Public health precautions during the semester
Follow public health guidelines
Rams take care of Rams. Our most important commodity is the health of our students, faculty, staff and university visitors. We must do our part to keep each other healthy and to protect the health of our family, friends and larger Northern Colorado community.
Following public health guidance can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, and allows us to be together at CSU.
While you’re on university grounds, all students, faculty and staff are expected to wear a mask, wash hands often with soap and water, avoid gathering in groups, and maintain physical distancing of at least six feet.
- Wear a mask at all times while in a university building, including classrooms, offices and laboratories, a public area such as a university housing hallway, community restroom, elevator or lobby, or outside when you cannot physically distance. This includes a requirement for instructors to wear a mask while teaching.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
- Avoid gathering in groups
- Maintain smart physical distancing of at least 6 feet between you and others
All students, faculty and staff should fill out the daily symptom checker to report symptoms, a positive test or a possible exposure.
Cleaning and disinfecting
The university has protocols in place to clean and disinfect our commonly touched surfaces, and our custodial crews have increased the frequency of their cleaning practices across campuses.
Every Ram must also clean when they arrive and depart from a personal space.
This includes cleaning your work station and other office services if you’re a faculty or staff member. If you’re a student, this includes cleaning your desk and chair in classrooms, residence hall rooms, suite bathrooms, and other areas such as your study cubicle in an academic building or the library when you arrive and leave.
- Individuals will need to also disinfect frequently touched surfaces between cleaning cycles to prevent the spread of COVID-19
- Students, faculty and staff are expected to disinfect frequently touched surfaces and shared equipment such as desks, chairs and tables in classrooms
- Faculty and staff are also asked to disinfect doorknobs, copiers, service counters, microwaves, etc.
Elevators, restrooms and drinking fountains
Elevators can be used if physical distancing is maintained and riders wear masks. Riders should not face each other when possible.
- Avoid touching the buttons with your hand and use your elbow or other object to press the button
- Avoid speaking while on the elevator and don’t enter a crowded elevator
- Acceptable occupancy is dictated by the space available in the elevator as it relates to the ability to maintain 6 feet of distance among all riders
While in a restroom, occupants must wear a mask and minimize time spent in the restroom.
- Avoid waiting for a stall inside restroom if all of the stalls are occupied. Instead, wait outside the restroom until someone exits.
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and use a paper towel to open the door when leaving.
Drinking fountains can be used and are designated for more frequent daily cleaning by custodial services.
- Avoid touching levers with your hand when possible and disinfect the mouthpiece if needed prior to use.
- Bring a personal water bottle and refill it at fountain refill stations instead of drinking directly from fountains, when possible.
Daily symptom checker
Everyone who comes to university grounds must complete the Daily Symptom Checker. This includes students, faculty and staff.
Use the daily symptom checker to report symptoms, a positive test or possible exposure. The checker requires reporting your temperature and any symptoms of COVID-19 you may be experiencing.
Employees and students who live off campus must be free of ANY and all symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on a university campus or grounds.
If you do develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19, you should report it through the daily symptom checker and take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus by self isolating, covering your cough, and avoiding contact with others.
Symptoms of COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- New loss of ability to taste or smell
- Chills and sometimes shaking
- Muscle pain
- Shortness of breath
- Sore throat
- Nausea or other gastrointestinal symptoms
Individuals who are at higher risk for severe illness include those who are 65 or older, or have:
- Chronic lung disease
- Serious heart condition
- Chronic kidney disease requiring dialysis
- Severe obesity
- A compromised immune system, or
- May be pregnant