Face Coverings

All individuals, as outlined in section 1.1,  are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while on College property, whether indoors or outdoors, and in public; individuals are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering at all times while off-campus and in public.  

1. Face Covering Exemptions 

Individuals are not required to wear a face covering in the following situations: 

  • While alone in a personal vehicle or private office 
  • While in their residence (i.e. dorm room); 
  • While eating and six (6) feet away from another person; 
  • While exercising ten (10) feet away from another person and not face to face with them; or 
  • If provided accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.  

2. Face Covering Provision and Use 

Face coverings are generally made of cloth, are reusable, and are not part of healthcare personal protective equipment (PPE). Face coverings should: 

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face; 
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops; 
  • Be made of one or more layers of fabric that you can still breathe through; and 
  • Be able to be washed and machine dried without damage or change to shape. 

The College will provide a limited amount of face coverings for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Additional face coverings will be available for purchase at The Merc. Students will also be able to obtain “emergency” face coverings from the College Health Center, Campus Police, and residential life staff. 

Face Mask Exemption Procedure

Students must complete the Exemption of Face Covering Accommodation Request form located on the Disability Support Services page on the Emory & Henry website.  Students must also provide supporting documentation from their medical provider.  The Director of Academic Support and Disability Services will review the documentation and communicate with the student regarding accommodation approval status.

If approved, students will receive a document stating their accommodation for a face covering exemption.  This document will remain on file in the office of the Director of Academic Support and Disability Services.  In addition, it will be the student’s responsibility to provide a copy of their accommodation to their professors and other recommended staff members.

Any questions or concerns regarding this procedure should be directed to Emily Myers, Director of Academic Support and Disability Services, via email at emyers@ehc.edu.

VIDEO- Visualization of airflow with and without mask