COVID-19 Health Best Practices

New Campus Safety Procedures

In collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health and ongoing review of guidelines published by the American College Health Association and the CDC, we are taking a gradual and phased approach to resuming campus activities.

  • Masks or cloth face coverings are required in all buildings and common or shared spaces. They are also required outside when social distancing measures cannot be maintained.
  • Rooms have been arranged to ensure social distancing of six (6) feet.
  • Groups/classes have been limited as follows:
    • Classes will be limited to 30 people.
    • Non-curricular related gatherings cannot exceed 10 people indoors or 25 people outside without prior approval.
    • This doesn't apply to specialized spaces like the Chapel or Butler Fitness Center, which have separate guidelines outlined by MDH.
  • Students are encouraged to proceed directly to their assigned classroom and limit any unnecessary movement in buildings.
  • No eating or drinking in class.
  • Frequent hand-washing is encouraged.
  • Wash your clothing and face coverings daily.

COVID-19 Symptoms and Spread

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported, ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)

  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs

  • COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms

Protect Yourself from COVID-19

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Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home.

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Practice social distancing between yourself and other people outside of your home.

  • Remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread virus.
  • Stay at least six (6) feet (about two arms’ length) from other people.
  • Limit contact with those outside your household.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings.


Protect Others from COVID-19

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Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store or to pick up other necessities. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.

Continue to keep at least six (6) feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.


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If you have had close contact (within 6 feet of someone for more than 15 minutes) with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 you will need to quarantine at home for 14 days and monitor your symptoms. Please complete the COVID-19 Diagnosis Notification Form indicating you have been exposed to COVID-19.

If you develop symptoms of COVID 19, you should stay home and contact a healthcare provider.

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Maintaining a Safe and Healthy Campus

The Safely Returning to Campus Committee has developed policies and procedures to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 as we return to campus.

It is the personal responsibility of all students, faculty, and staff who will be returning to campus in a limited manner to adhere to these policies in order to support the health of the entire community.

Daily Symptom Screening

All students, faculty, and staff are asked to download the LiveSafe app (on iOS or Android). Before coming to campus every day, please complete the symptom screening questionnaire through LiveSafe or online.

Students and employees will be asked to verify that they have completed the screening and are cleared to come to campus. Students and faculty in settings where social distancing is not feasible will also have a temperature screening when they get to class.

If the screening indicates you should NOT come to campus, please notify your supervisor and/or faculty. If your screening is positive, OR you have a temperature over 100.4, contact a healthcare provider for further direction regarding testing, and the need to quarantine or isolate. If you test positive for COVID-19 OR if you are told you likely have COVID-19 but are not tested, please fill out the COVID-19 Diagnosis Notification Form.