Coronavirus Information from Administration & Finance

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Cal Poly will provide every community member with a face covering and face shield. Face coverings must be worn in public buildings on campus. We ask all campus community members to practice preventative measures to keep each other healthy, such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs, staying home when sick and getting a flu shot.

PPE for Community Members

10,000 face coverings, 16,500 face shields, and 17,000 gaiters purchased

The Emergency Operations Center has partnered with University Ticketing, ASI, Facilities Management and Development, Transportation and Parking Services, and the Cal Poly Public Health Club to assemble for distribution for the fall quarter.



Proper Use and Guidance for Using Face Coverings

Face Covering or Gaiter

  • Required for:
    • ALL Cal Poly Students
    • ALL Cal Poly Faculty
    • ALL Cal Poly Staff (State, ASI, Corporation)
    • ALL visitors
  • Purpose:
  • Face Coverings DO NOT:
    • DO NOT qualify as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) by Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards
    • DO NOT perform or qualify as a respirator
    • DO NOT significantly filter respiratory droplets during inhalation
  • Proper Use:
    • Wash your hands before putting on your face covering
    • Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin
    • Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face
    • Make sure you can breathe easily
    • USE OUTSIDE OF HOME/ROOM IN ANY PUBLIC SPACE
    • Learn more
  • Recommended Use of Gaiter Face Covering:
    • Neck gaiters are made of stretchy synthetic fabric which makes them comfortable to wear. The Cal Poly branded gaiter face covering is made of 100% polyester material. Layering the fabric can help contain respiratory droplets. Before wearing the gaiter, turn it inside out and fold over the outside later to create a two-ply face covering. Use it in any public space outside your home or room.
      1. Before wearing, fold the outside layer.
      2. Create a two-ply covering
      3. Wear in any public space outside your home or room
  • Maintenance:
    • Sanitize by washing with soap and water between uses
    • Can be laundered and dried via dryer or air dried
    • Can be sanitized using a diluted bleach solution for 5 minutes

Face Shield

  • Required for:
    • Per CDPH, “persons exempted from wearing a face covering due to a medical condition…should wear a…face shield with a drape on the bottom edge,” with managerial authorization
  • Purpose:
  • Face Shields DO NOT:
    • DO NOT offer any ballistic protection
    • DO NOT protect against certain chemicals
    • DO NOT meet American National Standards Institute safety standards: not a substitute for goggles/safety glasses
  • Proper Use:
    • Place the elastic strap behind your head
    • Ensure that the foam rests against your forehead
    • Ensure that the face shield is centered in front of your face
    • Learn more
  • Maintenance:
    • Sanitize by washing with soap and water between uses

Face Covering & Face Shield

  • Required for:
    • Community members enrolled in or instructing designated in-person courses, sections, or academic activities where physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained for over 15 minutes
  • Purpose:
    • Provides additional barrier protection and used in designated in-person courses, sections, or academic activities where physical distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained for over 15 minutes
  • Caution:
    • Face shields may not be appropriate for certain courses, section, or activities where the shield may present a hazard; consult professor or instructor
  • Proper Use:
    • See Face Covering and Face Shield Use
  • Maintenance:
    • See Face Covering and Face Shield Use


Information for Students

Students that need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for on-campus activities may pick up a packet from the ASI Business Services window, located at the front of the Cal Poly Recreation Center, building 43. Packets will include a face covering and face shield.

ASI Business Services window hours:

  • Monday and Wednesday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Tuesday and Thursday: 1-4 p.m.
  • Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: Closed

A ticket is not required for pick-up. Students must show their Cal Poly ID card. One packet per person will be distributed. Please wear a face covering when you pick up your packet.



  • If You Cannot Wear a Face Covering

    Students should contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) if they believe they cannot comply with any of the COVID-19 related health/safety measures due to a medical condition or disability. The DRC will then engage in an interactive process with the student to determine whether an accommodation is appropriate under the circumstances.

    Those who refuse to or cannot comply with COVID-19 related health/safety measures, such as wearing a mask in public spaces, may infect others if they are ill, and thus they can be considered as creating a danger or “direct threat” to the health and safety of those around them. They can also lead the campus to be out of compliance with local health rules that the campus has confirmed will be followed. Since the health and safety of the entire campus community who are working, studying and living on campus in person will need to be considered when providing individual accommodations, not all requests for accommodation will be considered reasonable or appropriate to grant, especially if they endanger the health of others. However, solutions that balance the health/safety of the individual with the broader community will be sought.



Information for Faculty and Staff

Packets with face coverings and face shields will be distributed at the divisional level. Employees who are providing in-person services on campus will receive packets first, followed by those who are telecommuting and may occasionally come to campus. Divisions may choose to distribute the PPE packets at the department level. Please check with your supervisor for more information.