July 14, 2020

7 ways campus is looking different

Some faculty and staff return to campus
Sign on campus door says Help prevent the spread
Help prevent the spread Riley Brandt, University of Calgary

Faculty and staff returning to campus might find things looking a little different since they were last in their lab or office. Health and safety will be a key priority for everyone, and it is a requirement that those returning to campus read the UCalgary Return to Campus protocols.

While most of the campus community continues to work from home, some faculty and staff are beginning gradual re-entry on campus in mid-July. During the summer months, UCalgary will also be hosting summer camps on campus. This will also be followed by the return of some students and faculty to on-campus classes in September.

In light of these changes, it is important for all campus community members to understand how seven common areas will look different on campus:

  1. Kitchen areas: Face covering must be worn when accessing the space and using shared lunchroom facilities (appliances, fridge, microwave etc.). All touched surfaces and equipment (fridge door, countertop, drawer handles, microwave button, kettle/coffeemaker etc.) must be disinfected before and after use. Follow the cleaning and disinfection guidelines in lab/worksite safety plan templates.
  2. Washrooms: Washrooms on campus are open. Extra control measures you’ll find include: Maintaining hands-free entrances on multi-stall washrooms, blocking off sink use where sinks are placed too close together, and reducing stall counts.
  3. Elevators: Minimize the use of elevators wherever possible, and use the stairs. Unless there is sufficient space for two people to stand diagonally, no more than one person may use the elevator at any time.
  4. No-loiter zones outside classrooms and lecture halls: A number of spots on campus will have signage reminders asking people not to gather in groups. To help with this, some furniture on campus has been removed and signage will reinforce walking patterns (walk on the right!).
  5. Water fountains/hydration stations: Bring your own reusable water bottle (or two) filled with H2O. Fountains with bottle fillers will still have bottle filling capabilities but vendors on campus will be closed.
  6. Hand sanitizer stations: There will be hand sanitizer available at high-touch points in common areas such as elevator lobbies, outside stairwells, and building entrances.
  7. Traffic flow markers: In an effort to ensure we are all safe, right-hand flow of traffic is encouraged throughout campus, you will see floor decals to help navigate through spaces, and foot decals in elevators and waiting zones for elevators to help maintain physical distancing. Some narrow corridors may have one-way signage so watch for the cues.


UCalgary resources on COVID-19

For the most up-to-date information about the University of Calgary's response to the spread of COVID-19, visit the UCalgary COVID-19 Response website.