Campus Safeguards

Prior to the return of students, staff, and faculty, all facilities will undergo extensive cleaning and san­itizing to CDC and New York Department of Health standards. Ingress and egress for all buildings will be revised to provide requisite social distancing for all foot traffic. In addition, signs, posters, sanitizing dispensers, and other safeguard systems will be deployed across the campus, in all Alfred University fa­cilities. Classrooms, labs, employee offices, dining spaces, athletic and fitness facilities, and performing arts studios will be reconfigured as needed to accommodate required social distancing. Finally, current entrances and exits will be reassigned to promote socially distanced traffic flow in and out of all build­ings on campus.

The University will employ three cleaning and disinfection schedules: daily for light to moderate traffic; twice daily for heavily trafficked areas; and immediate response cleaning and disinfection for areas oc­cupied by students, faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19; all campus facilities will be subject to these schedules based on traditional traffic volume levels. Bathrooms in all academic and adminis­tration buildings will be cleaned and disinfected at least once daily; all cleaning and disinfection will be recorded in maintenance logs, and the Facilities department will review these logs regularly for compli­ance with standards.


  • All campus buildings and building systems will be examined, HVAC systems assessed, and other support systems reviewed prior to student/employee return
  • All buildings and residence halls will undergo deep cleaning/sanitizing protocols
  • Building access and traffic flow patterns for all buildings will be revised to reflect the most current social distancing guidance
  • Extensive, campus-wide signage and traffic flow floor graphics will be installed for COVID-19 mitigation, hand sanitizing stations and other COVID-19-related equipment will be installed
  • By mid-July, a schedule will be published based on the milestones defined in this plan for the return of staff required to prepare for our students’ return
  • No residence hall room will have more than two students
  • Bunk style beds will not be allowed in any residence hall room with two occupants
  • Hand washing receptacles and posted reminders regarding best practices for slowing the spread of infection will be placed in bathrooms of all residence halls
  • Social distancing reminder signs will be installed in all high traffic areas
  • Touchless hand sanitizer stations will be installed in the common areas of all residence halls
  • Resident Assistant (RA) rounds will be made twice per evening on weekdays, with one extra round on the weekend to ensure compliance with residence hall rules Whenever resident/RA meetings are warranted or required, those meetings will be conducted in common areas or in spaces where they can remain at least six feet apart; each person in the meeting will be required to wear a face covering/mask; if areas are not available for social distancing, RAs will utilize Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or conference calls for the meeting
  • RAs and resident directors (RDs) will be given a monthly allotment of gloves, face coverings/masks, and hand sanitizer for their use
  • Each traditional classroom on campus is in the process of being mapped for social distancing/occupancy guidelines
  • Academic Affairs and Facilities are in the process of identifying and quantifying other available campus space that can be converted to classroom space due to the impact of social distancing requirements
  • Social distancing reminder signs will be posted and touchless hand sanitizer stations will be installed in all high traffic areas
  • Disinfectant spray bottles will be placed in all classrooms, common areas, studios, and labs for use by occupants where needed
  • Interior locations in which face coverings/masks use is required will be identified with posters and signs
  • Library building access will be limited to scheduled classes and appointments, designated print and computing areas and item pick up
  • During the Fall semester, emphasis will be placed on remote library instruction, research assistance, and reduced access to areas traditionally generating high foot traffic so as to promote adequate distancing among students and employees
  • Curbside pickup and campus mail delivery of requested/needed items will be implemented
  • Limited printing and computer access will be available under social distancing measures.
  • Social distancing reminder signs will be posted and touchless hand sanitizer stations will be installed in all high traffic areas
  • Cleaning schedules are being developed based on national and state health department guidance, and cleaning schedules will be recorded and monitored on an ongoing basis by our Facilities department to ensure compliance
  • Operations is collaborating with AVI Foodsystems (AU Fresh) staff to determine all locations where “point to point” protections such as sneeze guards and other separators are required; signage will be posted to support their plan for food service operations
  • Social distancing of six feet will be required of diners in all dining facilities; and face coverings/masks will be required when students are not eating
  • Face coverings/masks will be worn by all AU Fresh staff
  • Self-serve options will not be available; most meals will be on a “grab-and-go” basis
  • Mobile phone and computer applications will be available for pre-ordering and pre-paying with dining dollars and credit/debit cards at all retail venues
  • No cash will be accepted
  • Wherever possible, all dining areas will be arranged with separate entrances and exits
  • Floor graphics will be used to guide foot traffic and demark appropriate social distancing
  • MidKnight Express and Community Table locations will be modified to relieve traffic in main areas
  • Student staff will be minimized to reduce opportunities for exposure
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures will be implemented, consistent with New York State Department of Health guidance
  • AU Fresh will work with Residence Life to provide meals for those students under quarantine or in isolation
  • Touchless hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed in all common areas
  • Cleaning schedules are being established for all common spaces, and all cleaning records will be maintained for review and auditing
  • Signs with reminders regarding slowing the spread of COVID-19 and effective social distancing will be placed in all common areas
  • Chairs and tables will be moved to facilitate social distancing requirements
  • Maximum capacity limits will be posted outside all common area bathrooms
  • Directors of administrative offices have completed a survey describing office layouts and how their office functions to support Facilities’ efforts to prepare offices for their return
  • Based on survey results, the Facilities Department will ensure that all necessary signage, supplies, and sanitizing and other equipment are posted and installed in the office spaces prior to staff returning
  • Social distancing reminder signs will be posted and touchless hand sanitizer stations will be installed in all high-traffic areas
  • Disinfectant spray bottles will be placed in all administrative offices for use by occupants where needed
  • Single delivery and pickup locations will be assigned for package, mail, and supply delivery and pickup