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Fall Planning Update - July 7, 2020

Fall Planning Update - July 7, 2020

Dear Colonels,

As summer progresses, the university continues to make plans to prepare for your arrival back to campus.  The preparations require changes that affect courses, dining, athletics, housing, campus recreation and virtually every corner of the campus to help create a healthy and supportive environment for everyone in the campus community.

The health and well-being of EKU students, faculty and staff is a primary concern. We want to keep you and our campus community well and need your help to do that. The university is following the most current CDC guidelines in conjunction with the Governor’s recommendations and the direction of the Madison County Health Department to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Classrooms and other spaces will have new occupancy limits, meaning seating arrangements may look different as well.

As a part of the EKU community, all students have the responsibility to follow rules while on the Richmond and regional campuses. We want to keep you healthy, and that will require you to follow the expectations that are described below. 

Students who are unwilling to wear face masks/coverings for reasons not related to health will not be permitted to attend face to face classes.  Any student who objects to wearing a mask must contact their advisor to make alternative arrangements that do not put others at risk. Please know that failure to follow the requirements outlined below will be considered a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and students will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. 

Students must practice physical distancing on campus.  Physical distancing means keeping space between yourself and other people in public spaces.  To practice physical distancing, stay at least six (6) feet​ (about two (2) arms’ length) from other people especially since the virus can be spread before people show symptoms.  Additionally, please pay attention to signage directing pedestrian flow and maximum occupancy which will facilitate physical distancing.

Students should carry their EKU student ID. Due to Campus visitor restrictions some buildings will require EKU ID to enter.

Students must wear face masks/coverings while attending class and within campus buildings.

The following is provided for clarification:

  • Students are not required to wear a mask/face covering when alone in an enclosed space (i.e. alone in a residence hall room, vehicle or in a remote setting), or if a mask/face covering will create a serious safety or health hazard. 
  • Students will be expected to provide evidence of the need for an exemption from the requirement. Exceptions for wearing a mask/face covering should be approved by the Center for Student Accessibility as a documented accommodation in the event of a health hazard, or by Public Safety in the event of a safety hazard.
  • It is recommended that students wear a face covering if the student could potentially be within six (6) feet of other individuals, including while walking outside on campus
  • Students are expected to read and follow the guidelines for the proper use of face masks/coverings
  • All residential students will be provided a washable face mask/covering at check-in.​

Students are expected to take their temperature and conduct a health self-assessment each day prior to coming to campus. (Bring a thermometer to your residence.)  If you have any of the symptoms* below, you are directed to remain at home or otherwise not come to the University campus for class, study, or work.  If you have any of these symptoms, you must complete the COVID-19 Self-monitoring form found here.  Upon completion of the self-monitoring form, EKU health and safety personnel will reach out to offer guidance and support.​

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste of smell
  • Muscle pain
  • Fever (The Madison County Health Department defines a fever as 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.)

Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these emergency warning signs:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion or inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

 This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. You are encouraged to protect yourself and others by following CDC guidelines at all times.  And, please remember to wash your hands often.

This fall semester will be different from any we have ever experienced, with opportunities to learn from each other and take care of each other. The EKU family is up to the challenge and we are eager to welcome you back! Together, we can create a healthy and welcoming learning environment.

Thank you,

Fall Contingency Planning Task Force Co-Chairs 
Elizabeth Ballou, Executive Director, Enrollment Management 
Sara Zeigler, Dean, College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences

Published on July 07, 2020

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