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Indiana Tech Mask Policy

I. Indiana Tech Mask Policy

All individuals in indoor University facilities must wear fabric or disposable surgical-style masks that cover their nose and mouth. Bandanas, scarves, and headbands are not acceptable. Masks must be worn by all passengers in University-provided transportation, such as fleet vehicles and buses. Drivers of University-provided transportation must wear a mask when passengers are in the vehicle.

Individuals may remove masks indoors only if they are (these are more fully described below):

  • in their own private workspace with no one else present, or
  • in an enclosed room with others and all individuals can maintain six of feet distance apart, or
  • in a dorm room or apartment, or
  • participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking.

II. Employees (Faculty and Staff)

1. University-provided masks

  • The University will make masks available to employees.
  • Disposable filtration surgical-style masks will be available in boxes in all departments.
  • One re-usable and washable cloth mask with an Indiana Tech logo will also be provided to every employee.

2. Employee-provided Masks

  • Employees may wear a fabric mask that they provide themselves.
  • Employees may not wear masks with an inappropriate logo or that display the logo of another college or university.
  • Bandanas, scarves, and headbands are not acceptable.

3. Mask Re-Use and Cleaning

  • Disposable filtration surgical-style masks should be worn on campus for five consecutive days, or until soiled, whichever occurs first.
  • Fabric masks should be washed and fully dried after each day’s wear. Appropriate cleaning of the mask is the responsibility of the individual.

4. University Facilities

  • Employees may remove masks when inside University facilities only (1) in their own private workspace with no one else present, (2) when alone in an enclosed room, (3) in an enclosed room with others and all individuals can maintain six of feet distance apart, and (4) while participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking.
  • In classrooms, faculty members may remove their mask if they remain at least six feet away from all students during a class session. Faculty members may also choose to wear a clear plexiglass face shield.

5. Masks for Guests

  • Employees must inform their guests that each guest must wear a fabric or a disposable surgical-style mask that covers their nose and mouth while in University facilities, as required by this policy. Each guest should be advised to bring their own mask.

6. Accommodations for Medical Conditions

  • An employee may request an accommodation to not wear a mask due to medical reasons with the Office of Human Resources. Human Resources will review the request and may require additional documentation from a physician. Simply applying for an accommodation does not mean the accommodation will be granted. Each situation will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Faculty will be notified about students in their classes who have a medical accommodation to not wear a mask.

7. Enforcement

  • Supervisors will be expected to monitor the use of masks by their employees. Not complying with the mask policy will be grounds for a reprimand and continued disregard of the policy could result in termination.

III. Students

1. Provided Masks

  • The University will make masks available to students. Students may also provide their own masks that comply with this policy. Detailed instructions regarding student mask distribution are forthcoming, in coordination with the Office of Student Affairs.

2. Mask Re-Use and Cleaning

  • Disposable filtration surgical-style masks should be worn on campus for five consecutive days, or until soiled, whichever occurs first.
  • Fabric masks should be washed and fully dried after each day’s wear. Appropriate cleaning of the mask is the responsibility of the individual.

3. University Facilities (Other than Personal Rooms)

  • Students may remove masks when inside University facilities only (1) when alone in an enclosed room, (2) in an enclosed room with others and all individuals can maintain six of feet distance apart, and (3) while participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking or performing an athletic activity.
  • Faculty members will have the authority to remove a student from a classroom if a student refuses to wear a mask.

4. On-Campus Housing Facilities

  • Students are not required to wear masks in their dorm rooms, but they are strongly encouraged to do so, particularly when others are present, unless they are participating in activities in which a face mask cannot practically be worn, such as eating and drinking, bathing, or sleeping. Students are expected to wear masks in the lobbies and hallways of residence halls.
  • Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must report their symptoms to the Office of Student Affairs immediately and follow further instructions provided at the time of the report.

5. Masks for Guests

  • Students must inform their guests that each guest must wear a fabric or a disposable surgical-style mask that covers their nose and mouth while in University facilities, as required by this policy. Each guest should be advised to bring their own mask.

6. Accommodations for Medical Conditions

  • If a student indicates compliance with this Masks Policy is not possible due to medical reasons, the student should be referred to Disability Services (in the Office of Student Success) to request an accommodation.

7. Athletics

  • Student-athletes must wear masks during travel on buses and vans.
  • Students are expected to follow training rooms protocols posted by Parkview.
  • Masks are required in all common spaces – including locker rooms.
  • Sport specific guidelines provided by the NAIA and the WHAC will be adhered to.

8. Enforcement

  • If a student is observed by an employee or a Securitas officer to not be in compliance with the Mask Policy, the student will be asked to put on a mask and told where they may go to obtain a mask.
  • Under no circumstances will a physical altercation occur, or verbal argument escalate, with an incompliant student nor will an incompliant student be forced to leave campus.
  • Student non-compliance will be documented through the Code of Conduct Violation Reporting form located on Indiana Tech Sharepoint.
  • An incompliant student – who blatantly disregards the policy – will be referred to the Office of Student Affairs for a meeting to discuss the policy and the benefits of wearing a mask to protect all members of the Indiana Tech community.

IV. Visitors, Vendors, and Contractors

1. Masks for Visitors, Vendors, and Contractors

  • Visitors, vendors, and contractors must wear masks on campus and should be asked to bring their own. The University will make disposable surgical-style masks available to visitors, vendors, and contractors who do not provide their own approved masks. These will be available in every department office.

V. Special Events and Athletic Sporting Events

1. Masking requirements for special events and athletic sporting events

  • These will be determined by the University administration prior to the date of the event and will be based on factors including location and size of event, current COVID-19 data, and advice of public health and medical experts.