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Campus Operations

Our Health and Safety Expectations

For our Return to Campus plan to be effective, everyone will need to learn and embrace new campus safety protocols. Please be ready to take ownership of these new protocols so we can stay healthy, together.

  • Everyone on campus will be required to wear a mask while on campus, unless in a residence hall room, a private vehicle, an enclosed office or other private space with no other individuals present. Masks must be properly worn, covering an individual's nose, mouth and chin area.
  • We are enforcing social distancing of at least six feet apart. All shared and common spaces are being evaluated for adjustments necessary to maintain proper social distance.
  • Hand sanitation stations are located throughout campus, and frequent handwashing will be encouraged.
  • The touch-free water dispensing stations on campus will remain in operation. The water drinking fountains will be temporarily unavailable by being turned off.
  • All members of the campus community must perform a health self-check each day via the Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker form through Belmont’s Health Portal before reporting to work or class. If an individual answers yes to any of the following questions, the individual must stay away from campus or self-isolate in campus housing, and follow the directions found in the "Health & Safety Protocols" portion of our plan to report your illness. Health self-check questions are:
    • Do you live with or have had close personal contact with a person who has tested positive or is displaying COVID-like symptoms?
    • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle pain or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea?
    • Have you had a fever in the past 48 hours or is your current temperature at or above 100.4?

Procurement/Supplies

A Supply Procurement, Distribution and Environmental Protocols Task Force is being led by Vice President of Finance and Operations Dr. Steve Lasley and Vice President for Spiritual Development Dr. Todd Lake. Its members include representatives from Risk Management, Facilities, Health Services and other colleagues with distinct points of view on the health and safety needs at Belmont.

The Procurement team began work immediately this spring to secure the necessary supplies to allow for a safer return to campus. Items procured include:

  • Belmont branded, washable and reusable masks for all faculty and staff (also for sale at the Belmont Store and the Pharmacy) 
  • Single-use masks for guests to wear when visiting Belmont
  • Soap, paper towels and cleaning products 
  • More than 300 hand sanitizer dispensers for high traffic areas around campus
  • Software licensing for Zoom, Evercast, AVID and other platforms that may be needed to deliver courses, student life experiences and spiritual development opportunities.
  • Nearly 60 Plexiglas barriers for workspaces and reception areas where people may arrive without a mask, or stay for prolonged periods of time, or where they are unable to be 6 feet apart. Another 53 areas on campus have been identified for additional barriers to be installed in the coming weeks, and Sodexo will also do this for all dining locations. Additional locations are being reviewed and considered for installation.
  • 500 thermometers available for purchase in the Belmont Store and the Pharmacy

The procurement team is frequently assessing the needs of campus and proactively working to procure supplies in advance based on the needs and requests of other committees and official recommendations.

Facilities and Enhanced Cleaning Protocols

Belmont will be following recommendations from the CDC regarding facility cleaning and sanitization. Enhanced measures include:

  • The University is increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces such as public restrooms, elevators, doorknobs, stairwell railings and public areas within the residence halls.
  • We will be employing electrostatic disinfectant sprayer devices, which are especially helpful and thorough for disinfecting hard-to-reach areas. These sprayers will provide a highly efficient and environmentally responsible means to clean highly utilized areas with greater frequency.
  • Facilities Management Services has distributed sanitizing wipes and masks to all departments and deans to be used in those areas.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located in key locations throughout campus, especially near the entrances to buildings, classrooms and elevators.
  • Plexiglas safety barriers are being installed in a number of campus locations - such as Belmont Central - where face-to-face interactions are necessary.
  • Procedures are in place to clean and disinfect after notification of a confirmed case of COVID-19. This information is directly reliant on information submitted via the Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker, accessible via Health Services and MyBelmont.
    • When cleaning such spaces, cleaning personnel will follow CDC prevention guidance such as opening windows to increase circulation and wearing protective PPE to prevent cross contamination.

Campus Dining

Belmont’s Dining Services provider, Sodexo, is a worldwide leader in food services and facilities operation. Sodexo is taking a cautious, measured approach that gives students the confidence to enjoy meals on campus, as well as the flexibility to choose the dining options that make them feel most comfortable. These campus partners will be implementing a number of new measures for the fall to keep Belmont community members safe:

  • Employees will wear personal protective equipment (masks and gloves)
  • Self-service options will be eliminated, replaced with staff service
  • High touch surfaces will be cleaned frequently with professional-grade products
  • Dining areas will have updated configurations, expanded hours, new floor markers and reduced seating capacities to encourage social distancing
  • Additional grab-and-go options and outlets will be provided
  • Additional Plexiglas will be installed in needed areas to discourage droplet contacts
  • Contactless payment/card swiping will be implemented in all locations
  • Protocols will be in place to ensure service for those who need to isolate or quarantine
  • Staff will continue to wash hands frequently and regularly report on their health, including temperature checks

UPS Store & Campus Mail

The UPS Store at Belmont University is following strong company-wide guidelines which include:

  • Practice social distancing and limit the number of customers in the store.
  • Follow appropriate hygiene protocols.
  • Perform regular disinfecting/sanitizing within the store, especially for frequently touched surfaces like doors, handles, counters, computers, etc.
  • Require all employees to wear a mask or face shield for safety; it is strongly recommended for all customers to wear masks as well. 

Signage

Signage has been placed around campus to remind the campus community and guests of the University’s health and safety protocols. Please observe these practices.