All individuals are required to wear a face covering or, when necessary, personal protective equipment (PPE) when on campus. This campus requirement mirrors Governor David Ige’s ninth emergency proclamation and the UH COVID-19 Guidelines (Interim). Individuals should develop a habit of checking to ensure that they have their face covering with them before leaving home or their vehicle. However, in the event you arrive on campus without a face covering, disposable masks will be provided by WCC on a limited basis.

Students may obtain a disposable mask at the following locations:

  • Library (Hale Laʻakea)
  • TRiO (Hale Kakoʻo)
  • Peer Mentor Center (Hale ʻĀkoakoa 132)

Employees may obtain a disposable mask at the following location:

  • Human Resources Office (Hale Alakaʻi 120)

Please see the table below for descriptions of the various acceptable face coverings, including intended use information.

Individual Requirements for Face Coverings

Wearing a face covering has been shown to be one of the most effective actions we can take to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remember, COVID-19 can be spread even by individuals who are asymptomatic (presenting no symptoms).

  • Face coverings must be worn by everyone on campus, in both indoor and outdoor settings.
    • You may only remove your face covering if you are alone and in a private space (such as a private office).
    • If you refuse to wear a face covering while on campus, you may be asked to leave.
    • If you cannot wear a face covering for medical reasons, please contact the following:
      • Students: Roy Inouye, 808-235-7453
      • Employees: Your supervisor or the Human Resources Office,808-235-7404
  • Students who fail to wear a face covering onsite violate the WCC Student Conduct Code, specifically in the following sections (***THIS Section will be revised week of 7/27. UH Conduct Code Addendum is going through system approvals.***)
    • Physical abuse is intentionally or recklessly causing physical harm or endangering the health or safety of any person.
    • Failure to comply with any directions of UH officials or law enforcement officers acting in performance of their duties and/or failure to provide identification to these persons when requested to do so.
  • Face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing. At least 6 feet of space must be maintained between others at all times, even if you are wearing a face covering.
  • Do not forget to bring your face covering to campus. Get into the habit of doing a “mask check” prior to leaving home or your vehicle.
  • Those who are in a facility which requires the use of personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks, should follow the proper protocols of the program, facility, or job.
  • Face coverings, masks, or respirators with exhalation valves should be avoided as they do not protect those around you from expelled respiratory droplets and aerosols.
TypeDescriptionIntended Use
Cloth Face CoveringHome-made or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer’s respiratory emissionsRequired for campus community use in non-healthcare settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, and common areas. Must be washed or replaced daily. (Necessary for any movement on- campus, but not required when working alone in an office).
Disposable MaskCommercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer’s respiratory emissionsRequired for campus community use in non- healthcare settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, and common areas. Must be replaced daily. Used masks should be discarded properly. (Necessary for any movement on- campus, but not required when working alone in an office).
Surgical MaskFDA-approved masks to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; helps contains wearer’s respiratory emissionsThese masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task-specific hazards determined by the DOH.
N95 RespiratorProvide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosols; helps contain wearer’s respiratory emissionsThese masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task-specific hazards determined by the DOH.
Taken from Duke University “Guide for Returning to the Workplace”, May 19, 2020

Face Shields

At this time, the definition of face covering does not include face shields. You can wear a face shield over your face covering for added protection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend use of face shields in place of cloth or disposable face coverings, mostly because there is not enough evidence that the face shield alone prevents the spray of respiratory particles from a cough, sneeze, speaking loudly, etc. from spreading outside the face shield. For those using a face shield as an accommodation, additional measures should be in place such as increased distancing.