Classroom Safety Precautions

Some courses, such as laboratory, performance-based and clinical experiences, require in-person attendance. To help keep our community safe, we follow federal, state and local public health guidance, and practice enhanced sanitation and safety. We expect everyone in classrooms and academic spaces to follow guidelines on physical distancing, hand hygiene and face coverings.

Classroom Procedures

The following guidelines help keep classrooms clean and safe:

  • Room capacities are approximately 20% of normal capacity.
  • No more than 50 people may be in a lecture hall at one time.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in classrooms.
  • Faculty are encouraged to use assigned seating.
  • Seating arrangements ensure at least 6 feet of space around each seat.
  • Seating that is not to be used has been removed or clearly marked.
  • Classrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily (and between classes, when possible).
  • Disinfecting wipes are available in classrooms for individual use. 

Face Masks

Everyone must wear a mask in class at all times. Students are expected to supply their own masks. Faculty and staff will be provided with two masks (face shields are available upon request). Bandanas and neck gaiters are not acceptable. Disposable masks are available in department offices for emergency use.

If you're a student who can't wear a mask or other protective personal equipment due to a disability, please contact the Disability Resource Center. They'll help determine reasonable accommodations.

Refusing to Wear a Mask

If a faculty member asks you to wear a mask in class and you refuse, you'll have disrupted the educational environment. The instructor can ask you to leave and/or cancel class and will notify their department chair. The chair will follow the Classroom Disruption process outlined in the undergraduate catalog (refer to Academic Regulations). You may lose the privilege of attending or receiving credit in the class.  

Laboratory, Clinical and Performance-based Settings

Individual academic colleges and departments will have latitude to decide on safety precautions for their unique academic spaces, in accordance with federal, state and local public health guidance.

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