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Executive Summary, UJ Fall 2020 Plan

Since 1883, the University of Jamestown has been a student-oriented institution of higher education with a faculty and staff committed to providing the highest quality of education to our students.

As our mission states, the University of Jamestown is a community dedicated to the development of wholeness in our students. We adhere to a curriculum of academic excellence which blends the liberal arts with sound professional preparation. Our commitment to the Christian faith encourages an atmosphere of self-discipline, responsibility, and concern for the growth of the individual.

University Guiding Principles:

With our mission at the center of all University activity, we prepare to resume in-person instruction and activity in both our Jamestown and Fargo locations guided by the following principles:

  1. We are committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for faculty, staff, and students.
  2. A robust on-campus experience including face-to-face instruction, rich co-curricular activities, engagement with our broader community, and a vibrant campus ministry program guides our undergraduate operations, when possible.
  3. We are committed to face-to-face instruction at the undergraduate level and in our Doctor of Physical Therapy program while minimizing risk to all. We recognize that intentional and purposeful use of hybrid, high flex, and online modalities, coupled with our commitment to highly interactive faculty-student relationships, can also provide meaningful educational experiences for students.
  4. We value the ingenuity and problem-solving ability of all University community members, and welcome their input and feedback regarding our planning and processes.
  5. All of our decisions are informed and guided by the advice and practices recommended by federal, state, and local public health organizations. We expect all members of our community to practice self-discipline and to act responsibly in accordance with good health practices.

The President’s Cabinet members devised fall 2020 plans for their respective areas that address safe practices related to COVID-19 including hygiene, social distancing, screening/testing, identification, and isolation. The plans consider the uniqueness of our campus and Fargo location, including available residence halls, dining services, student activities, the Student Success Center, auxiliary student services, enrollment management (recruitment and retention), and technology needs. Specific attention was paid to classroom and labs and the characteristics of operations and student movement related to fine arts participation, athletic events, and course enrollment. Plans for staff safety in marketing and development include plans for large events and travel.

University General Practices:

To ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors, the University is committed to the following general practices guided by the five basic principles of overall wellness: Hygiene, Social Distancing, Screening/Testing, Identification, and Isolation as outlined below. Due to evolving recommendation at the local, state and federal level, this list is not exhaustive and will continue to be monitored throughout the summer and updated as necessary.

Hygiene:
  • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, equipment, and objects under the guidance provided by the CDC including classrooms, event centers, and other public spaces using EPA-approved disinfectant solutions: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/disinfecting-building-facility.html
  • Encourage frequent hand washing, and refrain from touching face including nose, mouth, and eyes
  • Use of hand sanitizers placed at entrances and exits of buildings
  • Use of non-medical or cloth masks when not able to social distance
  • Use of PPE for employees and students, when necessary
  • Utilize windows for outside air intake when possible
  • Limit use of equipment, classrooms, and facilities when necessary
  • Follow prescribed procedures for cleaning and disinfecting in the event of a COVID-19 positive test: https://sf.gov/business-guidance-if-staff-member-tests-positive-covid-19


Social Distancing:
  • Follow guidance provided by ND Smart Restart: https://ndresponse.gov/sites/www/files/documents/covid-19/ND%20Smart%20Restart/Standards%20for%20all%20Industries.pdf
  • Label entrances and exits to buildings for purposes of proper social distancing
  • Reduce occupancy and/or increase space between furniture in classrooms and public spaces
  • Stagger work stations when possible
  • Provide physical barriers such as Plexiglas sneeze guards where appropriate to avoid direct contact between individuals
  • Provide signage on walls, floors, and other areas as needed to identify safe spacing, walking patterns, etc.
  • Consider time limits for planned activities
  • Alternate days and/or locations to accommodate appropriate classroom safety protocols
  • Allow employees to work remotely when necessary
  • Utilize technology for large meetings
  • Consider use of technology and specific ticket entrances and assigned seats at athletic, fine arts, and other large events: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/index.html


Screening/Testing/Identification:
  • Educate and encourage self-monitoring procedures daily
  • Utilize health screening questionnaire and temperature checks daily for individuals who are in activities where social distancing options are limited
  • Encourage individuals to stay home/in their residence hall room if not feeling well
  • Work with local health care providers to provide testing for symptomatic individuals
  • Work with CDC to support contact tracing in the event of a positive test
  • Encourage individuals with pre-existing health concerns to avoid high traffic areas and events and provide necessary accommodations when possible


Isolation:
  • Reserve campuses houses 2 and 3 as designated residences in the event of a COVID-19 infection
  • Provide for food and other needs for those who are quarantining or are in isolation due to the virus
  • Follow CDC and North Dakota State Health Department guidance related to isolation and readiness to return to work or class https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/strategy-discontinue-isolation.html
  • Support continuation of study through use of technology for students in quarantine or isolation
  • Support continuation of essential job functions for employees, allowing employees to work remotely or to seek temporary leave options


With a commitment to the health and well-being of all members of our community, this plan was created to allow us to continue to care for each other, grow together, and experience the fullness of collegiate life in the fall of 2020.

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Posted:June 12, 2020


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