Physical Distancing

Physical Distancing

All individuals, as outlined in section 1.1., are required to maintain appropriate physical distance between persons not living in their same household at all times while on College property, whether indoors or outdoors, as follows:

A. Maintain ten (10) feet of distance between all:

i. participants, patrons, and performers of entertainment and public amusement activities including, but not limited to, cheering, concerts, museums, performing arts, singing, and sports (recreational or competitive);

ii. guests, instructors, participants, patrons, and personal trainers of fitness and exercise or swimming pool activities; and

B. Maintain six (6) feet of distance in all other settings.

 

General Practices

Physical distancing is one of the best tools to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and slowing its spread. In order to limit close contact between individuals, the College will implement actions including, but not limited to, the following:

A. Requiring physical distancing between individuals;

B. Implementing circulation control patterns in buildings;

C. Utilizing visual cues such as signs and floor markings;

D. Rearranging learning and work spaces;

E. Reconfiguring spaces where people congregate;

F. Erecting physical barriers as needed;

G. Identifying traffic flows and posting necessary instructions and signage;

H. Staggering class times and work shifts as needed;

I. Encouraging the scheduling of appointments instead of “walk-ins”; and

J. Encouraging telework whenever possible.

 

Administrative and Work Practices

For employees, the College will implement flexible worksites (e.g. telework), flexible work hours (e.g. staggered schedules and shifts), and flexible meeting and travel options (e.g. video conferencing, postponement of non-essential travel, etc.), where feasible.

For students, the College will modify the academic schedule to minimize disruption caused by a potential COVID-19 outbreak. The College will also utilize alternative delivery methods of courses (e.g. distance or remote education) as necessary and where feasible.

 

Occupancy Restrictions

Occupancy of spaces including, but not limited to, classrooms, common areas, private and public offices, and other learning environments, will be limited so that occupants can maintain physical distancing from each other. Signage indicating the maximum occupancy and any necessary instructions will be posted at the entrance to each room or common area. Should the room’s posted occupancy be exceeded, the designated manager of the room or area (e.g. instructor, office manager, building designee), or their designee, must ask occupants to leave the room or area until such a time that their return is in accordance with the posted occupancy limit. In order to achieve physical distancing between occupants, actions including, but not limited to, the following will be utilized:

A. Classrooms and other learning spaces will be reconfigured by blocking, moving, or removing desks, tables, and other furniture or equipment;

B. Common areas (e.g. breakrooms, conference rooms, etc.) may be limited to designated personnel, managed through scheduling, or closed;

C. Private offices will be reconfigured by moving furniture, or alternative meeting spaces used if an office is too small;

D. Common offices (e.g. Registrar, Provost, etc.) will be reconfigured by moving furniture, and will identify occupant traffic flows; and

E. Limiting the access of employees, students, and visitors to areas and rooms as necessary.

 

Physical Barriers

In areas where physical distancing is difficult or impossible, physical barriers (e.g. plexi-glass shields) will be installed to aid in mitigating the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

 

Gatherings and Events

Gatherings related to the educational process or administrative activities of the College (i.e. College-related) should be done remotely via a technology platform (e.g. Zoom, conference call, etc.) as much as possible. When in-person College-related gatherings (i.e. class sessions, meetings, interviews, etc.) need to occur, they should be kept as short as possible, limit the number of persons in attendance, and use physical distancing practices.

Non-College-related gatherings (e.g. camps, rentals, weddings, etc.) are not permitted.

 

Dining Services

Dining services, provided by Sodexo, will be modified to promote physical distancing in the main dining hall as well as related retail operations across the campus. Modified hours, additional meal times, reduced occupancy, and new to-go options will be implemented to reduce the numbers of dining patrons at any one time. Measures implemented in the main dining hall will include, but are not limited to:

A. Full service at all platforms;

B. Sneeze guards lowered and physical barriers installed at cashier stations;

C. Tables arranged and extra chairs removed to achieve physical distancing;

D. Servers distributing napkin-wrapped silverware;

E. Removing napkins, salt, and pepper from tables;

F. Using floor markings and signage to control flow and distances; and

G. Not allowing personal containers or water bottles.

 

Student Housing

Access to residence halls will be limited to the students assigned to the residence hall and designated Housing staff. Non-essential common spaces including, but not limited to, lounges, kitchens, and media rooms, will be closed to discourage gatherings that violate physical distancing requirements. Signage, floor markings, etc. will be posted to remind residents to maintain physical distancing at all times.

All residence hall programming will be virtual unless approved by the Director of Housing and Residence Life.