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Instructional Space Health and Safety Protocol

Social Distancing

  • Everyone in an instructional space is required to maintain social distancing (at least three feet) throughout the class period, including during work on group projects, when giving presentations or when social distancing.
  • Hallways, entrances and stairwells will be designed for safe movement. Everyone in a building is expected to follow posted travel/flow restrictions. Individuals must maintain social distancing (six feet) as they travel throughout and between buildings, including while waiting for a class period to begin or end.

Face Masks in Instructional Spaces

  • No one may be in an instructional space (or anywhere else on campus) without wearing a face mask covering both the mouth and nose at all times. Face masks with vents or exhaust valves are not permitted.

Classroom and Laboratory Cleaning Protocol

  • Hand sanitizer will be available in every instructional space. Students and faculty will be asked to apply hand sanitizer as they enter the class.
  • EPA-registered disinfectant wipes will be available to students and faculty as they enter the classroom.
    • Each student will wipe down the surface area in front of them before and after they sit down.
    • Instructors will wipe down surface areas in front of them before and after class. This may include computer, podium, front table, etc.
    • Common materials or supplies (e.g., keyboards, mouse, office equipment like staplers and projector remotes) cannot be used or shared without first cleaning with the provided disinfectant wipes. 
  • Cleaning supplies will be restocked throughout the day.
  • Instructional spaces will be deep-cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis with special attention to frequently touched surfaces (e.g. desks, tables, chairs, door knobs, etc.)

Accommodations for Cleaning Protocol

  • Instructors: Instructors who are unable to perform any tasks in this cleaning protocol due to medical conditions should contact the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED). If appropriate, OED will draft an accommodation plan  in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act that will be shared with the Dean and Provost. The University will determine alternate arrangements to perform these tasks.
  • Students: Students who are unable to perform any tasks in this cleaning protocol due to medical conditions should contact the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE). In the event a student receives an accommodation through CTLE, the faculty member or instructor will be notified of the accommodation as they would be notified for any other academic accommodation. The University will determine alternate arrangements to perform these tasks.
  • NOTE: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires the University to keep medical-related information confidential. In the event someone questions whether a community member has an approved accommodation, those questions should be directed to CTLE for students or OED for employees to report a concern. 

Learn More: Protocols Keep Instructional Spaces Safe

Enforcement of the Instructional Space Health and Safety Protocol 

Since everyone is required to wear a non-vented face mask that covers both their nose and mouth in all areas of campus, including instructional spaces, any student or instructor should first remind those not complying of the requirement

  • If, after being reminded, a student does not follow the mask wearing or social distancing requirements or does not follow the cleaning protocol (absent an accommodation approved by CTLE), then the instructor should direct the student to leave the instructional space and report the incident to the Pandemic Safety Officer.
  • If a student is exhibiting any noticeable COVID-19 related symptoms (such as excessive cough), an instructor should direct the student to leave the instructional space, contact Student Health Services and update their daily check-in to the Wellness Self-Screening app. After class, the instructor is asked to alert the Dean of Students Office (570-941-7680) to facilitate appropriate follow-up. 

 In either situation, if a student refuses to leave the class as directed, then the instructor will call the University Police Department (570-941-7888) and may dismiss the entire class.

Weinberg Memorial Library

Only current students, staff, faculty, and designated guests (e.g. admission tours) will be allowed access to the Weinberg Memorial Library building using their Royal Card. Masks must be worn at all times, and six feet social distancing should be observed throughout the building. The library’s capacity is significantly limited, and all library seats are strategically laid out to ensure social distancing requirements. Seats and furniture should not be rearranged. Group study rooms have reduced seating, and use of group study rooms will be by reservation only. 

  • Eating in the building will be prohibited, and Java City will be closed.
  • Facilities Operations staff have increased the frequency of disinfection for all bathroom, elevators, and major touchpoints. For increased safety, all library users are asked to sanitize library surfaces, including carrels, tables, keyboards, and mice, both when arriving and when departing the building. "Sanitation Stations" are available on each floor.
  • Lastly, to promote safety and accommodate advanced cleaning protocols there will be no 24/7 access to the building.
  • Students, staff, and faculty that present symptoms or suspect that they have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 should refrain from coming to the library, including for brief visits to print or return or pick up material.

Keeping the library a safe space for ourselves and those around us will be a shared responsibility. If these policies are not followed you may be respectfully asked to conform or leave the building. In alignment with the health and safety protocols for instructional spaces, you may also be asked to leave the Library building if you are exhibiting visible symptoms of COVID-19 including excessive coughing.

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