Changes to Campus Spaces
Through health conscious adjustments to our shared campus spaces, we are confident we can minimize the risk of COVID-19 on our campus. By practicing density reduction protocols, relocating offices, and introducing clear public health signage, Marist can ensure all campus spaces are safe for all.
Density reduction: To plan for the fall semester, Marist engineers worked with Robert A.M. Stern, Liscum McCormack and VanVoorhis, and Ann Beha Architects to develop comprehensive density reduction plans for academic buildings on campus, including the McCann Center and Murray Student Center and ensure compliance with NYS requirements.
Administrative offices: As a measure of additional safety, administrative offices will be relocated or modified to ensure appropriate physical spacing between individuals, and where feasible, plexiglass barriers have been installed to minimize contact between individuals.
Office relocation: Administrative offices located in academic buildings will be relocated or modified to reduce the number of people in campus buildings during class times.
Public health signage: Branded signage and messaging will be installed in all campus buildings, including academic buildings and residence halls, to continually reinforce community expectations. Signs will also indicate designated entrances and exits, one-way directions for stairways and hallways, and provide floor marks to show people where to stand and sit, and elevator capacities.
HVAC system enhancement: In accordance with industry best practices, MERV 13 filters have been added to our HVAC systems, and air handling units have been adjusted to increase the amount of fresh air introduced into campus buildings.
If you work in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from co-workers. If possible, have at least one workspace separating you from another coworker. You should wear a face covering at all times while in a shared workspace/room.
Departments will assess open work environments and meeting rooms to institute measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees, other co-workers, and visitors, such as:
- Placing virtual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate where visitors should stand while waiting in line.
- Placing one-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase distance between employees moving through the space.
- Designating specific stairways for up or down traffic, where allowable.
If you work in an office, no more than one person must be in the same room unless the required 6 feet of distancing can be consistently maintained. If more than one person is in a room, face masks/coverings should be worn at all times. A face mask or covering is not required if you are working alone in a confined office space (does not include partitioned work areas in a large open environment).
The general guidelines for keeping yourself and others safe in any environment are no different
from what should be practiced in the restrooms, which include:
- Practice social distancing and wear a face covering.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Do not spit.
- Avoid loitering in common areas and setting down personal items on restroom surfaces.
- Wash hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
- Dry hands thoroughly.
- Use a paper towel to turn off the sink and open the door to exit.
Using Elevators and Stairs
Guidelines may vary across campus buildings. If you must enter an unfamiliar space, check for instructional signage and markers. No more than one person may enter an elevator at a time, so using the stairs whenever possible is strongly encouraged. If you are using the elevator, wear your face mask/covering and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed fingers/hand, if possible. Consider using the cap of a pen, your knuckle or elbow to push the elevator button. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator.
Meetings and Conference Rooms
During your time on campus, you are encouraged to communicate with your colleagues and supervisors as needed virtually rather than face-to-face. Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmissions. Meetings should still be held virtually, utilizing the extensive range of collaboration tools (ie. Webex, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, email, telephone) unless impracticable.
In-person meetings are limited to the restrictions of local, state, and federal orders and should not exceed 50% of a room’s occupancy, assuming individuals can still maintain 6 feet of separation for social distancing requirements. Departments should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cue marks in meeting rooms to support social distancing practices between those in attendance. All attendees are required to wear a face mask/covering while sharing space in a common room.