Initial Campus Reopening Guidelines

Last Updated: June 18, 2020

The following guidelines were developed to protect the safety of employees, students, and visitors as it relates to COVID-19 on the University of Evansville Campus. This page will be monitored and updated as new information is available.

Safety Guidelines

  • All students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering when inside or within proximity to others.
  • A reusable mask or face covering will be provided to students and employees.
  • Disposable masks will be provided for campus visitors who do not have their own masks.
  • Follow appropriate CDC guidance regarding how to protect yourself and use social distancing whenever possible.
    • Wash hands regularly and use anti-microbial hand sanitizer after touching objects or surfaces.
    • Hand-sanitizer stations will be strategically placed on campus.
    • Avoid touching your face as much as possible.
  • High-traffic areas, and areas with frequent off-campus visitors, will be provided with no-touch, infrared thermometers to monitor temperatures, plexiglass barriers and use appropriate floor signage and physical signs to direct others to maintain safe distances.
  • All students and employees will be required to take an online seminar that teaches them about the policies and safeguards in place before returning to campus.
  • Events involving visitors to campus will be reduced and carefully monitored.
  • All buildings will have specific safeguards and guidelines that will be posted and communicated to the community.

Classes

  • The instructional semester will be adjusted to begin on August 17 and end on November 25 so that students can return home for five weeks before the Spring semester begins.
  • More than a hundred courses (about 15% of total courses) will be offered in online or hybrid formats to reduce traffic on campus and potential exposure.
  • Classes will be rescheduled to allow for more frequent disinfecting.
  • All classroom and lab space will be provided with disinfecting supplies for students and faculty to use between regular cleaning.
  • Instructional spaces will be evaluated for maximum safe occupancy with face coverings and maximum safe occupancy with social distancing. Unless everybody in a classroom can maintain a six-foot distance between each other at all times, masks or face coverings will be required during the class sessions.
  • Course attendance policies will be modified to permit students who show symptoms of COVID-19 to be absent while they recover.

Dining Center

  • Hours at the dining center will be increased, meals will be offered in a “grab-and-go” format, and maximum occupancy in the main dining hall will be decreased.

Athletics

  • Student-athletes will be required to complete Athletics Check-In prior to reporting for daily screening.
  • We will conduct Daily COVID-19 screenings of student-athletes prior to the use of athletics facilities (competition and practice/training) and common areas (i.e., Beeler Academic Center, Athletics Training Clinic, locker rooms, team lounges, coaches offices, etc.).
  • Monitored study tables will be scheduled to manage occupancy and social distancing expectations.
  • Treatment and injury rehab for student-athletes will occur by appointment only in the Athletics Training Clinic.
  • Cleaning of athletics facilities and common areas will be conducted in accordance with University guidelines.

Case Management

  • If any of the following scenarios occur, individuals should seek medical care. Resources for testing are available in Indiana through medical providers and the OptumServe testing procedure. A list of Indiana COVID-19 testing sites is available on the Indiana State Department of Health Website
    • If an individual is ill, they are required to stay home.
    • If an individual has COVID-19 symptoms.
    • If an individual has been exposed or within close contact to someone with COVID-19.
    • If an employee develops symptoms, while at workplace.
    • Use the self-reporting tool if you suspect you have COVID-19.
    • If you are currently waiting for COVID-19 test results.
  • If an individual receives a positive diagnosis of COVID-19, the individual must complete the Exposure, Testing, or Confirmed Diagnosis form, an online self-reporting tool, to appropriately notify the University.
  • Individuals are directed to contact the Office of the Dean of Students by calling 812-488-2500 or by email at deanofstudents@evansville.edu for additional assistance.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should self-quarantine for at least 14 days from the date of last contact.
  • We will develop a contact-tracing bureau run by staff members and students in our Public Health graduate and undergraduate programs.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is reported, the following response plan will be implemented:
    • Establish communication plan
    • Working with local health officials and the health department as appropriate
    • Determine location of possible exposure and set isolation requirements
    • Implement contact tracing and quarantines if necessary
    • Follow cleaning protocol
    • Educate employees on actions to take if another employee exhibits symptoms
    • Ensure that the individual with confirmed COVID-19 remains out of the workplace until released by a healthcare professional or in accordance with guidelines referenced above
    • Capture data on dates of first reported diagnosis and clearance for return to work/campus
    • Provide resources for personal/family guidance
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