Pacific University tasks forces are working to identify protocols and recommendations around student and employee transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These pages will be updated routinely as additional information becomes available.


Students who opt to carpool should follow safety guidelines to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

  • All persons must be symptom-free without fever before leaving.
  • All occupants must wear face masks upon arrival to the gathering point and for the entire time in shared transportation.
  • Wash or sanitize hands before getting in the vehicle.
  • Provide a flow of fresh air into the vehicle by opening windows.
  • Stop for a fresh air break of at least 15 minutes every two-and-a-half hours. Occupants can take off masks and get fresh air while distancing at least six feet from one another.  
  • Occupants should sit in the same seat to and from the destination. An exception is made for the drivers, who should trade seats after every fresh air break to prevent fatigue.
  • Eating and drinking should be done during fresh air breaks, while maintaining 6 feet of distance.
  • Disinfect vehicles after each trip/day, including:
    • Steering wheel
    • Window and other control buttons
    • Gear shift
    • Wiper and turn-signal mechanisms
    • Seat-adjustment levers
    • Armrests
    • Keys
    • Door handles, interior and exterior
    • Cup holders
    • Headrests
    • Seat belts and seat-belt buckles
    • Air vents
    • Touch screens
    • Stereo knobs

Motor Pool

Students and employees traveling in university motor pool vehicles will adhere to guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and motor pool vehicles will be cleaned regularly. Those using motor pool vehicles occasionally will follow these general guidelines. Students traveling in motor pool vehicles for Voyages and Athletics activities — which puts them in a closer-contact cohort — will have slightly different guidelines.