Return to Campus
Campuswide approaches to safety and the practice of physical distancing are important as individuals can be without symptoms and still be COVID-19 positive.
Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus must conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus to work. It is our shared duty as a community to act responsibly as we return to campus. You must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus.
While use of an app is not required, several options to help gauge symptoms can be found in the technology section of this website.
For those who work in a higher-risk environment for infection with COVID-19 (e.g., some research facilities, dining, child care, etc.), your department may require temperature monitoring upon arrival to work and symptom assessment. Your supervisor will advise you on this requirement prior to your return to campus.
In order to ensure compliance with privacy laws, records of temperature screenings or symptom assessments should not be maintained by departments. Departments may note that a staff member was not able to work on a given day(s) because they could not be cleared to work.
According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms or combinations of symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New GI symptoms
- New loss of taste or smell
Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate for 14 days or until testing results are back. If the results are negative, the person may return to campus without any formal clearance.
Individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions include:
- Age 65 years and older
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Chronic lung disease
- Serious heart condition
- Chronic kidney disease being treated with dialysis
- Severe obesity
- Pregnancy (while pregnant people seem to have the same risk as adults who are not pregnant, pregnancy can create changes that may increase the risk of some infections)
Faculty and staff who believe that they fall into the high-risk category may seek ADA accommodations related to returning to campus by contacting their supervisor. Students who wish to seek ADA accommodations related to returning to campus should contact the Office of Disability Services to request accommodation.