Cleaning and disinfecting our campus spaces will be an important part of maintaining a healthy campus. Custodial Services has modified their daily routines to give more attention to high-traffic and high-use areas. All work is performed following CDC recommendations.
In addition to regular cleaning by Custodial Services staff, our faculty, staff, and students must take an active role in cleaning and disinfecting, especially personal work areas and shared spaces that are used regularly and throughout the day. Supplies appropriate to the cleaning needs will be provided along with a short training on proper use. Supplies provided are approved by the CDC and are effective in killing the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In order to maximize Custodial Services’ time available to clean and disinfect, faculty, staff, and students are expected to return spaces they use to the original set-up configuration.
In order to ensure physical distancing and to allow our Custodial Services staff to safely perform their job duties, whenever possible, thorough cleanings will be provided when spaces/buildings are least occupied. Spaces may be closed temporarily throughout the day to allow our staff to perform disinfecting. For example, residence hall cleaning will occur prior to 8:00 a.m. each day, and bathrooms in public buildings will be closed for short durations while staff clean and disinfect. If someone tests positive for COVID-19, cleaning of specific areas will be done in accordance with CDC recommendations.
If you encounter our Custodial Services staff in a building and would like to thank them for keeping our campus healthy, please remember to do so while maintaining physical distance.
Cleaning of Campus Facilities, Office Areas, and Event Spaces
This table shows the cleaning and disinfecting plan by space type for academic and administrative buildings, office areas, campus facilities, and event spaces. Custodial Services COVID-19 cleaning levels and individual responsibilities for cleaning and disinfecting are shown by space type.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Plan for Academic and Administrative Buildings
|Space Type||Custodial Services COVID-19 Cleaning Level||Individual Responsibilities|
|Academic and Office Spaces|
Large academic/ administrative buildings, common areas/ bathrooms
|Bathrooms and common areas thoroughly cleaned daily with a second disinfection of high-touch surfaces and bathrooms between 2 and 10 p.m. Weekend service provided based on building use and events scheduled.||Faculty/staff/students must practice personal safety precautions (face coverings, handwashing and sanitizing, physical distancing) when working in/occupying these buildings.|
|Classrooms||Classrooms cleaned daily M–F prior to 8 a.m.; classrooms used on Sat/Sun will be cleaned on these days.||Disinfecting supplies and hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom for faculty/students to disinfect personal work space prior to use; e.g., podium, tablet-arm chair, table/chair.|
|Small administrative buildings (if occupied)||Bathrooms, kitchens, common areas cleaned once per week.||Faculty/staff perform their own disinfecting between service days. Cleaning supplies with instructions are available upon request.|
|Private offices||None. Custodial Services has shifted resources away from private offices, as these are low risk with one occupant. This allows increased cleaning service to be provided in high-risk areas.||Faculty/staff perform their own in-office cleaning. Cleaning supplies with instructions are available upon request. A thorough cleaning of offices will be conducted between sessions—after students depart from campus.|
|Shared equipment—phones, copiers, etc.||Disinfected when cleaning the building/space.||Eliminate shared phones; instruct staff to disinfect prior to using shared equipment such as copiers. Supplies to disinfect copiers will be available in these locations.|
|Campus Operations and Events|
|Public-facing operations; e.g., College Store, golf course, Dining Services operations, Student Financial Services, Parton Health Center||Spaces cleaned once per (open) day with the exception of dining halls, which are cleaned twice per day—before breakfast and between lunch and dinner.||Staff will be expected to disinfect high-touch surfaces throughout the day/between Custodial Services visits.|
|Athletics||Bathrooms and common areas thoroughly cleaned daily with a second disinfection of high-touch surfaces and bathrooms in open areas between 2 and 10 p.m., including weekends. Locker rooms cleaned daily when used. Sections of the facility may be restricted when not scheduled to be in use.||Disinfecting supplies with instructions are available upon request.|
|Events||Cleaning and setups at event locations as scheduled, prior to beginning of event.||Disinfectant will be provided to event coordinators to disinfect high-touch surfaces as necessary throughout the event.|
Cleaning of Residential Spaces
Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and should follow CDC recommendations when cleaning their individual spaces. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (e.g., tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets, sinks). The CDC recommendations provide information for cleaning different types of surfaces, including porous surfaces, nonporous surfaces, and electronics. Students are responsible for bringing appropriate cleaning supplies for their personal spaces.
This table shows the cleaning and disinfecting plan by space type for residential buildings. Custodial Services COVID-19 cleaning levels and resident responsibilities for cleaning and disinfecting are shown by building type.
Cleaning and Disinfecting Plan for Residential Buildings
|Space Type||Custodial Services COVID-19 Cleaning Level||Resident Responsibilities|
|Inside small residential houses/buildings (less than 10 residents), suites, and townhouses||Residents will be provided supplies and instructions to perform cleaning and disinfecting of their spaces.||Disinfecting supplies, training, and recommendations on cleaning frequencies provided to residents.|
|Suites within a large building (Atwater A and B, Ridgeline View Suites, Ross/LaForce townhouses)||Residents will be provided supplies and instructions to perform cleaning and disinfecting of their spaces.; in large buildings such as ATA/ATB/RVS, common areas outside of the suites will be serviced by custodial staff—twice-daily disinfecting of touchpoints in common areas outside of the suites; e.g., handrails, door handles, light switches, chair rails, laundry rooms, kitchens. Services provided seven days per week.||Disinfecting supplies, training, and recommendations on cleaning frequencies provided to residents.|
|Large residence halls||Full clean of bathrooms, hallways, common areas, and kitchens daily, with a second disinfection of touchpoints between 2 and 5 p.m. Service provided seven days per week.||Disinfect common space surfaces and items before use (e.g., kitchens). Use proper hand hygiene and bathroom exit etiquette.|