Safety and training

Kansas State University is committed to preserving the health and safety of our university community and our host communities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, offers measures to help protect others and slow the spread of the virus.

Stop the spread

Every member of the K-State community has a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Campuswide approaches to safety are important because individuals without symptoms may still be COVID-19 positive and may spread the virus.

Actions you can take:
1. Monitor yourself for symptoms and stay home if you are sick.
2. Wear a face covering.
3. Wash your hands.
4. Maintain 6-feet physical distancing.
5. Take the Every Wildcat A Wellcat pledge.

Learn more about the Every Wildcat A Wellcat campaign.

Take the training

Student training

Students should complete a mandatory face covering training that also covers COVID-19 transmission, risk mitigation and the Every Wildcat A Wellcat pledge. Students will log in with eIDs to verify completed training.

Student training

Employee training

All employees must take the Come Back 'Cats — Reopening Kansas State University training.

Come Back'Cats: Reopening Kansas State University training.

Acquire supplies

Students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to provide their own face coverings (e.g. cloth or disposable face mask). If individuals are not able to provide their own face coverings, the university will provide a face covering.

The Division of Facilities storeroom is a centralized location for departments to order face coverings and other cleaning and disinfectant supplies.

If departments need to acquire specialized equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Financial Operations has compiled information and resources to assist.

General information about face coverings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, recommends the use of simple cloth face masks/coverings to slow the spread of COVID-19. Learn how wearing a face covering may aid in preventing the spread of viruses.

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are required to wear face coverings. This policy has been established based on CDC recommendations. Read the policy.

While the university does not require the use of medical procedure masks or double masking, individuals are encouraged to use the most effective face covering option to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers guidance on ways to maximize fit for cloth and medical procedure masks to improve performance and reduce COVID-19 transmission and exposure.

Cloth mask care and safe use

Cloth masks should be washed daily and whenever they become soiled. A washing machine and dryer are adequate for cleaning. Do not spray your mask with disinfectants or harsh chemicals. Discard the mask if it has become damaged. Print a reminder handout of this information. (Microsoft Word or PDF)

Diagram of how to wear a mask

Figure 1

A cloth mask should:

  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the face.
  • Completely cover your mouth and nose (figure 1).
  • Be secured with elastic earloops (figure 1) or ties (figure 2).
  • Allow unrestricted breathing.

A facemask with ties

Figure 2

A mask should not be worn by:

  • Children under 2 years old.
  • Anyone who has trouble breathing.
  • Anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Cloth face coverings/masks are made from high thread count cotton with two to three layers at cross grains. Visit the CDC for additional information on face coverings.

Disposable masks

Disposable masks are single-use, meaning they should be used once and disposed of in the trash. Essential personnel should discard and replace disposable face masks at least:

  • At each break and shift change.
  • When they become moist, wet, soiled, damaged or misshapen.
  • After any encounter or contact with sick individuals — each suspected exposure event.

Print a handout of this information (Microsoft Word or PDF). Health care workers should follow their unit infection control plan.

Putting on and taking off your mask

  • Wash hands with soap and water or apply hand sanitizer before putting on the mask.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth or the mask while wearing it.
  • Wash hands with soap and water or apply hand sanitizer before taking the mask off.
  • Do not touch the face of the mask. Remove by handling only the ties or loops of the mask.
  • Wash hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer after handling the used mask.


For additional information about the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, visit websites for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Riley County Health Department, the Saline County Health Department, the Johnson County Health Department or other local county health departments.

This information is available as a PDF from Environmental Health and Safety and was adapted by EHS from CDC, April 3, 2020, rev., Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission. Additional sources: NIOSH, OSHA, FDA