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Uncommon Return: General University Practices

This page has been archived to document Concordia鈥檚 response to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the most up-to-date information, please visit cuw.edu/COVID

Informing and educating students about COVID-19

Before your return to campus, you will need to complete an online COVID-19 education module that covers the most current information from the CDC and other respected healthcare sources. All students will be required to complete this education program. The training will cover:

  • Campus infection-control practices, including physical distancing measures and environmental measures (such as enhanced cleaning and disinfection, plexiglass barriers, etc);
  • How to protect yourself and others through hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, personal protective equipment (PPE), and cleaning/disinfecting practices;
  • Steps students must take to notify the University of any symptoms of COVID-19, a suspected exposure, or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.

On-campus signage, residence hall meetings, and verbal interaction will reinforce the content of this education module.

Disease prevention and good health practices

CDC-recommended infection control practices will be followed everywhere on campus. These practices include:

Hand sanitizing stations (of at least 60% alcohol content) will be stationed liberally throughout campus.
Areas such as the library and the fitness center, as well as all classrooms, labs, dining halls, residence halls, and all other spaces frequented by students will be regularly cleaned and disinfected. The university will provide disinfecting supplies and will regularly disinfect high-touch surfaces (e.g. door handles).
Students will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently for at least 20 seconds (as recommended by the CDC) and to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet when in classrooms, dining halls, hallways, the library, the fitness center, and other public spaces.
The university will provide every student with one washable, reusable cloth facial covering/ mask. Students may consider obtaining additional facial coverings. Homemade or commercially-manufactured masks are also acceptable.
All students and university employees will wear a facial covering/mask when in public spaces such as hallways, classrooms, and auditoriums where minimum social distancing (6 feet) cannot be managed. Students will be provided with a cloth, reusable mask on arrival to campus. Disposable face coverings/masks will be provided for campus guests; these are designed for one-time use and must be placed in the trash and replaced daily.

Please note: The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings, especially in areas of community transmission. A cloth face covering does not generally protect the wearer from viruses, but it decreases the spread of viruses from the wearer to other people.

Student services offices such as the cashier, financial aid, academic and career advisors, and registrar’s office will continue serving students virtually as well as in-person. Students can utilize virtual services to minimize risk of exposure, or may choose to meet in person with a staff member while adhering to social-distancing guidelines and safe health practices.
At this time, and consistent with the most recent guidance provided by the CDC to institutions of higher learning, the university is studying systems and practices for screening for the COVID-19 virus among members of the campus community. Guidance suggests smart screening is far more effective than mass testing to manage community health and well-being on campus. We will work closely with local public health departments as we consider the best practices for Concordia. As we make decisions, we will update this manual and communicate our plan with you.

Before you come home to Concordia

We encourage all students to consider taking special precautions in the 14 days prior to your return to campus this fall. In particular, if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, we ask that you not return to campus until you have been symptom free for 14 days. If you have been exposed to a known case of COVID-19, we also ask that you self-quarantine at home for a period of 14-days before you move into your residence hall or begin attending classes on campus. Students should be in close communication with the Office of Residence Life if they fit either or these scenarios or to discuss any questions about their safe return to campus.