How does the SAU System currently address public health on campus?
SAU currently has protocols and procedures in place to manage infectious diseases on our campus. We will continue to implement these procedures and the University is prepared to act quickly in the event there are reports of symptoms of or exposure to any major virus by students, faculty or staff.
A Risk Management Task Force including administration, faculty, staff, and health professionals has been assembled and is collaborating to implement additional proactive and reactive prevention methods.
What are the proactive measures being implemented by the SAU System?
Heavily trafficked areas, public meeting spaces, classrooms, restrooms, and dining facilities are sanitized daily as part of standard operating procedures. In addition to daily procedures, an enhanced cleaning schedule focusing on high-contact surfaces in buildings such as doorknobs, light switches, keyboards, and desks has been implemented.
Hand sanitizers have been and will continue to be placed in residence halls, public meeting spaces, and common areas on campus provided supplies are available in the market. Additional personal health education is being provided to the campus community.
The University food service provider has a rigorous protocol to manage public health issues and has already implemented extended procedures. These include but are not limited to the use of disposable utensils, cups, plates, and trays, eliminating self-service food stations, and changing serving utensils more frequently.
What should I do about personal travel plans?
Effective immediately, any faculty, staff, or student who travel internationally, via public transportation, or to or through domestic areas of significant outbreak will be required to remain off campus for a period of 14 days following travel.
For example, under these guidelines, those who choose to travel to any of these locations or via these methods during Spring Break will not be allowed to return to campus until April 13.
This is out of an abundance of caution to keep our campus as contaminant-free as possible and retain adequate staff levels to provide services.
What is considered an area of “significant outbreak”?
Areas of significant outbreak as defined internally are those areas in which 5 or more cases have been confirmed. The New York Times publishes a map, updated daily, with confirmed cases by state.
Additionally, many state health departments and government websites provide lists and/or maps of confirmed case counts. PLEASE consult this information prior to travel.
- Find the name of the county in which the city is located you wish to visit. This information is useful when searching for coronavirus data.
- Visit the state health department website for the state you wish to visit.
- Find the coronavirus outbreak data.
- If the information you need is not on the state health department website, search for the local health department or the city/county government website.
- Data by county and city is available on a majority of state health department websites. Keep looking if it isn’t. The data is online.
- Review this information prior to making decisions to interact with the public or travel in these locations.
- Review this information again before returning to campus
When using these resources, make CERTAIN to view the most current information. Document (screenshot/print) confirmation that the area to which you travel meets these guidelines. These resources will be used by SAU to determine reentry.
What about University-sponsored travel?
All system-affiliated travel is suspended until further notice.
As a student, what if I am self-quarantined?
Academic resources and accommodations will be provided to any student required to self-quarantine.
As a faculty member, what if I am self-quarantined?
Course delivery methods already exist for any faculty member required to self-quarantine. Support is available through the Office of Online Learning, department chairs, deans, and the Provost’s office.
As a member of the SAU System community, what happens if I do not self-report?
Any student who does not self-report and becomes a public health risk OR who does not fully comply with required self-quarantine recommendations will be subject to disciplinary action from the institution.
Any faculty or staff member who does not self-report and becomes a public health risk OR who does not fully comply with required self-quarantine recommendations will be reported to human resources for possible disciplinary action.