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CWUP 2-40-145 Employee Face Covering

Central Washington University is committed to the health and safety of all members of its university community. The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that all citizens wear a face covering when around others. This measure is meant to protect the wearer from droplets containing the COVID-19 virus shed by infected people. It should also decrease the chance that the wearer will give the virus to others, regardless of whether or not they are symptomatic.

Face coverings are defined as fabric coverings, such as cloth face masks, scarves and bandana coverings, or other material as recommended by the Center for Disease Control. Cloth face coverings must cover mouth and nose, fitting as snugly as possible against the sides of the face.

All Central Washington University employees (faculty, staff, temporary and student employees, and contractors) working on-site are required to wear a face covering while at work, regardless of location, role or ability to engage in physical distancing. Face coverings are to be worn continuously during the shift of work, except when necessary to eat or drink or wash the face. During any break time when the face covering has been removed, the employee is to follow physical distancing guidelines, and is to maintain a distance of 6 feet from others.

Exception to the continuous use aspects of this policy will be made for employees who work alone in a room with a closable door. In this situation, the employee must still wear a face covering on leaving their office to go elsewhere, but may, when in their office with the door closed, work without a face covering. This exception does not apply to offices in which multiple employees are working, nor does it apply to cubicles, or cubicle offices where to space above the cubicle is open to the more general office.

Employees and supervisors are both responsible for compliance with this policy. Employees in the workplace without utilizing a face covering will be given an initial warning and remediation regarding expected use of the face covering by the supervisor. Repeated failures to adhere to this policy and comply with supervisor’s instruction may result in additional corrective action, up to and including termination. Supervisors will be held accountable for their assigned employees who are non-compliant with face covering requirements.

If an employee has a disability and requires an accommodation as a result of this policy, please contact Human Resources to begin the interactive process.  

[Responsibility: BFA Division; Authority: Cabinet/UPAC; Reviewed/Endorsed by: Cabinet/UPAC; Review/Effective Date: 08/05/2020; Approved by: James L. Gaudino, President]

 

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