Maintaining space between yourself and others is one of the best ways to avoid being exposed to the COVID-19 virus and to slow its spread.
While on campus, we must all try to stay six feet away from one another, even if we have been vaccinated. Classrooms, dinning facilities, and other campus spaces are configured to make this possible.
Social Distancing Policy
Social distancing is the practice of maintaining increased distance between people and avoiding direct contact with people in public. This minimizes the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19, thereby slowing the spread. This means keeping six feet or more between you and other people who are not part of your family unit both inside and outside, avoiding large non-University-sanctioned events, and minimizing contact with people who are sick. When practiced along with everyday healthy habits such as frequent hand washing and wearing a face covering, these behaviors may reduce the spread of COVID-19.
According to the CDC, ways to socially distance include:
- Avoiding large in-person events
- Staying home as much as possible
- Limiting errands and using online services to order food and other personal goods
- Conducting meetings and social events remotely
- Participating in outdoor activities while maintaining six feet of physical distance
When you do go out, you should:
- Avoid personal contact when possible
- Keep six feet of space between you and others
- Practice good hand hygiene
- Wear a face covering (see the Face Coverings Policy)
In most cases, a verbal reminder should first be provided to the person(s) violating the Social Distancing Policy.
Faculty and staff who, after a verbal reminder, do not engage in social distancing on campus should be referred to the Office of Human Resource Development (HRD).
Students who do not engage in social distancing, after being given a verbal reminder, may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR). Those found responsible for violations may receive a range of possible sanctions, including, but not limited to:
- Immediate loss of housing and dining services without refund
- Ban from physical campus
- Removal of club or organization privileges
- Suspension from the University
In some cases, a verbal warning is not necessary and behavior will lead to immediate referral to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. See OSCCR guidelines for possible sanctions.
Social Distancing in the Classroom
Classroom social distancing rules will be enforced for all in-person classes:
When students enter a classroom, the first student who enters should choose the seat farthest from the doorway. The second student who enters should sit in the seat second furthest from the door and so on. The last student who enters the room should sit closest to the doorway. Once class ends students should leave in reverse order maintaining six-foot distancing in a single file formation, with the last person who entered leaving first.