A message for Mavericks: Wear a mask
In accordance with The Centers for Disease Control guidelines and state and local orders, The University of Texas at Arlington now requires that everyone wear face masks or coverings in campus buildings, including during classes. The only exceptions are when in private offices, alone in labs and in apartment or residence hall rooms.
“I hope all Mavericks take these guidelines to heart and realize that UT Arlington is working incredibly hard to open the University safely,” said Lisa Nagy, vice president of student affairs. “Together we need to wear masks and maintain social distance on and off campus to protect ourselves and the UTA community.”
UTA’s face-mask protocol will apply to everyone on campus—all students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers and visitors—and is critical in minimizing risks to others. Masks or coverings must be worn while in campus buildings and elsewhere on campus when it's not possible to stay 6 feet away from other people.
Acceptable 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 escapeIf cloth, be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change in shape.
John Hall, vice president for administration and campus operations, said he may even carry extra masks around with him on campus to hand out to people just to help.
“I think it’s important that we don’t put down our guard,” Hall said. “It’s going to be incumbent on all of us, the thousands of students and faculty and staff, to create that culture where everyone conducts themselves in a socially responsible manner.”
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, the Main Library, and at The Commons Information Desk.
UTA Student Body President Blaize LaFleur, a junior political science major, said everyone in the Maverick family must take personal responsibility and show they care for one another.
“I want to make sure that I am not only keeping myself safe and healthy, but others here at UTA as well,” LaFleur said. “It's crucial that everyone does their part, and that's as simple as wearing a face mask when out in public, including here on campus."
Check the Mavs Back 2020 site for more stories on what to expect as UTA safely returns to campus for fall 2020. You also can check the Coronavirus and Fall 2020 Semester page, which is UTA’s official site for up-to-date information on campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic.