Infection Prevention Guidance

Facial Covering / Mask Guidance

The facial covering/mask guidance applies to all students, employees, and guests. Facial coverings/masks are required in all OSUIT facilities. This guidance is also effective on campus grounds and outdoor areas where social distancing cannot be maintained.

  • In general, if social distancing is not able to be maintained or common spaces are entered, a facial covering/mask should be worn.
  • The same facial covering/mask can be used all day provided it is not soiled or torn.
  • Every effort should be made to preserve supplies of facial coverings/masks. You may remove it and store for short periods of time and then reuse.
  • A facial covering/mask should be worn when walking through common areas such as atriums, connecting hallways, Cowboy Café, university store, etc.
  • Practice principles of social distancing, respiratory etiquette and frequent hand hygiene in addition to wearing a facial covering/mask.
  • Facial coverings/masks may be removed, following the guidelines for removal and re-donning, when:
  • Working in an office and no others are present
  • In a large enough area where social distancing of 6 ft. away from others is maintained
  • When eating and drinking in areas where social distancing of 6 ft. away from others is maintained
  • When breaks are needed as long as social distancing of 6 ft. away from others is maintained
  • Guests who do not have their own facial covering/masks will be provided a disposable mask upon entry.
  • If a guest develops symptoms while on the premises, that person should be asked to leave.
  • If a guest refuses to use the provided mask, tours of labs or classrooms will not be permitted.
  • Note: wearing a facial covering/mask may be difficult for people with certain disabilities. In those instances, reasonable accommodations can be made. If you have questions related to these accommodations, contact Human Resources, or consult with your supervisor or school dean.

Using Face Masks


Mask Use and Re-Use

  1. Perform hand hygiene.
  2. Remove mask
    1. For ear loop style mask: remove by holding the ear loops. The front is contaminated, so remove slowly and carefully.
    2. For tie style mask: remove by untying lower ties first, then untie upper ties last. The front is contaminated, so remove slowly and carefully. Ensure ties do not fall into clean interior side of mask.
  3. After removing facemask, visually inspect for contamination, distortion in shape/form. If soiled, torn, or saturated the mask should be discarded.
  4. If the facemask is not visibly soiled, torn, or saturated, carefully store on a paper towel exterior side of mask down.
  5. Perform hand hygiene.

To Re-Don Mask:

  1. Perform hand hygiene
  2. Grasp mask
    1. For ear loop style mask: pinch at the ear loops, or
    2. For tie style mask: grasp by upper ties on surgical mask
  3. Place over face.
    1. For ear loop style mask: Secure ear loops behind the ears.
    2. For tie style mask: Secure upper ties first, behind head. End by securing lower ties behind head.
  4. Perform hand hygiene

Cloth Mask Recommendations/Requirements


  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • include 2 or more layers of fabric.
  • allow for breathing without restriction.
  • be made of a fabric or material that can be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

Cleaning Cloth Masks

A cloth mask can be washed in a washing machine with any detergent.

  • After placing the mask in the washing machine, hands should be washed.
  • Dry masks on high heat.