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 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. Get vaccinated

Vaccines provide our best defense in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately ending the pandemic. Appointments are available at the Campus Health Center for all three vaccines. If you have not yet been vaccinated, we urge you to do so, as soon as possible. 

2. On campus

Follow these guidelines before heading out the door to ensure you know where to go and how to navigate this new campus experience.  

  • 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: The Campus Health Center will arrange testing for those living on campus who experience symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • Face coverings outdoors: Face coverings outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, are no longer required. Please continue to exercise caution and avoid large outdoor gatherings if the vaccination status of all participants is uncertain.
  • Face coverings indoors: The CDC guidelines allow for fully vaccinated people to be unmasked indoors. However, the guidelines do not provide the ability to differentiate those who have been vaccinated from those who have not. Therefore, the university must operate in a manner that protects the safety of every member of our campus community. Therefore, face coverings will still be required indoors on Wayne State's campus.

 

For employees

As we begin to phase staff members back to in-person operations, the following guidelines will help employees and supervisors make a safe and effective return to campus.

1. Discuss your return with your supervisor

Over the summer, we will gradually phase in a return to campus for faculty and staff. While we anticipate increased remote or hybrid options, some campus operations are more suited for that than others. Please speak with your supervisor to discuss any options and concerns.  

2. Get vaccinated

Vaccines provide our best defense in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and ultimately ending the pandemic. Appointments are available at the Campus Health Center for all three vaccines. If you have not yet been vaccinated, we urge you to do so, as soon as possible.

3. On campus

We ask that employees and supervisors discuss and develop work arrangements that allow for flexibility, but also continue to meet the needs and serve the mission of the university. Some positions within the university require employees to serve that mission on campus, so there will be less flexibility in such cases. Other positions have more flexibility. Nevertheless, it is important that everyone spends some of their work time on campus — even those who can complete all of their work remotely.

  • Speak to your supervisor:  Before making plans to return to campus, speak with your supervisor. 
  • 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. 
  • Face coverings outdoors: Face coverings outdoors, regardless of vaccination status, will no longer be required. We do ask that people continue to exercise caution and avoid large outdoor gatherings if the vaccination status of all participants is uncertain.
  • Face coverings indoors: The CDC guidelines allow for fully vaccinated people to be unmasked indoors. However, the guidelines do not provide the ability to differentiate those who have been vaccinated from those who have not. Therefore, the university must operate in a manner that protects the safety of every member of our campus community. Therefore, face coverings will still be required indoors on Wayne State's campus.

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