Campus Return Health and Safety

HEALTH AND SAFETY

The University is taking multiple precautions to maintain a healthy campus community. The following guidelines should be maintained while on campus.

If you believe you may have COVID-19, contact your primary health care provider. If you have tested positive or been evaluated for COVID-19 please complete this form.

Employee Self-Screening for those Working On Site

  • If you are sick, do not come to work. Please protect your health and the health of others by staying home. There are many leave options available to support employees who are ill. 
  • Report any exposure to COVID-19 positive individuals, respiratory symptoms, sore throat, dry cough or other symptoms of COVID-19 to your supervisor and complete this form to alert the University. Representatives from Emergency Management, the Student Health Center and/or Human Resources will follow up with you as necessary. 
  • Contact your healthcare provider if you believe you are ill. 
  • If you test positive or are evaluated by a healthcare provider for COVID-19, please complete this form.

In the Workplace

  • Employees should maintain at least six feet of distance between them and other individuals. 
  • Employees are recommended to wear face coverings in public settings where six feet of separation cannot be maintained.
  • In-person meetings are discouraged. If a meeting must be in-person, it should not exceed 10 people and those people must remain six feet apart.
  • Large common spaces where social distancing cannot be maintained are closed.

Personal Health Habits

Handwashing
During the work day, faculty and staff are advised to regularly wash their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. This includes the beginning and end of their time on campus, before all meals, after using the restroom, and for any other reasons. Hand sanitizer can replace soap and water if necessary. 

​Housekeeping staff are checking and replenishing soap dispensers, paper towels and hand dispensers at least once a day and more frequently in public areas with high traffic. 

Respiratory Etiquette: Cover your Cough or Sneeze
Please continue to practice good hygiene by covering your mouth and nose with your sleeve or a tissue when coughing or sneezing and avoid touching your face with your hands, particularly your mouth, nose and eyes. Immediately discard a tissue used to cover a cough or sneeze and wash or sanitize your hands afterwards. 

​Individuals are expected to use their own face coverings. Units may indicate their desire to order masks for their area by completing this form.

Social Distancing
Social distancing will be implemented across campus by practicing the following guidance:

  • Keeping a distance of six feet from the nearest person. 
  • Avoiding multiple people in confined areas such as elevators or other small spaces. 
  • Avoiding the use of another person’s personal protective equipment or belongings, including phones, computer equipment, desks, cubicles, offices, or other tools and equipment. If there is an unavoidable situation where work equipment has to be shared, employees should act cautiously and sanitize equipment between uses. 
  • In areas of public workspace, wiping down the area before and after the area has been used and disposing of the wipe in the trash. 
  • Wearing face coverings in areas that do not permit at least six feet of separation between individuals. 
  • Repositioning furniture in common areas such as break rooms and conference rooms to encourage social distancing.

Additional Personal Health Measures

  • Clean all high-touch areas in your home and workplace on a regular basis.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Norm “Stop the Spread of Germs” posters provide additional information on hand washing, and are located in all restrooms and other common areas on campus.

Building Cleaning and Sanitation

Regular cleaning practices are being enhanced by the University, including routine cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces, equipment, tools, and machinery, and areas in the work environment, including restrooms, break rooms, lunchrooms, and meeting rooms. Frequent cleaning and disinfecting will be conducted in high-touch areas, such as controls, door handles, elevator panels, railings, etc.

  • All Building Environmental Services (BES) technicians and their supervisors have been provided refresher training on proper cleaning techniques, as well as background information on COVID-19.
  • All cleaning products meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.
  • If there is a confirmed positive case reported to the University, Environmental Health and Safety will coordinate cleaning and disinfecting of that individual's work space.
  • Departmentally owned spaces, such as labs, will continue to be primarily serviced by the lab occupants, as they had been doing prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.