Face coverings, attendance and de-escalation on campus

Ahead of the start of the Fall 2020 Semester, the Office of the Dean of Students and the Center for Disability & Access are providing guidance regarding face coverings and finding support on campus. The following three videos provide guidance on handling potential issues that may arise.

Attendance and Face Covering Accommodations in the time of COVID-19

Scott McAward | Director | Center for Disability & Access

As students and faculty come to campus this fall, some adjustments have been made regarding in-person class attendance expectations as well as requirements to wear a face covering inside university buildings, classrooms and in outdoor settings where physical distancing is not possible. Students that may need to seek an accommodation related to in-person attendance or face coverings due to their own medical condition, or disability, should contact the Center for Disability & Access. The video below summarizes the various forms of instruction that will be occurring during this fall semester and how that relates to in-person attendance.

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Face Coverings and the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities

Brian Burton | Associate Dean | Dean of Students

Students who state that they cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition or disability should be referred to the Center for Disability & Access for appropriate accommodations. If individuals are observed in buildings without a face covering, we encourage members of our university community to kindly ask that they wear one. If students disregard the directive to wear a face covering while on campus, they may be in violation of the Code of Student Rights & Responsibilities (University Policy 6-400) and could be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students.

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Navigating Difficult Conversations About Face Coverings: De-escalation Tips and Techniques

Leila Ames | Student-athlete Advocate | Office of the Dean of Students

Our campus community has a shared responsibility to work together to ensure the health and safety of staff, students, faculty and guests as we return to campus. To limit the spread of COVID-19, face coverings are required inside university buildings and in outdoor public spaces where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. While it is anticipated that most students and campus visitors will voluntarily comply with this requirement, some individuals may decide not to wear a face covering. Employees are advised to engage in open and productive dialogue to encourage compliance with public health policy. The training below provides strategies to use verbal and non-verbal communication to de-escalate difficult conversations about face coverings. If a student consistently disregards the directive to wear a face covering while on campus, refer them to the Office of the Dean of Students.

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