Mask should be worn at all times in campus buildings. They should also be worn outside when physical distancing is difficult to maintain. Exceptions include when you are alone in a room with the door closed, in a residence hall room or suite, or eating or drinking. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risks to other members of our campus community. People can spread COVID-19 to others even in the absence of any symptoms. Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing.
Students, faculty, and staff have been provided with two reusable cloth face coverings. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time, and must be properly laundered before use again. Everyone may also wear other appropriate cloth face coverings or disposable masks as needed. Having a week’s supply of cloth face coverings can help reduce the need for daily laundering.
Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to limit exposure to COVID-19 and slow its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if a person isn’t showing symptoms. Physical distancing should be practiced by all, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting sick. When on campus, everyone must follow these physical distancing practices:
Everyone must wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching their face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60-80% alcohol. Students should cover all surfaces of their hands and rub them together until the hands dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Those in a private setting who do not have on their cloth face covering should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow when coughing or sneezing. Then, throw any used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains 60-80% alcohol.
While dining facilities will be open and protocols will be in place for appropriate physical distancing, students are encouraged to eat outside or take food back to their residence hall rooms when possible. Everyone should practice safe physical distancing (maintaining 6 feet of distance) from others while eating. Hands should be washed before and immediately after to reduce the potential transmission of the virus.
NAU is providing strong, direct communication to students that conveys our expectations for their conduct both on and off campus and penalties for non-compliance. NAU is determined to fully enforce the student code of conduct as it relates to mask-wearing and physical distancing, which ultimately calls for suspension or expulsion from the university if inappropriate behavior persists.
The Office of the Dean of Students has been aggressively enforcing mask and physical distancing requirements through the student code of conduct. We take our responsibility to monitor student activity that could pose a threat to the health of our broader community seriously and expect all of our students to be accountable for their actions. Everyone must do their part to help ensure a successful semester. Use the the Dean of Students’ incident reporting form to voice concerns and report non-compliance.