COVID-19 Student Protocols

Updated: 9/28/20

Campus Expectations and Guidelines

All students are expected to comply fully with the policies, protocols, and guidelines outlined in this document.

Students must wear masks at all times in the residence halls when outside of their assigned rooms, and when in public and unable to maintain 6 feet of distance from others. All students must sign the Delta State University COVID-19 Attestation Form indicating that they understand the institution’s polices, guidelines, and protocols regarding keeping the environment as safe as possible, COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, quarantine, and isolation procedures, and that they agree to try in good faith to abide by those policies. Students must also complete the electronic version of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Campus Health Screening daily.

A student’s refusal to complete the attestation or abide by the protocols will be considered in violation of the Code of Conduct as identified in the Student Handbook (Section 1: Offenses Against the University Community and Section 2: Offenses Disrupting Order or Disregarding Health and Safety) and subject to sanctioning.

Student questions should be directed to the Office of Student Life at (662) 846-4656.

What to do if…

Health and Safety Measures for Campus Operations and Programming

Help protect your health and safety and the health and safety of the entire Delta State family in the pandemic by following these guidelines for students.

Health & Safety

  • Hand sanitizer stations located throughout campus
  • Masks provided for all students, faculty, and staff
  • Students provided with refillable hand sanitizer key rings
  • Required viewing of health and safety training video
  • COVID-19 protocols distributed to all students via email and DSU social media

In the Classroom

  • In-person classes
  • Classroom setup adheres to social distancing requirements
  • Masks required
  • Classrooms and common areas regularly sanitized
  • Fall semester ends at Thanksgiving break

Programming

  • Masks and social distancing required
  • Virtual programming
  • Live streams for large events
  • Programming offered in multiple locations to minimize crowds

Wyatt Gym

  • Fitness Center
    • 11:30 AM – 7:30 PM (Monday – Friday)
    • 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Saturday)
    • Must follow all rules and guidelines posted in the facility and maintain social distancing
    • Must be pre-screened before entry.
    • Must have an current OKRA card.
    • Faculty, Staff, & Students ONLY; no community users until further notice.
  • Basketball gym, racquetball courts, and aquatic center closed – reopening TBA.

Cafeteria & Food Court

  • Cafeteria
    • One main entrance
    • Temperature reading required to enter
    • Setup adheres to social distancing requirements
    • To-go section
    • Buffet closed
    • Students may use an app for placing advance orders
  • Food court
    • Mask required for service

Housing

  • One main entrance for each residence hall will be staffed during open hours
  • Temperature checks conducted when students enter and exit the residence hall
  • Lounge and kitchen areas closed
  • Visitation discouraged. Permitted for campus residents only.
  • Building curfews to monitor all in-and-out traffic

Student Health Center

  • Open 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM  (M-F)
  • Opened to DSU students, staff, and faculty ONLY
  • No community visits will be allowed at this time
  • Bolivar After hours Clinic will be available
  • Telemedicine Information
    • 8:00 AM – 11:00 PM (Monday & Friday)
    • 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Saturday & Sunday)
    • Phone: (662) 579-6139

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

What is the “coronavirus” and how is it transmitted?

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person: between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) and through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.

What are the symptoms?

According to the CDC, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported — ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. People with the following symptoms may have COVID-19 (this list does not include all possible symptoms):

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How can I help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like the coronavirus?

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put six feet of distance between yourself and people who don’t live in your household.
  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Immediately wash/sanitize your hands.
  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others.
  • Be alert for symptoms.
  • If you are sick, stay home.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

The CDC defines quarantine and isolation in the following ways:

  • Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.
  • Isolation separates people who are infected with the virus away from people who are not.

What do I do if I have come in contact with someone who has been exposed to the virus or feels sick?

A person may be at risk for COVID-19 if they have been in “close contact” with or “exposed” to an individual diagnosed with COVID-19. The MS State Department of Health defines “close contact” as:

  • 15 minutes within 6 feet or less of someone infectious with COVID-19, with or without a mask. The 15-minute timeframe is not required to be continuous; rather cumulative throughout the day.
  • Providing care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19;
  • Having direct physical contact (touched, hugged, or kissed) with someone who has COVID-19;
  • Shared eating or drinking utensils with someone who has COVID-19;
  • Having had someone who has COVID-19 to sneeze, cough, or somehow get respiratory droplets on you.

Infectious Period – The infectious period is 2 day (48 hours) prior to a symptom onset (or test positivity if not no symptoms at the time of diagnosis) and then another 12 days from symptom onset or test positivity (14 days altogether)

Roommates and suitemates of residents and roommates of commuters who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine/isolate and undergo the COVID-19 protocols as well.

Please review pages 7-9 of the complete student protocols plan for detailed steps.

What do I do if I am feeling sick and/or do not pass the daily screening?

If you do not pass the daily screening, or if you feel sick (regardless of the results of the screening process) call Student Life (662) 846-4669 immediately for an assessment. If student lives on campus, Student Life will notify his/her hall manager of his/her possible exposure. The hall manager will notify the Director of Housing and Residence life.

Please review pages 9-11 of the complete student protocols plan for detailed steps.

Are students required to wear a mask while on campus?

A face mask is required in the presence of others in all indoor spaces. In addition, face coverings are required outside when adequate social distance cannot be maintained, and you are within six feet of another person. All faculty, staff, students and visitors will be required to comply with this.

How will the face masks and social distancing requirement be enforced?

Adherence to the protocols will be essential and fundamental to our ability to offer in-person activities on campus. A student’s refusal to complete the attestation or abide by the protocols will be considered in violation of the Code of Conduct as identified in the Student Handbook (Section 1.: Offenses Against the University Community and Section 2.: Offenses Disrupting Order or Disregarding Health and Safety) and subject to sanctioning.

Please review page 16 of the complete student protocols plan for details.

Questions? Call (662) 588-6713 or email Robin Douglas at rdouglas@deltastate.edu

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