Distancing, Density, and Traffic Flow

Individuals will be expected to maintain a six-foot distance from one another whenever possible on campus. We will be implementing changes to campus spaces to facilitate compliance by reducing density, increasing distance, and addressing traffic flow.

Frequently Asked Questions

Classrooms will be de-densified to adhere to a six-foot distancing rule. Room diagrams will be posted in all classrooms to illustrate the proper placing of desks or other furniture to adhere to 6 feet of physical distancing. When possible, seating charts will be used to facilitate contact tracing should that be needed. Students may be in a dual learning environment, attending class face-to-face on certain days while participating remotely on others to promote social distancing. For classes where six-foot distancing is not possible (e.g., hands-on labs), heightened personal protective equipment compliant with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Occupational Safety and Health Administration requirements will be provided.

Meetings which typically would be held face-to-face should be held remotely whenever possible. If a face-to-face meeting must occur, participants must wear face coverings, maintain 6 feet of physical distance, and adhere to room diagrams, if applicable, and any floor markings. 

Large gatherings and meetings will not be permitted.

To reduce face-to-face and bi-directional foot traffic, most buildings will have one entrance, while all other doors will be designated as “exit only” (all doors will be available as exits in the case of fire or other emergency). The College will place rope and stanchion barricades in appropriate locations, as well as reminders of CDC guidelines for social distancing. Where multiple stairways exist within a building, at least one stairway will be designated for traffic going up and others designated for traffic going down. Signage will be posted in all buildings indicating that 6 feet of physical distance must be maintained between persons. Additionally, physical distancing floor markers, identified areas that are acceptable for seating, as well as the distribution of furniture in congregation areas will be implemented.

Plexiglass barriers will be installed in customer-facing offices (e.g., IT Help Desk, Campus Center Information Desk, Student Financial Services, Registrar, etc.). Plexiglass transaction shields will be installed where necessary in retail and resident dining locations. In addition, special requests from business units and academics for plexiglass barriers will be accommodated wherever possible.

The College does not plan to remove furniture from classrooms, lounges, etc. Instead, classrooms will have room diagrams that illustrate proper placement of desks or other furniture to maintain 6 feet of physical distance. Traditional dining areas will have reduced areas for people to sit and congregate, with more options being made available in different areas of campus. In addition, furniture and/or floors will have markings congruent with physical distancing requirements. We ask that members of our campus community adhere to 6 foot physical distancing even if a visual marker is not available.

All tightly confined spaces (e.g., elevators, supply rooms, faculty offices) should be limited to one person at a time where possible, unless all individuals in such space at the same time are wearing face coverings. Even with face coverings in use, occupancy should not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of the space.

If more than one person is on an elevator, always wear a face covering and avoid touching the floor buttons with fingers (use your elbow if possible). Use of stairways is preferred when feasible.