Wofford College is preparing to safely resume on-campus operations to start the fall semester. A committee with representatives from various college departments has set guidelines and made recommendations based on best practices promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA).
The health and safety of Wofford’s campus community is the college’s top priority. Campus leaders will continue monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and make decisions and recommendations that are in the best interest of public health.
For more information, visit wofford.edu/coronavirus.
As a member of the Wofford community, you have a responsibility to do your part to keep your classmates and colleagues healthy. Please take time to review the pledges below and get familiar with how the college is responding and the expectations of each of us.
We’re in this together.
Cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing
Common areas, public spaces, bathrooms and classrooms require cleaning and disinfecting regularly based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations. These areas will be cleaned on a daily basis and in some cases may require more attention. Handrails and door handles will receive special attention. Providing disinfectant wipes in bathrooms, classrooms and public spaces will allow faculty, staff and students to assist with cleaning frequency.
Social distancing is our most effective tool against the spread of the virus. Where possible, it is important to keep 6 feet between you and others. The combination of proximity and length of exposure is linked to infection between carriers and healthy persons. In light of this fact, Wofford’s plans seek to maximize distancing in classrooms by identifying possible new spaces, reallocation of existing classrooms and reconfiguring classrooms. Face masks and coverings are our best protection when and where we are unable to maintain physical distance. Face masks will be required in classrooms, offices and in areas where it is not possible to practice appropriate social distancing, which includes all indoor public and shared spaces.
Regular and thorough hand washing is another crucial defense against the spread of the virus. This can be done by washing with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. Hand sanitizer also may be used in place of handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds. It is important that you do not touch your face, mouth and eyes to limit the spread of the virus. This includes touching the outside of your face mask. Proper hygiene will be communicated through signage and campus education. Proper hygiene also requires that we not share personal items such as drinks, water bottles, phones, eating utensils, hygiene products or other personal use items. Refrain from shaking hands or close bodily contact. Disinfect any public equipment (fitness equipment, computers, water filling stations, etc.) before and after each use.
All members of the Wofford community will be required to complete a screening questionnaire before returning to campus. This will be followed by daily personal health monitoring to include temperature checks and an assessment of symptoms of illnesses. All members of our community must commit to remaining home and not attending classes or work when sick.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 will return home if that is possible; if that is not possible, students will be placed in isolation if they test positive. Contact tracing, either manually or by app, will be used to help identify those who may have been exposed to or come in contact with anyone who is COVID-19 positive. These students will be required to quarantine during the two-week incubation period to limit the spread of the disease.
Controlling and restricting campus visitors is another way of limiting exposure to the campus community. We recommend that all visitors be required to make appointments. Admission guests should follow campus safety guidelines and be scheduled to maintain physical distance. Visitors are required to wear face coverings on campus. The Sandor Teszler Library, the galleries in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, and other public will operate during reduced hours while limiting guests.
Along those same lines, the Wofford community should restrict off-campus travel and make personal choices to limit exposure to the community beyond Wofford.
For questions or suggestions, please contact Dan Deeter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 864-597-4232.