Guidance for Supporting Community Expectations During COVID-19 Pandemic
GUIDANCE FOR SUPPORTING COMMUNITY EXPECTATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
At Iowa State University, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff are always significant considerations. With regard to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for all ISU community members to recognize that it will take a community-wide effort to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible.
This guidance is provided to encourage accountability to a community of care, which reflects not only behavior associated with self-care, but also behavior in consideration and empathy for the wellness of others. As members of the Iowa State community, we all have a responsibility to protect our campus and the Ames area. Please uphold ISU’s Principles of Community and do your part to show care and empathy as we work together to have a healthy fall semester.
Based on the university’s revised face covering policy from August 5, 2020, the following expectations apply to all community members.
- Appropriate face coverings (e.g., cloth face covering or disposable cloth mask) must be worn by all individuals within university classrooms, laboratories, public and communal work areas, libraries, dining centers, on-campus residential space, and all other learning spaces. In addition, face coverings are required on all other university property whenever physical distancing is not possible. Instructors may use a face shield as long as they are able to maintain 8 feet of physical distance between themselves and students during the entire instructional period.
- The university is providing two cloth face coverings to all students, faculty, and staff who request them, free of charge.
- Even where face coverings are not required, the use of a cloth face covering is encouraged both on campus and in the greater community. The university has implemented various measures to help facilitate physical distancing practices. All members of the campus community are expected to cooperate and help in maintaining physical distancing wherever expected and possible. The university recognizes that maintaining at least six (6) feet of physical space between persons may not be possible in all spontaneous and informal situations, but expects the campus community to demonstrate a concerted effort to abide by all physical distancing measures including, following traffic patterns as indicated, respecting room occupancy limits, and being mindful of one’s surroundings.
- Community members who are sick or experiencing any symptoms should not attend class or go to work. Individuals who are feeling sick or symptomatic should stay home, contact their instructor or supervisor, take care of themselves, and seek medical care if necessary. Student who are feeling sick or symptomatic should contact Thielen Student Health. The university is expecting instructors to implement flexible attendance and makeup policies and simultaneously expecting students to use this flexibility for appropriate absences only.
- Iowa State University enacted a new COVID-19 policy on Student Social Gatherings on August 21, 2020 and provided helpful FAQs for students, faculty, and staff.
The guidance that follows is intended to assist faculty and administrators in implementing these expectations in the classroom, workplace, and other university buildings.