctured), or visibly contaminated.
    3. Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after your shift or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material), or visibly contaminated.

    Protecting our Community

    As we continue to learn from and adapt to the pandemic, we will remain nimble and adjust as necessary, while following the recommendations of experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of Texas, and The University of Texas System.

    We will all do our part to keep our community safe by continuing to practice safe social distancing, follow proper hygiene and sanitation procedures, and wear masks on campus and in public—especially when social distancing cannot be achieved. We are in this together.

    Future Communications

    As additional details are finalized, more information will be announced and provided at the Coronavirus Information page as well through MavWire and Trailblazer.

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