As students come back to Campus this fall, they will find more stringent protocols to ensure their safety in the residential halls, educational spaces, and other facilities.
Working with the University of Michigan's Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) organization and following the guidance set forth from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Student Life Facilities' custodians will be using disinfectants, such as Oxivir TB, that have been pre-approved by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use against emerging viral pathogens.
These disinfectants will be regularly applied to frequently touched surfaces such as door knobs and handles, door push plates and crash bars, light switches, sink and faucet handles, elevator handles, and more.
- In addition to normal cleaning and disinfecting, the custodial staff will use electrostatic sprayers as an additional level of protection to sanitize surfaces in bathrooms and communal spaces.
- Within communal spaces, furniture will be arranged to keep students at least 6 feet apart. If that spacing can not be achieved, then physical barriers will be strategically deployed to help ensure student safety.
- Hand sanitizer will be available to assist students with hand hygiene.
- Within residential laundry rooms, a phone app will be utilized to tell students when their clothes have completed a wash or dry cycle in an effort to both de-densify spaces and prevent students from handling each other's clothing.
- Hand sanitizer stations and disinfecting wipes will be readily available for student use within the laundry rooms.
- Shared bathrooms will be cleaned regularly using EPA-registered disinfectants, at least twice per day (in the morning and evening and/or after times of heavy use).
In addition to these cleaning measures, your student will be asked to use physical distancing, practice good hand hygiene, and wear masks to protect themselves and fellow students, as well as the more than 180 custodians who will be working diligently to keep our campus residential community safe.