UCSB Mask Policy

The most recent UCSB Policy and UCOP policy regarding face masks state face masks are required for everyone when in classrooms, libraries, or other indoor assembly spaces.

All locations are required to follow the Cal/OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for the use of face coverings during an outbreak and CDPH guidance for the use of face coverings in certain settings, including healthcare settings, public transit, indoor youth settings, and mega-events. 

  • Per Cal/OSHA, a “face covering” is a surgical mask, a medical procedure mask, a respirator worn voluntarily, or a tightly woven fabric or non-woven material of at least two layers. A face covering has no visible holes or openings and must cover the nose and mouth. 
  • A face covering DOES NOT include a scarf, ski mask, balaclava, bandana, turtleneck, collar, or a single layer of fabric. 
  • Based on CDC guidance, face coverings are required in indoor settings regardless of vaccination status in counties of high or substantial community transmission. State/local public health departments may issue more restrictive guidance; locations in those jurisdictions should follow whichever criteria are more restrictive.  

Exemption Request Procedure

Any students requesting a mask exemption for a disability should contact DSP Director Gary White at garywhite@ucsb.edu to discuss the next steps and what is required. In addition, students must provide supporting documentation for the mask exemption request.

Please download and take the form linked below to your current treating medical provider to be considered for this accommodation.

A blue facemask with the text "UC Santa Barbara" on it