For the safety of all, students, faculty, and staff are expected to abide by personal safety practices known to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Personal Safety Practices

Students, faculty, and staff are expected to do the following:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially prior to eating. Hand sanitizer should be used if soap and water are not readily available.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands – including your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people and do not shake hands.
  • If unvaccinated for COVID-19, wear a protective face mask or covering when in public, indoors, or in close-quarters and when social distancing is not possible outdoors.
  • Cover all coughs and sneezes, preferably with a tissue that can be discarded in a closed container after use. In absence of a tissue, use your sleeve or elbow.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects including buttons, door handles, counters, workstations, keyboards, etc.

Note: All visitors to campus will be expected to follow these guidelines.

For community members who are sick, the following is expected:

  • Stay home.
  • If you have a fever, remain home for at least 24 hours until your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen.
  • Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room, that is best. Similar procedures and guidelines will be provided for residential students living on campus.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.
  • Anyone at high risk for complications or identifying as a member of a vulnerable population should speak with a designated Adelphi official.

Guidance for Face Masks and Coverings

Face masks or face coverings must be worn by all unvaccinated individuals on campus in indoor spaces, and outdoors when social distancing is not possible.

For those who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing risk to others near you. They must cover your mouth and nose, or you could spread COVID-19 to others–even if you do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing or proper handwashing.

Acceptable face coverings for COVID-19 include but are not limited to cloth-based face coverings and disposable masks that cover both the mouth and nose; bandanas, buffs, and gaiters are not acceptable face coverings, and masks with valves or vents do not offer adequate protection and should not be used while on campus.

Mask Pickup Locations

Disposable masks will be provided free of charge by Adelphi, if needed, and can be picked up at these locations:

  • Garden City Campus: Center for Recreation and Sports (CRS) – Reception Desk
  • Garden City Campus: Student Health Services
  • Garden City Campus: Public Safety Office
  • Garden City Campus: Swirbul Library – Reception Desk, Lower Level
  • Garden City Campus: Nexus Building – Lobby Area
  • Garden City Campus: Nexus Building – Admissions Desk
  • Garden City Campus: Hy Weinberg Center – Room 302
  • Garden City Campus: Hagedorn Hall of Enterprise – Reception Desk (room 121)
  • Manhattan Center – Reception Desk
  • Hauppauge Center – Reception Desk
  • Hudson Valley Center – Reception Desk

Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be responsibly placed in the trash. Acceptable reusable face coverings and masks should be washed regularly.

View a Map of Mask Pickup Locations

Type and Intended Use of Face Coverings/Masks

Cloth Face Covering

Disposable Mask

Medical-Grade Surgical Mask

N95 Respirator

Description Homemade or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions Commercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions FDA-approved masks to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; help contains wearer’s respiratory emissions Provide effective respiratory protection from airborne particles and aerosols; help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions
Intended Use Required for campus community use in non-healthcare settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, community areas) where 6’ social distancing cannot be consistently maintained. Must be replaced daily. (While likely necessary for ingress and egress, not required when working alone in an office). These masks are reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task-specific hazards determined by OESO.

How to Select a Mask

Image Source: CDC

Image Source: CDC

Choose masks that:

  • Have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric
  • Completely cover your nose and mouth
  • Fit snugly against the sides of your face and don’t have gaps
Don’t choose masks that:

  • Are made of fabric that makes it hard to breathe, for example, vinyl
  • Have exhalation valves or vents, which allow virus particles to escape
  • Are intended for healthcare workers, including N95 respirators or surgical masks

Image Source: CDC

Image Source: CDC

Image Source: CDC

Caution: Gaiters and Face Shields

Evaluation is ongoing, but effectiveness is unknown at this time

Special Situations: Glasses

If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging.

Special Situations: Children

  • If you are able, find a mask that is made for children
  • If you can’t find a mask made for children, check to be sure the mask fits snugly over the nose and mouth and under the chin
  • Do NOT put on children younger than 2 years old.

Use and Care of Face Coverings

For details regarding cloth face coverings, including how to create, wear and care for home-made face coverings, visit the CDC website.

Putting on the face covering/disposable mask

  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask.
  • Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin.
  • Situate the face-covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable), ensuring the nose, mouth, and chin are always covered.
  • Tie straps behind the head and neck or loop around the ears.
  • Throughout the process: Avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask.

Taking off the face covering/disposable mask

Image Source: CDC

  1. Carefully, untie the strings behind your head or stretch the ear loops
  2. Handle only by the ear loops or ties
  3. Fold outside corners together
  4. Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose, and mouth when removing and wash hands immediately after removing.

Care, storage and laundering:

  • Keep face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Cloth face coverings may not be used more than one day at a time and must be washed after use. Cloth face coverings should be properly laundered with regular clothing detergent before first use, and after each shift. Cloth face coverings should be replaced immediately if soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Disposable masks must not be used for more than one day and should be placed in the trash after your shift or if it is soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.
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