The Presidential Task Forcehas worked to create policies and guidelines that guide us during the pandemic, including the document Protecting Our Den: A Safe Return to Campus. Task force members represent all major areas of campus and have been working diligently to respond to this pandemic and ensure the health and safety of our campus community and also prepare for possible disruptions to our normal operations.
To protect yourself and others, get vaccinated and follow the health and safety guidelines on this page as provided by the CDC.
We expect all faculty, staff and students to practice thorough hand washing at least five times daily while on campus. In addition, there will be hand sanitizing stations throughout campus.
In certain areas on campus we also will install Plexiglas shields to reduce the spread of germs. You will find these shields in the business office and library, for example.
We understand that these policies will require a change in behavior. They are meant to minimize the chance of community spread of the coronavirus and to practice appropriate good hygiene behavior.
Update to LR Mask Protocols
Wearing masks indoors will be optional effective Friday, March 18, in all areas of campus except the classrooms. Revised classroom protocols for wearing masks will be effective Monday, March 21 (see next bullet). Masks will no longer be required in the chapels, gyms, auditoriums, libraries, student centers, dining halls, classroom building corridors and lounges, or in our residential housing facilities.
For the remainder of the semester and effective Monday, March 21, instructors in each course will determine whether masks will be required in their classroom. This is consistent with current practice of providing faculty the flexibility to manage their own classroom protocols.
These policy revisions are effective on all three campuses with the following exceptions:
Individuals who are not vaccinated and fully boosted (if eligible) are required to wear masks when indoors. This includes those individuals who have an approved vaccine exemption, as well as UCHS students who have not been fully vaccinated and boosted.
Students visiting Cornerstone for health services may be required to wear masks and, if needed, masks will be provided when entering the facility.
Know How COVID-19 Spreads
The best way to prevent illness is to get vaccinated and to avoid being exposed to the virus
If you are around others and do not have on your cloth face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow and do not spit.
Throw used tissues in the trash.
Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.