Masks

Masks

Masks enable us to be safe this fall. By wearing your mask you not only protect yourself but others. Join us as a united Falcon Family by wearing your mask.

COMMON QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Have more questions? Check our full list of answered questions.

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If you have a specific question regarding general University procedures, please email coronavirus@fairmontstate.edu.

Are Fairmont State-branded masks required or may we wear personal masks?

You may wear your own mask as long as it adheres to CDC guidelines for face coverings and it does not display any offensive messages/language

Are masks required to be worn outdoors as well as indoors on campus?

Masks and face coverings are required at all times in all public places. This includes in all classrooms, buildings and outdoor spaces. When visiting dining locations, you should continue to wear your mask until you have received your food and are seated. At that time you may remove your mask while you eat your meal. When you are finished eating, please put your mask back on as quickly as possible.

Do I really have to wear a mask in class?

Yes, research has shown that the virus can spread quickly in close quarters. Wearing a mask prevents you from spreading the virus. It is important to remember that carriers often spread the virus before they exhibit any symptoms. The University is asking for your cooperation for the safety of faculty, staff and students. It is necessary to hold in-person instruction.

Do faculty and staff need to wear masks in private offices or areas with reduced capacity?

A face covering or mask must be worn by all faculty and staff working on campus, including if you are alone in your private office.

What if I don’t or can’t wear a mask?

Students with a disability who are unable to wear a mask may request a reasonable modification to the University’s mandatory mask policy. To begin this process, students should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at access@fairmontstate.edu to schedule an appointment. Students will be required to provide documentation that verifies they meet the ADA definition of a person with a disability (i.e., a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities) and describes the needed modification. Reasonable modifications may include the use of a face shield, curbside pick-up, online participation in programming as well as others. Students with questions may contact Amy Snively in the Office of Accessibility Services at Amy.Snively@fairmontstate.edu or (304) 333-3661.

Faculty and staff who want to seek a modification should contact HR@fairmontstate.edu to discuss their needs.

What is in the Welcome Home PPE Kit? Does it have a mask?

All faculty, staff and students will receive a Welcome Home PPE kit. Faculty and staff will receive these items from their Dean, Department Chair, or Supervisor. Residential Students will receive their kits in their residence hall. Commuter students will be able to pick up their kits the first three days of the semester on the Education Quad.
Student Kits (will contain):
  • Fairmont State reusable mask
    This 3 layer mask includes adjustable straps and a metal nose bridge for a tight fit. The metal nose bridge also forms mask around nose to help prevent glasses from fogging up. Combination of soft cotton (two layers in the inside of the mask) and polyester (one layer for the outside of the mask.) We recommend hand wash with soap and line dry to extend the life of the mask and to keep its shape for the best fit.
  • White reusable mask · Refillable hand sanitizer
  • Thumb Drive (with frequently used documents)
  • Fairmont State Pen
  • Mask resource card
  • Emergency and Weather Alert Card
  • Campus Map
  • Student Services Guide
Faculty and Staff Kits* (will contain):
  • Fairmont State reusable mask
    This 3 layer mask includes adjustable straps and a metal nose bridge for a tight fit. The metal nose bridge also forms mask around nose to help prevent glasses from fogging up. Combination of soft cotton (two layers in the inside of the mask) and polyester (one layer for the outside of the mask.) We recommend hand wash with soap and line dry to extend the life of the mask and to keep its shape for the best fit.
  • White reusable mask
  • Refillable hand sanitizer
  • Mask resource card
  • Emergency and Weather Alert Card
  • Student Services Guide 
*Faculty will also receive a plastic face shield. We continue to monitor the delivery of these items and will communicate with faculty when they are available.

When are plexiglass face shields acceptable replacements for masks/face coverings?

According to the CDC, it is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for masks. Some people may choose to use a face shield when sustained close contact with other people is expected. If face shields are used without a mask, they should wrap around the sides of the wearer’s face and extend to below the chin. Disposable face shields should only be worn for a single use. Reusable face shields should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.

Where do we get a mask if we forget one or don’t have one?

You can purchase inexpensive masks at the campus Bound for Success Bookstore.

What consequences do students and employees face if they refuse to wear a mask or face covering on campus?

Failure of students to comply with the University’s Student Code of Conduct regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and face coverings, will result in one or more of the following measures: written warning, removal from class, probation, suspension and/or expulsion from the University. Students will have an opportunity to provide information about any extenuating circumstances that may apply. Consequences will be based on the specifics of each student’s situation. 

Failure by employees to follow these safety protocols may result in counseling and/or disciplinary action — up to and including termination of employment — in accordance with Fairmont State University Board of Governors’ Policy 64 and HEPC Series 9.

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MASK REQUIREMENTS

Wear a mask anytime you’re in a public place unless you have a medical reason not to. Not only does it help keep viruses out of the air, it also reminds you not to touch your face. 

Fairmont State will provide two cloth, washable masks for faculty, staff and students, as part of the Welcome Home PPE Kit.

Cloth coverings worn on campus should:
  • Fit over the nose and mouth and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Only be worn for one day and must be properly cleaned before they are used again
  • Not be used if they become wet or contaminated
  • Be replaced with clean substitutes, as needed
  • Be handled as little as possible
  • Not be worn with or instead of respiratory protection when respirators are needed 
Students with a disability who are unable to wear a mask may request a reasonable modification to the University’s mandatory mask policy. To begin this process, students should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at access@fairmontstate.edu to schedule an appointment. Students will be required to provide documentation that verifies they meet the ADA definition of a person with a disability (i.e., a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities) and describes the needed modification. Reasonable modifications may include the use of a face shield, curbside pick-up, online participation in programming as well as others. Students with questions may contact Amy Snively in the Office of Accessibility Services at Amy.Snively@fairmontstate.edu or (304) 333-3661

 Faculty and staff who want to seek a modification should contact HR@fairmontstate.edu to discuss their needs.

Failure to Comply

For Students: Failure of students to comply with the University’s Student Code of Conduct regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and face coverings, will result in one or more of the following measures: written warning, removal from class, probation, suspension and/or expulsion from the University. Students will have an opportunity to provide information about any extenuating circumstances that may apply. Consequences will be based on the specifics of each student’s situation. 

For Employees: Failure by employees to follow these safety protocols may result in counseling and/or disciplinary action — up to and including termination of employment — in accordance with Fairmont State University Board of Governors’ Policy 64 and HEPC Series 9.

WHERE TO WEAR YOUR MASK

You are required to wear a mask in public spaces, such as:
  • Outdoors
  • Classrooms
  • Restrooms
  • Falcon Center
  • Dining Locations (except while actively eating)
  • Office spaces
  • Hallways
  • Library
  • Sports and athletic venues
  • Communal restrooms in residence halls
  • Any other indoor or outdoor space where there may be interaction with others

WHERE YOU DON'T HAVE TO WEAR A MASK

Masks are not required in personal spaces, such as:
  • Your residence hall room
  • Your apartment
  • Your personal vehicle

HOW TO WEAR (AND REMOVE) YOUR MASK

Putting on Your Mask

  • Wash your hands before putting it on.
  • Make sure it’s completely covering your nose and mouth.
  • Secure it under your chin.
  • Fit it as snugly as possible to the sides of your face.
  • Check to make sure you can breathe easily; if not, readjust or try a different type of mask.
  • Once your mask is on, don’t touch it. If you do, wash your hands.

Removing Your Mask

  • Untie or unloop the mask from behind your head or ears. If wearing a neck gaiter, pull the mask up and off your face from the back, being careful not to touch the front.
  • Handle your mask only by the ties or loops if possible.
  • Fold the outside corners together and place immediately in a washing machine or throw away if disposable.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth after removing it.
  • Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds after removing.

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR MASK


  • Wash cloth masks after each use.
  • Feel free to wash the mask with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting.
  • Completely dry your face mask after each washing, using the highest heat setting.

As with prior Fairmont State publications, these materials are meant to be consistent with guidance published by the federal, state, and local governments and the associated health agencies. This document is reflective of the relevant scientific and medical information available at the time of publication. These materials are not and should not be used as a substitute for medical or legal advice. Rather, they are intended as a resource for use in coordination with applicable government and related institutional policies and guidelines, and they remain subject to further revision as available data and information in this space continue to emerge and evolve.

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