Return to Campus

Face Coverings

Individuals with questions, comments, or constructive feedback can email In addition, a comments/concerns form has been established for easy submission.

Face Coverings on Campus

CDC recommends that all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, wear a well-fitted mask indoors in public areas when COVID-19 community levels are high or, for those who are at higher risk for severe illness, when COVID-19 community levels are medium. Western Illinois University requires face coverings to be worn at the Beu Health Center, the University COVID-19 Testing Site, and at the request of individuals when meeting in the personal work or living spaces of those individuals.

  • Face coverings remain required for individuals who are exposed to others with COVID-19, test positive for COVID-19, or develop COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Individual faculty of record may determine that masking will be required in their classrooms and are asked to communicate accordingly with students.
  • Face coverings may be required in other campus sites following guidance from governing regulatory agencies.
  • Individuals are expected to comply with requests to wear a face covering in the University’s designated locations, a classroom or office space and are subject to being asked to leave and/ or conduct/disciplinary referral.
  • Individuals wishing to require face coverings in their personal work or living spaces, can download and print signage below.
  • Individuals should keep an approved face covering available to wear when requested.

Please remember that members of our WIU community who prefer to continue masking are welcomed and encouraged to do so. As a campus community we should respect others choice to continue masking and make every effort to help others feel comfortable on campus. 

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.

Face coverings may be available for larger groups or events endorsed by WIU by contacting WIU’s Risk Manager at 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 or (309) 298-1884.

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

KN95 and N95 Masks

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. 

Due to the limited availability of KN95 & N95 masks, if a member of the campus community would like to request one, they can email to see about availability. 

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