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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Response

Health and safety protocols required on Wright State University Campus

To Our Faculty, Staff, and Students:

To comply with Governor DeWine’s directive to Ohio to Stay at Home, Wright State University must continue to restrict access to the Dayton and Lake Campuses to essential employees until the order has expired. Essential employees are those deemed necessary to maintain life (health clinic personnel and caretakers of our research animals and plants), safety, and to check on research equipment. In addition, access to campus is being temporarily granted to persons who need to complete essential tasks on campus before the governor’s order is lifted.

Our continued 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:

1. Face Coverings

  • Face coverings must be worn at all times in university buildings—except when working alone in a closed space (office, lab, etc.);
  • Face coverings should be made of cloth and cover nose, mouth, and chin; and
  • Any exceptions to the face covering requirement must be documented.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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; and
    • 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); and
  • Be kind and considerate to each other and members of our Wright State community.

If there are repeated violations of Wright State University'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.

We will get through this together and come out stronger for the experience. #TogetherIsBetter