A screening that determines “You are not cleared to physically be on campus“ means that individual is not be permitted to enter campus or leave the residence hall room if a campus resident.
If You're Not Cleared, Follow These Steps
- Complete the Self-Report Form - A University official will contact you shortly
- Remain off campus or stay in your residence hall room until otherwise notified
- Consult with your healthcare provider
- Avoid close contact with others, particularly high-risk individuals
If you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms while at work or in class, promptly depart campus or return to your residence hall room, contact your healthcare provider, and complete the University’s Self-Report Form. If you are a staff or faculty member, alert your supervisor of your departure as soon as reasonably possible.
All offices with front-facing points of contact with the public or multiple members of the NDMU community will be provided plexiglass shields/barriers which will be installed by University Facilities.
Custodial Services will continue to monitor and adopt CDC recommendations for increased cleaning and disinfection protocols using Environmental Protection Agency-approved products that are effective against the COVID-19 virus. The CDC’s “Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education,” updated guidance specifically recommends routine disinfecting and cleaning of surfaces and objects that are frequently touched using the cleaners typically used, according to the directions on the label. The CDC says that most common EPA-registered household disinfectants should be effective.
Custodial Services staff received cleaning and disinfection protocols training at the onset of the pandemic and will attend future training sessions on the latest protocols.
Cleaning Protocol During the Pandemic
- At a minimum, there will be three time daily disinfecting of high-touch areas throughout campus.
- Classrooms will be disinfected overnight during routine cleaning.
- Cleaning supplies will be provided in classrooms and will be made available for individual offices.
- Custodial Services will follow CDC guidelines for cleaning of outdoor areas, which calls for routine cleaning.
- Cleaning services for public/common spaces such as restrooms, lounges, lobbies, and hallways will be increased.
- Other duties such as emptying trash and vacuuming/cleaning of private offices will continue.
The following will NOT be cleaned by custodial staff.
- Touch screens
- Remote controls
These practices will continue to evolve as the CDC releases new recommendations.
Classroom Cleaning Protocol (New – January 14, 2021)
Custodial Services will be doing a thorough cleaning of all classroom once daily. Classrooms will also be equipped with paper towels and spray bottles with disinfectant in order for faculty and students to routinely wipe down their work and seating areas. At the end of each class period, students and faculty are asked to spray the area they utilized during class. At the start of a subsequent class, students and faculty coming into the space may use a paper towel to wipe down any area where the disinfectant has not fully dried. Students and faculty may optionally respray their area if desired.
Each building and floor will have designated areas where faculty can swap out empty spray bottles for full ones. Each School will have one or more dedicated point-of-contact(s) for resupplies. Spray bottles and towels should be available in all classroom spaces at all times.
The CDC recommends the following hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus:
Hand Washing & Sanitizing
Community members should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after:
- being in a public space;
- blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing;
- eating (as well as before).
If soap and water are not readily available, use a personal or University available hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Over 30 hand-sanitizing stations will be displayed and located at key areas (ingress/egress, elevators, etc.) within all campus buildings. Individuals using hand sanitizer should cover all surfaces of their hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Coughing & Sneezing
If you are in a private setting and not wearing a face mask/covering, the CDC recommends:
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing.
- Using the inside of your elbow if a tissue is not available.
- Throwing used tissues in the trash.
- Immediately washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or cleaning with hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol).
Meetings include assemblies of individuals for routine and non-routine business or academic related purposes (e.g. division, office, school, or department meetings). Gatherings/events include assemblies of individuals for a social or festive purpose (e.g. special lectures, inductions, convocations, etc.) as well as event rentals.
Indoor meetings or gathering/events in one location are currently permitted at 100% of a space’s capacity limit. The dining hall for food service is currently permitted at 100% capacity. Depending on the specific type of gathering/event, other federal, state, or local orders may apply. Food & drink are permitted for outdoor and indoor gatherings/events. While guests are not required to show proof of vaccination, event organizers should strongly encourage all guests be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and/or take a COVID-19 test prior to entering University property.
All in-person meetings or gatherings requests must be submitted to the Office of Auxiliary & Conference Services via 25Live for approval.
Public health and safety is everyone’s responsibility. NDMU is relying on the campus community to adhere and assist in the enforcement of these policies. All faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to speak up if they encounter someone violating NDMU Together policies or procedures.
Individuals suspected to be in violation of this policy may be reported to the Offices of Inclusion and Community Standards or Human Resources for investigation and appropriate disciplinary action/sanction. Intentional or reckless disregard for these policies and protocols may lead to escalating disciplinary action/sanction up to and including termination/dismissal. Alleged student violations will be subject to the University’s COVID-19 Expedited Adjudication Process.
Guests and other campus visitors found to be in violation of this policy will be asked to leave University property and may be subject to additional University sanctions including being temporarily or permanently banned from campus.
Note: This site will be updated frequently with new announcements, policies and procedures as needed and as new information becomes available. We recommend that you check the site often and regularly throughout the summer and fall.