Public Health Measures
Ongoing Public Health and Safety Measures for all UVA Community members
Public Health Measures
The University has imposed health and safety requirements on every student, faculty, and staff member who will be on Grounds this fall in a comprehensive effort to mitigate the risk of virus exposure and transmission. All members of the University community must comply with policies and procedures designed to keep members of the UVA and broader community safe. All those returning to Grounds, including all students and employees, were required to complete a training module that provides key information about what is necessary to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19. At the conclusion of this training, all students and employees were required to acknowledge the risks presented by the virus and agree to abide by these important safety protocols. A summary of these public health measures is provided here:
- Daily Health Check. All students, faculty, and staff planning to be on Grounds or working in a UVA Health facility are required to complete a daily check on symptoms related to COVID-19 through the HOOS Health Check app (available in Apple and Google Play stores)or website. HOOS Health Check is designed to make individuals aware of their symptoms, to encourage personal responsibility, and, if the individual exhibits symptoms, to provide resources and next steps. For more information, please see FAQs on HOOS Health Check.
- Personal Protective Equipment. The University provided two cloth face coverings for each employee in the Academic Division. For students, the University has provided two cloth face coverings, two 2-ounce containers of hand sanitizer and a touch-tool, which is meant to assist in tasks such as opening doors and punching keypads, hands free. If preferred, employees and students may wear their own face coverings that meet policy standards.
- Hand Sanitizer. The University has placed 2,600 free-standing hand sanitizer stands in high-traffic common areas, plus an additional 1,000 one-gallon containers in spaces that don’t receive the free-standing units. The University has also purchased a supply of sanitizing wipes for use on surfaces such as desks and chairs and disposable face coverings that can be offered to students, faculty, staff, and others who might arrive without one.
- Cleaning and Disinfecting. UVA Facilities Management has trained custodial staff on new enhanced cleaning protocols based on industry standards and best practice guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. In addition, they have adjusted custodial shifts to align with building use. Since it is not possible for the housekeeping staff to clean each classroom between uses, faculty members and students will be asked to wipe down podiums, surfaces, desks, chairs, and tabletops before and after use with disinfecting supplies stocked in the room.
- Signage/Barriers. Facilities Management has installed signs across Grounds and repositioned furnishings and fixtures as needed to promote distancing. They also have installed physical barriers at public service locations and in classrooms as needed.
- University Transit Services. UTS passengers can expect the following changes:
- Passengers and drivers are required to wear a face covering.
- Bus loading capacity has been reduced from 50 to 20.
- Service hours have been reduced to allow for enhanced cleaning/sanitation of the transit fleet midday and after hours.
- Dining Services. Dining halls are open for those students with a meal plan, but& dine-in options are limited in all dining halls and retail dining facilities. Dining halls and retail dining locations have reduced seating capacity by 50 percent in accordance with Governor Northam’s Executive Order 63. They will maintain counts at entrances and exits to control occupancy, and add outside locations where possible for food pick-up. Buffet style service is eliminated. Please visit the Dining Services website for up-to-date information about dining locations, hours, and options for take-out and mobile ordering.