COVID-19: Health and Safety Plan

Cleaning Guidelines

Revised December 11, 2020

All high-traffic areas, including bathrooms, lobby doors, kitchens, copy rooms, elevator call buttons, and security/reception stands, will be cleaned using CDC-approved products.

  • Cleaning of non-contact surfaces (e.g., floors and walls) will involve precleaning of any heavily soiled surfaces, followed by cleaning with any CDCapproved product, with a waiting dry period as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • All campus bathrooms (235 total), including residential bathrooms (Grey Towers Castle and Dilworth, Knight, Heinz, Kistler, and Thomas Halls), will be cleaned and sanitized twice a day.
  • Students in apartment-style housing (Oak Summit and University-managed apartments) will be responsible for cleaning their own bathrooms according to guidelines set out in this document. 
Enhanced Health and Safety Strategies Include:
  • Installing hand sanitizer dispensers in lobbies, hallways, and other common areas;
  • Installing Plexiglass social distancing barriers in direct customer service areas;
  • Installing signage to remind community members of the need to comply with use of face coverings, proper hand hygiene, and social distancing protocols.
Wipe In / Wipe Out

The University is also adopting a simple hygiene mantra, Wipe In / Wipe Out—as one would when using gym equipment—to help with sanitization of shared spaces. When community members enter a public or work space that requires them to touch any surfaces, they wipe in. When they leave, they wipe out. Cleaning and sanitization supplies such as disinfectant wipes or sprays will be available for individuals to wipe in and wipe out of learning and work areas, including computer labs, classrooms, and offices.

Disinfect Surfaces Regularly

Students, staff, and faculty should regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door handles, light switches, workstations, keyboards, telephones, etc. Individuals should avoid using others’ phones, desks, offices, rooms, or other tools, materials, and equipment when possible.

Shared Space and Classrooms

Facilities Management has met with departments to determine high-traffic areas. Each department is responsible for evaluating and making appropriate assessments of their space for proper shielding and protection; measures instituted include:

  • Plexiglass social distancing barriers will be installed in identified spaces where an employee interacts directly with other employees or students to complete transactions (e.g., cashiers, circulation desks, reception areas).
  • Guidelines have been developed for research areas, taking into consideration universal precautions and the unique uses of research space.
  • Areas within suites or offices that are used communally, such as kitchens, lobbies, and conference rooms, will be cleaned and disinfected by housekeeping daily; these areas should also be wiped down frequently, before and after use, using the provided disinfectant wipes.
  • Spaces where individuals tend to cluster or congregate, such as waiting areas, entrances, exits and hallways, will have signage encouraging social distancing.

Dining Operations

The University’s dining services are managed by Metz Culinary Management, Inc. (Metz). If campus is open and students are in residence, Metz is authorized to serve food, including dine-in options. The number of students in any food service venue will be limited.

Dine-in, grab-and-go, takeout options, and grocery purchases are available, although with some changes to food distribution (i.e., no salad bar). A significant number of tables and chairs have been removed from on-campus eateries to increase distance between the remaining tables. Individuals should eat in locations that allow for appropriate physical distancing; eating outdoors or in an enclosed or private space with the door closed are the safest options.

On-campus catering will be substantially limited, given the need to allocate resources to support students in social isolation and encourage best practices in social distancing and food delivery.

Note: Metz will provide groceries and/or meals to students who are isolating/quarantining in University Housing. This will be facilitated through a process of ordering and delivering groceries/meals, which will include the same for Oak Summit and any off-site University-managed residential facility.