Areas of Study
  1. Requirements
    1. Regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, all students, faculty, teachers, staff, contract workers, and visitors are required to wear face coverings while indoors on the University campus, with the following exceptions:
      1. Students and other Gallaudet community members who are in their own residence hall rooms or on-campus housing;
      2. Faculty, teachers, and staff who are alone in their private offices;
      3. Children under two years old;
      4. Faculty, teachers, staff and students who are unable to wear a face covering due to a bona fide medical condition or disability or are physically unable to remove the mask without assistance. Faculty, student, and staff who wish to be granted an exemption should contact Contact;
      5. A speaker may briefly lower their face covering if a deaf, hard of hearing, or DeafBlind individual needs to read the lips of the speaker in times of emergency involving threats to life, health, or safety;
      6. An interpreter or support service provider may remove their mask while interpreting or translating for a DeafBlind person provided that both parties expressly consent;
      7. A person who is wearing equipment required for a job and wearing that equipment precludes the wearing of a mask or if wearing a mask would endanger public safety;
      8. A person who is giving a public campus-wide speech for broadcast or an audience and is at least six feet away from anyone else;
      9. A person who has been lawfully requested to remove the face covering for facial recognition purposes;
      10. Anyone while eating or drinking (no eating is permitted in classrooms during designated class periods) with appropriate physical distancing;
      11. Anyone who is in the water at the pool in the Field House;
      12. Anyone receiving services that require access to the face, mouth, or head.
    2. Regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, all students, faculty, teachers, staff, contract workers, and visitors are required to wear face coverings while outdoors on the University campus during yellow mask policy status when they are unable to maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more between each other. During red mask policy status, masks are required outdoors at all times unless another exception applies.
    3. The University reserves the right to designate any location or activity as requiring face coverings under certain conditions or as conditions may warrant.
  2. Special Considerations for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind Community Members
    1. The University recognizes the barriers to communication that traditional face coverings may present for speechreading and non-manual signals for our Deaf, hard of hearing, and Deafblind community members. Clear masks are available upon request to facilitate communication.
    2. For our Deafblind community members and Deaf interpreters who are required to be in close proximity with another person, additional protective personal equipment (PPE), such as gloves and disposable gowns, are available. Please email Contact if clear masks and other types of PPE are needed.
  3. Obtaining and Maintaining Face Coverings
    1. Face coverings include cloth face coverings, such as homemade cloth masks or purchased fabric masks, medical masks, and surgical masks. Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose. For a gaiter to qualify as a face covering, it must have at least two layers and must completely cover the mouth and nose. Plastic face shields may be used to supplement a face covering but may not be used as a substitute for a face covering.
    2. For more detail regarding cloth face coverings, including how to wear, wash and maintain face coverings, please visit the following links:
  4. Enforcement
    1. Failure to comply with this Health and Safety Directive constitutes misconduct. Employees, including staff, faculty, and teachers, who do not comply with this Health and Safety Directive may be subject to disciplinary action under the Administrative and Operations Manual and the Faculty Handbook. Repeated violations may result in suspension or termination from employment.
    2. Students who do not comply with this Health and Safety Directive will be required to meet with a Student Health Ambassador and/or the Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (SARP). The initial goal will be to engage students in a conversation to raise student accountability to self and to the community for a higher level of health and safety. If a student continues to resist compliance with a Health and Safety Directive, further action will be taken to protect the health and safety of the community, including sanctioning the student with the loss of a wide range of privileges, which may include campus access restrictions, removal from University housing, as well as suspension or dismissal from the University.
    3. Any individual on University campus, including contractors and visitors, who fail to follow this Health and Safety Directive may be restricted from access to the campus.

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