Face Masks

Face masks/coverings (e.g., disposable face masks or cloth face coverings), must be worn by all individuals on campus at all times in public settings (e.g., common workspaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms breakrooms, campus outdoor spaces, restrooms, etc.)

Faculty who are delivering on-campus instruction may remove their face masks to teach provided they are located within a delineated teaching area that is no less than 10 feet from students. If a minimum of 6 feet of physical distancing is possible, individuals working in private offices or laboratory environments that do not otherwise require a face mask/covering may remove their face mask/covering while working in such spaces.

Please note that use of a face mask/covering is not a substitute for physical distancing. Physical distancing must be maintained even if all persons inside a particular public setting are wearing face masks/coverings.

Each faculty member, staff member, and student will be provided with a cloth face covering. Disposable masks will be provided, if needed. Community members may also wear homemade cloth face coverings if they adhere to CDC and other public health recommendations. A disposable mask must not be used for more than one day.

A faculty/staff member who is having difficulty wearing a face mask/covering should contact the Office of Human Resources (hr@up.edu or 503.943.8484). A student who is having difficulty wearing a face mask/covering should contact Accessible Education Services (aes@up.edu or 503.943.8985).

Types of Face Masks/Coverings

  • Cloth Face Coverings: Homemade or commercially manufactured face coverings are used to contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions. 
  • Disposable Mask: Worn in non-health care settings. Commercially manufactured masks are used to contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions. Disposable masks should be thrown away after each use.
  • Surgical Mask: Reserved for healthcare workers providing patient care; helps contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions. 
  • N95 Respirator: These masks are reserved for healthcare workers, first responders, and other approved areas with task-specific hazards. 

Use and Care of Cloth Face Coverings

A cloth face covering should:

  • Fasten securely with ties or ear loops
  • Fit snugly but comfortably
  • Include multiple layers
  • Allow for breathing without restrictions
  • Be able to be laundered

Putting On/Taking Off the Face Covering

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering.
  • Avoid touching the front of the face covering.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the face covering.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing.

Care, Storage, and Laundering

  • Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after daily use. They should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged or visibly contaminated. 
  • Disposable face masks should be worn once and discarded after use.
  • Keep cloth face coverings in a paper bag when not in use.