Fall 2020 Health and Safety Plan for Returning to Campus

General Guidelines for Mitigation

Revised July 17, 2020

Below are the basic protective health requirements for our campus:

  • Wear a mask.
    • Students, staff, faculty, and other visitors are required to wear masks indoors, in the classroom, and when in close proximity outdoors. 
    • Students, staff, faculty, and other visitors to campus, including contractors and volunteers, will be required to wear masks while in any public space on campus.
    • While masks are not mandated during meals, distancing measures should be upheld, as described further below in the section on Dining. A mask must be worn when a University community member cannot maintain a safe physical distance from others outdoors.
  • Maintain social distance.
    • Individuals must limit close personal contact and maintain a minimum of six feet of distance apart.
    • Faculty and staff with individual offices should consider working with doors shut.
    • Individuals should social distance in small spaces including elevators, hallways, stairwells, entryways, and restrooms.
  • Monitor your health daily.
    • Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for conducting a COVID-19 daily health self-screening by taking their temperature (to monitor for a fever over 100.4 F) and assessing any symptoms. 
  • Practice respiratory hygiene.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
    • Dispose of used tissues in the nearest trash receptacle.
    • Perform proper hand hygiene.
    • If a tissue is unavailable, cough and sneeze into a sleeve or elbow.
  • Use proper hand sanitation.
    • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible.
    • Use hand sanitizer after interactions with people or objects if soap and water are not readily available.
    •  Avoid touching your face and eyes.
    • Refrain from shaking hands.
  • Minimize gatherings and meetings.
    • Employee meetings should be held virtually, whenever possible.
    • In-person gatherings and meetings involving students should be limited in number to allow for appropriate social distancing within the meeting space. 
    • If gatherings cannot be orchestrated with proper social distancing practices, such meetings will be conducted using videoconferencing and/or conference calls.
    • If two or more gatherings or meetings are occurring within the same space, the groups shall not collectively exceed a number able to practice social distancing principles within the gathering or meeting space.
    • In most cases, furniture may have already been rearranged to support proper social distancing. In situations where furniture is retained to promote flexibility of use, the convener of the gathering or meeting is expected to support and reinforce the practice of proper social distancing principles within the space at all times. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

It is important to always put on, wear, and remove face coverings correctly and wash hands after handling a used face covering.

  • Cloth face coverings should be washed after each use.
    • If using a washing machine, face coverings can be included with regular laundry. Use regular laundry detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting for the cloth used to make the face covering.
    • If hand washing, prepare a bleach solution of five tablespoons (1/3 cup) of household bleach per gallon of room temperature water or four teaspoons of household bleach per quart of room temperature water.
      • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection. Some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection.
      • Ensure the bleach product is not past its expiration date.
      • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
      • Soak the face-covering in the bleach solution for five minutes.
      • Rinse thoroughly with cool or room temperature water.
  • Make sure to completely dry the cloth face-covering after washing either in the dryer (on highest heat setting; leave it in dryer until completely dry) or air dry by laying flat and allowing it to completely dry. If possible, place cloth face-covering in direct sunlight.