Face Covering Requirements for Campus Activity
Cal Poly requires all students, employees and visitors accessing any indoor facility on campus to wear a face covering, regardless of their vaccination status.
Students, employees and visitors to campus may be outside without a face covering, regardless of their vaccination status.
Exemptions & Exceptions
Per CDC guidelines, the following individuals are exempt from wearing face coverings at all times:
- Persons younger than 2 years old. Very young children must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation.
- Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents wearing a mask. This includes persons with a medical condition for whom wearing a mask could obstruct breathing or who are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove a mask without assistance.*
- Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication.
- Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state, or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines.
* If you have a medical exemption, you may be asked to wear a face shield with a drape.
Individuals do not need to wear a face covering while alone in their residence or personal/private office, or while eating or drinking. Face coverings also may be removed for a minimum timeframe while actively eating or drinking in campus spaces that do not have a clear “no eating/drinking” policy.
Vaccinated faculty may either wear a mask or a face shield and drape while teaching. In addition, select staff members may be authorized to wear a face shield with drape if a face covering presents customer communication issues. Requests should go through the employee’s appropriate administrator and/or manager.
Cal/OSHA considers a face shield plus drape an acceptable alternative when a worker who is required to wear a face covering cannot comply. Refer to information on face shields from the California Department of Public Health.
Proper Use and Guidance for Using Face Coverings
- ALL Cal Poly students
- ALL Cal Poly faculty
- ALL Cal Poly staff (State, ASI, Corporation)
- ALL visitors
- The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires unvaccinated individuals to wear masks in indoor public places. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a mask in indoor public places if you are not fully vaccinated.
- Cal Poly and San Luis Obispo County require that a face covering be worn in all indoor public settings regardless of vaccination status.
- Accommodation Process
Face Covering Limitations
- They do not qualify as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
- They do not perform or qualify as a respirator.
- They do not significantly filter respiratory droplets during inhalation.
- Acceptable face coverings must:
- Completely cover the nose and mouth.
- Have two layers of tightly woven cotton with a third layer of non-woven fabric. The third layer could be a mask filter insert, or a synthetic fabric such as polypropylene.
- Fit snugly against the side of the face with secured ties/ear loops.
- Allow breathing without restriction.
- Be clean and undamaged. Wash your hands before putting on a face covering.
- Students, faculty and staff can pick up a three-ply face covering on campus. See below for details.
- Note: Bandanas and gaiters are less effective face coverings and should not be used.
- For more information, refer to guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and California Department of Public Health.
- Sanitize by washing with soap and water between uses.
- Can be laundered and dried via dryer or air dried.
Fall Quarter 2021 PPE Distribution
Cal Poly will provide campus community members will a face covering in fall 2021.
Information for Students
Cal Poly will provide a three-ply face covering to students in fall 2021. All students needing a face covering, including students living off campus, can pick up a face covering at the ASI Club Services Ticket Window, located at the Recreation Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Information for Faculty and Staff
Face coverings will be available to employees working on campus. Faculty may choose to wear a face covering or a face shield with a drape while teaching. Select staff members may also be authorized to wear a face shield with drape (see exceptions, above). Faculty and staff can pick up a face covering or face shield with drape at the ASI Club Services Ticket Window, located at the Recreation Center, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Face coverings will also be distributed at the divisional level.
Questions about distribution?