Teaching and Classrooms

During the COVID-19 pandemic, and prior to resuming on-site operations, all USU departments must have an approved department operation plan to minimize the risk of exposure to employees, students, and the public. 

Classroom Safety Guidelines

Social Distancing of Six Feet

Students and faculty should maintain 6 feet of separation from each other. 

  • Each classroom has a social distancing cap (SD cap), indicating the greatest number of students allowed in the room.
  • Seats will be marked indicating where to sit.
  • An instructional space will be marked at the front of the room.
  • Instructors are asked to dismiss their students in an orderly manner to ensure distancing while leaving the room. 

Face Coverings Worn by Everyone

All students and faculty are required to wear a face covering in the classroom.

  • If students come to class without face coverings, teachers will be encouraged to remind students of the university policy.
  • If students continue to disregard the policy, teachers can submit their names to the Provost's office for further steps.

Surface Cleaning Before Each Class

All surfaces are to be cleaned at the start of each class.

  • Cleaning materials will be provided in each classroom.
  • Teachers and students are to wipe down chairs, desks, teaching, and work stations at the beginning of each class.
  • USU Facities staff will clean surfaces more thoroughly after hours of operation. 

Attendance Tracking

Teachers are to keep track of classroom attendance.

  • Attendance is important for purposes of contact tracing in the event of a student recieving a positive COVID-19 test result.
  • Teachers should not pass around a sign-up sheet, but rather mark student attendance.
  • Automated procedures for collecting attendance are being developed.

Health and hygiene practices

Students and faculty should stay home when ill and use good hygiene habits. 

    • Each classroom will have hand sanitizer.
    • Students should cover coughs and sneezes and wash and disinfect their hands regularly.
    • Students and faculty exhibiting even mild illness symptoms should stay home. 

Syllabus Language

The Provost's office is providing standardized language to include in each course syllabus. That language will be posted here when it is available.