Informing and educating students about COVID-19
Before your return to campus, you will need to complete an online COVID-19 education module that covers the most current information from the CDC and other respected healthcare sources. All students will be required to complete this education program. The training will cover:
- Campus infection-control practices, including physical distancing measures and environmental measures (such as enhanced cleaning and disinfection, plexiglass barriers, etc);
- How to protect yourself and others through hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, personal protective equipment (PPE), and cleaning/disinfecting practices;
- Steps students must take to notify the University of any symptoms of COVID-19, a suspected exposure, or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
On-campus signage, residence hall meetings, and verbal interaction will reinforce the content of this education module.
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Disease prevention and good health practices
CDC-recommended infection control practices will be followed everywhere on campus. These practices include:
Hand sanitizing stations (of at least 60% alcohol content) will be stationed liberally throughout campus.
Areas such as the library and the fitness center, as well as all classrooms, labs, dining halls, residence halls, and all other spaces frequented by students will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. The university will provide disinfecting supplies and will regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces (e.g. door handles).
Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds (as recommended by the CDC) and to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet when in classrooms, dining halls, hallways, the library, the fitness center, and other public spaces.
The university will provide every student with one washable, reusable cloth facial covering/ mask. Students may consider obtaining additional facial coverings. Homemade or commercially-manufactured masks are also acceptable.
Please note: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, especially in areas of community transmission. A cloth face covering does not generally protect the wearer from viruses, but it decreases the spread of viruses from the wearer to other people.
Student services offices such as the cashier, financial aid, academic and career advisors, and registrar’s office will continue serving students virtually as well as in-person. Students can utilize virtual services to minimize risk of exposure, or may choose to meet in person with a staff member while adhering to social-distancing guidelines and safe health practices.
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What should I do if I have COVID-19 and cannot attend class in person?
A student who has a diagnosed case of COVID-19, or who has any other illness that creates a barrier to accessing course materials or participating in the class, can request accommodation from Academic Resource Center. Before the beginning of the class session, please let your instructor know that you are ill and will not be in class. Absences due to illness will be considered excused absences.
What if I think I have COVID-19? Should I go to class?
A student who feels ill, with or without a COVID diagnosis, should not attend in-person classes. An ill student must inform the instructor before class. The student might be directed to meet that session’s goals by an alternative delivery. The student may also be eligible for an excused absence.
What if I can’t wear a mask in class due to a medical condition or disability?
Face masks and/or other PPE (i.e. face shields) will be worn by faculty and students in all face-to-face classrooms, labs, public space, and other learning environments. If a student has a medical condition or disability which impacts the ability to wear a mask, the student must contact the Academic Resource Center to determine eligibility for accommodations.