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Face Coverings Policy

Policy Title: Face Coverings Policy

Summary: Policy requiring the use of face coverings on the University campus as a means of mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19 at Drake University.

Policy Category: Administration & Operations
Policy Owner: Administration & Operations
Policy Status: Active
Effective Date: July 2020

Policy Document

Face Coverings – Face coverings include cloth or disposable surgical masks that cover an individual’s nose and mouth. Note that gaiter and bandana style masks are specifically excluded as part of this definition.

Policy Summary
Policy requiring the use of face coverings on the University campus as a means of mitigating the risk of spreading COVID-19 at Drake University.

This policy is intended to mitigate the risk of the spread of COVID-19 and is subject to frequent revision based on the introduction of additional public health guidelines from local, state, and federal authorities. It is expected that this policy or subsequent versions of it will be in force until official notice otherwise from the University.

This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors to Drake University.


Face Coverings
Faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors to Drake University are required to wear a face covering while in campus buildings. The following in-building exceptions apply:

  • Employees working alone in a fully enclosed room
  • Students in their residence hall room (unless the door is open or visitors are present)
  • While participating in activities in which a face covering cannot be worn or would prohibit respiratory function (e.g., eating, drinking, playing a musical instrument)

Everyone must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others wherever possible, even when wearing a face covering.

All Drake required or sponsored indoor events -- regardless of location -- require face coverings be worn by attendees and participants unless an exemption is approved by Environmental Health and Safety. Exemptions will only be granted for athletic activities compliant with risk mitigation standards sanctioned by the NCAA or in situations where event organizers are able to demonstrate a significant need with no available alternative and have submitted a plan for how the variance will be handled.

Some programs and activities may require more restrictive face covering practices, such as the use of double masks in laboratory environments where social distancing is not always possible.  Adherence to these requirements, as approved by the Director Environmental Health & Safety, is a condition to program participation.

Individuals requiring accommodations relating to the requirements of this policy should contact Chris Nickell, Director of Environmental Health and Safety at for additional information and to submit a request for reasonable accommodation.

Last Review Date:  June 2021

Effective Date:  July 2020

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