Face Coverings and Accessibility Considerations
UNIVERSITY FACE COVERING REQUIREMENT
All University of Arizona employees, students and campus visitors are required to wear a face covering in accordance with CDC guidelines in all University of Arizona buildings (including hallways, public spaces, restrooms, and common areas), and outdoor spaces, with the exception of those private offices, work spaces and formal meeting areas where physical distancing of at least six feet is possible - see the UArizona Administrative directive and related graphic (English & Spanish).
Examples of face coverings that meet the directive include, but are not limited to, cloth face masks, disposable face masks, surgical style cloth masks, and gaiter style face coverings. A face shield alone (e.g. a face shield without a shroud or a mask) is not a substitute for a cloth or disposable face covering.
The University has enacted this requirement to support the health of our campus community. Data indicates that wearing face coverings, especially in combination with other safety measures such as physical distancing and regular hand washing, is effective in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
All campus community members are expected to comply with this requirement. If you are concerned about wearing a face covering on the basis of your disability, potentially related to anxiety, hearing loss, breathing or dexterity issues, please consider the use of a clear mask or another option that offers a different design and promotes effective ease of use.
If you do not believe any face covering option will work for you based on your disability, please contact DRC to discuss a potential accommodation. Before exploring an accommodation to this requirement, DRC staff will talk with you about the range of effective face coverings detailed below.
Students Questions: Please contact the DRC Front Desk at DRCfirstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-621-3268.
Employee Questions: Please contact Workplace Access at DRCemail@example.com.
Face Coverings Accessibility Considerations
|Face Covering Design||Picture||Description||Accessibility Considerations|
|Disposable face mask||Manufactured non-woven material 3 ply filter with elastic loops that covers nose and mouth.||Consider if thicker cloth masks cause difficulty breathing.|
|Gaiter style fabric face mask||Homemade or manufactured tube of stretchy fabric that can be pulled over the full face.||Consider if dexterity is a concern|
|Clear mask||Mask with face visibility.||Consider when ability to view the speaker's mouth is necessary (e.g., need to have the ability to read lips).|
|Shrouded face shield||
|Clear plastic shrouded face shield with hospital grade cloth below the shield tightened around chin.||Consider when ability to view the speaker's mouth is necessary or when other face covering designs cause difficulty breathing or anxiety.|