Measures We Are Taking to Create a Safe Campus Environment
Indiana University South Bend is taking many actions to meet its goal of providing a safe learning and working environment for our students and employees. Here are some of the steps we are taking:
- Providing nearly half of classes entirely online or virtual, with more offered in a hybrid mode and only a third offered primarily in-person, in classrooms set up to meet physical distancing requirements.
- Transitioning to exclusively remote learning from November 20 – February 8, during the peak of flu season.
- Creating plans for reduced in-person staffing to de-densify the on-site population of the campus.
- Requiring faculty, students, staff and visitors to wear masks inside at all times (except by choice when alone in your office) and outside when distancing is not possible.
- Requiring all faculty, staff and students to sign an agreement committing to individual health and safety practices before returning to campus.
- Increasing airflow in our buildings and changing the filters more regularly.
- Installing hand sanitizer stations in many locations across campus and making supplies available for classroom and office surface disinfecting, in addition to the daily disinfecting that our custodial staff will carry out.
- Implementing plans for managing traffic flow, to include specific doors for entering and leaving each building, and scheduling in-person classes so they are separated in space, to the extent possible, to avoid crowding in hallways.
- Installing plexiglass in high traffic offices to create a barrier for increased distancing and placing signage on the floor and walls in high traffic locations so people know where to stand when waiting in line for services.
- Testing out contactless technology portals for high traffic service areas to minimize contact between those visiting an office and staff offering those services.
- Providing a symptom checker and on campus testing for those needing it. Again, here is the link to access these services.
- Installing signage with reminders of the personal safety and hygiene requirements.
- Requiring students living in campus housing to complete a pre-arrival COVID-19 test within 10 days of moving in as well as on-arrival testing.
- Encouraging virtual events where possible and implementing an event approval process to ensure any in-person events are being planned and executed with safe practices in place.
Updated on August 6, 2020