Campus Mask Policy

Leading health organizations recommend wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help prevent droplet and aerosol spread of respiratory viruses such as COVID-19.

Masks are required for all indoor, public spaces, including classrooms, study spaces, and hallways.

With few exceptions, masks are likewise required in those on-campus situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained – exceptions include while eating and drinking, and while participating in athletic and performance related activities.

The following is a breakdown of mask requirements on campus for fall 2020:

AU Mask 101 and General Application

• Put on a mask when you're: within buildings, when you leave your personal workspace (behind walls/plexiglass) or campus living space.
• Put on a mask when you're: in campus learning/study spaces.
• Put on a mask when you're: walking across campus and about to encounter others.
• Put on a mask when you're: walking in a group outside.
• As a general rule, unless you are 6 feet or more from others — put on your mask.

Academic Buildings (Madsen Center, Froiland Science Complex, Fryxell Humanities Center, Center for Visual Arts, Archaeology I & II)

  • Masks are required by everyone wishing to enter the building.
  • Mask are required in all classrooms, study spaces, and hallways (exceptions will be noted for music practice spaces).
  • Masks are not required in individual faculty offices; however, faculty will determine the use of masks within their offices.

Elmen Center - Indoor Athletic/Recreation Facilities

  • Masks are required for all visitors and occupants.
  • Masks are required in classroom spaces.
  • Masks are not required in individual office spaces.
  • While in an area designated for physical activity, masks are required when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Masks are required during athletic practices and intramural activities.
  • Masks are required in the weight room unless an individual is on a cardio machine while engaged in physical activity on that machine.

Outdoor Spaces

  • Masks are highly encouraged when physical distancing is not possible.

Library, Chapel, Center for Western Studies, Campus Clinic

  • Masks are required by everyone in order to enter the building.

Morrison Commons

  • Masks are required in all public spaces (exception when in a dining area and in the act of consuming food or beverage – Ordal Dining Hall, The Huddle, Siverson Lounge Coffee Shop).

Edith Mortensen Center

  • Masks are required for all public spaces and classroom spaces (exceptions will be noted for theater spaces).

Administration Building and Nelson Service Center

  • Masks are required for all visitors.
  • Masks are not required in individual office spaces.

Residence Halls and University Apartments- (Bergsaker Hall, Solberg Hall, Tuve Hall, Stavig Hall, Granksou Hall, East Hall, Costello Hall, Balcer Apartments, Nelsen Apartments, Svendsbye Apartments, Norse Inn Apartments)

  • Masks are required when in shared spaces and when physical distancing is not possible.

What is an adequate face mask?

  • Face masks should consist of at least two layers of tightly woven fabric (no large holes) and should cover your nose and mouth without large gaps.  The mask should be adjustable with ear loops or ties.  (For people who wear glasses, look for a mask with a bendable border at the top so you can mold the mask to fit the bridge of your nose and prevent your glasses from fogging.)
  • Professional mask, such as N95 masks, should be reserved for health care workers.
  • Cloth or disposable procedure masks are safe options for the public.
  • Face masks must be of an appropriate design and not include anything that would be considered graphic or offensive by others.
  • Finally, one’s face mask must be designed for use as a face mask (as opposed to having some other original purpose, like a bandana or a scarf).

We all play a role in keeping our campus a safe place to live, learn and work. Please be respectful of those around you and wear your face mask when in a mask required space and when physical distancing is not possible.  Also, please be mindful of hand hygiene and be sure to wash your hands, for 20 seconds, frequently, and after touching your mask.

Due to rapidly changing information and the nature of the current situation, we will review the mask policy and all safety protocols on an ongoing basis with the flexibility to change as needed.