Emergency Preparedness: COVID-19

Bring Huskies Home - Wash Your Hands | Wear a Mask | Social Distance

Face Covering/Mask Requirement

Effective July 13, 2020, all faculty, staff, students and visitors over the age of 5 at any St Cloud State University learning location are required to wear a face mask/covering.

Children under the age of two are entirely exempt from the face mask/face covering requirement. Children under age five, but at least two years old, are strongly encouraged, but not required to wear face mask/face coverings.

Protective Face Mask According to the CDC, when face coverings are properly fitted over the nose and mouth, they prevent the wearer from dispersing potentially infectious droplets into the environment where they can contaminate surfaces or be inhaled by others.

All in the campus community are required to wear a face covering on campus when face-to-face with others on campus and in public or when physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained. Masks must be worn in classrooms, offices, hallways, workspaces and other common areas on campus.

Face coverings can be made of cloth such as bandanas, scarves, and neck gaiters which can be washed and reused. Other forms of acceptable face coverings include disposable non-surgical grade masks and KN95 respirators. Medical grade surgical masks and N95-respirators should be saved for healthcare and emergency workers. A face shield is also an acceptable option for those unable to wear a cloth face covering.  Instructions for making your own face covering are available on the  CDC Website. Cloth face coverings, including face shields, are also available for purchase at the Campus Bookstore and SCSU Plymouth.


Our Campus Protocol

  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face mask/covering over their mouths and noses, while in St. Cloud State facilities, in all hallways, public spaces, classrooms and other common areas of campus buildings, and when in offices or other work spaces when in the presence of others.
  • Students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face mask/covering when in outdoor settings when 6-feet of physical distancing from others cannot be maintained.


Individuals who cannot wear a face covering/mask

For individuals who cannot wear a face covering/mask, St. Cloud State is committed to continuing to support you so we will work with you to identify how services may be provided that do not require you to come to campus.

Please contact the department providing the service directly to make arrangements. If you require additional assistance:

  1.  For faculty and staff, contact the Office of Human Resources humanresources@stcloudstate.edu
  2. For students with a disability or diagnosis, please contact Student Accessibility Services at sas@stcloudstate.edu to explore alternative options
  3. We will work with students and visitors to identify an alternative option which may include, but not be limited to a clear face shield, transfer to an on-line course, or meeting remotely for appointments. 

Instances when face coverings may be temporarily removed:  

  • While participating in certain indoor sports and exercise activities
  • While participating in indoor musical (wind) instrument practice or performance
  • When eating or drinking indoors
  • While communicating with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing and others with health conditions
  • When alone in a vehicle or heavy machinery cab while on university business.
  • Working alone in an office, room or certain cubicles.


When face coverings are not required (and in addition to the exemptions highlighted above):

  • Students may not wear a face covering/mask while alone in one’s own residence hall room or engaging in hygiene (e.g., washing face, brushing teeth, showering) in assigned residential hall bathrooms.
  • While in environments where hazards exist that create a greater risk by wearing a face mask/covering (engineering bays, research and instructional labs, etc.).
  • When working outdoors where physical distancing can be maintained.


Face Covering Use by Campus Setting


Frequently Asked Questions


Enforcement Protocols

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to adhere to the face coving/mask protocol. Failure to comply with  these  requirements will result in denial of access to designated areas or participation in programs or activities, and/or discipline in accordance with applicable university policies. 

If an employee does not comply with a directive for wearing an appropriate face covering in their work location, does not follow physical distancing requirements, or otherwise does not comply with requirements for working safely, their supervisor will direct the person to leave the work location immediately, and contact Human Resources. The employee’s behavior may be considered insubordination and subject to the discipline process.

Similarly, students are subject to St. Cloud State’s face covering and physical distancing policies in all locations under this protocol, including in classrooms and other instructional spaces. In classrooms, faculty have the right to deny a student entry into the room if the student is not wearing a face mask/covering. Students failing to comply with applicable behavioral expectations will be disciplined in accordance with the student code of conduct.

Violations of this protocol by faculty, staff or visitors, including contractors and vendors, should be reported to the Public Safety Department- 320-308-3333.

Violations by students should be reported to the Office of Student Life and Development 320-308-3111.

The university will provide one “Protect the Pack” mask to students, faculty, and staff.
Visitors are required to provide their own face mask/coverings (e.g. cloth or disposable face mask).
Information on mask availability and location will be shared soon.






This information is subject to change in response to the evolving conditions of COVID-19. Revised: 8/28/2020


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