Cleaning and Disinfecting

The college will be following cleaning and disinfecting best practices as recommended by the CDC and using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved disinfectants. Restrooms and high “touch points” throughout the campus will be cleaned on an enhanced schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

Hand sanitizer dispensers, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol, will be located in all campus building lobbies and in other strategic locations throughout campus. There will also be signage near hand sanitizer stations indicating that visibly soiled hands should be washed with soap and water and that hand sanitizer is not effective on visibly soiled hands. Furthermore, campus community members should be aware that alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be flammable and may not be suitable for certain areas on campus.

Please be advised that hand washing is generally considered more effective than hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer should only be used when hand washing is not possible or practical. We recommend that individuals obtain and carry with them their own supply of hand sanitizer for personal use.

All classrooms and common office areas will have either wipes or an alternative EPA-approved disinfectant spray product available for cleaning. Students and employees should provide their own supplies for cleaning their personal spaces.

Residence hall and public restrooms will be cleaned twice daily. High “touch points” throughout the campus such as doorknobs, elevator buttons, railings, etc. will be cleaned multiple times daily. A cleaning and disinfecting Service Level Agreement (SLA) is being developed and will be shared with relevant areas of the campus community prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Campus community members are encouraged to use wipes or disinfectant spray located in various places on campus to disinfect public areas prior to use.

Hand dryers in restrooms will be turned off with signage to inform patrons that they have been disable to help prevent the spread of COVID-19; paper towel dispensers will be added to such locations.

Either wipes or disinfectant spray and paper towels will be available in all classrooms. Faculty members and students are asked to wipe down all surfaces upon entering the classroom. In addition, while sharing objects is discouraged, if sharing of objects does occur during a class period those items should be wiped down in between each use. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their own dry erase markers and other needed materials to the classroom with them.

In the case of a COVID-positive individual, areas on campus deemed necessary for heightened cleaning and disinfection by the Tompkins County Health Department (which may include on-campus residential hall areas and rooms, classroom(s), dining areas, offices, or other spaces) will be closed until cleaning/disinfection is completed by the Office of Facilities.

Office cleaning will not occur during pandemic periods so that custodial efforts can be applied to residence halls, common areas, and restrooms. Employees will be asked to place their trash and recyclables in public receptacles or outside their office door for pickup. Faculty and staff who wish to request a one-time cleaning can submit a work order via the Maintenance Direct portal.

Forward-facing offices will be equipped as needed with plexiglass barriers and supplies to clean these locations will be provided by the College upon request.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to regularly disinfect and clean their individual workspaces.

When leaving your private workspace, clean the room and either leave your trash and recyclables outside of your office door or place in a public receptacle. There will be no custodial services in these spaces. Additionally, when leaving a shared workspace, use sanitary wipes and disinfectant to thoroughly wipe down instruments, keyboards, or any other surfaces that were touched. A supply of wipes and disinfectant will be maintained in a central location in each building. If the supply in a particular room is low, individuals should retrieve supplies from the central location. 

The Office of Facilities has ensured that mechanical systems and HVAC are functioning as designed and has worked within the limitations of these systems to optimize the ventilation in all buildings. Facilities has continued to treat spaces as occupied since the campus was closed in March, with some restrictions where possible. General building exhaust has been running 24 hours per day, and demand control ventilation has been overridden – spaces are being treated as fully occupied which is bringing in as much outside air possible (the amount depends on the season and outside air temperatures). Mechanical run times were extended past normal operating hours to allow for more conditioning of air. Set point temperatures for rooms were changed in some instances to allow for the possible increase of outside air intake. Staff focused on ensuring that filters were changed, that the cleanliness of outside air intakes was maintained, and that mechanical systems worked as designed. Where possible, we are replacing traditional filters with MERV filters.

Yes. During the period since students departed for spring break in March, water faucets in all buildings have been turned on periodically to ensure that the supply of water is kept fresh and safe for campus opening. Although use of water fountains is not recommended so that individuals’ faces are not in close contact to the fixture, water quality is considered safe. We are recommending that only touchless systems be used for drinking water such as bottle fills.