Jun 23, 2020 2:00 PM

New face covering policy update strives to protect K-Staters

Posted Jun 23, 2020 2:00 PM

K-State has updated its face-covering policy to require masks or coverings on the majority of university property. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommends using cloth face masks or coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Effective immediately, students, faculty, staff, and visitors — including contractors and vendors — must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses while on K-State campuses. The policy specifically mentions coverings in all hallways, public spaces, classrooms and other common areas of campus buildings. Face coverings also are required anytime people are unable to maintain 6 feet of social distancing — even inside an office or outside on K-State campuses.

"Face coverings help us prevent spreading the virus to others, even if we don't know that we have it," said Dr. Kyle Goerl, Lafene Health Center medical director. "This update to the face-covering policy will slow the spread of COVID-19 to help us in our plans to return to campus."

Anyone who needs reasonable accommodations and assistance related to the use of face coverings may contact the ADA coordinator at [email protected] for employees or the Student Access Center at [email protected] for students. 

In addition, all students and employees will be required to complete the COVID-19 and Face Mask Safety Training. Failure to comply with face-covering requirements may result in denial of access to designated areas or activities.

Read more on the university's COVID page, which will be updated throughout the summer as additional guidance regarding health and wellness measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is developed to prepare for the return to campus and the fall semester.