Face Covering Student Compliance Guidelines

Student Expectations & Compliance Process for the use of Face Coverings

Issued: 22 July 2020
18 June 2021

Update to the Administrative Directive on Face Coverings

The University of Arizona is updating its Administrative Directive on Face Coverings in light of changing public health conditions in Southern Arizona and updated guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Pima County.

The following Directive applies to all faculty, staff, students, designated campus colleagues, and visitors to University of Arizona campuses or locations. 

Face Coverings:

Face coverings, when worn by majority of people in a community, can help prevent the transmission of viral particles into the air and onto the common surfaces, thereby reducing potential exposures and rates of transmission in the community.

  • To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the use of face coverings is strongly encouraged at all of our campuses in Arizona, especially during group activities in indoor settings.  
  • Face coverings remain required in any building/facility that is operated by or affiliated with the University where patients are seen, including Campus Health and Banner University Medical center buildings. 

Please review the current CDC guidance on the use of masks.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you are concerned about your ability to comply with this directive due to a medical condition or for religious reasons, you should contact your supervisor to discuss your concerns and, if necessary, your supervisor may refer you to other campus resources, including but not limited to, the Disability Resource Center (DRC) or Human Resources (HR). You may also contact the DRC or HR directly if you would prefer not to address the issue with your supervisor. Potential accommodations may include, but are not limited to, remote work arrangements.

In applying and enforcing this directive, the University follows all applicable laws and University policies prohibiting harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Upon request, the University will evaluate the basis and feasibility of potential accommodations and will provide reasonable accommodations as required by law to ensure equal access to employment, educational opportunities, programs, services, and activities.