Safety Guidelines

On-Campus Requirements, Guidance and Expectations

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The most effective ways to limit the spread of COVID-19 is by wearing a face covering, frequent handwashing, and following six-foot physical distancing guidelines. This requires individual commitment and strict compliance with local, state and federal guidance. What follows are university policies, guidance and expectations for the reopening of campus. 

Although knowledge about the virus and how it spreads are evolving, based on the information we have now, these measures will help curb its spread. Compliance with this policy is essential, as current consensus on the virus suggests, among other things, that: 

  • COVID-19 is highly contagious;
  • COVID-19 spreads mostly among people who are in close contact (within about six feet, or two arms' lengths) for a prolonged time period (between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on the distance); 
  • The virus generally spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose get in the air and land in the mouths or noses of nearby people;
  • A person who has the virus may not have any symptoms but may still spread COVID-19;
  • A person can get COVID-19 by touching another person, such as with a handshake, or by touching another surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes;
  • The virus can live on surfaces for up to several days, depending on the surface and other conditions.  

For these reasons, the CDC and other public health experts have recommended limiting contact with other people and common surfaces to limit the spread of COVID-19. The university needs your full cooperation and compliance with these measures to make them effective in this new work environment. 

Following the CDC's guidance and other public health governmental agencies reopening campus and compliance with the reopen orders, the university has implemented protocols and procedures for the following: