Fall 2020 COVID-19 Information for CAS Faculty

The COVID-19 pandemic means changes to a number of CAS policies, procedures and practices. Below you will find the latest information specific to the College of Arts and Sciences. This information will be updated regularly.


Links to Resources and Information for Faculty

If You Need an Accommodation

The Americans with Disabilities Act provides protections and accommodations for people who may be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. The CDC provides an updated list of the conditions that are considered to put individuals into a high-risk category. If you believe you qualify for an accommodation, please contact your School Director and Tracy King, our Benefits Specialist to apply or learn more.

Information About PPE and Sanitization Protocols

The Return To Campus Operations Guide provides comprehensive documentation of the policies and procedures we are using to maintain the health and safety of our campus community. The following practices are worth noting here:

  • Cleaning: Enhanced cleaning protocols are in place across campus. This includes daily cleaning of all active space and twice daily cleaning of bathrooms and high-touch surfaces such as door handles, elevator buttons, etc.Protect our community
  • Hand Washing: All students, faculty and staff are expected to wash their hands regularly throughout the day. Hand washing, or the use of sanitizer, is especially important when arriving or leaving a location, before eating, after coughing or sneezing or yawning, after touching another person, and after using the bathroom. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, hands should be washed with soap and water for approximately 20 seconds.
  • Face Coverings: All students, faculty, staff and guests are required to wear face coverings while on campus including while outdoors. Face coverings are not required when you are alone in your office. Face coverings are required to be worn by faculty and students during class even when maintaining 6-feet of social distancing.
  • Social Distancing: Classrooms and common spaces have been set up for 6' of social distancing. This means furniture has been removed, blocked off, or marked in order to prevent close contact between people. In some spaces, physical barriers have been installed where 6-foot distancing cannot be maintained. Face coverings are still required when physical barriers are present.
  • Traffic Flow: Campus buildings have been mapped for one-way foot traffic in order to avoid congestion in hallways and entrances and exits where 6’ distancing is difficult to maintain. Foot traffic patterns have been marked with directional signs on the floor and doorways. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to follow all posted directional signs. People with accessibility differences/needs do not have to follow the directional markers if they impede or limit access to buildings or spaces within them.
  • Staying Home: All Forest Grove campus community members are expected to stay home if they have symptoms of any illness, even if those symptoms to do not appear to be related to COVID-19. If you become sick or experience symptoms of any illness while at work, go home immediately.

When a Student Comes to Class without a Mask

Students have been told many times that appropriate face coverings are required in class. If a student comes to class without a face covering on, please offer them a face covering from the supply that is available in your classroom. Every classroom will have some disposable masks stored in it and these will be replenished as needed. If there are no masks available in your classroom, please ask the student to leave class and obtain a face covering before they can re-enter the room. Contact the administrative assistant in your school if you notice a classroom is out of disposable masks. Students unable, for health reasons, to wear a face covering must obtain a documented exception from the Office of Accessibility and Accommodations.

Your Back-to-School Care Kit

Every faculty member will receive a "care kit" when they return to campus. Full-time faculty will find these kits in their offices. part-time and adjunct faculty should work with their Department Chair and/or school Administrative Assistant to obtain some or all of the items in the care kit.

Care Kits includeThe contents of the faculty care kits

  • 3-4 Cloth face coverings
  • A few disposable masks
  • A plastic face shield
  • A refillable bottle of spray sanitizer
  • A personal supply of dry erase markers, chalk, and erasers - do not share these or use ones left in classrooms
  • A 6-foot measure
  • A daily symptom check reminder card

Classroom Cleaning Protocols

Classrooms and other learning spaces (labs, studios, etc.) will be cleaned and sanitized by Housekeeping Staff daily (5 days a week, M-F). Each classroom will have a cleaning kit that includes sanitizer, wipes or paper towels, and gloves. Faculty and students should perform routine sanitizing of surfaces that multiple people touch such as lecture podium buttons, door handles, tabletops, computer keyboards, when they arrive in the room and before they leave the room. Where needed, specific instructions will be posted in classrooms and learning spaces.

Students, faculty and staff should wash their hands thoroughly (for 20 seconds or more) between classrooms and before entering into other spaces on campus.

Faculty requiring chalk or dry erase pens will be provided with their own sets of each (see Care Kit information above). Please bring your chalk, pens and erasers with you to class, do not use chalk or pens that have been left in rooms.

Teaching that requires the use and sharing of other instruments or equipment will be managed on a class-by-class basis. Where possible, additional equipment will be purchased to avoid sharing. Where purchasing multiple, individual sets of tools/instruments is not possible, sanitizing protocols will be put in place.A socially distanced classroom

Computer keyboards and mice will have plastic coverings applied to them wherever possible. This will facilitate the regular application of sanitizer by faculty and students before and after each use. Likewise, the high-touch surfaces of classroom podiums will also be covered with clear film to allow for frequent cleaning.

Every classroom has been set up for social distancing. This means a teaching "space" has been marked on the floor, desks are at least 6-feet apart, maximum occupancy signs have been posted, and, where possible, entries and exits have been designated for one-way traffic in and out of the room. Directional markings should be followed throughout buildings when entering or exiting to avoid coming into close contact with others in the space. Please see the "What to expect in your classroom" page for more information.

In buildings with many classrooms that are in heavy use, such as Scott and Price Halls, faculty are asked to adhere to a staggered release schedule for their classes. This will mean dismissing classes 5-10 minutes early to avoid congestion in hallways and to provide the necessary time for surfaces to be sprayed down with sanitizer before the next class begins. Guidelines for staggered release will be posted in the classrooms where this process is in effect. Room schedules will also be posted in classrooms so faculty and students will know if another class will be starting immediately after theirs. Faculty should plan on arriving to their classrooms a few minutes early to wipe down high-touch surfaces, including desks. Student should be asked to assist with this process when they enter the room by wiping down their desk with the cleaning materials provided in the room.