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Everyone must wear a mask or a face covering at all times when on campus, whether indoors or outdoors. 😷

WVU will provide a cloth, washable gaiter or mask for faculty, staff and students, as well as disposable masks, as part of the  Welcome Back Kit.

Cloth coverings worn on campus should:

  • Fit over the nose and mouth and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops
  • Include multiple layers of fabric
  • Allow for breathing without restriction
  • Only be worn for one day and must be properly cleaned before they are used again
  • Not be used if they become wet or contaminated
  • Be replaced with clean substitutes, as needed
  • Be handled as little as possible
  • Not be worn with or instead of respiratory protection when respirators are needed

Please direct all questions, comments, and inquires about Catamaskots to Students who are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, which will be the only exemptions allowed, should contact the Office of Accessibility Services at for possible arrangements. Faculty and staff who want to seek a modification should contact to discuss their needs.


On WVU system campuses, you are required to wear a mask in public spaces, such as:

  • Classrooms
  • Restrooms
  • Student unions
  • Campus transportation
  • Office spaces
  • Hallways
  • Libraries
  • Sports and athletic venues
  • Communal restrooms in residence halls
  • Any other indoor or outdoor space where there may be interaction with others


Masks are not required in personal spaces, such as:

  • your residence hall room
  • your apartment
  • your personal vehicle
  • if you're alone in your private office


Tips for wearing your mask.

Putting on Your Mask

  • Wash your hands before putting it on.
  • Make sure it’s completely covering your nose and mouth.
  • Secure it under your chin.
  • Fit it as snugly as possible to the sides of your face.
  • Check to make sure you can breathe easily; if not, readjust or try a different type of mask.
  • Once your mask is on, don’t touch it. If you do, handle it by the loops, and wash your hands.

Removing Your Mask

  • Untie or un-loop the mask from behind your head or ears. If wearing a neck gaiter, pull the mask up and off your face from the back, being careful not to touch the front.
  • Handle your mask only by the ties or loops if possible.
  • Fold the outside corners together and place immediately in a washing machine or throw away if disposable.
  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth after removing it.
  • Wash your hands for a full 20 seconds after removing.


Wash cloth masks after each use.

  • Feel free to wash the mask with your regular laundry.
  • Use regular detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting.
  • Completely dry your face mask after each washing, using the highest heat setting.

Cloth Mask Cleaning Recommendations

Note: If a student is experiencing symptoms or goes and gets tested on their own at urgent care or by their PCP, they need to immediately notify our CARE Team at


In a world where a major pandemic spreads from person to person before they may even show symptoms, anyone could be an asymptomatic carrier.

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