Mask Policy

August 20, 2020.

[Headings in this policy are: Why; Who; What; When and Where; How; Non-compliance]

I. WHY

To protect everyone in the law school community and so that in-person classes can be held throughout the semester.

II. WHO

This mask policy applies to all faculty, administrators, staff, and students. Visitors will be required to wear a mask and will not be allowed in the building except during regular office hours and in the library by appointment. Minors will not be allowed in the building except for a rare brief visit in custody of a caretaker who is retrieving something quickly from the building. All minors over the age of two must wear a mask while in the building.

III. WHAT

  1. The mask must securely cover the nose and mouth and extend to below the chin, with at least two layers of material that isn’t stretchy.
  2. Prohibited:
    1. A face guard in lieu of a mask
    2. Gaiter masks (also called neck fleeces)
    3. Bandanas
    4. Masks with exhalation valves or vents

IV. WHEN and WHERE

  1. Everyone must wear a mask 24/7 while on campus and in the building, with the following limited exceptions:
    1. While working in office with door closed and no other person present;
    2. Outdoors when social distancing can be maintained for all parties and mask is readily available if distancing circumstances change;
    3. While seated eating, and maintaining social distance:
      1. Outdoors
      2. In eating area by Libation Station
      3. In student commons ("Pit")
      4. In second-floor foyer
      5. In library
      6. In office at desk
  2. Classrooms: Masks must be worn at all times. No food is allowed in the classrooms. Students must continue to wear masks when asking and responding to questions in class; professors must continue to wear masks when speaking to the class.

V. HOW

  1. A fresh, clean mask must be worn each day.
  2. The mask must remain over the nose and mouth. A mask that slips down should be taped or replaced with a mask with effective wiring.

VI. NON-COMPLIANCE

  1. By student during class
    1. If a student fails to wear a proper mask in class, the professor will ask the student to leave until the student can return wearing a proper mask.
    2. In the unlikely event that the student refuses to leave, the professor will close down the class for the day.
      1. The professor will then report the Honor Code violation to Dean Mastrosimone: "Disrupting or interfering with the orderly conduct or operation of any University activity or facility, failing to obey the lawful instruction of the person in charge of such activity or facility or preventing others from freely engaging in the activity or using the facility." Washburn Law Honor Code Part I, Section A.5.d.
  2. By professor during class or anywhere on campus
    1. In the unlikely event that a student or anyone else observes a professor failing to observe the Mask Policy, the observer should gently remind the professor of the policy if reasonable to do so. If further action is necessary, the observer should note the name of the professor and the date, time, and place and report the violation to Dean Mastrosimone.
  3. By student outside of class but anywhere on campus
    The person observing the violation should gently remind the student of the policy if reasonable to do so. If further action is necessary, the observer should notify Dean Lowry, with the name of the student if at all possible, and the date, time, and place of the violation. If the name is not known, there should be as thorough a description as possible, including information about companions, if any. Dean Lowry will be highly resistant to requests to "send out an all-student reminder email" because of the actions of an unknown individual. Dean Lowry will investigate and if the identity of the student is ascertained, will counsel the student and instruct them to follow the policy. Further violations may result in a finding of Honor Code violation under Part I, Section A.4.a. Especially flagrant or intentional violations could conceivably result in a finding of Honor Code violation under Part I, Section A.5.d, "Engaging in any act which threatens the life or safety of a person or persons."
  4. By Associate Dean
    The person observing the violation should gently remind the dean of the policy if reasonable to do so. If further action is necessary, the observer should note the name of the dean and the date, time, and place and report the violation to Dean Pratt
  5. By Director or Staff Member
    The person observing the violation should gently remind the Director or Staff Member of the policy if reasonable to do so. If further action is necessary, the observer should note the name of the director or staff member and the date, time, and place and report the violation to Dean Hunt.
  6. By Visitor
    The person observing the violation should gently remind the visitor that masks are required, if reasonable to do so. The visitor should be advised that they may go to the Dean's Office or the Circulation Desk of the Library to obtain a disposable mask if they don’t have one. (The visitor should go no further into the library unless they have an appointment.) If further action is necessary, the observer should report the violation to the highest-level authority in the building at the time, or call the campus police at x1153, giving as thorough a description as possible.

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