Last updated April 22, 2021
All students, staff, faculty, affiliates and campus visitors are required to wear face coverings when interacting with others on the UND campus.
This includes situations where other protective measures (e.g., physical distancing, plexiglass shields) are in place.
Exemptions are made for individuals who request an accommodation under the ADA due to an existing disability which would render them unable to wear a mask.
Why are Face Coverings Required?
UND’s ability to offer a safer, COVID-resilient on-campus living and learning experience depends on each of us making personal decisions that support the collective health and safety of our entire campus community. By observing physical distancing and wearing face coverings, we can help drastically slow the spread of COVID-19. Each of us has the opportunity and responsibility to support the health and safety of our campus community and reducing the spread allows the University to remain physically open to the fullest extent possible.
When to Wear Face Coverings
Face coverings are required to be worn:
- When attending a class or event held indoors
- In indoor common spaces (e.g. lounges, hallways, elevators, study areas, bathrooms, etc.) used by other individuals, regardless of whether others are present at the time.
- When interacting in-person with others.
- In dining centers, except when eating or drinking.
- When riding in a campus shuttle, bus, or van with two or more people.
- By employees when representing UND in an official capacity at events held both on- and off-campus.
- When participating in a campus tour.
- When participating in workouts and other activities at the UND Wellness Center.
Face coverings do not need to be worn:
- While outdoors, if a 6-foot physical distance from others can be maintained
- When alone in a private residence hall room, apartment, office, or workspace.
- While playing a musical instrument, singing, performing in a theater production, or engaging in other academic approved exceptions.
- While participating in programs, events and experiences granted exceptions by the University President.
Expectations for face coverings at events held in venues managed by entities other than UND (e.g. Ralph Engelstad Arena, Alerus Center, Empire Arts Center, etc.) will be determined by the respective venue.
UND recognizes that medical or other reasons may prevent someone from wearing a face covering. If needed, appropriate accommodations should be granted through the UND accommodation process. Please be sensitive to the fact that medical issues are private matters. No one is required to disclose exactly why they’re not able to wear a face covering.
If you’re not able to wear a face covering, faculty members should work with their department chair, staff should work with their supervisors, and students should work with their advisor and/or instructors to identify alternative options. If an individual is able, but unwilling to comply, they may be asked to leave a physical location. Non-compliance may also result in disciplinary action.
Human Resource Disciplinary Involvement
It is not the responsibility of the Office of Human Resources to police the wearing of face coverings by employees at UND. If made aware of non-compliance, HR will share with the appropriate supervisor/leader. When an employee is consistently not wearing face coverings (does not have an ADA Accommodation) and has been encouraged to do so by their supervisor several times, that supervisor may reach out to the appropriate HR representative to assist with the disciplinary process.
How to Remove Face Covering
When you get home, you should carefully take off your face covering:
- Untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
- Handle only by the ear loops or ties
- Fold the outside corners together
- Do not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth when removing face covering
- Wash your hands immediately after removing
Your face covering should be washed daily. Please follow CDC guidelines for proper cleaning and drying procedures for all types of face coverings.
Protect the Flock - Wear a Face Covering
UND student leaders urge others to wear a face covering.