Union Where You Are: Plans for 2020-21

Health and safety FAQs

We will continue to update this list of FAQs. If you have a specific question that is not answered here you can contact an office directly or email us planning20-21@union.edu.

  • When do I have to wear my mask/face covering? [UPDATED Sept. 17]

    All community members are expected to wear their face coverings any time they are unable to social distance and when they are inside buildings such as the library, classrooms and common areas.

    Face coverings are not required when an individual is alone in their residence hall room with the door closed, alone in their private office with the door closed, or when outside with at least a six-foot distance from others. If a residence room is shared by 2 students, they are not required to wear face coverings in their room, but the door must be closed.

    If you have restrictions that prevent you from wearing a mask, accommodations will be made on a case-by-case basis. Employees should contact Human Resources; students should contact Health Services.

  • What types of face coverings are acceptable? [UPDATED Sept. 10]

    We follow CDC guidelines for face coverings and will provide updated links to this information as it becomes available. Please note, the last update to face coverings was made on August 27.

  • What will be the consequences if students don’t follow the health and safety protocols?

    All members of our community are expected to follow the College's health and safety protocols including social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. Doing so will ensure a healthy community.

    Students who do not comply will be subject to disciplinary actions ranging from a warning to sanctions. Severe violations could result in suspension or separation from the College.

  • What are the cleaning procedures in place?

    Facilities will provide daily enhanced cleaning and disinfecting for high-use areas and frequently-touched surfaces throughout campus. In addition, kits will be available for employees and students to disinfect frequently-touched surfaces in their work areas and/or classrooms.

  • Will students and employees be expected to submit daily screenings?

    Prior to being on campus each day, students and employees must self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. We are using the emocha health app for screening. For additional information, see the emocha FAQ section.

  • Will all students be tested? When and how often?

    Any student who will be on campus for classes, activities, or to use campus facilities will need to be tested as the term starts. We will also be conducting periodic testing throughout the term. More information on testing and testing protocols will be available in the coming weeks.

  • What does a student do if they have symptoms – isolation, quarantine, self-observation?

    During business hours, students should call Wicker Wellness Center, which can test in-house for COVID-19. For a positive case, Wicker staff would notify the local Health Department to initiate isolation or quarantine as indicated. After hours, students needing medical attention should contact Campus Safety for transportation to an urgent care center or emergency room. Vehicles used for medical transportation will be equipped with a barrier to protect the driver and occupant(s) and will be sanitized after each use.

    Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be transferred to designated isolation rooms until they can safely return to normal activities. Students who have been exposed to an infected individual will be asked to self-quarantine for an observation period or until they have been tested and cleared to return to normal activities.

  • What do I do if I’m exposed to a person who is confirmed or presumptive positive for COVID-19?

    Employees: If you have been in close contact with someone who has recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, stay home from work, contact your healthcare provider and notify your supervisor. If your healthcare provider requests you to be quarantined and/or tested, the College must receive clearance from your healthcare provider in order to return to work.