Health & Safety Protocols
We all have a responsibility to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The simple actions you take each day help protect yourself and care for the RWU community.
Last Updated: 9/4/2020
Our Individual Responsibilities
Wear A Mask
Face coverings are a key tool in preventing exposure and containing spread of the virus. RWU requires face coverings to be worn in all campus spaces especially in classrooms and in public spaces where individuals may be closer than 6 feet physical distancing. All campus community members will receive a washable face mask. Exceptions for medical reasons may be requested through the RWU Accessibility Services, accommodating with the use of a face shield or other acceptable preventative material. Learn More about RWU's Mask Policy
Wash Hands Frequently
Wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds frequently, as well as whenever you've touched a commonly used surface. This will prevent the spread of germs on surfaces and mitigate your own exposure to the virus. In every RWU restroom, air hand dryers have been disabled, and paper towel dispensers have been installed, to help contain the spread of the virus.
Practice Physical Distancing
The practice of maintaining at least 6 feet between all individuals and decreasing the frequency of contact reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Our Commitment to Enhanced Cleaning Procedures
Every classroom space – including computer labs and science/engineering labs – will have a fixed disinfecting station with hand sanitizer, gloves, disinfecting spray, paper towels, a trash can, and specialized cleaning supplies for the electronic equipment in the room. Class meeting times have been adjusted to allow for cleaning time in between classes.
The RWU Classroom cleaning plan will adhere to the following standards:
- Following each class:
- Faculty will clean teaching station
- Outgoing students from the classroom will coordinate with their faculty member on the protocol for cleaning the classroom desks and leaving them to air dry, and incoming students for the next class will wipe if needed
- Nightly deep clean by facilities staff
- Weekly electrostatic sanitization by facilities staff
Across both campuses, particular attention will be necessary in regard to water fountains and elevators. All water fountains that are not contactless filling stations be turned off. Any building with an elevator will require regular interval cleaning of surfaces, specifically door edges, railings, and all buttons, by custodial or operational staff.
Roger Williams will utilize several educational messaging platforms to ensure that employees and students understand and embrace their role in cleaning and disinfecting procedures and protocols in classrooms, libraries, residence halls, dining and recreational facilities.
In addition, improvements to air quality that are being made include:
- Changing all air filters from MERV 8 to MERV 13 to improve air quality in buildings on the Bristol campus. MERV 13 filters are typically used in clean spaces such as hospital waiting areas. We have also discussed this change with the building management of the Providence campus.
- Maximizing outside airflow in building air handling units coupled with increased dehumidification to improve air circulation and air quality.
- Considering (and currently testing) the use of High Ceiling Air Decontamination using UV light in highly trafficked areas including the dining commons, rec center, health services and the library on the Bristol campus.
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