Physical distancing

social distancingPhysical distancing is the practice of keeping six feet away from other individuals. This helps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID. Scientists and medical experts believe that many people have the virus but do not have symptoms, so they do not know that they are ill. By maintaining distance between individuals whenever possible, it reduces the risk to others of contracting the virus.

Stay at least 6 feet from other people. How far is six feet?

Six feet is about the length of the average sofa, the width of the average car, the height of the average door.

Do not gather in groups and stay away from crowded places. Gathering in groups greatly increases the odds of contracting the virus from others, and then potentially passing it along to someone else. This is particularly of concern if the virus is passed to someone who is elderly or who has a health condition that makes COVID-19 particularly life-threatening.

Face masks or coverings

Wearing a face mask or cloth covering is a public health requirement and is required on university grounds. When you should wear a face mask on university grounds:

  • When in a common area such as a workspace, building on university grounds, in classrooms, food courts and dining halls except while eating, study areas, in residence hall common areas such as hallways, stairwells, elevators, bathrooms, and when outside on university grounds.
  • Instructors will be provided with a clear face shield to wear while teaching.
  • Employees who are physically distancing while working, such as in private offices or work spaces, do not need to wear a mask while they are alone in that area.
  • Students in university housing do not need to wear a mask while alone in their room or apartment.

All students, faculty and staff should plan to use their own cloth face coverings. This means that students should pack at least two washable, reusable coverings. The university will provide coverings to students, faculty and staff who do not have their own coverings.

When you are not wearing your cloth face coverings, or when you are alternating from one to the other, store the dirty or used face covering in a paper bag between launderings. Wash your coverings after each day of use. You may wash the covering with regular laundry detergent; disinfecting detergent is not required. Disposable masks are not washable.

Hand washing

wash hands It is not necessary for individuals to wear gloves while on university grounds or inside of university buildings. Instead, wash your hands with soap and water.

Washing with soap and water is more effective against the coronavirus than using hand sanitizer, but if soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer instead.

You do not need to wash with an antibacterial soap to be effective against coronavirus. When you wash your hands, wash for 20 seconds – here’s why that’s important.

Cleaning and disinfecting

disinfectAll bathrooms, classrooms, offices, laboratories, study and learning spaces, meeting rooms, and equipment will be disinfected throughout the semester following public health guidelines. This includes using chemicals that are known to be effective against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

In addition, the university will supply hand sanitizer across key locations on university grounds.

Custodial crews will follow CDC guidance on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. This includes areas that are touched often such as doors, elevator buttons and other areas, as well as food courts, dining halls, academic spaces, offices and workspaces, classrooms and public spaces. Our custodial staff use chemicals that are effective against the coronavirus.

Students who live in university housing will be responsible for cleaning their university housing rooms and bathrooms. The university will provide cleaning supply kits that include chemicals and cleaning materials to students who do not have their own supplies.

Faculty and staff will be responsible for cleaning their workspaces and equipment such as keyboards, computers, phones, printers, desks, tables, chair arms, office light switches and doors. The university will supply cleaning chemicals and supplies.


A fever is generally accepted as a body temperature higher than 100 degrees F. A normal body temperature is 98.7 degrees F.

A fever indicates that the body is fighting an infection. Typically, viruses are most contagious when someone is experiencing a fever.

Students, faculty and staff will be required to monitor their temperatures for fever and, if they have a fever, they should not come to a campus. Students who live in university housing should remain in their room and alert their medical care provider.

The university is working to purchase a supply of thermometers so that thermometers may be made available to students, faculty and staff who do not have them.