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Safety in classrooms and instructional labs

Safety practices will include measures to create physical distance, enhanced cleaning, and use of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and face coverings.

Updated: July 21, 2020

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Classrooms have been reconfigured to increase physical distance.
  • Facilities Services has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
  • Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer will be available.
  • Instructor resources include safety training and guidance on teaching strategies.

Safety practices in classrooms and instructional labs will include measures to create physical distance, enhanced cleaning, and use of sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer, and face coverings.

Classroom plans for physical distancing

Classrooms have been reconfigured to increase physical distance among students and instructors. Unnecessary furniture has been removed, and fixed seating is marked to show where students should sit to stay socially distant. In rooms with movable furniture, floors are marked to ensure safe placement of chairs.

Rooms include defined instructional space to indicate boundaries between students and instructors for appropriate physical distancing.

Use of physical barriers such as plexiglass will be limited in favor of face coverings, which offer more flexibility for movement.

View the Facilities Services classroom plans.

Use of technology

Classes will be taught as face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online. The use of hybrid courses, which combine online and in-person instruction, is a substantial change. Hybrid courses provide some in-person instruction while helping enhance physical distancing across campus.

The Office of Information Technology is installing equipment to support real-time hybrid instruction. The technology will also enable lectures to be recorded so that if a student must miss class, the course content will be available to view on demand.

Enhanced cleaning

Facilities Services has implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Disinfecting wipes

Disinfecting wipes will be available in classroom buildings. Students and instructors are encouraged to pick up a wipe on the way into classrooms and wipe down their work areas and classroom technology such as wireless microphones, keyboards, and podium touch pads.

Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer will be conveniently located in classroom buildings.

Learn more about handwashing.

Face coverings

Face coverings will be required in classrooms, instructional labs, and many other campus areas.

Face shields are not required for general use but provide added protection when combined with a face covering. Face shields can be especially helpful in environments where the risk of exposure to droplets, splashes, or sprays to the face is increased. A shield protects the entire face, is easy to clean, and prevents the person wearing it from touching their face.

The university will supply cloth masks, gaiters, and face shields.

View requirements to wear face coverings.

Resources for instructors

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