Face Coverings at UTSA
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently recommend everyone wear a face covering when in public spaces. New recommendations stem from recent studies that find a significant portion of individuals with COVID-19 are asymptomatic and may transmit the virus to others before showing symptoms.
Based on this information, UTSA’s Public Health Task Force has set the following policies regarding face coverings at UTSA.
UTSA's Face Covering Requirement
Face coverings are required in all public and common spaces on UTSA's campuses. Face coverings can be medical or non-medical grade and must fully cover both the nose and the mouth.
Outdoors, face coverings are required only when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained.
If a student has a medical reason that prevents him/her from wearing a mask in a face-to-face class, accommodations will be assessed and approved through Student Disability Services. Employees and contractors who have a medical reason preventing them from wearing a mask should contact Human Resources.
Things You Should Know
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Face coverings are meant to help protect other people in case you are infected and do not know it.
- When wearing a face covering, maintain six feet between yourself and others. Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.
- Wash your cloth face covering often.
- For guidance on face covering requirements in off-campus public locations, please check local, state or federal guidelines.
Enforcement of Face Covering Requirement
The wellbeing of our university community is the shared responsibility of our students, faculty, staff and constituents. All students, faculty and staff will be required to complete a mandatory public health compliance training prior to returning to campus. UTSA will also post signage across its campuses to reinforce the importance of public health practices.
Failure to abide by UTSA's face covering requirement may result in disciplinary action in accordance with the student code of conduct OR applicable employment policies and procedures. Violations should be reported to the Office of Institutional Compliance via the UTSA Hotline for appropriate action.
Learn More about the CDC's Face Covering Recommendation
As explained by UTSA Chief Medical Officer and Executive Director of Student Health Services, Dr. Beth Wichman.
Resources for Making Your Own Face Covering
- CDC guidelines including how to make a simple face covering
- How to Make Your Own Face Covering with Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams, in a few easy steps
- How to Make a Face Covering with a bandana and hair bands
For more information on how to receive face coverings or donate additional supplies, please contact RecoveryOps@utsa.edu.
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