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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Health and Safety Protocols Required on Wright State University Campus

Updated: September 18, 2020

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Our expectation is that every individual on our campus—faculty, staff, student, vendor, or other visitor—will follow university health and safety protocols.

As of now, those required protocols include:

Face Coverings

Face coverings must be worn at all times in university buildings. Any exceptions must be documented. Visit the face masks page for more information.

Physical Distancing

  • Maintain physical distance (at least six feet) at all times, indoors or out (including in elevators, on stairways, in lines, etc.); and
  • Adapt work schedules and/or office/lab arrangements to fulfill the purpose of physical distancing.

Hygiene

  • Wash hands thoroughly (at least 20 seconds, with soap and water);
  • Apply hand sanitizer regularly, especially after coming in contact with “high-touch” areas (doors, elevator buttons, stair railings, public counters, etc.);
  • Regularly disinfect your high-touch areas (desks, counters, phones, door and draw handles, etc.);
  • Follow CDC guidelines for care and handling of the cloth face covering; and
  • Dispose of tissues immediately after use.

Concern for the Health of Others on Campus

  • Members of the campus community should check their temperatures before reporting to campus;
  • Members of the campus community should NOT come to campus if they:
    • Have a fever of 100.4 degrees or above;
    • Are experiencing any of the other symptoms of COVID-19 (these include shortness of breath, chills, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell); or
    • Have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, tested for COVID-19, or with symptoms of COVID-19.
  • People in the campus community with influence over others (supervisors, principal investigators, faculty advisors, etc.) should ensure that:
    • All of those over whom they have influence follow social distancing and face covering requirements when in their office, lab, or other campus space
    • Those with symptoms of, or potential exposure to, COVID-19 know they should not come to campus
    • If any symptoms are apparent if observing employees at work, send them home immediately
    • Students with significant concerns regarding their own health do not feel coerced into coming to campus
  • All in the campus community should:
    • Ask those not wearing face coverings within offices, labs, or other indoor spaces with others present to do so
    • Ask those failing to adhere to physical distancing to step away
    • Regularly review Wright State’s coronavirus (COVID-19) website
    • Report those in their unit not following social distancing or wearing face coverings to their supervisor (if in an academic unit, escalate to the principal investigator, department chair or deans if necessary and, if in an administrative unit, report incidents to the supervisor, manager, or vice president)
    • Be kind and considerate to each other and members of our Wright State community

If there are repeated violations of Wright State's established protocol, you can report the incident to Human Resources at human_resources@wright.edu, by calling 1-855-353-3783, or by using the EthicsPoint website.


Teaching Safely in the Classroom

Syllabi considerations

A document has been developed to help you think about important topics you may choose to include on your syllabus. Download the document.

All persons coming to campus must follow the five safety protocols (Ohio.gov responsible protocols)

  1. Wear a face covering
  2. Symptom monitoring before coming to campus with assessment tool
  3. Wash hands and maintain physical distancing
  4. Clean workspace
  5. Maintain occupancy limits as determined by physical distancing

Students must wear face covering in all university buildings, university property, and at all university-sponsored off-campus activities and events.

  • All students will be provided with one washable face covering by the university upon return to campus. Visit the face masks page for more information.
    • If students refuse to wear face covering properly, they can be asked to leave the class. If a student refuses to leave, faculty are encouraged to dismiss the class, and let the student know they will be reported to the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct at 937-775-4230 or studentconduct@wright.edu.
    • If non-compliance endangers community members, disrupts a class, or interferes with university functions, then community members should notify the Wright State University Police Department at (non-emergency) 937-775-2111, (emergency) 9-1-1, or wsupolice@wright.edu. Lake Campus incidents should notify Lake Campus Police Dispatch at (non-emergency) 419-586-7724 or (emergency) 9-1-1.
  • If students forgot or lose a face covering, face coverings will be available on campus in designated areas.
  • Students must wear face covering when entering, exiting, or waiting to enter any building.
  • Face coverings are not required when an individual is outdoors if adequate distance (minimum of six feet) is maintained from others.
  • The Office of Disability Services will work with students on a case by case basis seeking a face covering exception/alternative. Students should contact mask-ada@wright.edu for additional information on how to request face covering exemption/alternative. We recommend a student consider taking the course remotely if they need an accommodation.

Faculty must wear face covering in all university buildings, university property, and at all university-sponsored off-campus activities and events.

  • Faculty must wear face covering in the classroom when teaching. All faculty will be provided with one washable face covering by the university upon return to campus.
  • Acceptable face covering must cover the nose, mouth and chin. Visit the face masks page for more information.
  • Faculty teaching outdoors with six feet physical distance are not required to wear a face covering.
  • In addition to a face covering, face shields can be used as an added layer of protection to the wearer to decrease risk of exposure through contaminants of the eye.

Cleaning protocol in the classroom

  • Students and faculty will clean personal workspace at the end of class.
  • Cleaning station supplies will be available in each classroom, including EPA-registered disinfectant spray or wipes, paper towels, etc.
  • Students and faculty are strongly encouraged to bring their own personal supplies, such as Lysol wipes, cleaning solution, and sanitizers to clean work spaces while indoors.
  • Faculty should bring their own whiteboard markers to class.

Physical distancing in the classroom and public spaces

  • Faculty and students practice social distancing by ensuring a six-foot distance between people.
  • All spaces will be reconfigured to maximize social distancing efforts.
  • Materials for social distancing:
    • Plexiglass dividers, barriers, transaction shields where social distancing may be difficult (barriers are not a substitute for physical distancing)
    • Markings for seats, floor spacing
  • Signage will be clearly posted in classrooms and buildings. In addition, signage will indicate one-way traffic flow in some areas to ensure physical distancing.
  • Designated campus locations will be available for attending remote only classes with social distance, waiting for courses to begin, computer labs, study spaces (list of available locations will be available).
  • Ingress and egress will be marked with signage demonstrating six-foot distance in order to combat crowding at entrances and exits.
  • Recommend for classes with more than five students, stagger exit in groups of five (i.e., first row exit, then second row, etc.).
  • Unused rooms will be locked to avoid gatherings without social distance.
  • Water bottle fillers will be available, but no drinking fountains.
  • Student printers and copiers will be available with protocols for cleaning and social distance.

Student Safety in the Classroom

Faculty may add protocols specific to their activities.

General safety protocols:

  • Stay home if feeling sick—ANY symptoms that could be COVID-19, even if likely to be allergies or common cold, you can take class remotely until feeling better. If in person only, work with instructor to make up work when feeling better.
  • Take your temperature before coming to campus.
  • Comply with face covering requirements. Visit the face masks page for more information.
  • Face coverings are expected while at campus; a limited amount may be available.
  • Wash hands frequently, especially after touching surfaces in public areas; if soap and water are unavailable use hand sanitizer; then wash hands as soon as feasible.
  • When not in class, but needing to still be on campus, go to approved study spaces (outdoors, library, and Student Success Center classrooms) and maintain six feet social distancing.
  • Follow traffic patterns in hallways.
  • Comply with elevator occupancies; take stairs whenever possible.
  • Drinking fountains are not available. Bring your own drinking water bottle.
  • Restrooms have reduced occupancy.

Common to all classrooms:

  • Do not congregate in hallway before class.
    • Identify safe waiting area indoors or outdoors while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Most classrooms will be available 20 minutes before class start—check with instructor.
  • Choose seating marked by green paw or other indicator—maintain six feet between each seat.
  • Clean and disinfect work area:
    • Use supplies provided in classroom, including EPA-registered disinfectant and paper towels.
    • Follow manufacturer’s directions for disinfectant use found on label.
    • If common container, squirt into paper towel and bring towel to desk; wipe container between uses.
    • Wipe entire area to equally apply a thin layer of disinfectant.
    • Allow 10 minutes for disinfectant to act and to dry.
    • Avoid contact of skin or clothing with liquid disinfectant.
    • Use hand sanitizer.
    • Wash hands as soon as feasible.
  • Clean and disinfect any common equipment before use.
  • As much as possible, use your own computer; check out laptop if needed.
  • Limit sharing of whiteboard markers or other small items; clean and disinfect after use.

Coronavirus Testing

Any student, faculty, or staff member with concerns about their risk of COVID-19 should call their primary health care provider or Student Health Services (937-245-7200).

Student Health Services (937-245-7200) is the preferred point of the first contact for Dayton Campus students. Student Health Services can conduct a tele-health appointment to assess symptoms and refer students for testing. Wright State Physicians and Student Health Services offer limited COVID-19 testing on our Dayton Campus to five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 4 to 5 p.m. A doctor’s order from Student Health Services or Wright State Physicians is required to administer a test. The drive-through testing center is located at the Lot 20 bus shelter, next to the Wright State Physicians Health Center.

Lake Campus students are also encouraged to call Student Health Services to schedule a tele-health appointment. Lake Campus community members needing testing will be referred to the Mercer Health testing facility or other local testing facilities.

Viral testing guidelines for the campus community are as follows:

  • If a student or employee has signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19, testing is encouraged.
  • If a student or employee is a close contact of someone who has recently tested positive with COVID-19, testing is encouraged.

In addition to the above COVID-19 viral testing guidelines, the following university communities have developed additional testing and monitoring guidelines:

  • Residence Life and Housing
  • Wright State Athletics
  • College of Nursing and Health
  • Boonshoft School of Medicine

Frequently Asked Questions

Students

  • How can students get tested for COVID-19?

    If a Wright State student or employee has concerns about their risk of COVID-19, they should call their primary health care provider or Student Health Services (937-245-7200).

    Student Health Services (937-245-7200) is the preferred point of the first contact for Dayton Campus students. Student Health Services can conduct a tele-health appointment to assess symptoms and refer students for testing. Wright State University Physicians and Student Health Services offer limited COVID-19 testing on our Dayton Campus. View additional COVID-19 testing information.

    Lake Campus students are also encouraged to call Student Health Services to schedule a tele-health appointment. Lake Campus community members needing testing will be referred to the Mercer Health testing facility or other local testing facilities.

    If any student tests positive, Student Health Services will provide follow-up medical care and case management.

  • Is the testing process different for Lake Campus students?

    Lake Campus students are also encouraged to call Student Health Services to schedule a tele-health appointment. Lake Campus students (or employees) needing testing will be referred to the Mercer Health testing facility or other local testing facilities.

  • What are the out-of-pocket expenses for viral testing?

    Student insurance will be billed for the laboratory test, and there is no co-pay for a physician-ordered viral test.

  • How long will it take for individuals to receive a notification of the lab results?

    The turn around time for laboratory results can vary by facility and local activity. Most laboratories expect a 24-hour window; however, some facilities with increased testing volumes can take several days to return testing results to the health care provider.

  • Who will be notified of positive COVID-19 results?

    An individual who tests positive for COVID-19 will first receive a phone call from the physician or care provider who ordered the laboratory test. The care provider then notifies the local public health department, which then enters the infectious disease into the Ohio Disease Reporting System. 

    Students and employees are also asked to self-report any probable or positive test results to Environmental Health and Safety. Testing and exposure information will be kept confidential. Gathering testing information from across the university allows us to understand patterns in community spread and make informed decisions to keep our community members safe.

  • What happens when I receive a phone call from my local public health agency?

    A local public health employee calls all individuals who test positive for COVID-19. The purpose of the call is to educate the individual about their exposure, ask the individual to self-isolate, and inquire about the daily activities on days before testing. Individuals will be asked to report the locations they visited and all interpersonal interactions that occurred over the previous days. The public health employee can also answer questions and make referrals to medical and social services.

  • What is a close contact?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before positive specimen collection) until the time the positive individual is isolated.

  • Should students and employees notify their close contacts about a recent positive test?

    Local public health employees will call all close contacts identified by a positive case. Based on local activity and caseloads, it could take several days for a local public health agency to reach all your close contacts.

    For this reason, we recommended that students and employees notify close contacts of possible exposure and inform Environmental Health and Safety, who will assist in the contact identification and notification.

  • I heard that a student in one of my classes tested positive; should I quarantine myself?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the positive individual is isolated. If you meet these exposure criteria, then yes, you should quarantine for 14 days. 

    If you have questions about a possible exposure, please call Environmental Health and Safety at 937-775-2215. If you would to be assessed for testing, please call Student Health Services at 937-245-7200.

  • Will someone follow-up with me during self-isolation?

    Absolutely. Student Health Services will conduct regular phone calls to provide medical follow-up and emotional and informational support. Individuals in isolation will also receive regular monitoring and symptom checking from their local public health agency.

  • How will Wright State University know if there is a campus-related outbreak?

    All positive laboratory results are entered into the Ohio Disease Reporting System. Public health epidemiologists monitor the data and can identify trends in case locations. Local public health agencies will notify university representatives of clusters of cases associated with university locations.

    Student Health Services and Environmental Health and Safety are also collaborating to monitor student health laboratory results and self-reported cases to identify trends in positive test results.

Faculty

  • What happens when there is a positive case on campus?

    Environmental Health and Safety will serve as the point of contact of all university-related confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases. EHS will receive notifications from Student Health Services, local public health agencies, and the EHS employee self-report portal. EHS will call or email the individual with a positive or probable result to conduct a preliminary case investigation that focuses on campus environments and interactions. The work by EHS is intended to supplement the case investigation and tracing calls from local public health employees.

  • What happens if I have a class on Monday morning and I find out that evening that one of the students tests positive for Covid-19. What are the procedures before we meet again on Wednesday?

    Faculty concerned about any classroom-based exposure should contact Environmental Health and Safety. EHS will conduct a case investigation focusing on campus-related exposures. The case investigation will first verify the positive test result and then conduct preliminary contact tracing. Please note that local public health will or may have already conducted a case investigation and contact tracing. 

    From that EHS campus investigation, the faculty member will be advised of a recommended course of action. Typically, students in class or in other spaces with a student who tested positive during which all individuals were wearing the required face covering and maintained a six-foot distance will not be considered close contacts or need monitoring or isolation.

    Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily, and on an as needed basis.

  • How do I contact EHS?

    To reach Environmental Health and Safety, call 937-775-2215. EHS will be working collaboratively with local public health agencies to investigate campus exposures.

  • Will my class be notified of a positive case?

    In coordination with Environmental Health and Safety, local public health employees will contact individuals who have been identified as a close contact by a confirmed positive case. EHS will notify the instructor of the case and contact tracing efforts. The need for a class notification will be made based in consultation with EHS and the faculty member.

  • Should I be thinking of assigning seats in my classroom?

    Yes, asking students to sit in the same seat is a good preventative practice. Seating arrangements limit the number of potential social interactions and allow for more efficient contact tracing if needed.

    Students should still wear a face covering, maintain six feet of distance, and wipe surfaces before use. Risk exposure is cumulative, and the more preventive actions taken, the lower the risk for viral exposure.

  • What is a close contact?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes, starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before positive specimen collection) until the time the positive individual is isolated.

  • Should students and employees notify their close contacts about a recent positive test?

    Local public health employees will call all close contacts identified by a positive case. Based on local activity and caseloads, it could take several days for a local public health agency to reach all your close contacts.

    For this reason, we recommended that students and employees notify close contacts of possible exposure and inform Environmental Health and Safety, who will assist in the contact identification and notification.

  • How will Wright State University know if there is a campus-related outbreak?

    All positive laboratory results are entered into the Ohio Disease Reporting System. Public health epidemiologists monitor the data and can identify trends in case locations. Local public health agencies will notify university representatives of clusters of cases associated with university locations.

    Student Health Services and Environmental Health and Safety are also collaborating to monitor student health laboratory results and self-reported cases to identify trends in positive test results.

  • If a student in my class tested positive, should my class quarantine?

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the positive individual is isolated.  If a student or faculty meet these exposure criteria, yes, they should quarantine for 14 days. If there are questions about possible exposure, please call EHS at (937) 775-2215 or your local public health agency.

Notification and Tracing

Individuals who tests positive for COVID-19 will first receive a phone call from the physician or care provider who ordered the laboratory test. The care provider then notifies the local public health department to begin the case investigation and contact tracing.

The purpose of the call from local public health is to educate the individual about their exposure, ask the individual to self-isolate, and inquire about the daily activities on the days before testing. Individuals will be asked to report the locations they visited and all interpersonal interactions that occurred over the previous days.

Contact tracers will call all close contacts identified by a positive case to assess the exposure and make recommendations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines a close contact as any individual who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days before positive specimen collection) until the time the positive individual is isolated.

The Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) office will serve as the point of contact of all university-related confirmed or probable COVID-19 cases. The investigation conducted by EHS is intended to supplement the routine investigation and tracking work performed by local public health agencies.

EHS will receive notifications from Student Health Services, local public health agencies, and through the EHS Incident Report. Through this coordinated effort of information gathering, the university will identify positive cases and minimize the community spread.

Isolation and Quarantine

An individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 is expected to isolate to help prevent the spread of disease. An individual who is not sick, but who has been exposed to someone who may have an infectious disease, is expected to quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Individuals who are in isolation or quarantine may not come to campus, enter any university buildings, or participate in person at any university-sponsored activity or event.

The university’s Office of Residence Life and Housing has designated separate housing facilities for use by residents who enter isolation or quarantine. Student Health Services will provide medical follow-up and case management as needed to students in isolation and quarantine.