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Face Coverings

Individuals with questions, comments, or constructive feedback can email covid-19@wiu.edu. In addition, a comments/concerns form has been established for easy submission.

Who has to wear a face covering, and when?

All staff, faculty, and students will be required to wear a face covering in all campus indoor settings, including classrooms, dining centers, elevators, conference rooms, computer labs, laundry rooms, and other common areas. Face coverings are optional in outdoor spaces on campus for anyone who is fully vaccinated or for anyone who is not fully vaccinated but who can maintain the appropriate (minimum 6-feet) physical distancing.

Face coverings do not need to be worn when the following occurs:

  • When in a private office or workstation that has proper distance from others or alone in a space.
  • Designated areas within the Campus Recreation Center and Athletic Weight Rooms.
  • Students do not need to wear their face covering when inside their residence hall room.
  • When seated and actively eating/drinking in a University dining facility or the University Union.
  • Face coverings are optional in outdoor spaces on campus for anyone who is fully vaccinated or for anyone who is not fully vaccinated but who can maintain the appropriate (minimum 6-feet) physical distancing.

Face coverings do not replace required and issued job-specific PPE, such as medical/procedure masks, respirators, or face shields or any other type of mask needed to perform one’s job safely. The University face covering policy also requires contractors, vendors, suppliers and any other guests doing business on behalf of Western Illinois University to wear a face covering when entering all WIU buildings as well as in hallways, elevators, public spaces and common areas.

To ensure that every member of the University community has a proper face covering, WIU will provide face coverings for students, faculty and staff members at the University Union Service Center. Individuals are not required to wear the university-provided face covering and can purchase and/or wear any face covering that is appropriate and that meets CDC guidelines .

Due to the limited availability of N95 masks, if a member of the campus community would like to request one, they can email RMEP@wiu.edu to see about availability.

Additional face coverings may be available for larger groups or events endorsed by WIU by contacting WIU’s Risk Manager at RMEP@wiu.edu. The University Bookstore also has face coverings available for purchase.

Students who need accommodations should contact Disability Resources in the Student Development and Success Center (SDSC) at SDSC@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1884.

Employees who need accommodations should contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at EOA-OFFICE@wiu.edu or (309) 298-1977.

KN95 and N95 Masks

KN95 masks will be provided to any individual of the campus community who wishes to have one. KN95 masks can be picked up at the University Testing Center or the University Union Service Center. We request that individuals only take (1) masks per week.

Faculty/Staff can inquire about receiving an N95 mask through their respective Dean's Office.

Any staff member not under a Dean's area or student who would like to request an N95 mask, can do so by emailing RMEP@wiu.edu to see about availability.

A general guide has been created to assist with questions related to wear, storage, and discarding of KN95 and N95 masks. This should only serve as a guide and if individuals find additional guidance they should follow what they feel most comfortable with.

Appropriate Cloth Face Coverings

Individuals may wear any face covering that is appropriate and that meets CDC guidelines.

A face shield is not a suitable substitute for a face covering. They can be worn as additional protection in conjunction with a face covering but do not, in isolation meet the requirement for wearing a face covering.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment for its employees and students. It is the expectation of the University that any and all content on a face covering be non-offensive, non-discriminatory, and does not display text or image(s) that will harm the reputation and integrity of Western Illinois University. Administrators, University officials, and supervisors reserve the right to determine appropriateness.

What if I forget my face covering or it rips/tears?

In a majority of campus buildings, there will be a designated site that will have extra face coverings to provide to those who forget theirs, the covering rips, etc. Supplies will be limited in these locations, so individuals should make every effort to have their face coverings with them. Individuals who are found taking advantage of this process will not be issued a replacement face covering and will be asked to leave campus.

Face Covering Distribution Site Locations

Enforcement

Individuals who disregard safety measures will be subject to disciplinary action consistent with Western Illinois University’s Human Resources and Student Conduct procedures. Faculty and staff have the ability to request that a student leave their class or activity if they are found to be in violation of the campus policy and after a reasonable effort has been made to rectify the situation.

Concerns or comments regarding individuals not complying should speak with their supervisor (if applicable), or report it to the University Risk Manager.

It is not appropriate to notify law enforcement.