Mask & Face Covering Recommendations

COVID-19 is spread through respiratory droplets such as when a person coughs, sneezes, or even when speaking. Maintaining 6 feet between you and any other persons is our best protection against COVID-19 and wearing a face mask adds another layer of protection.

Many people that have been infected with COVID-19 are unaware because they do not have noticeable symptoms.


Putting on your face mask:

Taking off your face mask: 

Do’s and Don’ts:

Mask & Face Coverings policy

Face coverings will be required in all Arkansas Tech University facilities effective Monday, July 27. The only exception is for faculty and staff members who are alone, in their office and with the door closed. Otherwise, any individual in any ATU building is required to wear a face covering.

This revised policy removes any ambiguity and is another step in our commitment to limit the spread of COVID-19. Widespread scientific evidence clearly states that face coverings are an essential aspect of any pandemic mitigation strategy. As a university that is committed to data-driven decisions, expanding the face covering requirement is consistent with our institutional ethos. It’s also the right thing to do as we work to protect not only ourselves, but each other.

As one aspect of the social contract for our collective well-being during the pandemic, students who do not comply with the face coverings policy will be subject to appropriate student conduct procedures as described in the student handbook. The ATU COVID-19 task force and the ATU Office of Human Resources are working with the ATU Faculty Senate and the ATU Staff Senate to finalize procedure recommendations for any cases of ATU employee non-compliance that might occur. These procedures will be consistent with existing handbooks for faculty and staff, and they will be communicated to our university community as soon as they are finalized.