Update on Face Coverings 7/7/20

This information was shared with all NDSU employees on 7/7/20


Dear Colleagues,
I am writing to provide an update on our plan to require students to wear face coverings in classrooms, and some guidance for those who teach to implement in your instruction. Please review the material below, and note that it encompasses additional situations students will likely encounter.

NDSU strongly encourages all students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear face coverings when they are on campus and unable to maintain an appropriate physical distance. In some spaces, such as the classroom, students and faculty are required to wear face coverings. Other places that require face coverings include meeting rooms and lounges when a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained.

Students and employees should plan to supply their own face coverings and may wish to have more than one on hand to allow for adequate laundering.  Students will receive one cloth face covering in a welcome package at the start of the year. Please do not buy or wear N95 masks as these are in short supply and are needed to protect health care workers.

Contact Disability Services 701-231-8463 for accessibility considerations for students who may have an inability to wear a face covering. Faculty are expected to wear face coverings unless there are difficulties with hearing or understanding the instructor. In these cases, faculty should use other protective measures.

Students in internships, labs, clinical or other experiential learning settings may be required to take additional precautions based on the specific setting, practice, and host-site expectations. 

We fully anticipate that our community members will comply with the requirement to wear face coverings in classrooms and spaces where appropriate distancing is not possible. Faculty should set clear expectations about the face covering requirement in their course syllabus.  Faculty may use the following statement: NDSU requires students and faculty to wear face coverings in classrooms. Wearing face coverings helps reduce the risk to others in case you are infected but do not have symptoms. Students who need accommodation due to disability or who have accessibility considerations should contact Disability Services at 701-231-8463.

If an individual chooses not to wear a face covering in a space where it is required, the following process should be followed.

  1. Inform the individual of the face-covering policy. Explain how face coverings protect others by reducing the possibility of infection. Ask the individual to comply with the policy.
  2.  If the individual continues to violate the face covering policy, refer to Human Resources (for staff), College Dean (for faculty), and to the Dean of Students Office (for students).

In addition, an extensive document of plans for various areas is online at https://www.ndsu.edu/fileadmin/policesafety/docs/NDSU_Return_to_Work_Pl…
including residence life, dining, athletics, human resources, agricultural affairs, facilities management, research and creative activity, student affairs and enrollment management,  and the wellness center.
Margaret A. Fitzgerald
Interim Provost
North Dakota State University
103 Old Main
NDSU Dept. 2000
PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Pronouns: she/her/hers