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Arizona Law "New Safe Return" Plan: 14.0 FACE COVERINGS

Guidelines for the College of Law's new safe return to campus


This Plan adopts the UArizona Administrative Directive (7/31/2020), face coverings directive from the UArizona Returning to Workspaces guidelines (7/21/2020), and the Disability Resource Center’s Face Coverings and Accessibility Considerations.

Compliance with these requirements, as with all other provisions of this Plan, is necessary to participate in in-person activities at the College of Law. Members of the Arizona Law community who do not wear a face covering must participate in College of Law activities remotely.

Arizona Law adopts the following guidelines (8/10/2020):

The University of Arizona’s guidelines for Returning to Workspaces includes the following provisions for wearing face coverings while on campus:

  • Employees, students, and visitors must use face coverings in all UArizona locations, both indoors and outdoors, in accordance with UArizona’s Administrative Directive. Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing, which should remain the primary means of preventing transmission.
  • Face coverings, when worn by the majority of people in a community, can help prevent the transmission of viral particles into the air and onto common surfaces, thereby reducing potential exposures and rates of transmission in the community.

Face Coverings

  • Must cover the nose, mouth, and chin of the wearer
  • Can be cloth masks, homemade or purchased, or disposable surgical masks.
  • Are meant to protect the community from you; many cases of COVID-19 are spread by people who may not even realize they are sick (asymptomatic).
  • Are not a substitute for physical distancing, which should remain the primary means of preventing transmission.
  • Are NOT Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, which are designed to protect you from hazards in your environment and are used in health care settings.

See also CDC information on face coverings

Supervisors should:

  • Ensure all employees have an adequate supply (at least 2) face coverings available.
  • Ensure all employees are wearing face coverings when required, unless granted an exemption by the Disability Resource Center.
  • Contact Human Resources for any issues regarding the use of face coverings by an employee in the workplace.

Employees should:

  • Always keep a face covering nearby while in the workplace to be able to comply with UArizona’s Administrative Directive.
  • Only ever use their own face covering; no swapping between individuals is permitted.
  • Review CDC recommendations and educational materials prior to the use of face coverings in the workplace (proper materials, proper use, methods to properly don (put on), use, and doff (take off), and methods to properly sanitize).
  • Remove their face covering as few times as possible each day, as each time it is removed the wearer is potentially exposed to any virus on the covering.
  • Avoid touching eyes, mouth, and face and practice proper hand hygiene (washing with soap and water is best or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer).
  • Clean your face coverings as often as possible; daily cleaning is recommended.
  • Immediately dispose of any face covering that appears to have deformation, holes, or other issues; compromised or otherwise damaged face coverings should never be used.
  • Store face coverings in a secure and clean location where they will be free from contamination (e.g. desk drawer, paper bag, etc.) when not in use.
  • If you are concerned about wearing a face covering on the basis of your disability, please see Face Coverings and Accessibility Considerations for more information.

The University through the Disability Resource Center provides guidance on accessibility considerations with face coverings as follows:

  • 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 or call 520-621-3268.

Employee Questions: Please contact Workplace Access at