Skip to main content
A-Z IndexCalendarsDirectoryMaps

What You Need to Know: Campus Safety

To keep our campuses safe and prevent spread of the virus, we’re introducing new cleaning, dining, transportation and building protocols.

woman wearing mask

Personal Protective Equipment

Failure to Comply

  • Failure to comply with the University's Student Code of Conduct regarding personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and face coverings, will result in one or more of the following measures: written warning, removal from class, probation, suspension and/or expulsion from the University.
  • Employees will be subject to discipline for failure to comply with policies relating to PPE.

Medical Exemptions

Return to list of topics

Operations

Operations

  • Services in student unions, libraries, recreation facilities, dining halls and other public areas will be adjusted to allow physical distancing and preventive measures, such as reducing capacity and implementing enhanced cleaning.
  • All normal cleaning products will continue to be used, as well as disinfectants, with greater frequency.
  • In addition to normal cleaning, all horizontal and vertical surfaces — including all high-touch areas like door handles, light switches, furniture, desks, ledges, tables and railings — will be wiped and disinfected microfiber cleaning cloths and products approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Facilities staff will be trained on increased cleaning measures and updated practices for cleaning tools and high-touch surfaces.

Traffic flow

  • Separate entries and exits will be designated for larger, heavily used buildings.
  • Personnel workflow and physical structure also may be adjusted to limit crossover in entrances, hallways and common spaces.
  • Individuals will be asked to walk to the right in common hallways, corridors and paths.

Mailroom operations

  • Employees will maintain social distancing in the mailroom, wear gloves to handle mail, regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces and maintain a touchless environment when possible, including signing for packages.
  • No personnel other than mailroom workers, student workers and cleaning staff will be permitted in the mailroom during working hours.

Return to list of topics

Space between two people

Occupancy

  • Larger areas (e.g., student unions, libraries and recreation facilities) will operate under occupancy management plans.
  • Classroom density will be reduced by 50% whenever feasible.
  • Seating plans and alternate layouts for classrooms, labs, conference rooms and other spaces are in use to allow for social distancing, maximize capacity and still offer a great instructional space. For example, some classrooms have seat signage to create a checkerboard seating pattern with one space between students.
  • Plexiglass guards will create safe barriers in classrooms, point of sale locations, service counters and any area that requires or encourages close interaction.
  • Elevator riders should wear face coverings or masks, not overcrowd and exercise extreme caution. Only board an elevator if you feel comfortable with occupancy.
  • Signage will direct flow and traffic to stairwells.

Return to list of topics

spray bottle

Cleaning

  • Across all campuses, cleaning will be increased in high-traffic areas and high-touch surfaces:
    • Tabletops, desktops and other hard and non-permeable surfaces will be disinfected at a minimum of once daily.
    • Horizontal and vertical surfaces in all campus buildings, including high-touch areas like elevators, handrails, benches and tables, will be wiped and disinfected using CDC-approved products.
    • Electrostatic Victory sprayers, backpack sprayers and battery pump-up sprayers will be used to clean and disinfect large, high-traffic areas.
    • Public restrooms in densely populated buildings will receive extra cleaning throughout the day. High-touch surface areas — such as water taps, handles, seats and cover flaps, wash basins, buttons and switches — in public and communal restrooms will be cleaned every 8 hours.
  • Alpha HP, Dreumex wipes and Oxivir disinfectants will be used, in addition to the University’s normal cleaning products.
  • Spray bottles or disinfectant wipes will be available at all classroom lecterns.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in all campus buildings, with a priority on common areas like public entrances and elevator lobbies. Freestanding, wall-mounted and tabletop style dispensers will be used.
  • No-touch handles, knobs, faucets, receptacles, etc. will be used when possible.

Residence Halls

  • Each room will be deep cleaned, which includes cleaning all surfaces and furniture, after it’s vacated.
  • Communal restrooms will be cleaned once a day in residence halls. High-touch areas in communal restrooms will be cleaned every 8 hours.
  • High-touch areas in suite style restrooms will be cleaned once a day. Suite style restrooms will also receive a deep cleaning a minimum of once every three weeks.
  • Residents should clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g., tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks) routinely with household cleaners and EPA-registered disinfectants that are appropriate for the surface, following label instructions.

Return to list of topics

Table with two chairs

Dining

Changes for Guests

  • Dining operation changes include physical distancing for customer lines, adjusted seating for physical distancing guidelines, expansion of delivery/pickup options, expansion of Grab-n-Go and retail offerings and elimination of buffets.
    • While dining halls still will be all-you-care-to-eat, food will be served by employees rather than self-serve.
  • Dining halls will have several items packaged and ready for grab-and-go (e.g., prepared salads and desserts).
  • To-go containers will remain available.
  • Disposable plates, cups and silverware will be provided if you wish to dine in.
    • Use a new plate or cup each time you visit a serving station or beverage machine.
  • Public-use items (e.g., toasters and microwaves) will be available, but employees will operate them for you.
  • Expanded takeout menus and Grab-and-Go options will feature on-trend and comfort-focused options.
  • Made-to-order items will be available to order in advance.

Employee Procedure Changes

  • Employee temperature checks before every shift.
  • All employees will wear face masks at all times.
  • The new Clean Team will wear bright yellow shirts and will constantly clean and sanitize dining areas, counters, machines, kitchens and serving areas.

Additional Safety Measures

  • Touchless payment
  • Table dividers separating diners
  • Directional flow signage at all dining locations to reduce crowding
  • Pickup areas for retail orders and groceries-to-go
  • New plexiglass guards and cleaning requirements for kiosk screens, drink machines, counters and other contact surfaces

Return to list of topics

Bus

Transportation

Return to list of topics

Human figure inside building

Looking for Travel and Visitor Info?

These topics now have their own pages:

Return to list of topics

Stop the Spread

Personal accountability is the key to our safe return to campus. Do your part to keep everyone safe.

Do Your Part

Ask a Question

We’ll be adding information on different topics throughout the fall, so check this site frequently for updates. If you can’t find the answer to your question, email returntocampus@mail.wvu.edu.

Common Questions Answered

Return to Campus Conversations

You’re welcome to join live discussions — or watch recordings of previous conversations whenever it’s convenient.

Conversations