Last Updated: July 7, 2021
Beginning July 1, additional faculty and staff will be allowed to access campus on a regular basis. Those who wish to return to their workspaces on campus may do so without special authorization or vice president approval, but will need to confirm their intentions and schedule with their immediate supervisor.
Fully vaccinated faculty or staff who plan or wish to work on campus will not need to participate in the screening test program, will not need to wear a face covering and will be allowed to gather across campus at regular occupancy rates. Unvaccinated community members who plan or wish to work on campus in July will be required to participate in the weekly screening test program, must wear a face covering indoors and must observe six feet of physical distance at all times.
Resources for on-campus faculty and staff include:
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remain paramount in our decision-making process on reopening the campus. We believe it is important to support creative and flexible work arrangements for our community. Therefore, faculty and staff will be given flexibility in their work arrangements, where possible, as part of our goal to provide a safe working and learning environment for all members of our community.
Beginning July 1, fully vaccinated community members who plan or wish to work on campus will not need to participate in the screening test program. Unvaccinated community members who plan or wish to work on campus in July will be required to participate in the weekly screening test program.
The Facilities Team will clean areas on a regular basis. Staff will be responsible for cleaning shared office surfaces such as fax machine keypads or coffee makers.
Additional cleaning measures include:
- The installation of 180 more hand sanitizing stations across campus
- Bathrooms cleaned regularly and serviced throughout the day
- Daily cleaning logs
- The modification of airflow and ventilation to increase the circulation of fresh air in buildings
If a staff member on campus tests positive for COVID-19, any staff who had close contact* with the first staff member will need to quarantine and be tested. Quarantine lasts 14 days, regardless of the outcome of the test. However, if the test is positive, then a secondary contact trace will be started to identify any close contacts of the second individual. Any positive case individual’s office/workspace, as well as shared spaces used in the two days prior to illness onset, will be disinfected by Facilities Management.
A close contact is defined by distance and time—with or without a face covering—making it important to avoid prolonged interactions at less than six feet of physical distance even if everyone is wearing a face covering.
If student who tests positive and a staff member in an office is part of the contact tracing line, the staff member who is a close contact would need to quarantine for 14 days and be tested. Since the CDC defines close contact by proximity to an infected person (i.e., not proximity to a close contact of an infected person), the whole office would not need to quarantine. However, if the staff member’s test is positive, then a second contact trace would begin to identify anyone in the office who had close contact with the first staff member during the two days prior to specimen collection.
* The CDC defines a close contact as, “someone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated."
As of May 27, all university-sponsored travel resumed for fully vaccinated faculty and staff members.