The School of Music will follow health and safety protocols established by the university. For more information, see https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/.
We are following coronavirus health and safety guidelines for musicians that result from numerous multi-institution research studies that were conducted over the last several months.
Faculty members will advise you on specific protocols and procedures for their classes, rehearsals, and lessons. It is important that you follow these procedures because of the particular nature of spreading airborne particles during music making.
In all of your activities on and off campus, please follow all required procedures and protocols carefully and deliberately. We are all responsible for one another’s safety during this time, and any personal carelessness can easily and quickly result in drastic changes in how we will be able to proceed with our work as a School and as a University.
A few applied music courses/sections have been listed in the schedule as virtual. This means that all applied lessons with those course numbers/sections will take place in a virtual, remote setting.
Most applied lesson courses are listed as face-to-face. The instructors for those applied music courses intend to teach lessons face-to-face, either in their studios or (as space and scheduling allows) in a classroom. However, you have the option of having remote lessons if you will feel safer in that setting. If you have been exposed to or have tested positive for COVID-19, your lessons must be in a virtual, remote setting until you are cleared to return to campus.
Classrooms, Practice Rooms, & Lab
As in other buildings across campus, you will be asked to wipe down any surfaces (including equipment) that you touch during your classes. Likewise, you must wipe down any surfaces that you touch after using practice rooms and the music computer lab. Disinfecting wipes will be made available on all floors of our buildings.
Schedules will be posted on the door of each music practice room. These schedules will indicate which hours the practice rooms may be used as well as which hours the room must be left unoccupied. It is important that the practice rooms remain empty when they are scheduled to be left unused so that we can minimize aerosol spread and ensure a safe practice environment for the next person who uses the room.
A schedule will be posted on the door of the computer lab in Jomie to limit the number of users at one time. You will fill in the timeslots during which you plan to use the lab to work on your assignments.
Most performances in Smith Recital Hall and Jomie Forum (student recitals, faculty recitals, ensemble performances) will be streamed on Facebook. These may be live-streamed events or recorded for posting later.
Students who are performing their required junior, senior, or graduate recitals in Smith Recital Hall may request inviting a live audience to attend their performances in addition to streaming. The size of the audience will be limited to appropriate social distancing as defined by the University and the Governor. Students will be given tickets for their recitals, which they will distribute to their invited guests. Audience members will be required to wear masks the entire time they are in Smith Music Hall, including during the performance, and they must sit only in designated seats in the recital hall. We cannot allow a live audience in Jomie Forum, only in Smith Recital Hall.
In all cases, performances will be advertised with information for watching the streamed performance. Even for recitals to which a small audience will be invited, we will not announce that information in any of our PR materials.
Additional information websites
- Marshall Coronavirus information page: https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/
- Return to Campus guide: https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/return-to-campus-spring-2021/
- Online Safety Training: https://www.marshall.edu/safety/accessing-online-training/
- Faculty and Staff
- Return to Workplace Guide for Faculty and Staff: https://www.marshall.edu/wellness/files/Return-to-Workplace-Guide_COVID_19_May-15-2020.pdf
- Covid-19 Employee Return to Campus Acknowledgement: https://www.marshall.edu/coronavirus/covid-19-employee-return-to-campus-acknowledgement/
- 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 Marshall Health COVID-19 information hotline at 304-696-2900 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Marshall Health COVID-19 information hotline at 304-696-2900 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday; 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 email@example.com 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.