Local, state, and federal guidelines will inform College operations on campus. All members of the campus community should be familiar with COVID-19 information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including:
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC advises regular hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
*Note: There are important differences between washing hands with soap and water and using hand sanitizer. Further, according to the CDC, hand sanitizers containing methanol can cause serious health problems. Please refer to the CDC’s website for more information.
To reduce the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings when around people … especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” The College is requiring that masks be worn on campus, in classrooms, academic and administrative buildings, office settings, and wherever physical distancing is not possible. Masks must be worn according to the CDC guidelines below. Please refer to the CDC’s Guide to Masks for more information on proper selection, use, and cleaning of masks.
The College will adhere to all local, state, and federal guidelines and updated protocols for physical distancing. According to the CDC, “COVID-19 spreads mainly through close contact from person to person, including between people who are physically near each other (within about 6 feet).”
Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least six feet away from others when possible. Therefore, physical distancing (a minimum of six feet between individuals) must be maintained in all spaces throughout campus.
The CDC reports that “it may be possible that a person may get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it … however, this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.” The College will undertake enhanced cleaning of campus facilities, including academic buildings, residence halls, and offices, with a focus on common areas and high contact locations.
Last updated: January 13, 2021