Health and safety guidelines

We all have a role to play in the health and safety of our campus community. The following are some general guidelines 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 at another site.  
    • If you are cleared to be on campus, you will receive a QR 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 public spaces. 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.

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 though 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: The online Warrior Safe training provides an overview of COVID-19 and a guide to staying safe on campus.  
  • 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 QR 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, 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 public spaces. 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.

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