SOM guidelines

Official School of Medicine Campus Restart Guidelines

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.
  • If you experience symptoms, the Campus Health Center can arrange testing. You will be required to provide medical health clearance upon return to campus. Details to follow.

Contact information
M.D. Health Records Office

Coronavirus testing and accommodations for those who have to self-isolate for 14 days 

All students, faculty, staff and visitors are expected to stay home if they are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19.

When on campus

  • Wear a face covering over nose and mouth in all public spaces.
  • You will receive cloth face masks from the university.
  • If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided.
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds frequently throughout the day. Hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed in every building.
  • Continue social distancing with at least six feet between yourself and others. Follow posted guidelines.
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of shared pens, paper sign-in sheets, common coffee makers, etc.
  • Eating and drinking is allowed. Masks must be worn at all times while on campus except while eating/drinking AND while separated from others by at least six feet or alone in a room with the door closed.
  • Confirm to see if there are any additional requirements by course, class and conference area.

On-Campus activities procedures 

  • Keep outside of the room all non-essential personal items.
  • Hand hygiene is expected in educational sessions with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Upon entering a session 
    • Upon exiting a session 
    • After using restroom facilities 
    • Before contact with any equipment (regardless of additional PPE used) 
    • After contact with any equipment (regardless of additional PPE used) 
    • Before contact with any other person (regardless of additional PPE used) 
    • After contact with any other person (regardless of additional PPE used) 

Maintain social distancing standards – six feet of separation between people – during all educational activities.

  • Every effort will be made to mark spaces to guide appropriate spacing.
  • There may be exceptions to this standard for certain activities.

Additional safety measures, including gloves, goggles or face shields, gowns and hair coverings, may be required based on the session.

Clear signage and verbal guidance will be in place throughout facilities.

Personal Protective Equipment 

School of Medicine to supply PPE to individuals and units as follows:

  • Face masks (fabric, N95, and surgical). Face masks will be distributed by the Office of Learning Spaces and Support.
  • Sneeze guards are to be ordered for spaces designated as appropriate for use.
  • Any individual unable to wear a mask for medical reasons must submit documentation to Dr. Blessman's office. Face shields will be made available to these individuals.

Enhanced facilities cleaning and disinfecting measures 

Shared space will use disinfectant detergent/wipes aligned with World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines:

  • Attention to high-touch and high-use facilities and/or materials, including door handles, switches, mannequins, computers, etc. If a facility or item is to be reused, it will be cleaned before subsequent use. Procedures for blocking seats/areas (computer stations, bathrooms stalls, drinking fountains, etc.) are in place.
  • Individuals will be responsible for their own office space or workstations.
  • Disinfecting wipes will be available and stock monitored.

Space recommendations until otherwise notified 

Spaces students are not allowed in include:

  • Conference rooms
  • Lecture halls
  • Student Lounge
  • Fitness room and locker rooms
  • Music room 

While students will be allowed to study on-campus beginning July (date contingent on main campus guidelines), they will be encouraged to limit time on campus to curricular sessions. Spaces students are permitted in include:

  • M.D. labs, classrooms, computer labs, cafeteria, common area seating while following social distancing practices.
  • Kado Clinical Skills Center (for assigned sessions only).
  • Gross Anatomy Labs (for assigned sessions only).
  • Meditation rooms (for meditation and prayer only. Users primarily responsible for wiping surfaces before and after use).
  • Shiffman Library.

Room capacity and seating configurations 

  • Signage with capacity created and placed on door/wall of each room.
  • Each room will have a permanent setup implemented by Learning Spaces and Support. Tables, chairs, computers, etc. will be removed from spaces to align with social distancing practices. Users of these spaces will be directed not to move.
  • Gross Anatomy labs will be limited to half-capacity; 150 students at a time.
  • Clinical skills sessions will be limited to 10 students at a time.

Monitoring and enforcement 

These protocols are important tenets of health and medical professionals. Collegial reminders to follow guidelines. If repeated lapses occur, they will be treated as professional lapses.

  • QR and return-to-campus forms will be monitored.
  • Any individual unable to wear a mask for medical reasons, must submit documentation to Dr. Blessman's office.