HOUSING

COVID-19 Protocols

 

COVID-19 Safety Protocols for Residents

  1. Purpose:

    In an effort to create a safe environment for students living in CSUN Student Housing, and in compliance with directions provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Los Angeles County Public Health (LACPH), and the CSUN Emergency Operation Center (EOC) the following safety guidelines have been developed.

  2. Procedures:
    1. Hand Hygiene and Respiratory Etiquette (as recommended by the CDC)
      • CSUN Student Housing recommends frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds for residents coming in and out of the Residence Halls.
        • If soap and water are not available, students should use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
        • Students are advised that soap and water are the most effective.
      • Students are asked to appropriately cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or to use the inside of their elbow if needed, safely dispose of used tissues, and comply with appropriate hand washing procedures.
    2. Apartment Sharing Behavior Requirements
      • Students are required to disinfect shared spaces after each use (kitchen, living room, bathrooms, etc.). Students will be provided with disinfectant and rags when they move in.
      • Students will only be able to be in close proximity with their assigned apartment-mate. 6-foot distancing will still be recommended, especially if masks are not worn indoors, e.g. while eating. Students will not be able to visit other units in Student Housing.
      • Students will be asked to limit exposure to other individuals. Students will practice social distancing when leaving their apartment, and will commit to following all CDC guidelines (including hand washing, face covering, sanitizing, etc.).
      • Visitors will be prohibited to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19.
    3. Cloth Face Coverings
      • Students and staff will be required to use cloth face coverings when outside their apartment, suite, or office. These areas include but are not limited to: building lobbies, offices, common bathrooms, outdoor recreational areas, community spaces, mailroom and dining hall.
      • Face coverings are encouraged if 2 students are in one common living area. 6-foot distancing should be maintained at all times if possible.
    4. Maintaining Healthy Environments
      • CSUN Student Housing Custodial team will be in charge of cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces (e.g., door handles, sinks, handrails, etc.) twice per weekday.
      • The use of shared facilities and equipment such as seating areas and tables will be limited when possible and disinfected at the beginning of each weekday by custodial staff and required to be wiped with provided disinfectant by residents after each use.
      • Protocols for computer and printer areas and their equipment will be followed. CSUN Facilities and Environmental Health and Safety inspected all computer labs that will be open in Fall 2020 and prescribed protocols and procedures that will be followed.
      • Students and staff are encouraged to keep their personal items (e.g., backpacks and cell phones) disinfected and away from commonly shared surface areas. Students are encouraged to frequently use disinfectant wipes on desks, laptops, cell phones and other personal objects after use.
    5. Building Facilities
      • CSUN Student Housing has modified the current layout of communal spaces for the safety of students.
        • Students have adequate distance between individuals when requesting assistance in their apartments and office settings, and appropriate PPE will be required.
        • Physical barriers such as sneeze guards or partitions will be installed in areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain at least 6 feet apart at all times (e.g., mailroom, housing office). However, per LACDPH, 6-foot separation is primary and expected.
        • Outdoor community areas (e.g., basketball courts, pools) will remain closed until further guidance is provided by Los Angeles County Public Health.
        • Physical guides such as stickers on floors, door signs, or sidewalk A-frame signs will be in place to ensure individuals remain at least 6 feet apart in lines.
    6. Distance Learning
      • Students will be encouraged to pursue virtual group events, meetings, or gatherings. In-person activities will be strictly limited, pre-approved per CSUN’s Emergency Operations Center protocol via the President and Chancellor’s Office, and adhere to masking and social distancing requirements.
      • CSUN Student Housing will limit any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities to ensure the safety of residents.
      • Students and staff will be encouraged to telework as much as possible to protect themselves and others from COVID-19.
    7. Mental Health
      • CSUN Student Housing is committed to supporting students with challenges that can arise with choosing to live on campus by providing and facilitating access to mental and physical health services at CSUN such as University Counseling Services and the Klotz Student Health Center
        • Housing will promote healthy eating, appropriate exercise and activity, stress reduction, sleep hygiene, and self-care.
        • CSUN Housing live-in staff will be available for students to communicate concerns and receive necessary support, referrals, assistance, etc.
        • Telehealth Wellness Coaching appointments will be available through the Klotz Student Health Center Health Promotion Department and University Counseling Services Telehealth counseling will be available by appointment and in case of emergency.
        • Virtual community engagement activities will be provided for students living on campus to promote health and wellness.