What exceptions are permitted in the face covering policy?

OSU policy requires the use of face coverings for community members and visitors when in enclosed common areas, enclosed areas when interacting with others or outdoor areas where physical distancing isn’t easily maintained.

Exceptions to this university policy include:

a. Use goes against documented industry best practices for a specific position, or by law or regulation, including the use of standard personal protective equipment (“PPE”) per Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards;

b. When working alone in an enclosed workspace; 

c. When exercising and working outdoors as long as a distance of at least six (6) feet is maintained at all times;

d. When engaging in an activity that makes wearing a face covering not feasible, such as swimming, eating or drinking;

e. When an individual is under the age of five;

f. In situations where face coverings for minors are advised against and not required for participation in youth activities, as per OHA Guidance for School Aged Summertime Day Camps (PDF) or Specific Guidance for Child Care Sector (PDF); or,

g. Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers.

Exception requests based on accommodation for a disability may be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access for employees, and Disability Access Services for students. 

Violation of university policy can lead to disciplinary action. 

Last Modified: 
September 3, 2020