Guidelines for All Members of the Campus Community
Safety is everyone’s responsibility and all members of the Shawnee State community should follow these guidelines during the pandemic, whether on campus or at home:
- Attentiveness to illness and self-monitoring
- Proper hygiene, notably handwashing and use of hand sanitizer
- Social distancing
- Use of personal protective equipment (PPE), including facial masks, as appropriate
Guidelines Unique to Students and Visitors
Cloth face coverings and/or disposable masks are expected to be worn at all times inside campus buildings, with few exceptions. Although a limited inventory of disposable masks will be available on campus for emergency needs, students and visitors are expected to supply their own facial coverings. Both cloth facial coverings and disposable masks will be available for purchase in the University Bookstore.
Students exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough or difficulty breathing) and those who believe they have been exposed to a person who has tested positive are not permitted to attend on-campus gatherings or classes. Students should contact their instructors for alternative delivery of course content and contact the SSU Health Clinic for monitoring and guidance.
Students who arrive on campus after visiting locations with positive COVID-19 cases or who have been exposed to someone who tests positive will enter into mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
A complete Guide for Students has been developed and includes a Student Pledge to “Go the Distance.” All students will be expected to sign this pledge and to do their part in protecting the campus community. In general, visitors to campus are expected to do the same.
Guidelines for Employees, Contractors, and Volunteers
Since mid-March, most employees were required to work remotely. Over the summer, some work schedules were reduced and some services continued in a limited fashion via remote access, reduced hours, and with staggered shifts for operations requiring presence on campus. At all times, physical distancing, face coverings, sanitization and other safety protocols were in place. These steps were in accordance with health department advisories and state mandates. As permitted, beginning June 1, the University moved into Phase 1 of the Bears Return Plan (PDF).
Health and Safety Guidelines for Employees (PDF) were issued June 4, 2020. These Guidelines remain intact and are modified when necessary to align with local health department and state return-to-work/campus advisories and rules.
Employees are expected to acknowledge and honor an Employee Safety Pledge as part of Phase 2 re-opening of some public services. This pledge is an acknowledgment of safety protocols and working conditions.
In general, guidance for employees applies to contractors and/or volunteers who perform work on behalf of the university.
Employee Health and Quarantine
Employees are expected to take their temperature every day and monitor their health. Employees exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, or difficulty breathing) and those who believe they have been exposed to a person who has tested positive are not permitted to return to campus. Leave policies (PDF) have been established to address medical needs associated with COVID-19. Employees are expected to notify their supervisors for alternative work options and to contact the SSU Health Clinic for monitoring and guidance.
Employees who have traveled to locations with positive COVID-19 cases, locations designated as COVID-19 hot spots, or who have been exposed to someone who tests positive will enter into mandatory quarantine for 14 days.