Life and Work on Campus

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Office Environments

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If your office has an open floor plan, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet between yourself and others. You may need to change your seating arrangements to achieve safe social distance, and position your chair so you are not directly facing another person.

  • Wear a mask or face covering at all times in shared workspaces.
  • Use your own computer, phone and other equipment. Do not use colleague's equipment.

Each division and departments should assess open work environments, shared spaces and meeting rooms, and adopt measures to physically separate and increase distance between employees, guests, visitors and customers, such as:

  • Place visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape or signs to indicate where people should stand while waiting.
  • Place "keep right" signage for large open workspaces with multiple throughways to increase distance between employees moving through the space.
  • All shared resources, such as community pen holders, shared staplers and other office supplies, should be removed.

In private offices, no more than one person should be in the office unless at least 6 feet of social distance can be maintained at all times. Face masks or coverings should be worn at all times if more than one person is in the room.

In reception and receiving areas, face masks or coverings must be worn by every person at all times. Face masks or coverings must be worn at all times on campus in public areas, such as common workspaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, conference rooms and break rooms.

Instructional Environments

All of our learning spaces will be assessed for capacity and social distancing. Some classrooms will be reconfigured to allow for more space between students and faculty; some classes may be taught in larger venues. CMU custodial staff will continue to clean and disinfect classroom areas, and cleaning supplies will be available in each classroom so faculty and students may clean chairs and desks between classes should they wish to do so. Hand sanitizer stations will be available at main building entrances.

Workspace Considerations

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  • Consider making the physical workspace less dense through use of flexible scheduling and modified seating arrangements.
  • Consider relocating computers on desks or rotating chairs and desks to face away from nearby co-workers.
  • Restrict use of any shared items or spaces.
    • Require individuals to disinfect after using shared items such as handles on refrigerators, microwaves and coffee pots.
    • Drinking fountains are no longer available for use; however, water bottle filling stations will remain operational.
    • Avoid using other employees' phones, desk, work tools and office supplies.
  • Place markings on the floor using approved tape from University Stores or stickers via Printing Services, sign holders, other devices that will not permanently deface surfaces to promote social distancing at reception desks and service counters, timeclock stations and anywhere lines may form.
  • Consider sneeze guards at reception desks and customer counters; with vice president approval, sneeze guards are available from
  • Place signs or markers to direct flow of traffic to enforce social distancing and to encourage all Chippewas to keep right in hallways and stairwells.
  • Self-limit the number of passengers in elevators to ensure social distancing; use the stairs whenever possible.
  • Post the "Help prevent the spread of COVID-19" printable poster

Using Elevators

Practice social distancing when using an elevator. Limit the number of people in the elevator and wear a mask or face covering. When you exit the elevator, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. CMU custodians will wipe down elevator buttons frequently throughout the day.


The CDC continues to recommend avoiding crowded areas and mass gatherings, as convening in groups increases risk of viral transmission. Follow the university's guidelines for allowable group size for meetings and events.

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When possible, meetings should be held virtually, wholly or at least in part. The Office of Information Technology offers guidance for use of tools such as Webex and Teams.

If it is necessary to meet in person, group size should be limited and participants must maintain at least 6 feet of separation to meet social distancing guidelines. Departments and divisions should remove chairs, rearrange tables and seating, add visual cues, and take other steps to encourage distancing.

Whenever possible during your time on campus, consider using tools such as email, Teams, phone and other ways to communicate with colleagues and supervisors to limit in-person, face-to-face interactions.

Food and Eating

When visiting a residential restaurant or other campus dining facility to pick up food, wear your mask or face covering and maintain 6 feet of distance from other customers. If you are eating in a work environment, such as a break room:

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  • Maintain 6 feet of distance from others and do not sit facing another person.
  • Limit occupancy in the break room to avoid crowding.
  • Remove your mask or face covering only to eat and be sure to put it back on.
  • Wipe down the table and chair you used with an appropriate disinfectant.
  • Avoid using shared break room items, such as shared coffee pots and reusable utensils.

Public Transportation

If you use public transportation or shared ride services to come to campus, please practice the following safety measures to protect yourself and others:

  • Put on a mask or face covering before entering the vehicle.
  • Avoid touching surfaces with your hands.
  • When you exit the vehicle, wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.


Faculty, staff and students with parking permits should continue to park in the lots designated for their permits. To obtain a parking permit or for more information, contact Parking Services.

Social Distancing in Buildings

All entrances to buildings will have signs and markings to remind everyone of social distancing requirements.

Inside facilities, you are encouraged to keep right in stairwells and hallways and to make every effort to maintain social distancing.  

Building coordinators and staff will assess each facility and implement social distancing assistance measures, where applicable.

On-Campus Research Activities

The Office of Laboratory and Field Safety has developed guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting laboratories and studio spaces which can be found on the Office of Research and Graduate Studies website.

Outdoor Campus Spaces

The CDC recommends maintaining social distance from others both indoors and outdoors. CMU requires social distancing on campus and in satellite locations to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus and to slow its spread.

Remember: People can spread the virus before they even know they are sick, so it is important to take steps to protect yourself and others. Practice social distancing and wear a mask or face covering, even if you have no symptoms. These steps are especially important for people at higher risk for COVID-19, and CMU requires everyone on campus to follow these practices:

  • Stay at least 6 feet, or about 2 arms' length, away from other people.
  • Do not gather in groups.
  • Stay out of crowded places and avoid large gatherings.
  • Face masks or coverings must be worn by all individuals on campus in public settings, such as common workspaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, meeting rooms, classrooms, break rooms and restrooms, as well as when visiting public outdoor spaces. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings helps minimize risk to both the wearer and those around them. Please note: A face mask/covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
  • Keep right when walking on sidewalks and make every effort to maintain proper social distancing (6 feet).
  • Help CMU promote a culture of health and safety by practicing these guidelines every time you are on campus.

Events and Activities

Campus events remain canceled until further notice. This also means that campus activities may be shifted in the calendar or held in new formats. The Emergency Management Team will reassess the status of events again in September.

Meetings of 10 people or less, with appropriate social distancing, are permitted.

Faculty, staff and/or students may not circumvent this policy by using CMU funds to hold off campus events.


For the safety of our CMU community, all guests and visitors are required to adhere to the CMU rules outlined on this website and to follow all appropriate CDC guidance, including the practice of social distancing and the use of masks, while on campus.

  • We strongly discourage visitors (any individual who does not reside on campus) in the residence halls or apartments.  Visitors who must come to campus should remain in residence hall lobbies.  
  • No overnight guests will be allowed in university residence halls or apartments for fall semester 2020.
  • CMU faculty and staff and any student with a meal plan are welcome to utilize the residential restaurants while adhering to social distancing guidelines.