Answered by Vice President for Facilities and Public Safety Bruce Watts during August 19 Town Hall:
It is very important, and is our expectation, that all members of our community, including staff, faculty, and students, voluntarily comply with the public health protocols not only on campus but also when they are away from our campuses. Our commuter students, our faculty, our staff, and our residential students need to comply with the public health protocols, whether on or off campus, to minimize the risk of an outbreak which may force us to go completely online again.
These protocols apply to everyone, not just staff, as the question was worded. Administrators and supervisors have been coached to reinforce the protocols across campus and will be frequenting classrooms and public spaces to ensure compliance. Individuals who are seen not complying will be reminded and counseled. Repeat and/or willful violations will be handled through the applicable employer or student discipline process. All of that said, this will be most successful as a cultural community awareness approach where everyone participates in a positive way, rather than something that is completely dependent on a rules and infractions approach. So, we all need to set the example and protect one another.
Students in our residence halls and in Greek houses must also understand that the state’s definition of “family unit” status in terms of public health protocols is limited to roommates. This means that roommates do not need to wear a face covering while they and only they are in their room, but that face coverings must be worn outside the room and/or when a non-roommate is in the room. It is wrong to think that everyone in a Greek house or a residence hall wing is considered part of a family unit and, therefore, does not need to wear a face covering while anywhere in the house or the residence hall wing. Recent news reports indicate that outbreaks at other universities are associated with campus residence halls and/or Greek houses. So, more than just rules, this is critically important to stopping the spread.