Return to Campus

Cleaning & Protection

CLEANING

  • Cleaning schedules are realigned to clean and sanitize high-touch items in public areas (door handles, railings, buttons, etc) 5-10 times per day, 7 days a week, and thousands of gallons of disinfecting cleaning solution has been purchased.
  • Deep cleaning and complete disinfection plans have been prepared to respond to any potential COVID-19 case.
  • For classrooms:

    • Classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned once per day prior to the first scheduled class by Facilities. Throughout the day, classroom high-touch areas will be sanitized as often as classroom schedules allow.
    • To sanitize classrooms between uses, faculty members will be required to sanitize the teaching areas of classrooms before and after a class session. This includes the instructor’s desk, computer, podium, whiteboard equipment (if used), etc. Each classroom will have cleaning materials inside the classroom, which includes EPA-registered disinfectant, paper towels, cleaning gloves, and trash receptacles.
    • Students are required to clean their individual desks upon entering and before leaving a classroom.
  • See CLEANING FAQs below.

SANITATION

  • Building entrances and high-traffic transition areas have touchless hand sanitizer dispensers.
  • Over 200 sanitation stations strategically located throughout campus — including in academic building hallways, classrooms, and residence halls — are available to supplement our environmental services work.
  • 4,000 individual-sized bottles of hand sanitizer — enough for every member of the college community — have been purchased and can be refilled at the sanitation stations found throughout campus.

PROTECTION

  • Over 200 touchless bathroom faucets are being installed. Signs will list bathroom etiquette such as wearing face covering, knocking first, using a paper towel to open the exit door, and not bringing personal belongings into the bathroom when possible. For multiple-person restrooms, leave an empty stall, urinal, and sink between people.
  • Protective acrylic barriers are being installed in areas of high face-to-face interactions.
  • Building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are being adjusted where possible and direct opening of windows is being encouraged, to increase the supply of fresh air. Additionally, all of the filters have been replaced on the equipment across campus. Also see Office Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn when on campus in the presence of others.
  • The water system in the buildings has been proactively used by our Facilities staff and is ready for use. (There is no concern about the disease called Legionella that comes from stagnant water.)

Cleaning FAQs

With students cleaning their individual desks upon entering and before leaving a classroom, will that create a potential contamination problem in itself, since the students will be potentially bunched up to get disinfecting supplies and then touching the same supplies immediately after one another?

Larger classrooms will have multiple stations of cleaning supplies, while smaller ones will have a single station. Classrooms will be at less than 50% capacity, so classes will be relatively small to start.

To prevent virus transmission, students are encouraged to wear disposable gloves (included at the classroom cleaning stations) when disinfecting. And the last step for anyone cleaning is to clean their hands with hand sanitizer.

With the use of gloves and hand sanitizer, while masked in the classroom, the risk of spreading virus via a  shared bottle is very low. The process will take a few minutes, and faculty have been instructed to work this time into the start and end of their classes.

Who is responsible for cleaning in residence halls and on-campus apartments?

See Residential Life During COVID-19 >

What about cleaning common break rooms and kitchens on campus, used by faculty and staff?

These areas will be cleaned 5-10 times a day by Facilities as high-touch areas. However, the inside of any equipment (microwave, refrigerator) remains the responsibility of the users. Follow break room etiquette to improve safety, which includes:

  • Minimize the amount of shared equipment.
  • Clean shared surfaces after each use, including tables. Sanitation materials will be provided.
  • Wear face coverings except when directly eating/drinking.
  • Maintain social distance. Excess chairs and tables have been removed.
  • Before and after you eat, clean your hands with soap and water or use ample amounts of hand sanitizer. 

How do we sanitize electronic devices?

For keyboards, mice, touch screens, controls, microphones, etc.:

  • Never spray solution directly on an electronic device!
  • Instead, dispense sanitizing solution onto a cloth or paper towel and wipe down the device.
  • Or use pre-moistened cleaning wipes as is.

What cleaning and sanitizing products are used? I ask due to allergies.

The disinfecting spray that will be used for the hallway and classroom sanitation stations is the EPA-registered EcoLab QC57 peroxide-based cleaner (diluted to proper strength by the Facilities Department). The hand sanitizer (over 200 gallons of it) is Envirotech H706-1 BAC STOP 3A Instant Hand Sanitizer.

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