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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.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • WVU requires all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear face coverings or masks while on campus.
  • Adhere to all physical distancing protocols, to the extent possible, including maintaining a safe distance apart (usually six feet) and practicing good personal hygiene.
  • Additional information on personal protective equipment and testing will be shared in July. We anticipate locating PPE and cleaning materials in buildings across our campuses for employees and students.

Welcome Back Kits

  • Faculty, staff and students will receive a kit with their choice of a WVU cloth mask or a WVU gaiter.
    • Cloth mask specs: 2-ply 100% cotton fabric with probiotics activation finish (effective approximately 20 washes) that encourages growth of helpful microorganisms and antimicrobial to guard against bacterial odors. Metallic nose strip to reduce fogging of glasses. Adjustable ear straps.
    • Gaiter specs: 100% breathable polyester interlock fabric. Fabric content: 130 Gram/Mt2JERSEY 30/1. Can be folded to increase thickness.
  • All kits also will contain:
    • Disposable face masks: Three masks, with three layers of breathable fabric and a concealed malleable bridge of nose.
    • Antibacterial hand sanitizer gel with carabiner: 1.8 oz bottle with flip top and carabiner for convenient use with backpack, purse, etc. FDA approved, 62% alcohol content.
    • Wipes: 30 wipes (skin-friendly, soft, flexible and anti-tear). 75% alcohol content. 99.9% sterilization.
    • Key touch tool: Zinc alloy with copper plating. Includes a badge reel attachment for easy and convenient use.
  • A distribution plan will be shared later.

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

  • The mailroom will return to normal operations August 3 with enhanced safety precautions.
  • Employees will maintain physical 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.

Occupancy

  • Occupancy management and controlled re-opening plans are being developed for larger areas (e.g., student unions, libraries and recreation facilities).
  • Classroom density will be reduced by 50% whenever feasible.
  • Seating plans and layouts for classrooms, labs, conference rooms and other spaces are being developed to allow for physical distancing, maximize capacity and still offer a great instructional space. For example, seat signage may be used 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.

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.

Dining

  • 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 the elimination of buffets.
  • 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.

Additional customer safety measures

  • Touchless payment
  • 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

Employee procedure changes

  • Employee temperature checks before every shift
  • Personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves, provided
  • Accelerated frequency and depth of cleaning and disinfecting

Transportation

  • Protocols for transportation are under review, including the operation of the PRT, increased buses and implementing significant restrictions for physical distancing on all transportation. More information will be available in the July 21 Student Support and Services announcement.
  • Occupancy guidelines will be followed to allow for physical distancing.
  • All drivers will wear face coverings or masks.
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed in all buses, as well as a guard or shield to protect drivers.
  • Transportation will undergo routine DSV (Disinfectant, Sanitizer, Virucide) after each shift.

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

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