Student face mask exemptions

Where required, such as in classrooms for teaching and learning activities or in lifts on campus, students must wear a face mask, but some people will be exempt. This might be because:

  • You’re not able to put on, wear or remove a face mask because of a physical or mental health condition, impairment or disability
  • Wearing a face mask would cause you severe distress or difficulty
  • You’re speaking to or aiding someone who relies upon lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate, e.g. a sign-language interpreter

Carry an identification sticker

Staff will remind students to wear a face mask when entering a designated area to help ensure a safe and social campus environment. If you are an exempt student, you will need to carry an identification sticker (the Hidden Disabilities Sunflower) on your LSE ID card, and can also choose to use a visible lanyard to help avoid confusion.

Register as an exempt student and obtain your sticker 

To register as an exempt student please email with your name, student ID number, department and a brief explanation of why you are requesting an exemption.

Once your exemption is confirmed, you’ll received an email from the team and you can then collect a sticker to attach to your ID card, together with the option of a lanyard. 

Notify your class teacher that you are exempt

Please make sure your class teacher is aware of your exemption, so they can continue to support your learning environment.

Staff face mask exemptions

If you are a member of staff, find out about registering your exemption with HR on the staff face mask exemptions webpage.

Will I need to provide evidence for not wearing a face mask?

According to Government guidance those exempt should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this, hence the provision of stickers and lanyards. The School will not seek information from a medical professional about your reason for not wearing a face covering.

Can I wear a visor instead of a mask?

Face coverings are largely intended to protect others, not the wearer, against the spread of infection because they cover the nose and mouth, which are the main confirmed sources of transmission of coronavirus. For this reason, visors do not count as a face covering, but if you have an exemption, you will be asked if you can wear a visor instead of a mask.

Students who wish to wear a visor instead of a face mask will need to obtain a sticker - see guidance above.

Who will know?

The Student Wellbeing Service will keep information on a password-protected database and may share information about exempt students with Residential Services, departments and security in the first instance, to help support your learning and campus experience.

We recommend you inform your department as well as front of house staff in your hall of residence if you have an exemption.


If you have any questions, please contact or

If you have any concerns or complaints, please approach the Senior Advocate for Students, Pete Evanson