Everyone must take active prevention measures. Even though you may not be at high risk, there are others around you who are.
Wear Face Coverings
Faculty, staff, and students are required to wear face coverings in common building areas. Even when outside, face coverings should be worn while in areas of high congestion of people or where social distancing of 6 feet or more cannot be maintained.
- Faculty and students will be required to wear face coverings in classrooms. Some classes may require face shields (labs, for example).
- Students will be required to wear their face covering when retrieving food items in Stav Hall, removing it to eat only once they are seated in the dining area.
- Students are not required to wear a face covering in their own room except when interacting with individuals other than their roommate.
- Faculty and staff are not obligated to wear a facing covering while alone in their office.
- Faculty and staff are expected to wear a face covering in their office when other individuals are present in the office.
- Face shields are an alternative to face masks for people who cannot wear masks due to medical or other conditions.
Practice Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette
Everyone should practice proper handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- It is important to wash your hands at the beginning and end of a work shift, prior to any mealtimes, after using the toilet, and before/after removing gloves.
- Avoid unnecessary touching of objects such as door handles, countertops, vending machine buttons, etc.
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose, and eyes with your hands.
- If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer will be available for use in every building on campus.
- Everyone must cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use of hand sanitizer when necessary. The Minnesota Department of Health “Cover Your Cough” posters are displayed prominently across campus to remind everyone of the importance of this behavior.
Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay at least 6 feet away from others when possible, even if you — or they — do not have any symptoms.
- Students, faculty, and staff will be required to observe 6 feet of physical distance from other people.
- This expectation exists in all buildings with common area spaces such as the library, chapel, lunchrooms, lounges, lobbies, etc.
- For those higher-concentration areas such as Buntrock Commons, follow directional signage to encourage physical distancing protection.
- Students are discouraged from traveling. We ask that you remain on or close to campus. Students must seek approval from student life to leave campus by filling in this form. Additional restrictions will depend on our current campus alert level.
Students, faculty, and staff should be taking steps to manage mental health, including:
- Acknowledging reactions and allowing yourself time to reflect, stay virtually connected with others, and create and follow a daily routine.
- Practicing grounding techniques and breathing exercises, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle (eating right, getting enough sleep, etc.)
- Recognizing distress and knowing when you need to get help. Increased anxiety, inability to focus, feeling of hopelessness, sudden anger or disruptive behavior, difficulty sleeping, excessive crying, and unhealthy coping (increased alcohol or drug use) are all signs that you need to seek help
Mental Health Resources
There are several mental health resources available for students, staff, and faculty. Students can also visit the St. Olaf Counseling Center website for more information.
The Wellness Center offers several resources and programs to support the health and safety of students. The Wellness Center also has a supply of masks for any student who needs a replacement mask.
Students should visit the current students web page for quick links to various offices and resources within Student Life.
If students have specific questions, concerns, or issues related to personal or academic matters they should contact the Dean of Students office by calling 507-786-3615.
Staff and faculty who have specific questions or concerns can talk to the immediate supervisor and refer to the HR website for access to a variety of reporting and resources tools including:
- The online training course is required training for students, faculty and staff. St. Olaf’s Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) department developed the training modules on health safety principles to stay safe on campus during the pandemic, and how-to instructions on proper personal protective equipment (PPE) usage and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces.
Individuals experiencing difficulty in accessing the training materials should contact the Moodle Support Team at help.stolaf.edu. These difficulties may be the result of individual machine settings, current individual Moodle account settings, or the device used to access the materials.