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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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