UO Face Covering Regulations

Effective June 15, 2020, the University of Oregon (UO) requires faculty, staff, students, visitors, and vendors across all UO locations to use face coverings, which include masks (note: masks with exhaust valves are discouraged), cloth face coverings, or face shields, when in UO owned, leased or controlled buildings, EXCEPT when alone in a space (e.g., room with four walls). It is recommended that individuals wear face masks when alone in a space. Face coverings are recommended outdoors when on UO property and when physical distancing expectations (at least 6 feet apart, not in groups) cannot be met. This safety requirement is subject to change in light of state and/or guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) on face covering changes. 


  • When an individual has a physical or mental condition, including disability, that prevents them from putting on, taking off or wearing any face covering;
  • To comply with documented industry best practices for a specific position, or by law or regulation (e.g., health care facilities, restaurants, gyms.
  • When exercising indoors where barriers are provided and/or physical distancing guidelines are met;
  • While eating.
  • Within University Housing:
    • In a student’s own residence hall room or family housing unit;
    • In shared residence hall restrooms;
  • Individuals under the age of two;
  • Additional exemptions may be requested on a case by case basis by contacting Environmental Health & Safety 



  • The university will post signage clearly stating face covering requirements, including access to services for faculty, staff, and students.
  • It is prohibited for any individual to be denied or restricted access or participation based on not wearing a face covering, if the individual states that they are aware of, and they meet an exemption to, this regulation.
  • Enforcement procedures for employees will comply with UO policies and procedures and applicable collective bargaining agreements.  
  • The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is responsible for developing and implementing enforcement procedures for students.


Additional Information:

  • These requirements will and may be amended if regulatory conditions change or guidance from health authorities evolves. This may include local or state-level laws or guidance related to business practices (e.g., food service, childcare, etc.). Changes to safety requirements will comply with the policy.
  • UO may transition from a requirement to a recommended use of cloth face coverings based on local conditions and guidance from the CDC, OHA, and local health authorities.
  • UO will develop procedures for the distribution of face coverings to members of the campus community. UO will provide employees alternatives to face coverings, such as face shields, if such alternatives are required. Employees can work with their supervisors on these requests and students can work through the Accessible Education Center.
  • It is the responsibility of the individual to handle and launder their face coverings following public health guidelines.
  • Individuals who engage in harassing, discriminatory, bullying, or retaliatory behavior towards others because they are or are not wearing a face covering may be subject to investigation and sanction under other applicable UO policies.


Talking Points:

    • Reducing the spread of illness is a shared responsibility. The University is taking many steps to reduce the spread including developing testing and contact tracing, enhancing cleaning, configuring space for physical distancing. In addition, there are things every one of us can do to assist. Face coverings is one of those steps that can help prevent the spread of illness.
    • DO wear a cloth face covering in public to help protect people around you. If you have COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you can still infect others around you.
    • DO make sure your face covering covers both your nose and mouth, fits snugly enough to stay secure but still allows you to breathe.
    • DO wash your cloth face covering every day or after each use, with warm water and soap. If it is single-use, dispose as soon as it is damp.
    • DON'T touch your face while wearing a face covering.
    • If someone does not have a face covering, they can go to the EMU, enter from the lower amphitheater entrance – the UO Card Office will have disposable masks available. Departments can put in a request for a box of disposable masks by submitting a request through CPFM Work Control.
    • If you encounter someone who is not wearing a face covering, be kind. The following are the ONLY questions you can ask: are you aware of the UO’s policy requiring face coverings and do you meet one or more of the exemptions outlined in the policy. If they say yes to either of these, thank them and tell them to have a nice day.
      • If they are unaware of the policy, please feel free to point them to the UO Covid website. You can also point them to the EMU’s card office where they can pick up a disposable covering for use while on campus.
      • If they are aware of the policy and do not meet the exemption criteria, be kind. Feel free to share why you wear a mask. I wear a mask to protect those around me.