Face Coverings

Last updated 6.25.20

Hawks face coveringUND’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.  

All students, staff, faculty, affiliates and campus visitors are required to wear face coverings when interacting with others on the UND campus, including situations where other protective measures (e.g., physical distancing, plexiglass shields) are in place.

  • Students, faculty, and staff will be provided two cloth face coverings at the beginning of the fall semester. All face coverings should cover the nose and mouth, be appropriate for the classroom and workplace, and be washed daily.
  • 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.
  • The University recognizes that for medical and/or other reasons, not everyone can wear a face covering. Faculty members should work with their chair, staff should work with their supervisor, and students should work with their advisor and/or instructors to identify alternative options if they are not able to wear a face covering.
  • Failure to comply with COVID-19 related safety measures may result in an individual being asked to leave a physical location. Non-compliance may also result in disciplinary action.

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.

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 exercising or competing in sports.
  • 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.

Additional information on UND’s plans for the fall semester is available here.

CDC Recommendations

Last updated 6.25.20

Please consult the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for a current situation summary of COVID-19.

According to the CDC, reported illnesses have ranged from mild to severe, and may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms may include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Other less common symptoms including nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea have been reported. The CDC provides a Self-Checker guide to help you make decisions about seeking appropriate health care. For up to date symptom information and to access the CDC Self-Checker.

How to Protect Yourself and Others

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
  • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

Everyone should:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain 6 feet between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people outside of your home.
    • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
    • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.
    • Do not gather in groups.
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.
    • Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Cover Your Mouth and Nose with a Face Covering When Around Others

  • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
  • Everyone should wear a face covering when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities.
    • Face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • The face covering is meant to protect other people.
  • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • If you are in a private setting and do not have on your face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and Disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, counter tops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them. Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
  • Then, use a household disinfectant.Most common EPA-registered household disinfectants will work.