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Protecting Our Campus Community

Safety Policies and Protocols

Face Coverings

Face coverings must be worn by all employees, students, visitors/guests, and contractors/vendors on all University campuses (Emmitsburg, Frederick, Seminary, Grotto) when in the presence of others and when indoors. Face coverings are not required while alone in private offices, in residence hall rooms (unless visitors are present) or outdoors. Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you.

Students are expected to bring their own face coverings. A limited number of disposable masks will be provided by the Mount, if needed. A disposable mask may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before use again. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering. See details regarding mask use and care below.

Type and Intended Use of Face Coverings/Masks

Cloth Face Covering

  • Description: Home-made or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions.
  • Intended Use: Required for campus community use in non-healthcare settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, community areas where 6’ social distancing cannot be consistently maintained.) Must be replaced daily. While likely necessary for ingress and egress, they are not required when working alone in an office.

Disposable Mask

  • Description: Commercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions.
  • Intended Use: Required for campus community use in non-healthcare settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, community areas where 6’ social distancing cannot be consistently maintained.) Must be replaced daily. While likely necessary for ingress and egress, they are not required when working alone in an office.

Medical-Grade Surgical Mask

  • Description: FDA-approved masks to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; helps contain wearer’s respiratory emissions.
  • Intended Use: These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task specific hazards.

N95 Respirator

  • Description: Provide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosols; helps contain wearer’s respiratory emissions.
  • Intended Use: These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task specific hazards.

Putting on the face covering/disposable mask:

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask.
  • Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face-covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable).
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
  • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.

Taking off the face covering/disposable mask:

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to removing the face covering/disposable mask.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask.
  • When taking off the face covering/disposable mask, loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from the ear, or untie the straps.
  • Wash hands immediately after removing.

Care, storage and laundering:

  • Keep face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent before first use and after each day of use. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash at the end of the day or if it becomes soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Physical Distancing

There are no requirements for physical distancing. Room occupancy limits will return to pre-COVID levels and there are no gathering size restrictions (except for the normal fire code limits). This applies to all rooms including the dining halls and classrooms.

Handwashing

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, sneezing or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces on your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face. Hand sanitizer dispensers are located throughout all buildings on campus.

Gloves

High-risk students should use gloves as part of personal protective equipment (PPE), but according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks.

Goggles/Face Shields

You do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. A face covering or mask is sufficient. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for non-healthcare environments. Face shields may not be used without a mask.

Personal Disinfection

While custodial crews clean restrooms and common areas based on CDC guidelines, additional care should be taken to wipe down commonly used surfaces such as residence hall desks, light switches and doorknobs.

Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene

If you are in a private setting and do not have on your cloth 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. Then 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.

Meals

Before and after eating, you should wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. While dining on campus, you should wear your mask or face covering until you are ready to eat and then replace it afterward.