Everyone has a personal responsibility to practice social distancing, frequent handwashing, cough/sneeze etiquette, proper tissue usage and disposal, avoidance of touching their face, and respecting others.
Maintaining space between yourself and others is a best practice and is required on CMU's main campus and in satellite locations to limit exposure to the COVID-19 virus and slow its spread.
People can spread the virus without being sick or knowing they are sick, so it is important to maintain social distance from others whenever possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is especially important for people who may have higher risk. Everyone on campus should follow these social distancing practices:
Handshaking and other forms of physical contact are discouraged. All members of the CMU community should enforce social distancing protocols in common areas and where individuals are likely to interact. Supervisors are expected to ensure employees self-enforce social distancing protocols in all areas.
requires everyone able to medically tolerate a face covering to wear a covering over their nose and mouth as directed below.
Everyone is encouraged to wear their own workplace appropriate personal face coverings – such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana or handkerchief.
Employees in need of an employer-provided face covering should contact their supervisor, and a face covering will be provided. Supervisors shall elevate requests for such face coverings through their supervisory chain to their vice president, associate vice president or dean. Requests for face coverings must be approved by the appropriate vice president, associate vice president or dean and submitted to University Stores.
Face coverings must be worn in every indoor area of the university. However, face coverings are NOT required to be worn by individuals who are:
Faculty delivering on-campus instruction may remove their face mask to teach provided they are able to do so while maintaining the requirements for social distancing.
The use of face masks or coverings helps to minimize risks to the wearer and to those around them. Face masks and coverings are not a substitute for social distancing and are required to help protect the CMU community, our families and the general public. This applies to all satellite, off-site and leased building spaces, and the main CMU campus.
Employees are required to wear face coverings at the direction of their employer. It is the responsibility of each individual to comply with this requirement. This requirement will be enforced by supervisors for employees and by units providing services to students and guests.
Employees who cannot wear a face mask or covering due to medical or other reasons should contact
Faculty Personnel Services or
Human Resources for possible accommodation measures. Students should contact Student Disability Services for possible accommodation measures.
For more information about masks and face coverings, including instructions to appropriately wear and clean face coverings, please visit this page of
CDC instructions for making cloth face coverings. You also may wish to explore the
State of Michigan information and resources website.
Gloves are not considered necessary unless you are a health care worker or in other high-risk areas. Hand hygiene is considered the best everyday practice in prevention of disease.
CMU does not require individuals to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to practice good hand hygiene and should avoid touching their faces.
Per CDC guidelines, routine cleaning and disinfecting are an important part of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Normal routine cleaning can reduce risk of exposure and is a necessary step before disinfecting surfaces.
CMU custodial staff routinely clean workspaces, classrooms and public spaces. Additionally, surfaces frequently touched by multiple people, such as door handles, handrails, light switches and faucets, will be cleaned and disinfected more frequently.
The CDC also recommends individuals wipe down all living, studying, working and eating areas before you leave any room in which you have been working or eating. This includes a private workspace or any shared-space location or equipment (for example, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, copiers, desks and tables, chair arms, light switches, doorknobs, handles, etc.). To the best of your ability, you should clear desk and table surfaces in personal offices and workstations to aid in thorough cleaning. Using a hand sanitizer also is effective after contact with commonly used surfaces.
Frequent handwashing is one of the most important actions you can take in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Handwashing should occur after touching anything in a public area, after using the restroom, prior to eating, and after touching your face or blowing your nose.
Correct handwashing technique:
If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and rub into your hands until dry.
If you are alone and not wearing a face mask or covering, always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissue away.
If you do not have tissues, the CDC recommends you cough or sneeze
into the inside of your elbow, not into your hands. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
CMU requires all faculty, staff and students to self-screen each day for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming to CMU's main campus or other satellite location.
Through July 13, 2020All employees and students who are on campus or participating in student activities are required to self-screen for symptoms before coming to work each day. You must:
You must be free of any symptoms to report to work on campus.
Some of the symptoms related to COVID-19, as identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, include:
All employees, including student employees, are required to monitor their symptoms daily before coming to campus. 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.
Information about a CMU symptom monitoring application will be shared soon.
If you have any of these symptoms and they are not due to a preexisting underlying chronic health condition,
do not come to campus. Employees should stay home and call your supervisor. Students should notify their instructors.
If you feel unwell while at work and show any of these symptoms not due to an underlying chronic health condition, your supervisor may direct you to go home. The supervisor must immediately call
CMU Health 989-774-6599 to report a possible case of infection in their area.
It is your responsibility to contact CMU Health or your health care provider for treatment.
CMU Health will coordinate with the Central Michigan District Health Department to determine the appropriate course of action and follow-up based on CDC guidance. CMU Health will provide timely notice to reporting individuals as well as follow-up information as appropriate to ensure safe working, academic and residential environments.
Anyone with symptoms must self-isolate until receiving test results. If the results are negative for an acute infection, the person may return to campus without any formal clearance. Individuals who are not symptomatic and have been authorized to return to campus must self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19 every day before coming to campus to work.
Individuals without symptoms may still be COVID-19 positive, potentially spreading the virus to contacts. Please remember to adhere to all other health and safety measures, including social distancing and wearing a face covering or mask.
We all must take responsibility to protect ourselves and others.
Individuals with symptoms related to COVID-19 or who believe they need to be tested based on potential exposure are encouraged to contact their primary care physician or
CMU Health at 989-774-6599.
If you require emergency care, please call 911 for immediate help.
Individuals who have symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are off campus may contact their local health department or primary care provider to locate COVID-19 testing sites in their area. They also may contact
CMU Health Mondays-Fridays during business hours at 989-774-6599.
When there is a confirmed or suspected direct COVID-19 exposure on campus, supervisors are to immediately contact CMU Health at 989-774-6599 for notification and guidance.
If a faculty member, staff member or student employee believes they have contracted COVID-19 after exposure to a known COVID-19 positive person while working on campus, they must report the exposure to the CMU Workers' Compensation office at 989-774-7177 as soon as possible.
If you have been directly exposed to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19, you must
leave campus immediately, even if you are not showing symptoms.
Faculty, staff and student employees: Please notify your supervisor that you are leaving. Your supervisor will notify
CMU Health that you have been potentially exposed and/or have developed symptoms. You must remain at home in self-isolation while you await test results, and you must keep your supervisor informed of your return-to-campus status. A medical clearance to return to work might be required.
Faculty, staff and students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home until they have fully recovered and have been fever-free for at least three days.
CMU Health or public health officials will conduct a phone interview with the individual who has tested positive to help determine the risk of potential exposure to co-workers and others on campus. CMU staff will coordinate contact tracing with the local health department. Once completed, a timely communication will be released depending on the situation.
The local public health department may contact an employee's supervisor if further contact tracing of the COVID-19 positive individual is needed; however, the actual test result and all other protected health information will not be disclosed.
Permission to return to campus will be given when these three conditions are met:
At the direction of their supervisor, employees may be required to provide documentation from their health care provider before returning to work.
According to the CDC, individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions include:
Employees are not required to disclose if they are in a higher-risk category based upon a preexisting medical condition; however, if an employee voluntarily self-identifies as being at higher risk for COVID-19 and they have concerns with returning to campus, they may request accommodations by contacting Faculty Personnel Services at 989-774-3368 or Human Resources at 989-774-2010. Students who wish to seek accommodations related to returning to campus should contact their supervisor at 989-774-3018 to request accommodation.
Encompass, the Employee Assistance Program provider for CMU, has several options for you: webinars and information, counseling, coaching, and more.
If you feel physically ill — particularly with fever, cough or difficulty breathing — please call your health care provider immediately, and tell them you think it's possible you have COVID-19. Visit the CMU Health website or call 989-774-6599. Please call before visiting.
Students also may contact the
CMU Counseling Center for free, confidential counseling services. Call 989-774-3371 to schedule an appointment.
Not sure where to start? Whether you need help or are concerned for a student or colleague, the CMU Care Team provides confidential assistance.
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