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Masks and PPE

Masks are optional for anyone who is fully vaccinated and recommended for those who are unvaccinated. This policy applies to all IU campuses, including IUPUI, all regional campuses, IUPUC and IU Fort Wayne.

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Mask policy on IU campuses

Masks are optional for anyone who is fully vaccinated.

IU recommends individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated to wear a mask inside buildings on campus. 

All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, will need to continue to wear a mask:

  • on campus buses (per guidelines from the TSA)
  • indoors at IU COVID-19 symptomatic testing locations
  • indoors at IU childcare facilities
  • inside health care facilities

This requirement applies to all members of the university community, including employees, students, contractors, suppliers, vendors, and visitors.

See detailed guidance on masks at IU
Students in masks, spaced six feet apart in a clasroom

Recommended types of masks

We recommend masks conform to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and:

  • fully cover your mouth and nose
  • fit snugly against the sides of your face with no gaps
  • have ties or ear loops to prevent slipping

Surgical/isolation masks are a good option.

If you wear glasses, consider a mask with a semi-rigid nasal arch to reduce fog on your lenses.

Examples of masks that are not acceptable include (but are not limited to):

  • covering your face with a t-shirt
  • scarves
  • gaiters
  • bandannas

Putting on and removing your mask

To safely put on your mask:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Touch only the ear loops and place them over your ears.
  • Do not touch your face covering except to adjust it to your nose and face.
  • Ensure your face covering fits over your nose and under your chin.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when putting on your mask.

To safely remove your mask:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Touch only the ear loops and remove them from your ears.
  • For reuse, place the covering in a paper bag.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when taking off your mask.

Caring for your mask

  • Frequently launder masks. Use the warmest water temperature permissible and laundry detergent and allow them to dry completely before reuse. It isn't necessary to bleach masks.
  • Disposable surgical masks may be reused up to ten days if they don't get wet, soiled, damaged, or misshapen, and may be placed in the garbage when disposed.
  • Inspect masks. Before reusing a mask, inspect it for damage. If it is damaged or misshapen, replace it or repair it before reuse.

Visit the CDC website for detailed information on the use of cloth masks.

IU guidance on masks and PPE