Face-Covering Protocol

To create the safest possible environment on campus, UTA implemented a face-covering protocol, effective June 10, 2020, and in effect until further notice.

Face-Covering Protocol Details

This protocol will apply to everyone on campus—all students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers, and visitors—and is critical in minimizing risks to others near you.

Where Masks are Required
  • Face masks or face coverings for all employees, students, visitors, and vendors are required 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.)
  • Face masks are required elsewhere on campus where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., student shuttle buses, well-attended outdoor events, etc.).
  • A mask or face covering is not required if you are working alone in a private office space or a cubicle where you are 6 feet from another person, in a private lab, or in your residence hall room or apartment.
  • If dining on campus, you should wear your mask or face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace 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. 

  • Face Mask/Cloth Covering Protocol

    Adherence to the protocol is the responsibility of all University of Texas at Arlington students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors. It is expected that all comply with this protocol. Students who have a condition that precludes the wearing of a mask should follow the procedures for obtaining an accommodation by working with the Office for Students with Disabilities. Faculty and staff who have a condition that precludes wearing a face covering should work with their immediate supervisor and HR for accommodations.

    Members of our campus community are empowered to respectfully inform others about the protocol in an ongoing effort to enhance awareness and encourage a culture of compliance. An individual who feels that there has been a violation of this protocol may invoke the following actions:

    1. The concerned individual should attempt to resolve the problem informally by requesting that the other individual comply with the procedure.
    2. If direct appeal fails, the individual not wearing the mask/face covering may be asked to leave the building, office, classroom, or event immediately.
    3. If the behavior persists, the individual not wearing the mask/face covering should be reported to their immediate supervisor first. If the supervisor is not available or is unable to assist, faculty should be referred to Faculty Affairs and staff to the Office of Human Resources. Students should be referred to the Office of Community Standards.
    4. Repeat offenses may result in disciplinary action through already established policies and procedures. Members of the UTA campus community should NOT contact the UTA Police Department as UTA PD is not responsible for enforcement of the face covering protocol.

    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 and Fall 2020 Semester Information page as well through MavWire and Trailblazer.

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    UTA will provide each student with a reusable cloth face mask. Cloth face masks are available to individuals or students at the University Center Campus Information Desk and at the Main Library.
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