Masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19. In this section, you’ll learn about the types of coverings permitted, how to make your own, when to wear them, and other guidelines.

Masks can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and are mandatory on campus.  

When to Wear a Mask 

  • All employees, faculty, and students must wear a mask when entering, exiting, or moving through a building.  
  • Individuals working in a private office or workspace without others present will not be required to wear a mask. Should someone enter the space, however, all individuals must put on their mask.  

Types of Coverings Permitted 

Your mask can be made of cloth or you can use a standard face mask. Whatever you choose, your mask should cover your nose and your mouth.  

How to Make Your Own 

The CDC offers step-by-step instructions if you would like to make your own mask.  

What should I do if someone refuses to wear a mask?

It is a requirement that any individual seeking on-campus services MUST wear a mask. If an individual refuses to wear a facial covering:

  • Request that the individual don a facial covering and direct the individual to security to retrieve a mask if they do not have one in hand.
  • State that according to CWI policy, the individual will not be provided on-campus services unless they wear a facial covering.
    • If refusal continues:
      • in a class, the employee should request or note the student’s/students’ name(s) and should then dismiss the class so as to reduce the exposure of students to the offending student. (As an option, the instructor may inform the students that they will receive an email with an assignment to complete in lieu of the deferred in-class time.)
      • The instructor should immediately report the incident to the Office of the Dean of Students utilizing Student Misconduct Reporting​; the Office will follow up electronically regarding the status of the case.
      • in other indoor spaces, the employee should request or note the individual’s name and should then call security and clear the area so as to reduce the exposure of students and employees to the individual refusing to wear a mask.
    • In general, the employee should not engage in an argument as to the merits of facial coverings. The employee is following a college rule. That is all that is necessary.
  • Contact Security to assist the student in leaving the class or other area.
  • Employees are empowered to take appropriate steps to provide for their own health/safety through physical distancing and/or other means.