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June 11, 2020: Health + Safety Standards

Communication from ESU Fall Planning Group

June 11, 2020

Dear ESU Faculty, Staff and Students,

As we prepare to return to campus, we have developed health and safety standards for Emporia State University. Our goal is to create a safe environment to keep all of us on campus as long as possible.

Our health and safety standards are for the common good of our entire campus community — those of us who live, study and work here as well as visitors.

This message is an overview of our standards with more information available at This website will be kept up-to-date with communications and other information needed as we progress, so check it often.


We wear face masks for each other.

  • Employees, students, vendors and visitors are required to wear a face mask while in campus buildings. They must also be worn in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible. The following in-building exceptions apply:
    • Employees working alone in their offices
    • Students in their residence hall room
    • While participating in activities in which a face mask cannot be worn, or would prohibit respiratory function (like eating, drinking, playing a musical instrument or singing, playing sports)
    • Individuals with a recognized disability and have an accommodation that prevents the wearing of a mask.
  • All on-campus faculty and staff will receive two ESU-branded cloth face masks
  • ESU-branded masks will be made available to students

Use 36 square feet as the definition of social distance.

Limit in-person meetings and gatherings.

  • Keep the size of your group small.
  • Maintain social distance of 6 feet between people.
  • Use virtual tools like tele/video conference platforms whenever possible.

Control your personal space (imagine being in a bubble!)

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth.
  • Keep your cellphone on your person rather than leaving it on a countertop.
  • Carry your own pens or pencils to use; avoid leaving them on a countertop.
  • Limit elevator cars to one person at a time — and use your knuckle to push buttons.
  • Replace handshakes with waves, bows and “Stingers Up.”

Keep cleaning and sanitation top of mind.

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water OR use a 60%-90% alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Disinfect everything in your work and office space on a regular basis. Your department will have supplies to use.

Perform a self-assessment every day before coming to campus — a good habit to start now.

  • Questions include whether you have a fever or have experienced any possible symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you answer yes, please do not come to campus. Stay home and contact your health provider.
  • If your condition changes after coming to campus, go home and contact your health provider.
  • The full self-assessment is online.

All faculty and staff will receive a full set of guidelines plus the self-assessment in a Welcome Back packet that will be mailed to your home. This packet also includes the two face masks the university will provide.

We encourage you to think through the standards outlined above and how you can apply them in your own work space and campus routine. Planning now will help the transition back to campus be smoother.

ESU Fall Planning Group