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Face Coverings


All OSU students, staff, faculty, contractors, vendors, suppliers and visitors must wear a face covering (mask) upon entering any public building on campus. Failure to wear face coverings is considered a violation of the University’s expected and communicated behaviors and guidelines. Like all Cowboy Community Standards, we expect faculty, staff, and students to respectfully address concerning behavior. If campus community members fail to wear facial coverings, they will be addressed through the appropriate corrective action avenues, Human Resources, Academic Affairs and Student Conduct. 


COVID-19 can be spread when people are asymptomatic, which means they do not know they are sick yet. Wearing face coverings has been shown to reduce the spread of COVID-19 to others.


It is important that OSU is a safe place to work and study, and taking this step creates a safe environment for all of us as advised by the CDC. As a reminder, face coverings do not replace the need to maintain social distancing, frequent handwashing, and rigorous cleaning and disinfecting routines. This action is not about keeping you safe, it is about showing that you care about your fellow Cowboys and are doing your part to keep our campus community safe.

Please adhere to the following guidelines for face coverings:

  • You may wear your own clean, well-maintained, and professional face covering from home instead of the OSU-provided covering if you choose.
  • You must wear a face covering at all times in hallways, classrooms, public spaces, restrooms, and other common areas across campus where social distancing is hard to maintain.
  • Face coverings are also required outdoors if safe social distancing is not possible.
  • Your face covering should meet the following criteria:
    • fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • completely covers the nose and mouth
    • allows for breathing without restriction
    • can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
  • The face covering is primarily a protection for others near you to prevent you from unknowingly spreading the COVID-19 virus to others. Studies have shown that if everyone is wearing a mask and following other safety measures the spread of viruses is reduced.
  • You should carry at least two face coverings with you daily to ensure that you have a replacement if one becomes unusable while you are on campus.

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  • Visit our FAQ page  for some of the most common questions regarding face masks.
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