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Prevention and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All employees and students will be provided with documentation and training on COVID-19 related health and safety practices . Following Centers for Disease Control and other appropriate guidance, topics to be covered will include:
  • Knowing the signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Daily self-checks
  • What to do if you are sick
  • Myth-busting messages
  • Respiratory and hand hygiene
  • Face covering
  • Physical distancing/social connections


Masks will enable us as a campus community to be safe this spring. By wearing your mask, you not only protect yourself but others . Join us as a united Yellow Jacket Family and wear a mask.

Are masks required to be worn outdoors as well as indoors on campus?

Masks and/or face coverings are required at all times in all indoor public spaces. This includes in all classrooms and buildings. When visiting dining locations, you should continue to wear your mask until you have received your food and are seated . At that time, you may remove your mask while you eat your meal . When you are finished eating, please put your mask back on until you have exited the building .

Are masks required in the classroom?

Yes, research has shown the COVID-19 virus can spread quickly in close quarters. Wearing a mask prevents you from spreading the virus . It is important to remember that carriers often spread the virus before they exhibit any symptoms . The university is asking for your cooperation for the safety of faculty, staff, and students . It is imperative to the viability of the institution to hold in-person instruction and wearing a face mask is an important piece in making that happen.

Will faculty and staff need to wear masks in private offices or areas with reduced capacity?

A face covering or mask must be worn by all faculty and staff working on campus, but can be removed in the comfort of their private office . Faculty and staff can require visitors to wear masks in their private offices .

Where do you get a mask if you forget one or don’t have one?

You can purchase inexpensive masks at the University Book Store or contact the building coordinator . For a complete list and location for building coordinators, please visit West Virginia State University Building Coordinator List for COVID-19 Task Force.

What consequences do students and employees face if they refuse to wear a mask or face covering on campus?

Failure of students to comply with the university’s Student Code of Conduct regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and face coverings, will result in one or more of the following measures: written warning, removal from class, probation, suspension and/or expulsion from the university . Students will have an opportunity to provide information about any extenuating circumstances that may apply. Consequences will be based on the specifics of each student’s situation.

Failure by employees to follow these safety protocols may result in counseling and/or disciplinary action — up to and including termination of employment — in accordance with West Virginia State University Administrative Policy #003 COVID-19 Personnel Policy

Gloves, gowns, and other personal protective equipment necessary for labs and health care program training and for custodial, dining, and maintenance services will be provided .
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