Safer Return at Cal Poly Pomona

Face Coverings

To adhere to state, county public health guidelines and continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, individuals are required to wear face coverings (i.e., mask or cloth face coverings) over their nose and mouth when they are inside buildings and facilities on campus.


  • Alone in a separate room, office or interior space
  • Eating or drinking, provided individuals are at least 6 feet apart
  • Showering or engaging in personal hygiene or a personal care service that requires the removal of the face mask
  • Persons younger than 2 years old must not wear a mask because of the risk of suffocation
  • Persons with a medical condition, mental health condition or disability that prevents wearing a mask (See below for guidance on exemptions.)
  • Persons who are hearing impaired, or communicating with a person who is hearing impaired, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication (See below for guidance on exemptions.)
  • Persons for whom wearing a mask would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines. This should be determined upon consultation with EH&S.

While face coverings are not required outdoors, it is a best practice to wear one when attending crowded events, such as live performances, parades, fairs, festivals, sports events, or other similar settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Face shields alone are not a replacement for wearing face coverings/masks.

Cloth Face Coverings

Please note that cloth face coverings are not considered medical-grade coverings. They are intended to reduce the spread of infectious particles when the user speaks, coughs, etc. Face coverings should have two or more layers of washable, breathable materials, completely cover the nose and mouth, and fit snugly against the sides of your face and don't have gaps. Face coverings should not have exhalation valves or vents, which allow virus particles to escape, and should not be intended for respiratory protection.


Some individuals may be exempted from these guidelines due to a documented disability or legitimate medical reason.

Students should contact the Disability Resource Center.

Employees who have been instructed by their medical provider that they should not wear a face mask should wear a face shield with a drape on the bottom edge, to be in compliance with state directives, as long as their condition permits it. A drape that is form fitting under the chin is preferred. Employees who have a medically related reason why they cannot wear a face mask should immediately contact Manuel Montilla, ADA Coordinator, at 909-869-4095 or


All students must wear a mask or face covering when indoors on  campus, unless they have an accommodation from the Disability Resource Center or Student Health & Wellness Services.

The Office of Student Conduct & Integrity has developed compliance guidelines for the 2021-22 academic year. If a student is not abiding by the mask guidelines, faculty and staff may require any combination of the following:

  • Ask the student to wear a mask or offer the student a mask, if available
  • Ask the student to leave the classroom
  • End the class session or meeting if the student refuses to leave
  • Report the student to the Office of Student Conduct & Integrity for further action
  • Leave the room to contact the Dean of Students Office at 909-869-4424 or

Faculty and staff should be mindful in their approach when enforcing  masking standards with students, seeking to be educational rather than confrontational. In the event that you feel like your health and  safety, or the health and safety of your students are being compromised, you may contact the Dean of Students Office for assistance.

Employees may periodically forget or may be unaware of the face mask requirement. Gentle reminder communications to staff should be conveyed with a sense of community and shared responsibility referencing the university’s requirement and leveraging Safer Return communications.

If your employee demonstrates a pattern of not wearing their face mask in good faith or has expressly communicated a refusal to wear a face mask, please immediately contact Employee/Labor Relations at Employee/Labor Relations will work directly with the employee to address the matter.

In addition, managers can refer to the PDF on Guidance for HEERA managers  re Employee Compliance with Face Mask Requirement.


(Page updated 10/5/2021)