FACE MASKS REQUIRED IN PUBLIC INDOOR SPACES ON CAMPUS. UPDATES
The face covering protocol contained herein is intended to serve as the framework under which the Board of Regents (“BOR”) may adjust operations in a timely and tempered fashion to accommodate the changing COVID-19 landscape on its campuses and their respective communities. Significant community spread and/or other extenuating circumstances may result in campuses/locations operating at differing levels. The variables informing the face covering level in effect on a campus/location will be continuously monitored and the face covering level adjusted, as necessary and appropriate, to align with the current campus/community COVID-19 environment.
The requirement to wear face coverings in any given setting is just one of many measures taken by the campuses to promote and maintain healthy environments and operations on campus. In settings in which achieving the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommended social distancing is difficult, campuses are utilizing modified layout, physical barriers, guides, etc. to maximize distancing and limit contact, to the extent reasonably practical. During the implementation of any face covering requirement level contained herein, institutions will assess, post and enforce revised occupancy limits for classrooms, conference rooms and other public areas on campus to account for the reduced capacity necessary to accommodate adequate social distancing (“COVID Capacity”). While the implementation of the levels contained herein may only require face coverings in certain settings on campus, the BOR encourages individuals to take personal responsibility to care for themselves and those around them, and in doing so, highly encourages the wearing of face coverings in all public areas on campus.
The protocol contained herein applies to all students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus. Institutions shall provide training, which may include the provision of training aids or other informational materials, to students, faculty and staff on the appropriate wearing of face coverings, in addition to providing face coverings for students, faculty and staff required to wear face coverings pursuant to this protocol. In settings in which face coverings are required, individuals shall properly wear a cloth or other face covering recognized by the CDC as being effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Failure to adhere to the face covering protocol in effect may result in adverse action under applicable BOR and/or institutional policy. Nothing contained herein should be construed to limit or otherwise infringe upon an individuals right to request an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) or other applicable law.
Face coverings required in all classroom/lab settings in which the course delivery/experience necessitates close proximity and/or physical contact, leaving CDC recommended social distancing inherently impractical. Courses impacted at this level are those which require individuals to be in close proximity for hands-on teaching and learning, equipment use, practical experiences, etc., and would include, but aren’t limited to:
The Provosts, or other designated vice president(s) on campus, are responsible for reviewing and approving classroom/lab settings in which the course delivery/experience warrants requiring face coverings pursuant to the Level 1 parameters. Students enrolled in any course/lab subject to the Level 1 face covering requirement shall be notified in advance of the start of class, or as soon as practical after implementation of the Level 1 protocol, informing the students of the face covering requirement, in addition to any alternative delivery methods available and the process for requesting an accommodation in accordance with the ADA or other applicable law.
Face coverings required in all public areas* of buildings on campus in which courses/labs are held (e.g., classrooms, hallways and common areas). In addition to the classroom/lab buildings, Level 2 also requires the wearing of face coverings in other indoor campus settings in which 30 or more individuals congregate/interact and maintaining CDC recommended social distancing is difficult (e.g., grab and go in the dining facility, large indoor meetings/events, hallways which are congested during certain time periods, etc.). If in effect, each institution shall identify and post on its webpage the common areas on campus subject to, and the requirements of, the Level 2 protocol, to include the process for requesting an accommodation in accordance with the ADA or other applicable law.
Face coverings required in all public indoor spaces* on campus. If in effect, each institution shall post on its webpage the areas on campus subject to, and the requirements of, the Level 3 protocol, to include the process for requesting an accommodation in accordance with the ADA or other applicable law.
Face coverings required in all public indoor and outdoor areas* on campus. If in effect, each institution shall post on its webpage the areas of campus subject to, and the requirements of, the Level 4 protocol, to include the process for requesting an accommodation in accordance with the ADA or other applicable law.
Maintaining a healthy and safe educational environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors on our campuses is paramount. The measures contained herein are in furtherance of that objective, leaving compliance with the same of the utmost importance. The initial response by an Institution or any of its employees to an individual found in non-compliance with the COVID-19 Face Covering Protocol in effect on campus is to inform the individual of their deficiency, and if they fail to immediately correct the deficiency, the individual will be asked to leave the area. Students, faculty, staff and visitors who fail to comply with the COVID-19 Face Covering Protocol may be subject to discipline or other adverse action in accordance with applicable BOR and/or Institutional policy.
Students observed to be out of compliance with the applicable COVID-19 Face Covering Protocol shall be addressed as follows.
Faculty and staff observed out of compliance with the applicable COVID-19 Face Covering Protocol shall be addressed as follows:
Visitors observed to be out of compliance with the applicable COVID-19 Face Covering Protocol shall be addressed as follows.
In extreme cases, additional measures may be taken pursuant to applicable BOR and/or Institutional policy to further restrict the visitor from returning to campus if the circumstances regarding their non-compliance and subsequent removal from campus so warrant.
The residence hall rooms and bathrooms are exempt, as well as areas in the Young Center (see next question).
While the workout/practice facilities at the Young Center are considered public, we will make an exception to the mask rule ONLY for workout/practice purposes. That is, please wear a mask into and out of the facility and while you are walking down a hallway. However, when you get on a machine or the track to work out, you may remove your mask.
All BHSU faculty, staff and students will be given a BHSU mask at the beginning of the semester. Additional masks will be available for purchase at the BHSU Bookstore.
If a temporary unexpected need emerges for a mask, contact Facilities Services at 6244 to request a mask. A limited supply is available for emergency needs.
The CDC recommends the following to properly put on a mask:
Properly removing your mask:
Masks are not required when you are alone in your office or workspace. When someone enters your office or approaches you at your workplace, face masks should be worn.
The initial response is to inform the individual that masks are required as per the Level 3 of Face Mask protocol. Options for compliance include as providing resources to obtain a cloth face mask, vacating the area, scheduling a virtual meeting, or information regarding available virtual educational options. See details about levels and enforcement at www.BHSU.edu/MaskUp
Maintaining a healthy and safe educational environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors on our campus is paramount. An individual found in non-compliance with the COVID-19 Face Mask Protocol will be informed of the requirement and if they fail to comply, the individual will be asked to leave. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors who fail to comply may be subject to discipline or other adverse action in accordance with applicable BOR and/or Institutional policy.
At Level 3, masks are NOT required outdoors. If you are in a group of people outdoors, you may still wish to wear your mask. Please practice social distancing as recommend by the CDC. For more details about the Face Mask Levels see www.BHSU.edu/MaskUp
At BHSU, the Level 3 Face Mask protocol began on Aug. 10th. It is now in effect.
Public space is defined as any space that is shared by many and not considered “assigned” to any one individual. This would include classrooms, laboratories, hallways, restrooms, waiting areas of offices, conference rooms, dining facilities, lobbies and the like.
Private space is defined as any space that is assigned to an individual and where the individual will almost always be working alone. Offices or office cubicles would be the best example of this. Residence hall rooms would be another good example. When others are present in private space, face masks should be worn.
Currently, the Gym and Athletic Weight Room are reserved for student-athletes only. The Fitness Room, Field House and Lobby area are currently available for public use, but with limited numbers allowed with social distancing.
Anyone with a disability should contact Jennifer Lucero, director of Disability Services, at 6099.