Facial Coverings

Current campus expectations, as of August 5, 2021:

Given the most-recent developments with the virus, and in keeping with new guidance from the CDC, we will require all individuals, both fully vaccinated and those not fully vaccinated, to wear a facial covering indoors (unless you have received an exemption or accommodation; or when eating, drinking, or alone in a private room).

Facial-covering use among fully-vaccinated individuals maximizes protection from the Delta variant and helps prevent possible spread. Note that individuals are fully vaccinated 14 days after their final dose of vaccine.

Unvaccinated individuals are required to wear facial covering when outdoors and unable to maintain social distancing. Individuals who are not wearing a facial covering when outdoors are attesting to compliance with this requirement.

Meal Times: Eating or Drinking

Facial coverings must be worn at all times when indoors except while eating/drinking or alone in a private room or office.

When employees take breaks for meals while at work, we recognize that there may be limited places to sit, relax and enjoy the break/meal. Taking breaks for meals by necessity involves removing a facial covering, and this may pose a risk of transmission. To minimize the risk of transmission, any of the following options should be implemented, and should be discussed with team/unit managers.

  • Employees should take breaks and meals in staggered shifts, as organized by their team/unit managers;
  • Seating in break rooms should maintain distance between individuals;
  • Employees should avoid prolonged breaks/meals (15 minutes or more) without a facial  covering in break rooms/lunch areas.

The physicians leading UC’s COVID-19 response also strongly recommend that those employees who are not fully vaccinated currently avoid eating lunch or dining with colleagues or other members of the campus community, as lunch and dining opportunities are the most likely inflection points for exposure and spread in the workplace. 

Students should also be mindful of the transmission risks associated with removal of the facial covering and follow the above practices.

Facial Covering Accommodation Request

Employees may seek a disability-related or workplace accommodations by contacting Central Human Resources at loaadm@ucmail.uc.edu.  For more information please visit: https://mailuc.sharepoint.com/sites/HR/SitePages/Accommodations.aspx

Students may seek a disability-related or other legally protected accommodation regarding the facial-covering requirement by contacting  COVIDHelp@uc.edu

Please Note

Members of the campus community are generally responsible for providing their own facial coverings.  

However, the university has a supply of standard surgical facial coverings. To that end, we continue to make a free KN-95 facial covering (with its greater filtering performance) available to any UC faculty or staff member who fills out this request form. These are available while supplies last. 

At minimum, a facial covering should be cloth / fabric and cover the nose, mouth and chin. Facial coverings can also be made with a bandana. See more advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how to wear and position a facial covering. See more from the CDC on how to select, wear and clean your facial covering.

Because CDC and State of Ohio guidance may be updated as conditions and scientific recommendations are reviewed, all guidance and requirements are subject to change as conditions change.

What should I do if I see someone not wearing a facial covering indoors?

To create a culture of care, every member of our community must do their part. If someone is not following health and safety guidelines, it is okay to politely share your concerns and expectations and/or suggest that activities without facial coverings are best conducted out of doors.

If a student repeatedly forgets to wear a facial covering to class and doesn't have a medical exemption as outlined in the above section, please contact the appropriate college dean or unit vice president regarding involvement of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for possible discipline related to non-compliance. 

If an employee repeatedly forgets to wear a facial covering and doesn't have a medical exemption as outlined in the above section, please contact their supervisor or contact HR for assistance. Students may contact the Dean of Students for advisement regarding concerns of non-compliance with faculty and instructors.  

FAQ

Generally, within their shared living space among room mates, facial coverings are not required. Within their shared living space among room mates, students may wish to wear facial coverings depending on their individual circumstances.

Students or their parents moving into UC Housing may share a student's vaccination information with others if they choose to do so.  

If a student in UC Housing wishes to swap living arrangements / room mates, there is a standard process to do so. The university is not assigning housing based on vaccination status. (Students seeking an accommodation for a qualifying disability should contact the Office of Accessibility Resources.)

We are on the same honor system we have used since March 2020, e.g., the use of the UC COVID Check App relies on our own integrity wherein each one of us takes care of all of us.

If you have a concern regarding use of facial coverings or social distancing among students, it is okay to politely share your concerns and expectations and/or suggest that activities without facial coverings are best conducted out of doors.

If a student repeatedly forgets to wear a facial covering to class and doesn't have a medical exemption, please contact the appropriate college dean or unit vice president regarding involvement of the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for possible discipline related to non-compliance.   

If an employee repeatedly forgets to wear a facial covering and doesn't have a medical exemption as outlined in the above section, please contact their supervisor or contact HR for assistance. Students may contact the Dean of Students for advisement regarding concerns of non-compliance with faculty and instructors.

Generally, no.  Per current University policy, everyone must wear a facial covering unless they have been approved for an accommodation that permits them to wear a face shield.  Students may seek an accommodation regarding the facial covering requirement by contacting COVIDHelp@uc.edu Employees may seek a disability-related or workplace accommodations by contacting Central Human Resources at loaadm@ucmail.uc.edu. For more information please visit: https://mailuc.sharepoint.com/sites/HR/SitePages/Accommodations.aspx