Returning to Campus
Faculty and Staff - Health Protocols
Safeguarding the health and well-being of all members of our community will be a shared
commitment. We cannot prevent all illness, but we can, individually and collectively,
take affirmative steps to greatly reduce the risk of illness for ourselves and for
Individual Health Expectations:
Hand-washing: Wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible.
Face-coverings: Wear face coverings consistent with CDC guidelines when interacting with others or
in common areas. Please think of face coverings as an article of clothing – essential
to an appropriate workplace.
- In some high-traffic reception areas, plexiglas shields will be erected, to replace
or supplement masks for shielded employees.
Distancing: Maintain distances of 6 feet when possible.
Monitoring: Monitor symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 daily and report symptoms including temperatures of 100.4 or higher to supervisor.
- Employees should not come to work if they are feeling ill or have any COVID-19 symptoms.
Discuss COVID-19-like symptoms with your primary care provider to determine your best
- If you have been exposed to a known COVID-19 positive individual, consult with the
McLean County Health Department and your primary care provider on recommended health
measures, including the potential for testing and self-isolation. If testing is recommended,
employees should not return to work until negative results are known. Use this form to report your need to self-isolate.
Travel: Employees who travel should follow CDC travel guidelines regarding isolation upon return.
Self-advocating: We will each have different personal needs and comfort levels with these health
and safety measures; however, these expectations are in place for all members of our
community. We empower you to self-advocate for your needs, especially in support of
these established expectations. Respectful, but firm, reminders directly to students,
colleagues and guests will help establish clear norms. This will require a community-wide
Environmental Health Expectations:
The value of being together in our shared physical space is the opportunity to deliver
the core work of the university. Together, we communicate more effectively, are more
responsive to constituent needs, brainstorm and problem solve collaboratively, and
realize a shared understanding of our work priorities. Simply put, it is much easier
to be on the same page and deliver for students.
Review your space: Each department needs to assess their current space to be compliant with best practice
health guidance. Remove high-touch items like magazines, common pens, etc. Consider
where student employees may be seated, to account for distancing requirements. If
you have questions about safeguarding the office environment, please contact Human
Resources, Physical Plant or a member of the Health Expectations work group to consult
on best strategies.
Be available and healthy: Although we want to be back together to increase our effectiveness, our work connections
will look different. Employees may choose to leave their doors closed while working
with signage inviting people to knock and don a mask prior to entering. Meetings may
be conducted outside or virtually, due to physical distancing requirements, group
size or sustained contact concerns. Employees may explore whether in-person meetings
should be relocated to larger offices/spaces or held virtually.
Be together and careful: COVID-19 guidance suggests that sustained contact with others and high-touch surfaces
are problematic. Group gatherings in common spaces (break rooms) should be avoided
and the use of common touch items (like coffee pots, toasters and microwaves) should
University Health Expectations: Cleaning Protocols
Enhanced cleaning: Physical Plant has implemented enhanced cleaning procedures to help ensure the health
of the campus community. High-touch surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected
using EPA-registered disinfectant products that are effective against human coronavirus.
Your role: Members of the campus community are encouraged to keep their personal workspace
clean throughout the day, and to disinfect high-touch surfaces and objects (e.g.,
desk, chair, phone, keyboard, cabinet/file drawer handles), especially in shared spaces,
to reduce the spread of germs on campus.
Cleaning supplies: Physical Plant Custodial Services should serve as the source for obtaining and
distributing cleaning supplies. Custodial Services is in the process of developing
a plan to support this initiative.
COVID-19 has caused many personal stressors. Please remember that our Employee Assistance Program is available to employees who are in need of assistance. For covered employees, Blue Cross Blue Shield continues to offer mental health services – both in-person and via telehealth with
As Illinois and IWU “return to normal,” we have seen many different approaches to
health and safety and people will relax the standards for disease prevention. As a
dense residential campus, we must maintain our vigilance and commitment to these safety
standards for everyone’s health. Please help us create campus norms that embrace these
safety protocols. As staff and faculty, we must model these expectations for students.
If you have any questions, please contact Human Resources regarding employee needs
or COVID19response@iwu.edu for COVID-specific information.
We will continue to adjust our guidelines according to state and public health recommendations.