This document is intended to apply to all members of our community—(faculty, staff, and students), as well as contractors, vendors, visitors and guests—while on campus or in university facilities. We anticipate that these guidelines will evolve with the changing severity of the pandemic. School of Art & Design is subject to state and local regulations, as well as Marshall University’s own public health mandates and assessments.
Hours of Operation
The Visual Arts Center’s front doors are open to the public Monday – Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM.
Student swipe access is Monday – Sunday from 6AM-12AM. Faculty and staff have 24/7 card swipe access.
Carroll Art Gallery – The Carroll Art Gallery will be open to the public from 10AM-4PM Monday – Friday. Check the website or call in advance for up-to-date hours and Coronavirus information.
Birke Art Gallery – Monday-Friday 10AM-4PM. Check the website or call in advance for up-to-date hours and Coronavirus information.
Receptions will occur according to current University rules and regulations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check the website or call in advance for up-to-date hours and Coronavirus information.
Campus Density and Social Distancing
Social distancing is important for everyone and required by the university, especially to help protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Everyone on campus is expected to follow social distancing practices to the best of their ability given physical space limitations. Please try to keep as much distance as possible between yourself and others while working in the School of Art & Design.
Universal Face Coverings
- Facemasks or face coverings must be worn by everyone regardless of vaccination status (including all faculty, staff, students, guests, vendors, and visitors) in university buildings.
- Faculty will have the option of wearing a plastic face shield in lieu of a face mask.
- Exceptions to the requirement for universal face coverings inside are limited to time spent in a single-occupancy office with a closed door, while eating or drinking.
- Students, Faculty and Staff will be issued two reusable, cloth masks as well as instruction regarding mask.
- Signage reminders of best practices (social distancing, facemasks, hand hygiene) will be placed throughout in both the Visual Arts Center and the Art Warehouse.
- Everyone should wash their hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after they have been in a public place or after blowing their nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching their face. It is also suggested that everyone wash their hands as they enter and exit various on-campus spaces and before eating. People should also avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
- If soap and water are not readily available, people can use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. They should cover all surfaces of their hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Signage will be placed in prominent locations around campus and specifically in bathrooms, outside of bathrooms and throughout buildings in high-traffic areas.
- In the VAC Hand sanitizing stations will be placed outside elevators in flex spaces.
Cleaning and Sanitizing
Disinfecting Your Workspace
Area heads will be responsible for overseeing the regular disinfection of department specific resources, including shops, labs, and shared equipment. Atalian will continue to focus on common areas like hallways, classrooms, computer labs, restrooms, and high-use contact points.
- Facilities has provided spray bottles of disinfectant called Virex, and towels or disinfecting wipes. Please leave time to properly clean studio spaces and/or any shared equipment between uses.
- Flex spaces will also have disinfectant wipes available to use for all people in the building. Please be considerate of the needs of others and only use what you absolutely need.
- Faculty and students are responsible for wiping high-tough surfaces between lessons. You should incorporate a cleaning / disinfecting protocol for your individual areas.
Each area should establish a disinfection procedure, which should be posted in the work area. The shared space should be disinfected at the beginning and end of every use. Items to disinfect include doorknobs, exposed surfaces, light switches, keyboards, shared equipment, desk and bench surfaces and any other high contact surfaces.
Atalian, the contracted cleaning company will clean common area surfaces once daily, as well as disinfecting of high-touch surfaces in common areas once daily.
- Studio class rooms:
- Routine daily cleaning will be performed by Atalian.
- Lecture rooms:
- Routine daily cleaning.
- Office spaces:
- Routine daily cleaning.
- Restrooms-One person at a time
- Restrooms cleaned with disinfectant twice daily.
- In the VAC, please be considerate of others already occupying the restroom. If you notice someone else is already using the restroom please exit and wait, or try another restroom. If you are in a restroom when someone else comes in, please notify the person that the restroom is in use.
Furniture has been arranged to meet current physical distancing guidelines. Floors and tables have been marked to delineate proper physical distancing. Anytime a room is used at capacity, these markings must be used to confirm proper spacing of students and faculty.
All furniture beyond the number of seats permitted by the established occupancy limit of a room will be removed. Flex space furniture should not be moved. Moving any remaining furniture is not permitted.
Doors / Elevator / Stairs / Hallways
- All inside doors in the VAC and AW should remain open or propped open during class hours to maximize ventilation. There are some classrooms where this may not be possible, and in these instances, faculty must work to create safe protocols and close doors at their discretion.
- As you move throughout the VAC and AW, practice social distancing in stairs, hallways, classrooms, etc.
- The front stairwell is for UP traffic only. Unless you plan to use the elevator, please utilize the front stairs to get to classrooms or offices from the 1st floor.
- The back stairwell is for down traffic only. Unless you plan to use the elevator please utilize the back stairs to exit the building after class.
- Limit 2 – person capacity in elevators. As in all university buildings masks are mandatory. Please try and physical distance inside the elevator by occupying opposing corners.
- Please follow the signage instructions and directional floor vinyl. Paths have been created to minimize contact points for virus transmission. We all must work to be safe together!
Additional information websites
- Beginning of the Semester from President Gilbert: https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/2021/08/16/beginning-of-the-semester-message-from-president-gilbert/
- Marshall Coronavirus information page: https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/
- New mask guidelines effective August 11th; fall COVID-19 protocols: https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/2021/08/09/new-mask-guidelines-effective-aug-11-fall-covid-19-protocols/
- Online Learning:marshall.edu/design-center/online-ready/
IF YOU FEEL SICK –
Students – Students who are sick should seek medical assistance as appropriate and remain at home until symptoms resolve. For anyone with symptoms of COVID-19—fever, cough and shortness of breath—health officials continue to recommend the importance of calling their healthcare provider rather than going to a clinic or drive-through test site.
Students who are experiencing symptoms can call Student Health at 304-691-1100 in the mornings from Monday through Friday. They can also call the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources 24/7, toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304; or the Cabell-Huntington Health Department at 304-526-6544 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Students diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain isolated and should immediately contact Leah Tolliver at email@example.com for contact tracing to begin. Personal information will be kept confidential.
Employees – Managers and supervisors should recommend that employees who are sick seek medical assistance as appropriate and require they remain out of the workplace until symptoms resolve. For anyone with symptoms of COVID-19—fever, cough and shortness of breath—health officials continue to recommend the importance of calling their provider rather than going to a clinic or drive-through test site.
Individuals who are experiencing symptoms can also call the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources 24/7, toll-free hotline at 1-800-887-4304; or the Cabell-Huntington Health Department at 304-526-6544 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Employees diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain at home and should immediately inform their supervisor and Human Resource Services. They should also contact Leah Tolliver at firstname.lastname@example.org for contact tracing to begin. Employees will not be permitted to return to work on site without medical documentation. Personal information will be kept confidential.