Campus-Wide Safety and Sanitation Measures

Campus-Wide Safety and Sanitation Measures

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In addition to the policies that have been implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on the Howard Payne University campus, a number of other measures have been expanded campus-wide in order to provide a safe and sanitary environment for the HPU campus community:
  • Special signage will be placed around campus, especially in high-traffic areas, in order to remind and encourage students, faculty, and staff to participate in the daily self- screening, wear their face covering, adhere to social distancing standards, wash hands thoroughly, and commit to practicing good respiratory etiquette
  • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed at each entrance to every building on campus
  • Protocols have been implemented to ensure enhanced and increased cleaning of high-touchpoint areas around campus. This includes doorknobs, door handles, bathrooms, common spaces, and other high-touchpoint areas
  • The COVID-19 Cleaning Supplies Request Form has been added to the HPU Gateway to allow administrative assistants or supervisors the ability to request special cleaning supplies for the purpose of enhanced sanitation in offices

The University’s Department of Facilities and custodial team has implemented a stringent sanitation process as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in order to sanitize any area where any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 has spent a significant amount of time:

  • Areas used by the individual who tested positive are closed off
  • Offices in which there is ample space are not required to close; however, any office in which space is limited or traffic is high may need to work remotely for forty-eight hours
  • Outside doors and windows are opened in order to increase air circulation
  • Custodial staff will wait approximately forty-eight hours before cleaning the room itself
  • Custodial staff will sanitize common areas, shared technology equipment, and bathrooms in or near the infected individual’s office
  • If the area is carpeted, custodial staff will use a vacuum equipped with high-efficiency particular air (HEPA) filter to vacuum the area
  • If possible, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system will be turned off for the area, to limit the potential spread of the virus through the system
  • Once the area has been appropriately disinfected, it will be re-opened for use

Providing a sanitary learning environment is of the highest priority to the University. Therefore, numerous steps have been taken in addition to the aforementioned policies and campus-wide sanitation measures to ensure that the health and safety of our students and faculty members are protected.

These measures may include, but are not limited to, the:

  • Adapting classroom furniture arrangement in order to allow for an adequate social distance (about six feet) between students
  • Adapting classroom furniture arrangement in order to allow for an adequate social distance of between six and ten feet between instructors and their students
  • Sanitation of each classroom in between class periods
  • Purchasing of protective equipment for laboratory courses where maintaining a six-foot social distance may not be feasible

In order to provide a holistic student experience, it is imperative that the University offer students the ability to feel just as safe outside of the classroom as they do inside the classroom. Therefore, the University has implemented a number of procedures in order to protect the health and safety of the campus community:

Residence Halls:

  • Furniture arrangement in the University’s residence hall common areas has been adapted to promote an adequate social distance (about six feet) between residents
  • Students in on-campus housing will be required to abide by the University’s Social Distancing Policy in regard to furniture arrangements in their on-campus living spaces
  • Common areas, bathrooms, and high-touchpoint areas of residence halls will be cleaned daily, including weekends

Dining Services:

  • Furniture arrangement in the Beadel Dining Hall and at Fambrough’s has been adapted in order to allow for social distancing between students while still allowing students the ability to fellowship during their meals
  • Self-serve dining options have been eliminated, and students will have the option to select from pre-plated meals or to-go meals
  • Students will be prohibited from mingling following the completion of their meals in order to minimize the time individuals are spending in groups without face coverings
  • At Fambrough’s, face coverings may be removed while eating or drinking, but must be put back on upon completion of the individual’s meal. Individuals should not mingle following the completion of meals in order to minimize time spent between two or more individuals in close contact face coverings