Health and safety guidelines

We all have a role to play in the health and safety of our campus community. Following are some general guidelines to follow that will help you protect yourself and your fellow Warriors.

For students

The following guidelines are designed to help students plan for their return, facilitate social distancing and ensure the safety of the campus community. Remember: All students must abide by the Student Code of Conduct, which has been updated to include a section on COVID-19 mitigation compliance.

1. Prepare for returning to campus

A safe return begins before you come to Midtown. Follow these guidelines before heading out the door to ensure you know where to go and how to navigate this new campus experience.  

  • Review your classes: Know which classes you are taking remotely and which classes are on campus. Check your syllabi for important safety guidelines from your instructors.
  • Complete the training modules: The online Warrior Safe training provides an overview of COVID-19 and a guide to staying safe on campus.   
  • Fill out the Campus Daily Screener: Beginning two days (48 hours) before your return, fill out the Campus Daily Screener — available on the Wayne State website and on the Wayne State mobile app — each day before coming to campus. This includes all course-related experiences, including clinical or field experiences that might be conducted in another site.  
    • If you are cleared to be on campus, you will receive a bar code that you may be asked to produce.  
    • If you are not cleared to be on campus, you will be contacted by the Campus Health Center staff for further screening.  You may then be cleared, or you may be referred for testing. 
  • If you have symptoms or have been exposed, stay home: If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (new cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, loss of taste or smell) or have been exposed to someone confirmed to have the virus, you must stay home. For those who experience symptoms of COVID-19, the Campus Health Center will arrange testing for you. 
  • Know before you go: Before you leave, visit the Parking website to know which lots and structures are open, and the status of campus shuttles. 

2. Do your part to stay safe on campus

We've enacted new cleaning and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We have also created new guidelines to help you play a role in contributing to the health and safety of our campus community. 

  • Face coverings:  Until a vaccine is available, the most effective way to protect yourself and others is to be 100% consistent in wearing a face covering at all times in all indoor and outdoor areas on campus. Students will receive a Warrior swag bag that includes a Wayne State face covering —a great way to show your Warrior pride while keeping safe — or you may bring your own. Information on proper use of face coverings is available at the CDC's website.
  • Social distance: Follow guidelines posted in hallways, elevators, parking structures, restrooms, and at entryways and exits to maintain social distance. Leave six feet of physical distance between yourself and others at all times.
  • Hand-washing: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds several times throughout the day. Hand-sanitizer dispensers have also been installed in every building. 
  • Classroom safety: Furniture in classrooms has been arranged to facilitate social distancing; please do not re-arrange the furniture. Comply with all posted guidelines in campus buildings, classrooms, laboratories and common areas.
  • Get your flu shot: Wayne State requires all students who will be on campus for any day during the fall and winter semesters to receive their flu shot by Oct. 15, 2020. For more information, see the Campus Health Center's flu shot webpage

3. Explore Detroit — safely

Our Midtown neighborhood has always been one of the highlights of the Wayne State experience — and it still is. Check websites or call ahead to confirm that the museums, theatres and restaurants you plan to visit are open. Familiarize yourself with their safety measures before you head out. Remember, it is now mandatory to wear masks in all public spaces and indoor locations.  Keep six feet of physical distance between yourself and others whenever possible, and stay home if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

For employees

The following are guidelines to help Wayne State University employees determine whether they should return to campus or continue working from home, as well as procedures created to maintain safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Remember: Whether you are working from home or responsibly returning to campus, you play an important role in keeping your colleagues, friends and fellow Warriors safe.

1. Continue working from home if possible

Even when the stay-at-home order has been lifted, social distancing is still essential to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If it is possible for you to work effectively from home, please continue to do so.

2. Follow the steps for a safe return

If your work cannot be accomplished effectively from home, Wayne State's public health experts have established a procedure to ensure that those who return to campus can do so in a way that maintains the health and safety of the Wayne State community.

  • Speak to your supervisor:  Before returning to campus, speak with your supervisor and obtain their approval.
  • Complete the training modules: Complete the online Warrior Safe training
  • Complete the daily health screening: Beginning two days (48 hours) before your return, fill out the Campus Daily Screener  — available on the Wayne State website and on the Wayne State mobile app — each day before coming to work.
    • If you are cleared to be on campus, you will receive a barcode that you may be asked to produce.  
    • If you are not cleared to be on campus, you will be contacted by the Campus Health Center staff for further screening.  You may then be cleared, or you may be referred for testing.
  • If you have symptoms or have been exposed, stay home: If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 (new cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, muscle aches, chills, loss of taste or smell) or have been exposed to someone confirmed to have the virus, stay home. For those who experience symptoms of COVID-19, the Campus Health Center will arrange testing for you.

3. Stay safe on campus

We all must do our part to keep ourselves and our fellow Warriors safe.  

  • Wear a face covering: Until a vaccine is available, the most effective way to protect yourself and others is to be 100% consistent in wearing a face covering at all times in all indoor and outdoor spaces on campus. Wear a cloth face covering in all public spaces on campus. If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided. Information on proper use of face coverings is available at the CDC's website.
  • Wash your hands: Wash your hands frequently throughout the day for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching any surfaces, and avoid touching your face. Hand sanitizer dispensers have also been installed in every building.
  • Continue social distancing: Keep at least six feet between yourself and others. Follow guidelines posted in hallways, elevators, parking structures, restrooms and at entryways and exits. Conduct meetings virtually, even if all attendees are on campus.
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of shareables: Wherever possible, reduce or eliminate the use of things like shared pens, paper sign in sheets, common coffee makers, etc.
  • Get your flu shot: Wayne State requires all faculty and staff who will be on campus for any day during the fall and winter semesters to receive their flu shot by Oct. 15, 2020. For more information, see the Campus Health Center's flu shot webpage

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Communicating COVID-19 cases on campus

Wayne State University's Campus Health Center (CHC) is responsible for all contact tracing and campus-facing communication regarding COVID-19 cases. This will allow us to continue providing the most timely, accurate and consistent information to the campus community. The following process has been created for communicating presumed or confirmed cases of COVID-19:

  • Upon learning of a presumed or confirmed case of COVID-19, the CHC will begin the contact tracing process. Those who may have had significant contact with the individual will hear directly from the CHC and be asked to self-quarantine.
  • Those who may have had nonsignificant contact, such as building occupants, will also receive an email notification from the CHC informing them of the case. These individuals will not be asked to self-quarantine, but will be encouraged to continue monitoring for symptoms.
  • Decisions regarding building closures will be determined by the Campus Restart Committee's Public Health Subcommittee and communicated accordingly by the CHC.
  • All cases will be tracked on the CHC's COVID-19 dashboard
  • If you hear about a possible case of COVID-19 on campus, please contact the CHC

Campus Public Health Metrics

Adapted from:  Tuscany Strategy Consulting,  Center for Health Security Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health,  Council for Higher Education Accreditation, COVID-19 Planning Guide and Self-Assessment for Higher Education, (June 2020).

The COVID-19 Dashboard allows the university to track cases on campus as well as testing outcomes. These data, combined with data regarding the surrounding community and region, will be used to inform decisions related to campus operations. The following tables provide an overview of how these data will guide the university's response to increased cases and outbreak clusters, and what those action steps will look like. 

Continuum of Actions

Continuum of actions graphic, described below

Severity Action
Least Severe

As Planned
Continue campus operations as per fall restart plan

  Heightened Alert
Be prepared for increasing restrictions on campus activities
  Targeted Actions
Move operations for specific populations (department/class section/lab/residence floor) to remote operations
Most Severe Depopulate Campus
Move all but essential activities off campus

Tipping Point Metrics

Location

Metric

Heightened Alert

Targeted Actions

Depopulate Campus

On Campus

What percentage of tests are positive?

Greater than 5%

>10%

>15%

On Campus

Are there clusters (defined as 5 or more cases related to each other via contact tracing) of cases?

1 cluster

2 clusters in a seven-day period

3 or more clusters in a seven-day period

On Campus

Are the number of cases on campus increasing?

More than 3 cases/day increase in a rolling seven-day average

>5 new cases/day in a building, lab or program

3-day average of  > 15 new cases/day

On Campus

Are stakeholders complying with public health measures?

Anecdotal evidence reveals lack of desire to comply with interventions

If combined with other indicators

If combined with other indicators

 

In the region

What phase of re-opening is our region of the state in?

State pauses re-opening in our region of the state

N/A

If state reverts to earlier stage in our region of the state

In the region

Is the percentage of positive tests in the city of Detroit increasing or decreasing?

> 5% positivity over a seven-day period

>10% positivity over seven days

> 15% positivity over a seven-day period

In the region

Is there sufficient hospital capacity in the county?
(This metric applies only in the event of a "surge" defined as >30 COVID admissions/site/day)

Fewer than 25% of hospital beds and/or 25% of ICU beds are available

N/A

Fewer than 15% of hospital beds and 15% of ICU beds are available