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Return-to-Campus Guide

This guide is subject to change as our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve.

DeSales University COVID-19 Guidebook Cover

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  • Updated August 3, 2020 — "COVID-19 Student Guidebook" added
  • Updated July 14, 2020 — "COVID-19 Employee Guidebook" added
  • Updated July 13, 2020 — "Travel" added info about quarantining after traveling to high-case areas
  • Updated July 10, 2020 — "Specific Campus Scenarios" added classroom information

DeSales University COVID-19 Return to Campus Guidebook

  • Guiding Priciples

    At DeSales University, it is our priority to keep our students, faculty, staff, visitors, and their families healthy, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide is a culmination of the work of the DeSales COVID-19 Contingency Planning Task Force, which has adapted the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Planning Guide and Self Assessment tool - considered by many to be the exemplar baseline assessment, planning, and reporting tool for higher education. Other notable inputs to our planning process include pulls from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). 

    This guide highlights the responsibilities of all stakeholders on campus including students, faculty, and staff and outlines the steps DeSales University is taking to address COVID-19. DeSales University will abide by governmental guidelines, to the extent applicable and feasible, as we strive to balance public health concerns with the needs of our University. This Return-to-Campus guide details how we plan to reopen our University and still keep our campus community safe to every extent possible. 

    The plan will only succeed with the support of each and every member of the DeSales University community students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The purpose of this guide is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus to the furthest extent possible. This will require our persistent commitment to abide by the procedures and policies outlined below - including social distancing, wearing face masks/coverings, hand-washing hygiene, and much more. 

  • Scope

    While we will implement various protocols to ensure safety, it’s up to each individual on campus to execute on these protocols daily. By releasing this Return-to-Campus Guide, DeSales University hopes to clearly communicate our plans moving forward, highlight campus protocols in place to protect your safety, and establish a level of comfort for all of our students, employees, and visitors returning to campus. 

    All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in this document and others as part of the DeSales University “Ready for Anything” commitment. Failure to comply could jeopardize the University’s ability to offer a full educational experience.

    In an emergency, please call 911, or if you are on campus, 610 282-1002 or extension 1250. If you have non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 and DeSales University, please email those questions to covid19@desales.edu. You should receive a response within 24-48 hours. Please note that this email is not for emergency use.

  • Situation and Assumptions

    In accordance with the Pennsylvania Governor’s phased approach to reopening the Commonwealth, DeSales University will thoughtfully welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus beginning with mission-critical personnel. 

    All students, faculty, and staff may resume on-campus activities and instruction no later than August 17, 2020, officially marking the start of the 2020 fall semester. 

    The CDC, PA DOH, OSHA, and other regulatory organizations are the authorities on COVID-19, and the University must implement the Pennsylvania Department of Health Worker Safety Order as well as other applicable governmental guidance and make decisions based upon applicable government requirements and available research and best practices. 

    In order to protect the University community, prevent infections, and mitigate any additional risks, the University reserves the right to implement symptom screenings (including self-screenings) before allowing anyone to return to campus. Should the University implement symptom screenings, they will be performed on a nondiscriminatory basis and the information gathered will only be shared with University officials who have a bona fide need to know. Results will be tracked separately from other personnel or student records and will be kept confidential in accordance with applicable laws. 

    Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated appropriately as more information becomes available.

  • Mask & Visitor Policies and Self-Screenings

    French Bulldog with Mask - DeSales University

    Each day, before returning to campus or attending class, students, faculty, and staff must complete screening via HealthChampion, a COVID-19 self-screening, available via smart phone application or computer. Additional details regarding this program are forthcoming.

    • Upon completing the screening process, students, faculty, and staff should expect several procedural changes to accommodate University operations in the “new normal” COVID-19 environment. Notably, everyone will be required to maintain social distancing, which is defined by the CDC as being within six feet of another person fora prolonged period of time; wear face masks/coverings; self monitor for symptoms and adhere to the visitor policy, as prescribed below. Please note, these policies as they pertain to athletics, dining, the fitness centers, living in residence halls, and some other aspects of campus life may vary depending on the circumstances.
    • Face Mask/Covering Policy: Consistent with CDC recommendations and PA DOH regulations, DeSales University requires everyone on campus to wear a face mask/covering. Note: Employees may remove face masks/coverings in individual offices at times when contact with others is not suspected or likely, provided a face mask/covering is available to wear if the situation changes. When the employee leaves their individual office, or has invited a colleague into their office, they must wear a mask.
    • Students, faculty, staff, and visitors without a face mask/covering will be provided one upon request. However, students, faculty, staff, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own face mask/covering, provided that they:
    • Fit snugly, but comfortably, against the side of the face
    • Are secured with ties, ear loops, or equivalent
    • Cover the nose and mouth properly
    • Include multiple layers of fabric
    • Allow for breathing without restriction
    • Can be laundered without damage or change of shape
    • Are appropriate for the workplace and do not otherwise affect the mission of the University

    Face masks/coverings shall be worn at all times when on campus. Additionally, social distancing should be maintained in shared campus community spaces such as common areas, break rooms, hallways, lobbies, kitchens, study areas, copy rooms, meeting rooms, locker rooms, and restrooms. 

    Visitor/Access Control Policy

    At this time, most campus buildings will remain locked. Please use your building/office key to gain entry or call the University Police if you need assistance. Do not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person. 

    All visitors to campus must be registered with University Police prior to arrival with the exception of admissions visitors, routine vendors, and specially approved guests. All visitors must undergo symptom screening before arriving to campus. For questions, please contact the COVID-19 liaison at covid19@desales.edu.

    Signage and Posters

    The University community and visitors are expected to follow signage on traffic flow through building entrances, exits, elevator usage, and similar common use areas.

     

  • Illness and Exposure Concerns

    Stay Home if You Feel Sick - DeSales University

    Students, faculty, or staff having symptoms, or otherwise feeling sick for any reason, must call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, and follow the provided instructions. Do not report to class or leave your residence hall until instructed to do so. Students who commute to campus must call 610-282-1002 and follow the given instructions, do not report to campus unless instructed to do so, or if living on campus.

    Students, faculty, or staff having reason to believe that they were exposed to COVID-19 must call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, and follow the provided instructions. Do not report to campus unless instructed to do so, do not leave your residence hall unless instructed to do so.

    Students, faculty, or staff who become ill while on campus should immediately isolate themselves from others and call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, and follow the provided instructions. Emergency services will arrange to have the workspace/student room sanitized by a facilities staff member. 

  • University Response to a Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Case on Campus

    The University will request that anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath) submit to a COVID-19 screening and test at the expense of the University. All medical information gathered from this examination will be kept strictly confidential; however, the University will request that those feeling ill consent to the release of their COVID-19 test results to University emergency response officials in order to best protect the campus community. Note: The list of COVID-19 symptoms may change based on guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and/or the CDC.

    Students, faculty, or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be encouraged to return home until they recover. Students who are not able to return home will be given special accommodation on campus where they can safely recover.

    Additionally, any University student, faculty, or staff member who experiences COVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive for COVID-19, will be asked to assist with contact tracing. This information will be tracked separately from any records, and names will not be released. Depending on the circumstances, the University will notify those impacted if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 exposure on campus.

    The University has additional, specific response procedures in place to respond to con-firmed COVID-19 cases on campus, including, but not limited to, rapid testing; contact tracing; quarantine and/or isolation of infected/exposed individuals; deep cleaning and sanitation; temporary facility closures; and schedule modifications. Should the need arise to implement these protocols, the University will provide specific instructions relating to the particular situation. 

  • Returning to Campus after Recovering from a Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 Case

    Students, faculty, or staff who are symptomatic with any COVID-19 symptoms (fever, chills, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath) and/or who have tested positive for COVID-19 will not return to campus until instructed to do so. 

    The University will follow prevailing CDC and PA DOH guidance in determining when to bring a student, faculty, or staff member recovering from a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case back to campus. 

  • Health and Safety Guidance

    Bulldog with Mask showing 6 feet distance

    Social Distancing

    Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and slowing its spread. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. We expect that all members of the campus community follow these social distancing practices: 

    • Stay at least six feet from other people at all times
    • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid large group gatherings

    For additional information pertaining to social distancing, see the CDCs guidance 

  • Types and Intended Use of Face Masks/Coverings

    Type

    Cloth
    Face
    Covering

    Disposable
    Mask

    Medical
    Grade
    Surgical
    Mask

    N95
    Respirator

    Description

    Home-made or commercially manufactured face coverings that are washable and help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions

    Commercially manufactured masks that help contain wearer’s respiratory emissions

    FDA-approved masks to protect the wearer from large droplets and splashes; helps contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions.

    Provide effective respiratory protection form airborne particles and aerosols; help contain the wearer’s respiratory emissions.



    Intended Use

    Required for campus community use in non-healthcare settings (office spaces, general research/work settings, shops, community areas where six feet social distancing cannot be consistently maintained). It must be replaced or washed daily. (while likely necessary of for ingress and egress, not required when working alone in an office).


    Reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task specific hazards.

    Reserved for healthcare workers and other approved areas with task specific hazards.


  • Recommendations for Proper Wear of Face Masks/Coverings

    • Always clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol prior to putting on, touching covering, or removing your face covering.
    • When securing face covering, use the ear loops, straps, or equivalent from behind the head to secure face covering.
    • Proper face covering will cover both nose and mouth areas of the face.

    Important reminders:

    • Always follow the University’s face mask/covering policy.
    • Do not hoard or stockpile face masks/coverings. The University needs to make sure there are enough for the entire community. Please order your face masks/coverings through emergencyservices@desales.edu, if necessary.
    • Reuse face masks/coverings until they become damaged, soiled, or wet. If a mask becomes damp from normal respiration, perspiration, or from water, remove the masks and store in a sanitary location (paper bag) to allow the mask to dry and then reuse when feasible.
    • Everyone on campus should have a backup face mask/covering stored in a sanitary condition in the event their mask becomes damaged, soiled, or wet.
    • Reusable coverings should be routinely washed, depending on the frequency of use.Standard washing practices and washing machines are satisfactory to wash a face mask/covering properly.
    • If face masks/coverings are not readily available in the supply chain, please conserve and reuse mask so the University can continue to protect the community.

    Precautions

    Wearing a face mask/covering does not replace the need for social distancing or other efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. In addition to wearing a face mask/covering, remember to:

    • Avoid contact with those who are sick, stay home if you are sick, and call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, and follow the provided instructions. If you become sick on campus, isolate yourself from others, call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, and follow the provided instructions.
    • Frequently clean hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Practice good cough and sneeze etiquette.
    • Routinely disinfect high touch points, facilities, work areas, personal electronics, and shared equipment and spaces.

    Consult OSHA’s Hierarchy of Controls for further health and safety guidance

  • Hand Hygiene/Gloves

    Clean Hands Frequently with Soap or Hand Sanitizer

    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, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands after touching your face.

    Gloves

    According to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks; however, University Police and others in high-risk areas should use gloves as part of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

    For additional information pertaining to prevention, see the CDCs guidance

  • Face Shields

    Students, faculty, or staff who would prefer to wear a face shield may do so, and emergencyservices@desales.edu can provide face shields upon request. If you are unable to wear a face mask/covering a face shield will be provided.

  • Cleaning/Disinfection

    Housekeeping teams will clean campus spaces based on CDC guidelines for disinfection and OSHA protocols. Facilities will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevator stops, and high-traffic areas. 

    Students, faculty, and staff will need to assist with cleaning their personal areas and workspaces with products provided by emergencyservices@desales.edu.

    Residence hall and University building occupants should also assist by wiping down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products that meet the CDC’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the surface. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., fitness centers, library tables copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.). Facilities will provide products for disinfection.

    For additional information pertaining to disinfection, see the CDC’s guidance here

  • Coughing/Sneezing Hygiene

    Remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue; when you cough or sneeze, use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% alcohol as the preferred form of hand hygiene in healthcare settings. 

  • Specific Campus Scenarios

    Classrooms

    • Faculty must wear a face mask/covering while entering/exiting the classrooms, and if anytime they move from the podium.
    • Plexiglass dividers will be installed on the podiums in each classroom.
    • Faculty who wish to teach without a face mask/covering must remain behind the plexiglass at all times.
    • Faculty who would like to move about the classroom may do so, but must wear a face mask/covering
    • Faculty must wipe down all equipment and podiums prior to each use and once the class has concluded.
    • Students will be required to wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the classroom.
    • Students who do not have a mask/face covering must leave and cannot return unless they are wearing a mask/face covering.  

    Elevators

    Until further notice, all elevators are limited to one person at a time. The use of elevators will be limited to those who have a necessity in order to avoid proximity with others in a confined space. Those using elevators are required to wear a face mask/covering. Users should also avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers, if possible. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% alcohol as the preferred form of hand hygiene upon departing the elevator. 

    Fitness Centers

    Due to the limited number of users allowed in the fitness centers, until further notice, on-campus fitness in Billera Hall and Dorothy Day will be for student use only.

    • There will be strict procedures to ensure these spaces can be enjoyed safely and without the risk of spreading COVID-19. These protocols include:
    • Strict social distancing measures – in order to maintain six feet of separation between users, certain pieces of equipment may be blocked from use.
    • Users are required to wipe down equipment both before and after use.
    • The number of users allowed in the fitness center at any one time may be limited in order to maintain proper social distancing.
    • Specific instructions will be posted in each of the University’s fitness centers.
    • Use of the fitness centers will be by reservation only.

    In-Person Meetings

    Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Students, faculty, and staff should communicate with one another, to the extent possible, by email, text message, telephone, or other available technology rather than face-to-face. Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or part using available online collaboration tools (e.g. Zoom). 

    Meals

    Before and after eating, wash your hands thoroughly to reduce the potential transmission of the virus. 

    When dining on campus resumes in August, students, faculty, and staffs must wear a face mask/covering until ready-to-eat and then replace it afterward. Eating establishments must meet requirements to allow at least six feet of distance between each customer, including lines and seating arrangements. Specific guidance will be posted. Faculty and staff are encouraged to take food back to their office area or eat outside, if this is reasonable. 

    Only remove face mask/coverings to eat, then put it back on immediately after eating. Wipe all frequently touched surfaces before and after use. 

    Office Environments

    If you work in an open office environment, be sure to maintain at least six feet distance from coworkers. If possible, have at least one workspace separating you from another coworker. You should wear a face mask/covering at all times while in a shared workspace/room.

    Employees should expect measures to physically separate and increase the distance between employees, other coworkers, and customers, such as: 

    • Visual cues such as floor decals, colored tape, or signs to indicate to visitors where they should stand upon arrival (e.g. admissions, financial aid, bursar, registrar, etc.)
    • One-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase the distance between employees moving through the space.
    • Designation of specific stairways for up or down traffic in building with more than one stairway.

    If an employee has his/her own office, no more than one person should be in the same room unless the required six feet of distance can be consistently maintained. If more than one person is in a room, face masks/coverings must be worn at all times. 

    Employees must avoid congregating in common areas. 

    Prayer and Worship

    Along with the outdoor sacred spaces that host blessed statues, Connelly Chapel will be open for private prayer throughout the day. Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. at Connelly Chapel, with accommodations made for social distancing. Each Mass will welcome 98 worshippers. Weather permitting, an outdoor Sunday Mass will be celebrated at the Jesus the Teacher statue on the Campus Mall at 4 p.m. As the semester unfolds, we will reconsider the Mass schedule. Worshippers are asked to wear a face mask/covering and follow the lead of ushers to receive Holy Communion. All are encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand; those who desire to receive on the tongue will receive after Mass in the sacristy. Daily Mass will be celebrated at 12:05 p.m. in the Wills Hall Chapel. Similar protocols will be followed at daily Mass. Confession will be available on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Wills Hall Chapel and at 3 p.m. in Connelly Chapel with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Please follow the protocols in place for confession. 

    Restrooms

    New protocols will be posted in each restroom - please follow them carefully. Spaced out restroom visits should occur when possible to limit the number of people in a restroom at the same time. Whenever possible, six feet of distance should be maintained. Always wash your hands thoroughly after use. 

  • Travel

    If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to the following states, it is recommended that you quarantine for 14 days upon return: PA Department of Health Travel Recommendations

    Business Travel

    Due to the risk of spreading the virus that accompanies travel, all University business related travel must have the approval of the appropriate vice president until further notice. 

    Only mission critical travel will be approved. 

    Personal Travel

    While personal travel is not restricted, please use common sense when considering the risks associated with personal travel before making plans for a trip. International personal travel is strongly discouraged. Be advised that such travel may be subject to the CDC’s self-monitoring requirement (staying at home and avoiding group gatherings and public spaces) for 14 days from arrival in the United States, before returning to campus. Domestic travel is also discouraged due to high risk areas as defined by CDC guidelines. 

    DeSales University will closely monitor the changing recommendations and restrictions with travel on the CDC site. As expected, any travel, domestic or international could heighten your risk of exposure. 

    For additional information pertaining to travel, see the CDCs guidance here

  • Mental and Emotional Wellness

    DeSales University understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased stress levels across the country. We want to prioritize our community’s mental health during these uncertain times. As such, we have made every effort to ensure that the campus is safe for return to work and study and are ready to discuss personal situations. The University is aware of mental health considerations during this transition.

    Attend to your mental and emotional health needs during this stressful time. Employee Assistance Program: Preferred EAP is available to offer emotional support for faculty and staff during this stressful period. You may contact Preferred EAP at www.preferredeap.com or by calling 1-800-327-8878 or 610-433-8550. 

    Healthy DeSales University: DeSales University is committed to supporting overall health and wellness. Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information coping with stress. 

    Additional resources are available through the DeSales University Wellness Center

  • Communication

    As our knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 continues to evolve, the University will need to adapt quickly to those changes. 

    Visit desales.edu/covid-19 for the latest information on DeSales University’s “Ready for Anything” commitment. In addition, students, faculty, and staff will receive regular updates during the fall semester via DSU daily.

    If urgent communication is required, the University will deploy the emergency notification system.

    Note: In order to limit rumors and misinformation, and to ensure the effectiveness of University prevention, protection, and mitigation measures, we request that employees exercise discretion and limit unnecessary speculation and gossip regarding COVID-19 issues. In particular, we request employees maintain the privacy and confidentiality of those seeking healthcare or who may be part of contract tracing efforts. We also request that University employees maintain the confidentiality of sensitive University documents. 

COVID-19 Employee Guidebook

  • Scope

    A quote from St. Francis de Sales we often hear repeated at DeSales University, “Nothing is small in the service of God.” Whether washing our hands and wearing a facial covering, or teaching behind plexiglass, or working from home, we are serving God, serving our students, and thwarting a life-threatening virus. It’s understood these changes in our behavior may inconvenience us, but they can—and will—bring us to a new season of hope, replete with rebirth, renewal, and balance.

    DeSales University has implemented various protocols to ensure your safety upon returning to campus, however, it’s up to you and your coworkers to execute on these protocols daily. By releasing this employee guidebook, DeSales University hopes to clearly communicate our plans moving forward, highlight workplace protocols in place to protect your safety, and establish a level of comfort for all employees returning to campus.

    In the event of an emergency, including those related to COVID-19, please call 911, or if you are on campus, call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250. If you have non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 and DeSales University, please email those questions to covid19@desales.edu. You should receive a response within 24-48 hours. Please note that this email is not for emergency use.

    As the situation is constantly evolving, visit www.desales.edu/covid-19 for the latest information on DeSales University’s Ready for Anything commitment.

  • Compliance

    To comply with the safety guidelines recommended by federal, state, and local agencies during these unprecedented times, we are requiring that the guidance provided in this COVID-19 Employee Guidebook is followed to the best of your ability and circumstances. By all working together in Salesian Solidarity, we will utilize best practices for a safe campus environment for each other and for our students. In this regard, if an employee is not following protocols included in this guidebook and refuses to comply with the appropriate guidance after it has been brought to their attention, which could result in creating unsafe conditions for themselves, their colleagues and students, the employee may be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the faculty and staff handbooks.

  • Situation and Assumptions

    The COVID-19 pandemic has created uncertainty and disruption across the globe. As additional information is learned, DeSales University will continue to adapt and pivot to new challenges and opportunities.

    In accordance with the Pennsylvania Governor’s phased approach to reopening the Commonwealth, DeSales University will thoughtfully welcome students, faculty, and staff back to campus no later than August 17, 2020, officially marking the start of the 2020 fall semester.

    In the spirit of Salesian Solidarity, we are called to keep our community members safe and well. To that end, this guide outlines the various procedures for employees returning to campus and responding to confirmed cases of COVID-19 on campus.

  • Return-to-Campus Procedures

    Keeping employees safe is our priority. To accomplish this task, there are a number of factors that require thoughtful consideration before bringing employees back to campus. Supervisors will communicate directly with their employees in each department with instructions on how to return to campus for work. These instructions will take into account various methods to protect employees, prevent infections, and mitigate risks, such as alternating workdays, staggered reporting/departing, and reconfigured workspaces, and may vary by department. 

    DeSales University may phase staff in a coordinated effort to ensure appropriate social distancing and other COVID-19 related guidelines. Additionally, the University will assess expanded staffing based on mission-critical operations; the ability to control and manage specific workplace environments; and the necessity to access on campus resources. The need to reduce the number of people on campus to meet social distancing requirements will continue for some time. 

    Expanded staffing will be tightly controlled and coordinated by the University in order to mitigate potential risks and to ensure the safety of employees. No department or office may increase on-campus staffing levels without approval from the respective vice president. Once decisions to expand on-campus staffing in certain areas have been made, staff should follow the policies and protocols detailed in this guide for returning to work on campus. 

    As on-campus staffing and operations expand, the University will closely monitor and assess potential spread, as well as existing policies and protocols. If localized outbreaks emerge, tighter restrictions and reduced staffing may need to be implemented again. 

    Once employees return to campus, there are several techniques the University will implement in order to maintain social distancing measures and reduce population density within buildings and workspaces.

    Under no circumstances should an employee feeling ill report to campus. Instead, employees should follow the procedures below and await further instructions.

  • Classrooms

    • Plexiglass dividers will be installed on the podiums in each classroom.
    • Faculty must wear a face mask/covering when entering/exiting the classrooms, and while teaching.
    • Faculty who wish to teach without a face mask/covering must remain behind the plexiglass at all times.
    • Faculty who would like to move about the classroom may do so, but must wear a face mask/covering.
    • Faculty must wipe down all equipment at the podium prior to each use and once the class has concluded.
    • Faculty are asked to assist in the enforcement of this protocol for the wearing of face masks/coverings.
    • Students will be required to wear a face mask/covering at all times while in the classroom.
    • Students who do not have a face mask/covering must leave and cannot return unless they are wearing a face mask/covering.
  • Dining

    The faculty staff dining room will not be available during the fall 2020 semester. This space will be used for prospective students and their families. Faculty and staff are encouraged to eat meals is their offices.
  • Travel

    Employees who travel to states where the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has issued a 14-day quarantine recommendation upon return to Pennsylvania are not eligible for the DeSales University COVID-19 Leave Policy*. 

    Please see Travelers - PA Department of Health – PA.gov

    *Employees who have already traveled to a recommended quarantine state (either before or during the time that PA issued a quarantine recommendation) will still be eligible for the COVID-19 Leave Policy.

     
  • Requirements for all Employees (What to do if you or Someone Near you has Symptoms)

    All employees are to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and use HealthChampion, a COVID-19 self-screening tool, to record temperature and symptoms daily. 

    Employees may not report to work if they develop any COVID-19 symptoms, have household members with COVID-19 symptoms, or believe they have been exposed to COVID-19. 

    If you develop COVID-19 symptoms:

    • Seek medical attention immediately.
    • Request a test for COVID-19 from your healthcare professional, unless your doctor can determine that you do not actually have symptoms of COVID-19 and do not require a test. 
      • Alternatively, you may receive a COVID-19 diagnostic test in the University's on-campus test center by calling 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, to schedule an appointment. 
    • If symptomatic, or you have tested positive, report your condition to 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, so DeSales University can determine if contract tracing is appropriate. 
    • Do not report to campus unless instructed.

    Note: If you have a physician-referred test, it will be covered at no cost to you by health insurance. If you get a non-medical professional referred test and health insurance will not cover it, please submit the invoice for the test for reimbursement. This policy will be effective through December 31, 2020, but may be extended as conditions warrant.

    If someone in your household develops COVID-19 symptoms or if you suspect or discover you were exposed to a COVID-19-positive individual:

    • Call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, and follow the provided instructions.
    • Do not report to campus unless instructed.

    Due to the unique nature of each exposure situation, the University’s COVID-19 Response Team will assist exposed employees in determining their risk category and a plan of action on a case-by-case basis.  In doing so, the University will follow the CDC’s exposure definitions and recommended precautions.

  • School and Daycare Closures

    As with severe weather emergencies, school/daycare closures and related issues occur. With mass school/daycare closures in our area for quarantine or precautionary purposes, employees should begin to identify back-up resources for childcare. The following options may be available:

    • Utilization of back-up resources for childcare.
    • Temporary work-from-home arrangement based on supervisor approval.
    • Utilization of time-off using vacation time or personal days as approved by supervisor.

    In the event your child has a confirmed case of COVID-19—and is home on quarantine—sick time or unpaid time may be used to care for the child. Usage of eligible FMLA time may be applied when appropriate and per FMLA guidelines and/or the University’s COVID-19 Leave Policy.

  • Remote Work/Work from Home

    In departments where productivity can be measured and monitored, supervisors may allow for more flexibility with temporary requests to work from home during this sensitive time-period. It is at the discretion and judgement of that supervisor and vice president, in consultation with human resources, to allow remote work at the request of the employee. Please review the COVID-19 Temporary Remote Work Policy, available through the Department of Human Resources.

  • DeSales University COVID-19 Leave Policy

    This policy provides the following:

    • Up to 80 hours of COVID-19 leave shall be made available to employees unable to perform their assigned duties for the period of July 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020. For part-time employees, the amount of available leave will be pro-rated based on the standard part-time hours worked in a week.
      • Employees who are unable to perform their assigned duties during the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to use COVID-19 leave for the following, but not limited to, conditions:
      • Diagnoses of COVID-19, or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, and seeking a diagnosis or requiring time to take a COVID-19 test.
      • Care of an immediate family member who has a diagnosis of COVID-19 or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and is seeking a diagnosis.
      • Care of an immediate family member subject to a quarantine or self-isolation order or who has been advised to self-isolate.
      • Child/elder care due to school/day care closures related to the effects of COVID-19.
      • Employees who are affected by conditions related to COVID-19 and who are unable to perform their assigned duties by working remotely (telecommute or telework).
    • In instances where employees are unable to perform their assigned duties due to the type of work they perform (meaning the work cannot be performed remotely) but are assigned other duties that CAN be performed remotely, they cannot refuse a reassignment of duties in order to take COVID-19 leave.
    • Employees may use COVID-19 leave prior to using any other accrued leave categories, such as sick time, personal days, or vacation time.
    • COVID-19 leave use, including a determination that an employee is unable to perform their assigned duties, is subject to approval by his/her vice president in consultation with the Office of Human Resources.
    • Use of COVID-19 leave is only available to be claimed during the time period covering the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. This policy expires on December 31, 2020.
    • There is no entitlement to the COVID-19 leave after December 31, 2020.
    • COVID-19 leave does not accrue and may not be rolled-over or combined into other types of leave. COVID-19 time that is unused will not be paid-out to the employee for any reason.

    Just as we anticipate students may have good reason to engage in their learning remotely, we recognize that some faculty and staff may self-designate themselves as being in one of the categories recognized by the CDC which places a person at higher risk for severe illness due to the COVID-19 virus. 

    If a faculty or staff member considers themselves in one of these categories, and requests to seek a reasonable accommodation to on-campus instruction or for continued remote work, the individual should inform their area vice president of their intention. Requests for accommodation or flexibility for continued remote work will be considered on an individualized basis through the Office of Human Resources, in consultation with the respective area vice president.  

    Please note that while your division head or supervisor may be involved in the process, information about any medical condition, including medical documentation, will not be shared with them without your authorization. 

  • Unemployment

    • Unemployment compensation is a government means to assist employees financially when there is no work or lack of work available. If an employee expresses his/her desire to remain home because he/she is receiving more through unemployment compensation, be advised that returning to work is not optional and any refusal to return-to-work, when work is available and offered, will have employment consequences.
    • DeSales University has the legal right as an employer to require a recalled employee to return-to-work, and to also sever the employment relationship if such a recall is refused. For example, a refusal of recall for work, without medical or other good cause, would likely result in the University accepting an employee’s voluntary resignation.
    • Absent good cause, an employee is not eligible for unemployment if he/she refuses suitable work.
  • COVID-19 Temporary Remote Work Policy

    DeSales University prides itself on the human connections created within our campus community. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic forcing us to shutter on-campus operations beginning March 21, 2020, was always deemed temporary and we remain grateful for the ability of our faculty and staff to transition to remote operations. As we are approaching the fall semester Ready for Anything we hold the expectation that all faculty and staff will return to their duties and roles on campus beginning in July 2020 in accordance with the Governor’s phased re-opening. 

    As part of DeSales University’s ongoing efforts to return to campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, this policy provides temporary guidance and flexibilities to facilitate the continuance of remote work arrangements due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  After the University has re-opened campus operations, University employees may work from home or another remote location in accordance with performance expectations and other terms determined by their manager and appropriate Vice President, and subject to approval by Human Resources.

    Remote work arrangements may not be feasible in all cases. In addition, remote work arrangements approved under this policy last only for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, as defined and communicated by the University over time.

    Requesting a Continuing Remote work Arrangement

    Faculty and staff requesting the ability to have a continued remote work agreement must complete a request form for approval. All requests will be reviewed by Human Resources and approval will be determined on a case-by-case basis in conjunction with the appropriate department head and/or Vice President, based on factors including the position and the business needs of the department.

    Temporary Remote work Requirements

    In addition to any specific terms of an approved temporary remote work arrangement, all temporary remote work arrangements approved under this policy are subject to the following conditions and requirements:

    • The University may modify or suspend a temporary remote work arrangement at any time and for any reason, including problems with employee performance or work conduct, or the business needs of the University.
    • The employee must fulfill all terms and expectations agreed upon with their manager. Unless specified otherwise, the employee is expected to work the same amount of time and work hours as usual.
    • Unless specified otherwise, the employee agrees to work and be available to communicate regarding University matters during normal business hours or as stipulated in a course syllabus, for example.
    • The employee must comply with all University rules, policies and procedures during remote work, including those regarding timekeeping, approval of overtime and use of leave. Violations may result in termination of the temporary remote work arrangement and/or disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
    • The employee must use any equipment or supplies provided by the University for business purposes only, and notify their supervisor immediately of any malfunction, damage or theft involving University property. If it is necessary for the employee to use personal equipment while working remotely, the employee may submit a request for reimbursement of reasonable expenses for equipment that is needed to perform work duties during the temporary remote work period. Such equipment may include toner, paper or the incremental charge for a necessary increase in internet bandwidth to perform work duties.  Such requests will be reviewed and approved at the discretion of the University. 
    • The employee must adhere to all University IT policies and procedures, including those governing information security, secure remote access, and data protection.  The employee must notify their supervisor immediately of any unauthorized access or disclosure of confidential information.
    • The employee agrees to maintain a safe and secure work environment and to report work-related injuries to their manager at the earliest reasonable opportunity.  The University assumes no liability for injuries that occur in the employee’s remote work location outside the agreed-upon work hours, or for damages to employee’s real or personal property resulting from their participation in the temporary remote work arrangement.  
    • The staff member has responsibility for maintaining the security and confidentiality of university files, data and other information that are in the off-site work place.  All applicable policies and procedures outlined in the Faculty and/or Staff Handbook must be adhered to. 
    • Remote work is not to be regarded as a substitute for ongoing child care or adult care. If applicable, the employee will attach a general description of caregiving arrangements due to COVID-19 that will be in effect during the remote work hours. If the employee needs to modify these arrangements, they will inform the supervisor and obtain the necessary approvals to continue the remote work arrangement.
    • Temporary remote work arrangements under this policy do not change an employee’s “at-will” status or basic terms and conditions of employment with the University.  A remote work arrangement is not a contract and does not guarantee employment for any specific term.   

    Please contact the Office of Human Resources at hr@desales.edu or 610.282.1100 x1660 if you have any questions regarding this policy, or any questions about remote work arrangements not addressed in this policy.

     

     

     

  • Forms: Remote Work Request & Workplace Accommodation Request

COVID-19 Student Guidebook

  • Ready for Anything

    At DeSales University, it is our priority to keep our students healthy, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we will abide by governmental guidelines when possible as we strive to balance public health concerns with the needs of the University. This guide details how we plan to reopen the University, while keeping our campus community as safe as possible for all.

    This plan will only succeed with the support of each and every member of the DeSales University community: students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The purpose of this guide is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 on campus and to minimize risk for all.  To achieve this purpose successfully, requires the consistent commitment from all persons. All must abide by the procedures and policies outlined below, including social distancing, wearing face masks/coverings, handwashing hygiene, and more. 

    This guide outlines information provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), as well as guidance from other regulatory organizations.

    While the University will implement protocols to ensure safety, it is up to each individual on campus to execute on these protocols daily. In order to keep our University safe, it is imperative that from the individual level to an organizational level, all parties abide by the regulations outlined in this guide. In addition to communicating our plans to move forward, DeSales University offers this guide to highlight campus protocols now in place to protect student, faculty, and staff’s safety, and to establish a level of comfort for all of our students, employees, and visitors, for your return to campus.

    All students are expected to fully comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in this document and others as part of the DeSales University Ready for Anything commitment. Failure to comply could result in drastic changes to campus life and jeopardize the University’s ability to offer a full educational experience. 

    In an emergency, please call 911, or if you are on campus, (610) 282-1002 or extension 1250. If you have non-emergency questions related to COVID-19 and DeSales University, please email those questions to covid19@desales.edu. You should expect to receive a response within 24-48 hours. Please note that this email is not for emergency use.

    Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continue to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated appropriately as more information becomes available.
  • Before You Begin Your Day

    All members of the DeSales community (students, faculty, and staff) who will be visiting campus that day will conduct a daily health check by completing a health assessment using, Health Champion, a COVID-19 screening app. Prior to arrival on campus, you will receive an invitation to download the app.

    Upon successful completion of the health screening each day, the result will be either a green screen or a red screen:

    • Green—No further action is needed. You may report to campus, attend class, participate in daily activities, etc. 
    • Red—Do not report to campus; do not report to class. Remain where you are and call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250, if you are on campus and follow the instructions provided to you. Immediately call 911 in the event of an emergency. 
  • Health & Safety—Face Masks and Coverings

    • All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are required to wear a face mask/covering at all times while they are on campus. Face mask/covering must fully cover the nose and mouth. Exceptions for wearing a face mask/covering includes times when individuals are alone outdoors, and while in personal spaces at times when contact with others is not suspected or likely (provided a face mask/covering is available to wear if the situation changes). 
    • Please wash or sanitize your hands each time prior to handling your mask.
    • Students are encouraged to bring their own face mask/covering, provided that they:
      • Allow for breathing without restriction
      • Are secured with ties, ear loops, or equivalent
      • Can be laundered without damage or change of shape
      • Cover the nose and mouth properly
      • Do not display any offensive images or language
      • Fit snugly, but comfortably, against the side of the face
      • Include multiple layers of fabric
    • The University will provide a face mask/covering to any student who requests one, please email: emergencyservices@desales.edu in order to obtain a mask.
    • Wash your cloth mask after each daily use.

    For more information on the use of face masks/covering please see the DeSales University Return-to-Campus Guide.

  • Health & Safety—Social Distancing

    Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and slowing its spread. Because people can spread the virus before they exhibit any symptoms, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you do feel well. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk. We expect that all members of the campus community follow these social distancing practices:

    • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more.
    • Stay at least six feet from other people at all times.
    • Stay out of crowded places and avoid large group gatherings.
  • Health & Safety—Hand Washing

    Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

  • Facilities & Environment—What to Expect on Campus

    DeSales University has implemented various campus protocols designed to protect the health and safety of our community, prevent infections, and mitigate risks as students return to campus. This section offers further details regarding these protocols. Additionally, the campus community should be alert for supplemental policies, signage, and other directions. For additional information, please visit the CDC website.

  • Facilities & Environment—Cleaning and Disinfecting

    Housekeeping teams will clean campus spaces based on CDC guidelines for disinfection and OSHA protocols. Facilities will also maintain hand-sanitizer stations at major building entrances, elevators, and high-traffic areas.

    Students are expected to assist with cleaning their rooms, personal areas, and workspaces with products provided by emergencyservices@desales.edu.

    Residence hall and University building occupants should also assist by wiping down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products that both meet the CDC’s criteria for use against COVID-19 and are appropriate for the type of surface. This includes any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., fitness centers, library tables, copiers, printers, computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, coffee makers, desks and tables, light switches, doorknobs, etc.). Facilities will provide products for disinfection.

  • Facilities & Environment—Outdoor Campus Spaces

    When walking on campus sidewalks, please always stay to the right side of the walkway to provide at least six feet of distance from pedestrians walking in the opposite direction.

    Tents will be set up around campus for student use. While inside of a tent, please maintain use of face masks/coverings and social distancing protocol. 

  • Facilities & Environment—Signage and Posters

    The University has developed a portfolio of signage and decals to guide building occupants and visitors as they enter, travel through, occupy, and exit buildings. Common areas in buildings such as: main entry doors, corridors, lobbies, waiting areas, will be populated with signage with reminders of safe hygiene practices and other important information.

    Please continue to view and comply with signage from the University.

  • Facilities & Environment—Entering, Exiting, and Circulating Through Buildings

    Among other measures, larger buildings may have doors designated as “Enter” or “Exit” in order to minimize congestion in these areas.

    Building occupants navigating through building corridors and hallways should follow the right side of these passageways and should avoid congregating.

  • Facilities & Environment—Elevators and Stairs

    Occupants are encouraged to use stairs for vertical circulation through buildings and should follow the right side of stairways.

    Elevators are limited to one occupant. Those waiting for elevators in lobbies should practice appropriate physical distancing. The use of elevators will be limited to those who have a necessity in an effort to avoid proximity with others in a confined space. Those using elevators are required to wear a face mask/covering. Users must avoid touching the elevator buttons with exposed hands/fingers, if possible. Wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60% alcohol as the preferred form of hand hygiene upon departing the elevator.

  • Facilities & Environment—Restrooms

    Individuals are expected to keep at least six feet of distance in restrooms across campus. Please be mindful of the number of individuals inside a building restroom, and limit occupancy to ensure appropriate physical distancing. 

    Wash your hands thoroughly after each use.

  • Facilities & Environment—Meetings

    Convening in groups increases the risk of viral transmission. Students, faculty, and staff should communicate with one another, to the extent possible, by email, text message, telephone or other available technology rather than face-to-face.

    Where feasible, meetings should be held in whole or part using available online collaboration tools (e.g., Zoom). Students who require an in-person meeting with a faculty or staff member must schedule ahead of time. Walk-in meetings are not permissible. 

    If it is necessary to hold meetings in-person, faculty and staff are asked to limit the number of attendees present, wear a face mask/covering, and ensure that all individuals are able to appropriately physical distance (i.e., six feet apart).

  • Academics—Fall 2020 Calendar

    Traditional Day Undergraduate Students

    • Orientation for residential freshmen and transfer students is on campus from Thursday, August 13, 2020, through Sunday, August 16, 2020; commuter students begin orientation on Friday, August 14, 2020. Please see the full orientation schedule for more details.
    • Incoming freshmen and transfer students move into residence halls on Thursday, August 13, 2020; returning students move in on Sunday, August 16, 2020.
    • The first day of classes is Monday, August 17, 2020.
    • Classes are being held on the Labor Day holiday, Monday, September 7, 2020, and there is no Pacer Break, originally scheduled for October 12-13, 2020.
    • The last day of on-campus instruction is Friday, November 20, 2020.
    • The Monday and Tuesday (November 23-24, 2020) before the Thanksgiving Day holiday (November 26, 2020) are designated as Reading Days. On these two days, faculty may choose to hold online review sessions during regularly scheduled class times, or post additional virtual office hours, as students prepare for final exams and other assignments due at the conclusion of the semester.
    • Final exams are administered online and scheduled to follow the traditional procedures from Monday, November 30, 2020, until Saturday, December 5, 2020.
    • A revised academic calendar for Fall 2020 is published on the University website, which includes other key dates in the semester, such as pre-registration and deadlines for drop/add, withdrawal, and pass/fail. 

    ACCESS Students

    The session and course schedules in the ACCESS program remain unchanged.  ACCESS students can direct any questions to the ACCESS Advisor.

    Graduate Students

    Academic calendars and course instruction vary by graduate program. Graduate students should direct any questions about their program directly to the program director and/or program manual (if applicable). 

    Students who have questions about any of the above academics information or other matters related to course instruction, please contact Academic.Affairs@desales.edu.

  • Academics—Course Instruction

    In order to provide a flexible and safe learning environment, courses include a blend of in-class instruction, student participation via Zoom, and online engagement via the Blackboard learning management system. Based on the needs of specific courses, the instructional modality includes one of five formats:

    1. In-Person: Classes with enrollment that does not exceed the physical distance seating capacity meet in-person, with accommodations for attendance via Zoom.
    2. In-Person/Connected: Classes with enrollment that exceed the physical distance seating capacity blend in-person classroom attendance with a live Zoom (connected) classroom presence (In-Person/Connected). Students rotate from attending in-person to attending via live using Zoom. In this mode, all students (classroom and connected) are present in real time and attendance is taken using a system that maximizes in-person attendance and minimizes connected attendance. Students are informed of the class rotation schedule on each instructor’s syllabus which is be posted on Blackboard prior to the start of the course.
    3. Hybrid/In-Person: In general, classes meet with all students in-person half of the time in the classroom and half of the time online (asynchronously). For example, a hybrid course meets in class on Tuesday with online coursework and assignments that complete equivalency requirements for total in-class hours.
    4. Hybrid/In-Person/Connected:  The same as the previous, but due to room capacity, on days when class meets in-person, students are rotated from attending class in-person to attending via live Zoom.
    5. Fully Online: Classes are conducted online, with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous online activities, as outlined by the instructor.

    The assignment of instructional modalities is available in WebAdvisor and can be found in the “Comments” on the My Class Schedule option. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the course instructional modality is subject to change.  To ensure they are appropriately equipped for fall courses, students should review the technology requirements for all University courses; these requirements are also outlined below.  Additional guidance on course instructional modality and learning spaces maybe found in this informational video.

    Students are required to check their symptoms on a daily basis using the HealthChampion app. If a student is symptomatic, they should not come to class in-person, but attend class via live Zoom (connected) using the link in their Blackboard course. When feasible, every class will be conducted to accommodate students who need to attend class via live Zoom in the event that they demonstrate COVID-19-related symptoms or need to self-quarantine. To provide both flexibility and access to in-class lectures during the pandemic, faculty have been asked to record their Zoom sessions.  

    Students who are unable to return to an on-campus learning environment may be able to attend via live Zoom; however, not all courses can accommodate such connected participation if being physically present in the classroom is required for experiential learning.  Students who are seeking to attend class via live Zoom should contact Carolyn Tiger, director of the DSO, who will work with the students and inform their instructors of this accommodation.      

    Students who have questions about any of the above academics information or other matters related to course instruction, please contact Academic.Affairs@desales.edu.

  • Academics—Classrooms and Extended Classrooms

    With the assistance of the Office of Campus Environment, physical distancing room capacities have been determined and adjustments to classrooms have been made as needed. This included the removal of furniture, or the designation of allowable seating spaces to allow for six feet of distance between student seats. With these adjustments to learning spaces, the modality of instructional delivery depends, in part, on course enrollment numbers and the newly determined seating capacities. Additional spaces on campus (i.e., conference rooms in the University Center, Wills Hall, tents, etc.) are also being utilized for instruction of courses with large enrollment numbers.

    The following protocols are in place for use of classroom spaces:

    • Students are required to wear a face mask/covering at all times while in the classroom.
    • Students who do not have a face mask/covering must leave and are not permitted to return unless they are wearing a face mask/covering.
    • Students are asked to wipe down their desks before each class period begins. 

    Students in nursing and healthcare programs should anticipate that in courses with laboratory components, it will be necessary to make physical contact with a lab partner and/or standardized patient in order to learn and practice selected skills. Along with each partner wearing masks and observing hand-washing practices previously described, efforts to mitigate excessive exposure will occur by limiting student-to-student to one lab partner for all courses in which this type of learning experience is required.

    Extended Classrooms

    Some classrooms on campus are not in use on certain days/times, and have been designated as “Extended Classrooms” where students can reserve a seat to attend class when it is their turn to attend class via live Zoom (connected), or to conduct other online course activities. Reservations for a seat in Extended Classrooms and spaces in the library can be made one week in advance via a web-based reservation system. In addition to study carrels placed around campus (first-come, first-served basis; no reservations required), Extended Classrooms provide spaces for commuter students and connected students throughout the day.

    Students who have questions about any of the above academics information or other matters related to course instruction, please contact Academic.Affairs@desales.edu.

  • Academics—Healthcare Simulation Center

    • Face masks/coverings that are tight to the face are to be properly worn covering the mouth and nose anytime in the Simulation Center spaces.
    • Students should work to maintain physical distancing requirements of remaining 6 feet apart except during a simulated physical exam or simulated treatment of a human patient simulator, standardized patient or fellow student. This includes when working on training specific tasks.
    • Students are expected to wipe down the spaces they have used during any simulation prior to leaving so that groups entering will enter to a sanitized space. Sanitizing liquid is available in all rooms and wipes will be available either in the rooms or adjacent to the simulation spaces. Students entering those same rooms may also wipe down the spaces as needed.
    • Students are to wear gloves in addition to the mask during any physical exam maneuvers performed on any standardized patient, fellow student, or manikin in order to minimize direct contact and cross contamination.
    • Whenever possible, simulation pre-briefing will occur via Blackboard announcement or other means rather than in person just prior to the simulation to further mitigate avoidable interpersonal contact.
    • Students are required to continue wearing masks when in the conference rooms even when accessing those spaces outside of a simulation.

    Students who have questions about any of the above academics information or other matters related to course instruction, please contact Academic.Affairs@desales.edu.

  • Academics—Technical Requirements for All Courses

    Personal Computing Requirements for All Students - To take courses at DeSales University, students need a laptop computer (PC or Mac) with the capabilities listed below. Tablets, mobile phones, and desktop computers can be used as supplemental technology but are not a substitute for a full-function laptop computer.

    Instructors may require students to bring their laptop to class for exam administration or other instructional purposes. If a student is experiencing a hardship in obtaining a laptop computer, the student should contact Brian MacDonald at Brian.MacDonald@desales.edu

    Minimum Requirements for Windows Laptop Computer

    • Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 or higher 
    • Browser: Google Chrome (version 69 or higher), or Mozilla Firefox (version 59 or higher). Pop-up blocking should be disabled in all browsers. 

    Minimum Requirements for Mac Laptop Computer

    • Operating System: Macintosh OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) or higher 
    • Browser: Safari (version 12 or higher), Google Chrome (version 69 or higher), or Mozilla Firefox (version 59 or higher). Pop-up blocking should be disabled in all browsers. 

    General Laptop Computer Requirements

    • Headset with microphone
    • Webcam
    • Wifi capability

    Universally Used Computer Applications

    • Blackboard Learn: Blackboard is the online home for all DeSales courses. May be accessed from the MyDSU portal on the Applications tab.
    • Zoom Video Conferencing: Many activities in the fall, including instruction, will require access to Zoom. May be accessed from the MyDSU portal on the Applications tab.
    • Respondus LockDown Browser with Monitor: The Respondus software is used to provide academic integrity for online exams. The Respondus LockDown Browser is available within your courses in Blackboard.
    • Microsoft Office 365 and DeSales Gmail: Information may be found on the MyDSU portal
    • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC or other software that can read PDF format files. Click here for a free download. 

    Mobile Apps - As a supplemental technology, students may find it beneficial to download and use the mobile apps associated with Blackboard, Zoom, and Panopto (software used for video content).  

    Program- and Course-Specific Technology Requirements - Specific academic programs and courses may require additional computer hardware and software. It is the student’s responsibility to be familiar with the information in the syllabus for each of their courses and any program-specific guidance.

    Any questions, please contact CERT@desales.edu.

  • Academics—Trexler Library

    Some of the procedures and resources in the library have been updated to accommodate health and safety during this time:

    • There is new a book self-checkout system that helps to reduce traffic at our circulation desk. Directions on using the system are available in the library.
    • All students are required to wear face masks/coverings in the library and to social distance. Signage on the floor lets you know how far apart you should remain.
    • There are two release printers in the building, but students must clean the printer after using. Wipes are available at the printers.
    • Seating in the library has been reduced; many of the upholstered chairs have been removed. Most of the study rooms now accommodate only two students at a time. Students can still reserve a room online.
    • Students must wipe all table surfaces, etc., before and after they are used. Wipes are available.
    • Hours when the Trexler Library is open have been reduced: 
      • Monday – Thursday:  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
      • Friday and Saturday:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m.
    • Students can still checkout the anatomical 3D models for use in the library, but only two people at a time should use them. This is for social distancing reasons.

    Any questions, please contact reference@desales.edu.

  • Academics—Academic Resource Center and DSU Writing Center

    Academic Resource Center

    The Academic Resource Center is here to help you adjust to the academic rigor of college life. This fall, academic support appointments are offered both in-person and online. To register for an appointment with our staff, visit here.  

    What we do:

    • Academic advising
    • Academic skills coaching
    • Content tutoring by peer tutors
    • Peer tutor training
    • Professional and peer math tutoring
    • Retention outreach programming for undergrads in the Gateway To Success program extended to full freshman year
    • Retention services for all undergraduate students including ACCESS students
    • Study skills instruction
    • Writing support for all undergraduate coursework

    Visit our webpage.  Any questions, please contact Ann Koefer, Director of the Academic Resource Center.

    Writing Center

    The DSU Writing Center provides assistance in academic writing for all students enrolled at DeSales. There are trained peer tutors to support undergraduates in writing for all disciplines; online appointments are available. The professional staff tutors undergraduate, ACCESS, and graduate students both in-person and online. To register for a writing appointment, click here.                       

    Offerings:

    • Assistance with academic conventions of English
    • Assistance with academic documentation styles (APA, MLA, Chicago, AMA)
    • Coaching in essay structure and thesis development
    • Instruction in how to avoid plagiarism
    • One-to-one individual appointments by Zoom or in-person
    • Professional tutoring in writing
    • Tutoring in writing by peer tutors

    Visit the DSU Writing Center.  Any questions, please Ann Michael, Assistant Director of the Writing Center.               

  • Academics—Disability Services Office

    The Disability Services Testing Room is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday, for students who have an accommodation to utilize the testing room. All other appointments must be scheduled via Zoom.

    Students who have an academic accommodation are required to schedule all tests in Clockwork. This is the notification system that alerts instructors to your accommodations. Clockwork can be found under the Applications tab on the MyDSU homepage.

    Any students wishing to seek more information regarding disability services should contact Carolyn Tiger, director of the Disabilities Services Office.  

  • Campus Dining—Modifications and Options

    DeSales University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with Sodexo Dining Services, includes implementing a plan of operational and procedural changes to ensure the safest environment possible for students, faculty, staff, guests, and Sodexo employees.

    The previously discussed face mask/covering protocol and social distancing protocol is in effect in all food service areas. These guidelines will help you navigate your way through our Dining Services.

    Following the recommended governmental and agency guidelines, DeSales has elected to implement a cautious, measured approach that best ensures that the campus community will enjoy their dining experience, as well as provide flexibility for students to choose the dining options that maximizes their comfort.

    Dining Modifications and Options

    Some procedures and operations are changing within the Dining Services in order to deliver safe, high-quality food in a carefully controlled environment. Please be aware that these are temporary solutions as we navigate through the changes being made according to all guidelines from the applicable federal and state authorities:

    • All appropriate health and sanitization protocols are followed.
    • All dining facilities are cashless as of August 1, 2020.
    • All self-service stations have been eliminated in the main dining area. All meals are ordered through mobile ordering, or in-person with limited capacity and served by the dining staff in the DUC only. All other locations are mobile ordering.
    • Grab-N-Go options are available in the DUC & Sandella’s.
    • C-Store is only available in-between meal periods.
    • Load stations to add Paw Bucks to cards are offline for the 2020-2021 school year; funds should be added to your account using eAccounts Online or the eAccounts Mobile app.
    • Mobile ordering has been established for take-out food through Transact. Information on mobile ordering will be provided as soon as the system is operational.
    • Occupancy in each dining area is limited (or not allowed) based on state guidance, but we encourage students to take advantage of our mobile ordering app for convenience.
    • One-way entrance and one-way exit foot-traffic patterns have been established in the main dining facility (DUC), along with a separate entrance for mobile ordering pick-up.
    • Pre-packaged flatware, napkins, containers, cups, and condiments are to be used.
    • Six-feet distance markers are placed around dining food stations and all diners are expected to comply with these demarcations.
    • There are PPE stations located at each entrance and face masks/coverings are required at all times (unless you are eating or drinking).

    Catering/Concessions

    There is no catering or concessions available for the Fall 2020 Semester.

  • Campus Dining—DUC Food Court and Dining Hall

    Maximum Capacity: Food Court – 40; Dining Area Seating – 132

    We are introducing several significant changes to our menus, hours of operation and customer traffic patterns in the DUC (DeSales University Center). 

    Hours of Operation

    (Subject to change based on needs and flow control)

    Monday – Friday

    • Breakfast - 7:00am - 10:00am
    • Open - 10:00am - 11:00am
    • Lunch - 11:00am - 3:00pm
    • Open - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
    • Dinner - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
    • Late Night - 7:30pm - 10:00pm

    Saturday and Sunday

    • Continental - 9:30am - 11:00am
    • Brunch - 11:00am - 2:00pm
    • Open - 2:00pm - 4:30pm
    • Dinner - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
    • Late Night - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
    • All non-food items are prepackaged (e.g., napkins, plates, to-go containers, etc.)
    • Bistro and Sauté stations are located in the Main Food Dining area Monday – Friday. Bistro is located in Food Court Saturdays & Sundays.
    • Late Night Menu is mobile ordering only with designated pick up areas.

    Grab-N-Go & Takeout in Food Court

    • Grab-N-Go sandwiches, salads, desserts, yogurts, etc. are available for purchase.
    • Meal swipes (Board Swipes) are available for all stations.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is in place.
    • Pizza, Grill, Deli, and Build-A-Salad (Sauté Station) stations are available all day with the exception of the Build-A-Salad being served only during the lunch hour. A salad bar is being utilized at dinner with a side salad and full-size Grab-N-Go salads.
    • Queue lines with social distancing are in place along with decals on the floor, sneeze guards at the registers, and each student, faculty, or staff must swipe their own Paws Pass or credit card. No cash is being accepted after August 1, 2020.

    Mobile Ordering Pickup - DUC Conference Area

    • All food is prepaid through Dining Dollars, Paw Bucks, or credit card.
    • Available menus are from Pizza, Grill, and Deli.
    • Late Night Menu is available until 10 p.m.
    • Meal swipes are also available for mobile ordering, however it is limited to menu items available.
    • Mobile ordering pickup is in the Wood/Heritage Room located in the DUC Conference Center (near main entrance of building).
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
  • Campus Dining—Skylight Cafe (Starbucks Coffee) in Dooling Hall

    *Mobile Ordering Only*

    Hours of Operation

    (Subject to change based on needs and flow control)

    Monday – Friday

    • Open - 7:30am – 1:00pm  

    Saturday and Sunday

    • CLOSED

    Mobile Ordering in Skylight Café

    • All coffee and pastries are prepaid through Dining Dollars, Paw Bucks, or credit card.
    • Mobile ordering pickup is located in the pickup area.
    • No meal swipe option is available in this location.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
    • Starbucks Coffee and pastries available only.
  • Campus Dining—Pulse Cafe (Peets Coffee) in Gambet Hall

    *Mobile Ordering Only*

    Hours of Operation

    (Subject to change based on needs and flow control)

    Monday – Thursday 

    • Open - 7:30am – 8:00pm

    Friday

    • Open - 7:30am – 1:00pm

    Saturday and Sunday

    • CLOSED

    Mobile Ordering in Pulse Café

    • All items are prepaid through Dining Dollars, Paw Bucks, or credit card.
    • Mobile ordering pickup is located in the pickup area.
    • Meal Swipe option is available in this location.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
    • Peets Coffee, Made-to-Order Deli sandwiches, chips, or bottled beverages available only.
  • Campus Dining—Sandella's & C-Store in Dorothy Day Student Union

    Maximum Capacity: Sandella’s – Mobile Ordering Only, C-Store – 10

    Hours of Operation

    (Subject to change based on needs and flow control)

    Monday – Friday

    Open - 7:30am – 1:00am

    Saturday and Sunday

    Open - 7:30pm – 1:00am

    Mobile Ordering for Sandella’s

    • All food is prepaid through Dining Dollars, Paw Bucks, or credit card.
    • Mobile ordering pickup and C-Store have separate entrances and exits.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
    • Sandella’s is available for a meal swipe option.

    Convenience Store Availability

    • Mobile ordering not available for C-Store items.
    • C-Store is available in between meal times.
    • One entrance in and one exit out signage is marked by stations.
    • Please touch only the products you plan to purchase.
    • Queue lines with social distancing are in place along with appliques on the floor, sneeze guard at the register, and each student, faculty, or staff must swipe their own Paws Pass or credit card. No cash is being accepted after August 1, 2020.
    • Self-service will function similar to a convenient store, but capacity is limited because of location size.
  • Campus Store

    Hours

    • Monday - Thursday
      • 10:00am - 4:00pm
    • Friday
      • 10:00am - 3:00pm
    • Saturday and Sunday
      • CLOSED (except open August 15, 16, and 22)

    Store Capacity

    The bookstore is allowing 25 people, including employees, into the store at one time to meet the social distancing guidelines.  All those entering the store are required to wear a face mask/covering and must maintain social distancing while in line. The aisles in the textbook area are one way and there are arrows on the floor to direct traffic flow. 

    Register Area

    There are stanchions in the store to control the lines with six feet markings and signs are posted inside and outside the store to communicate to visitors the guidelines.

    Web Orders

    There is a separate line for web order pickups that are outside the store. There are stanchions outside the store for students who are picking up web orders and six feet markings to keep the social distancing. The web order pickup area is at the window right outside the store. Web order pick-up options will display on the campus store website beginning August 8. Students also have the option to have their books shipped to their homes prior to August 3. 

    Store Cleanliness and Safety

    Store cleaning and disinfecting will take place before, during and after the store opens. Employees and visitors must wear face masks/coverings and there is hand sanitizer at the entrance of the store and at the register area. 

  • Student Life—Office of Residence Life and Housing

    Undergraduate residence halls are operating at standard occupancy, though significantly enhanced cleaning and other adjustments in our common life are necessary to keep one another safe. Adjustments to residence halls and their operations include:

    • Assigned roommates are considered a “household” for purposes of contact tracing. Students do not need to wear face masks/coverings when they are in their assigned rooms, but they must wear face masks/coverings in all other rooms and common spaces, including hallways and lounges.
    • Hall lounge capacities are adjusted for physical distancing.
    • Protocols and designated areas have been developed for quarantine and isolation in case residential students report COVID-19 exposure or symptoms.
    • Residential students are not permitted to enter residential buildings other than their own. Additionally, residents should maintain six feet of social distancing if welcoming others into their rooms.
    • Social distancing is required in all residence hall lounges, restrooms, and common areas. Plexiglass barriers have been installed where necessary. Reduced capacities are posted and must be respected.
    • The University’s housekeeping staff has put in place a schedule to maintain regular cleanings, including disinfecting high touch surfaces multiple times a day.
    • To help prevent congestion and prevent potential transmission in the residence halls, outside visitors are not permitted. There are designated locations in the Dorothy Day Student Union where students can welcome visitors.
  • Student Life—Office of Student Conduct

    Creating and maintaining a healthy environment that limits the opportunity for transmission of COVID-19 is crucial during these times. We need to respect and support each other in meeting these standards and holding each other accountable. Compliance with the established social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and health and hygiene protocols is expected of us all. Repeated or intentional disregard of the protocols is not permissible and will result in disciplinary action and possible loss of privileges to reside on campus and/or attend in-person classes.
  • Student Life—Student Activities

    All events and activities sponsored and approved by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership are a combination of virtual and in-person (where permitted) until further notice. 

    • All in-person events require a student ID that will be swiped. Approved face masks/coverings, temperature checks, and social distancing are mandatory for all in-person events sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership. No exceptions. Students are asked once to put on a face mask/covering, if they do not comply, they will be asked to leave. The covering of the face with a shirt does not count and will not be permitted, appropriate face masks/coverings only.
    • The maximum size for events is determined by compliance with governmental and health official’s recommendations for campus space as well as within DeSales University’s space regulations. 
    • ENGAGE, the online portal for student engagement, is being used in the following ways this upcoming fall:
      • All events must have proposals submitted and approved.
      • All sponsored and approved events are posted. 
      • All students must RSVP to in-person events.
    • The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership does not anticipate permitting the following in-person events in the fall. This list is subject to change.
    • Events that were scheduled for fall 2020 and need to be postponed to a later date will hopefully be made up in spring 2021.
  • Student Life—Student Organizations

    • All student organizations events, approved by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, are encouraged to take place virtually, however, there will be an opportunity to meet in-person in accordance with appropriate University public health practices and the student organization guidebook. Attendance must be taken at all in-person events to allow for contact tracing if needed.
    • All student organizations must submit and post all events and meetings on ENGAGE.
    • All student organizations meetings, approved by the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership, are asked to be virtual until further notice.
    • The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership does not anticipate permitting contact student organization events
    • The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership is working with DeSales University’s COVID-19 team to create a student organization guidebook prior to your return to campus.
  • Student Life—Third-Party Vendors, Speakers, and Performers

    Due to limited University visitors, third-party vendors, speakers, performers are only permitted for in-person engagements with vice president approval.  We encourage third-party vendors, speakers, and performers to be contracted for virtual events.
  • Student Life—Off Campus University Sponsored Trips

    • Per the University’s travel policy, the Office of Student Engagement and Leadership is not permitting off-campus events and travel unless approved with complete guidelines.   
    • One event CAB is offering throughout the semester (starting August 20) on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays is FREE admittance to Putt U during their hours of operation and weather permitting. Students must show their valid DSU ID, face masks/coverings must be worn the entire time students are there, and no transportation is being provided.
  • Student Life—The Orientation Program

    • The orientation program for the Class of 2024 and transfer students is a combination of virtual and in-person events.
    • August 13, 2020, is Move-In Day for all members of the Class of 2024 who will be residing in Tocik Hall, Conmy Hall, and Aviat Hall. Transfer students who are participating in Character U may move in on this day as well. 
    • The schedule for August 14-16, 2020, is posted on the orientation website and has been emailed to all students.
    • Transfer students not participating in Character U may move in with the rest of the student body on August 16, 2020.
    • For more information on the orientation program, please visit the following resources or send an email to: dsuorientation@desales.edu
      • Class of 2024 and Transfer student Blackboard page
      • Instagram pages @dsuclassof2024 and @desalesuorientation
      • Orientation website
  • Student Life—International Spring Break Trips

    The International Spring Break Trips for 2020-2021 are currently postponed until further notice.

  • Student Life—The Dorothy Day Student Union

    • The Dorothy Day Student Union is open and operational this fall. The building has enhanced sanitization and disinfection protocols, modified furniture, and adjusted capacities to University physical distancing requirements. Operating hours may be reduced to ensure deeper daily cleaning or accommodate academic classes. 
    • All outdoor grounds, including the Dorothy Day Park and the main green, can be reserved by student groups and may also be used informally by students when there is no prior reservation.
    • In collaboration with Auxiliary Services, three tents (eight, campus wide) have been installed outside Dorothy Day in the parking lots as space that can be reserved for additional outdoor student programs or informal gathering.
  • Student Life—Visitor/Access Control Policy

    At this time, all campus buildings will remain locked. Please use your ID to gain entry, or call the University Police if you need assistance. Do not hold or prop open exterior doors for any other person. 

    Until further notice, no outside visitors are permitted in the residence halls. Family and friends who wish to visit may do so but must stay in designated common University areas outside of residence halls and/or outdoors spaces. All visitors must self-monitor for symptoms prior to coming to campus and must also register with University police.

  • Student Life—Wellness Center

    • All appointments for the health and counseling centers will be made by telephone or online with a no-walk-in policy until further notice.
    • Counseling services continue to be a hybrid of online and in-person sessions, with proper social distancing and face mask/covering procedures. In-person sessions are only being conducted if necessary.  
    • To schedule an appointment with the health center, please call 610-282-1100 ext. 1776. 
    • To schedule a counseling appointment, please complete this request.
    • A COVID-19 suite is being constructed with a separate entrance, designated exam room, and detailed protocols with a series of steps for no-contact assistance and on-site, rapid testing for anyone on campus experiencing symptoms.
  • Student Life—Career Development Center

    The Career Development Center is committed to serving our student, alumni, and community partners through a full complement of virtual offerings:

    • Appointments with students and alumni continue through Zoom or via phone. Any individual seeking an appointment is encouraged to register online through a provided link or via phone (x1738); however, through appropriate social distancing protocol, students may enter physically to schedule a virtual appointment. These appointments include everything from Career Coaching, to Resume Reviews, to Internship Guidance, and Mock Interviews.
    • Daily "drop-in" Zoom hours are offered with an adjusted protocol for signing up for a time slot, using an online link to select a day/time.
    • Students in need of a private space to conduct a virtual interview with an employer for an internship or a job have access to the Career Center Interview Room, once again, to be scheduled through phone or social distant visit in the Career Center.
  • Student Life—Center for Faith and Justice

    • All sacraments, including the celebration of the Eucharist, retreats, Bible studies, and other ministry activities are available in an appropriately socially distant context and with the use of face masks/coverings.
    • Service learning and community service projects are continuing while adhering to the norms provided for campus safety.
  • Athletics & Fitness Centers

    Entrance to Billera

    • Anyone with a temperature over 100.3 is not allowed into Billera Hall.
    • Coaches and staff are permitted to enter at the side door facing the tennis courts.
    • Everyone entering Billera will have their temperature taken. A staff member does this between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. After 5 p.m., an athletic graduate assistant checks ID’s and take temperatures.
    • Everyone entering Billera must show a DSU ID.
    • If it’s apparent a person’s elevated temperature is from an outside source – running or biking to Billera for example – that person is asked to wait at a designated area (concession stand) to cool down. The front desk attendee will retake their temperature after five minutes.
    • There is only one entrance to Billera Hall – the front doors opening up to the parking lot.

    Use of Rec Courts

    • Depending on time of day and time of year, there may be a time restriction placed on use of rec courts.
    • Face masks/coverings must be worn when using the rec courts.
    • One rec court – closest to the storage room under Kresge Lounge – is used strictly for varsity team strength and conditioning and for varsity team meetings. This court is not available for free rec time.
    • Students wishing to use the rec courts for basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, etc. must sign up using CALENDLY.
    • Due to inclement weather, varsity team practices may move inside and supersede any prior reservations.

    Varsity Locker Rooms

    • All varsity locker rooms are day lockers only. Varsity athletes must change in locker rooms, lock their belongings (athletic department will provide locks to varsity athletes), shower after practice and clear out their lockers each day.
    • Assuming no contests will be played in the fall, the “away” women’s locker room may be used by DSU varsity women’s teams.
    • Both men’s and women’s varsity locker rooms and the men’s lacrosse locker room will be sanitized using the Halo Fog machine.
    • Men’s Lacrosse will store their equipment – pads, sticks, balls – in one of the portable locker rooms.
    • The men’s locker room closest to our athletic training room remains available for non-varsity athletes.
    • There are no permanent varsity team locker rooms.

    Compardo Fitness Center

    • Cleaning and sanitation is performed throughout the day with a deep cleaning by DSU facilities every night.
    • Hours for the Compardo Fitness Center are 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 2 p.m.-10 p.m. on Sundays.
    • Face masks/coverings must be worn in the fitness center if social distancing cannot be achieved.
    • Maximum number of people allowed in the Compardo Fitness Center at one time is 25.
    • Only DSU students are allowed in the fitness center, faculty and staff are not permitted until further notice.
    • Students need to reserve a fitness center time using CALENDLY.  Times can be reserved up to one week in advance.
    • There will always be an athletic graduate assistant present in the fitness center. This person is responsible for:
      • Check in and record all students who enter. Cross reference who signed up for the time slot and who actually showed up to work out. 
      • Conduct an orderly and safe entrance of students at the beginning of their 50-minute workout
      • Conduct an orderly and safe exit of the students at the end of the 50-minute workout
      • Continual cleaning of used equipment
      • Enforce social distancing and wearing of face masks/coverings.
    • Workouts are limited to 50 minutes.

    Varsity Team Room & Centaur Room

    • Both rooms must to be reserved through Jodie Morgan.
    • Capacity for the team room and Centaur room is determined by the Vice President of Campus Environment.
    • Face masks/coverings must be worn when in these rooms.
    • Large varsity teams – lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer – should reserve the rec courts if full team meetings are necessary.
    • Social distancing must be practiced in both rooms.
    • These rooms are for varsity teams only. No PE classes should use these rooms.
    • These rooms will be sanitized once per day using the Halo Fog machine.

    Billera Common Areas—Concourse, Hallways, Mailroom, etc

    • Coaches, athletic staff, students, and visitors are required to wear a face mask/covering in all areas of Billera Hall. This includes the recruiting lounge, conference room, mailroom, hallways, concourse, graduate assistant room and when visiting other coaches’ offices.
    • No workouts are allowed in the concourse or hallways. This includes lifting and running.
    • Social distancing must be practiced in all Billera Hall common areas.

    Aerobic Room

    • Capacity for this room is determined by the Vice President of Campus Environment.
    • Face masks/coverings and social distancing must take place in the aerobic room.
    • Outside classes – yoga, Zumba, etc. – are not allowed in the aerobic room.
    • Varsity coaches and/or athletes must reserve the aerobic room through Jodie Morgan.

    Athletic Training Room

    • Athletes waiting to be evaluated or treated must wait at designated spots in the hallway outside the training room. Depending on the availability, students may be asked to wait in the aerobic room.
    • Capacity for this room and the external athletic training room is determined by the Vice President of Campus Environment.
    • Continual cleaning of this room is being done throughout the day. Taping tables are wiped down between each athlete.
    • If appropriate, coaches can accompany their student-athlete to our athletic training room.
    • Face masks/coverings must be worn.
    • No work-study students are allowed in the athletic training room.
    • Only athletic trainers and students being evaluated, getting treatment or completing rehabilitation are allowed in the athletic training room. 
    • Social distancing must be adhered to in the training room.
    • This room is being sanitized each night either by our facility team or using the Halo Fog machine.
    • Whenever possible, taping and prepping for practice should be done at the field or court.

    Varsity Team Practices

    • A phased in approach will be used for all teams. Specific instructions and policies for each phase has been communicated to each head coach and their teams.
    • All coaches must wear face masks/coverings and practice social distancing while coaching their team.
    • Athletes must wear face masks/coverings at all times. This includes during practice if practical. It also includes wearing a face mask/covering while walking to and from the practice venue, to the locker room, and to the athletic training room.
    • Every athlete will take the self-screening test online and have their temperature checked immediately before every practice.
    • Every effort needs to be made to avoid teams intermingling. This includes in the locker rooms, athletic training room, team rooms, and Compardo Fitness Center.
    • No whistles should be used for any team practices.
    • Practice times are staggered to help foster social distancing between teams in the athletic training room and on practice fields and courts. This may include early morning or late-night practices.
    • Team meetings should continue to be virtual or, if in-person, face masks/coverings and social distancing must take place.

    Intramurals

    • DeSales Athletics and Recreation is currently reviewing safe activities to replace these sports for the fall 2020 semester. Further details will be announced regarding these activities at a later date.
    • Traditional intramural sport leagues and one-day events are suspended for fall semester 2020.

    Club Sports

    • Decisions on practice and competition opportunities for club sport will be forthcoming.
    • Safe options for club sports are under review for fall 2020.