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Coronavirus Updates

Coronavirus Updates

Face Coverings at UTSA

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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.

Indoors, face coverings are required while in campus buildings. Face coverings are optional if alone in an enclosed space, such as a laboratory, studio, private office, or practice room. They are also optional for students while in their family unit common spaces within their residence hall.

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

UTSA will provide a face covering to students, faculty and staff prior to the fall semester. The university will also sell spare masks at RowdyMart at a minimal fee to individuals who forget, misplace, lose or damage their face coverings and need a quick replacement.

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

For more information on how to receive face coverings or donate additional supplies, please contact RecoveryOps@utsa.edu.