Face Coverings at UTSA


UTSA's Face Covering Recommendation

Wearing well-fitting face coverings on campus is a key component of a multilayered prevention strategy that all Roadrunners are strongly encouraged to practice, along with vaccination, handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, staying home when sick, and regularly sanitizing personal study and office spaces. 

Recommended face coverings can be medical or non-medical grade and should fully cover both the nose and the mouth.

Recommended Face Coverings Not Recommended
  • Medical and non-medical grade disposable face masks and cloth face coverings that:
    • Completely cover an individual's nose and mouth
    • Fit snugly against the sides of the face without gaps
  • Ideally, masks should have:
    • Two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
    • Nose wire to prevent air leaking out from the top of mask
  • Bandanas
  • Gaiters
  • Scarves


Indoors, face coverings are encouraged while in all campus buildings, especially in high-traffic areas. If you are working alone and isolated in an enclosed workspace, e.g., laboratory, studio, office, practice room and another person enters the workspace, we encourage you to re-apply your face covering.

Outdoors, face coverings are encouraged when social distancing is not possible. Whether you are walking, studying or meeting outdoors, we encourage the following: Always wear your mask when not able to distance from others. If you are outdoors without your mask, remember to reapply it immediately when you meet with other people.

Indoors and outdoors, while eating or drinking, you are encouraged to replace your mask when you are finished.

Where to Purchase a Mask On Campus

A variety of reusable and disposable face coverings, including branded options, are available for purchase at campus locations:

  • Rowdy Campus Store
  • Rowdy Store Downtown
  • RowdyMart
  • Provisions on Demand (P.O.D.) locations in the John Peace Library, Business Building, Student Union, Roadrunner Cafe and Downtown Campus
  • Select campus vending machines

Care for Face Coverings

Face coverings should not be used consecutive days without being cleaned. Disposable face coverings should be disposed of on a daily (or more frequent) basis. Cloth face coverings should be washed prior to the next use/day. All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to carry at least two face coverings with them in their vehicle or on their person when entering campus in case one becomes unusable or contaminated.