Face Masks and Facial Coverings

All Miami University faculty, staff, students and visitors (including vendors, family members and significant others) are required to wear a face covering-indoors and outside-at all times, with very limited exceptions.

student making sure her mask fits correctly over her nose and mouth

There may be university-approved exceptions to this requirement, such as when students are in their own residence hall room or when staff or faculty are alone in their office.

Anyone not wearing a face covering will be first asked to comply. Anyone not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to attend classes in person and can be refused service in dining locations and campus offices. For additional information, please refer to Miami University's COVID-19 Policy.

Miami will provide one reusable, cloth face covering to each student, faculty and staff member at the start of the fall term. On-campus students will pick theirs up when they move into their residence hall. Distribution for off-campus students, faculty, and staff will be announced by early August. Students should bring enough reusable face coverings along to campus to wear a new one every day between laundry days.

Please note that face shields do not offer adequate protection on their own, and must be worn in combination with a facial covering, such as a mask, bandana, or neck gaiter.

People who cannot wear a facial covering due to medical or disability-related reasons should contact Human Resources, and students should contact the Miller Center for Student Disability Services at sds@miamioh.edu and Student Disability Services (Regionals) at regionalsds@miamioh.edu.


Hand Washing

student using a hand sanitizer dispenser located in buildings around campus

It is important to engage in frequent hand washing, the use of hand sanitizer, and sanitizing of surfaces regularly:

  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as feasible.
  • Use hand sanitizer after interactions with people or objects, if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes into the sleeve or elbow, not hands.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (buttons, door handles, counters, workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails, etc.) regularly. Physical Facilities will provide disinfecting wipes, or sprays for computer labs, classrooms, and public spaces for individuals to clean surfaces regularly.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Refrain from shaking hands.