- A face covering is a fabric mask that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties, straps, ear loops or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of fabrics, such as cotton, silk or linen. A face covering may be factory-made, sewn by hand or can be improvised from household items such as scarves, T-shirts, sweatshirts or towels. Face coverings should NOT have ventilation ports.
- All campus community members are required to wear face coverings in public areas and when within 6 feet of other individuals. Public or common areas include:
- Reception/receiving areas
- Classrooms and laboratories
- Conference/meeting rooms
- SUNY Cortland will provide two cloth, reusable face coverings to all students and three cloth, reusable face coverings to employees at no cost. Individuals also may supply their own masks and face coverings. Disposable masks can be acquired when circumstances dictate their need.
- Face shields are not considered a routine alternative to a face covering or mask; however, the Cortland County Health Department has determined that a face shield may be appropriate in certain circumstances related to COVID-19.
- Face coverings should:
- Be disposed (single use) or washed (reusable) after one day of use or more often if they become soiled or damaged.
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the face.
- Cover both the nose and mouth, with the bottom edge under the chin.
- Face coverings may be removed when alone in a personal space (such as an office or residence hall room) or outdoors, but keep a covering on hand and ready to put on. Those attending indoor gatherings such as meetings or classes must keep their face coverings on even with 6 feet of physical distancing.
Face coverings and masks requirements (PDF)
During the COVID-19 public health emergency, individuals can take the following steps to manage stress and anxiety levels:
- Manage information flow by choosing reliable sources and establish boundaries on checking for updates.
- Practice good self-care by exercising, eating healthy foods, practicing mindfulness, sleeping enough at night and going outside when permittable
- Seek peer support to stay connected.
- Facilitate ways to maintain social connections: personal, family and friends. This might include technological assistance or coordinating times with others to physically check in on vulnerable individuals.
- The Counseling Center and Employee Assistance Program are available to offer emotional support and resources during this stressful period.
- Counseling Center appointments will be offered via telemental health to assure safety while providing mask-less counseling.
- In addition to current students, counselors also can provide consultations and outreach to families, staff and the community as needed.
- Up-to-date information on accessing services and resources will be posted regularly on the Counseling Center website.
Employees found not to be adhering to required expectations can be reported to their supervisors or to the Human Resources Office. Employees who are not following the requirements above and detailed further in the Guidelines for Returning to Work on Campus may be subject to severe disciplinary sanctions consistent with their collective bargaining agreement.
SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras has issued an emergency directive implementing a uniform system of sanctions for any SUNY students who violate COVID-19 policies. Strong and consistent consequences are necessary because COVID violations can have a disproportionately large impact on communities, threatening large numbers of people with a potentially fatal virus and threatening institutions’ ability to provide the educational experiences important to their students. Learn more about the enforcement and penalties.