Face Coverings

Face Mask Policy

Updated face mask policy 11/09/2020: All employees, students, contractors, and visitors on Rice’s campus must cover their mouth and nose with a face mask. This is an important precaution to protect others — you may have the virus and not know it because you have no symptoms. The CDC states that there is growing evidence of the importance of wearing a mask, for both protecting you and others. The face-covering policy on campus has been updated to require not just any face covering, but specifically, face masks. A face mask must be multilayered, fit snugly against the sides of the face and under the chin without gaps, and completely cover the nose and mouth. It is preferable to have a moldable nose piece and adjustable ear straps to ensure a snug fit.

Among the face coverings that are not acceptable under the updated policy are masks made of single-layer material, gaiters, masks with valves, bandanas or any other face covering that does not fit properly and leaves gaps.

Face shields and eye protection offer extra protection and they’re always a good idea, but on the Rice campus, they must be accompanied by a face mask. (Exceptions may be granted by the CMT and the Provost for special teaching circumstances.)

Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors at all times except:

  • Indoors – When you’re alone in your own enclosed office, which is used only by you, or when you’re in your own residential dorm suite.
  • Outdoors – When you’re alone in your personal vehicle, or when you’re eating or drinking (although while you’re eating or drinking, you must stay at least six feet away from others).

Wear a Mask