Return to Campus Facilities FAQs

Facilities Return to Campus FAQ

What procedures will be implemented to ensure that airflow, filtration, and circulation meets safety requirements?

Facilities is working with local engineering firms to develop modified operations of our heating and ventilation systems across campus. This work includes looking at increased airflows, more outside air, and adding higher efficiency air filters at the central ventilation units. More details on this work is available in the Safe and Healthy Campus – Physical Plant COVID19 Response Plan.

How will the university promote physical distancing in workspace? (Please address that facilities will be in charge of putting 6ft. markings, etc. up)

Facilities Design + Construction is reviewing all campus spaces larger than private offices and checking the capacity of the space with physical distancing. Signage will be installed to indicate spacing, furniture will be removed as needed and information will be provided to unit leaders to aid in bringing people back safely.)

What processes and procedures will be implemented to ensure that workspaces are properly sanitized?

Please see the Seattle University - Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection Plan, below, for an overview of the enhanced cleaning and disinfection steps being taken. More details are available in the Safe and Healthy Campus – Physical Plant COVID19 Response Plan.

Will one-way paths be implemented in halls and workspaces?

Design + Construction will be installing signage in the corridors to indicate lanes and other circulation components such as in or out doors and up or down stairs in high traffic areas of building common areas such as academic hallways. For more details on prosed building signage and channelization see the signage package in the Safe and Healthy Campus – Physical Plant COVID19 Response Plan.

Will there be restrictions on elevator use?

Elevators will be limited to four or fewer passengers (depending on the size of the elevator) and all occupants will be required to wear face coverings. This is consistent with guidance from public health authorities for short term exposure (less than 10 minutes) to physical distancing less than six feet.
What safeguards will be implanted to protect individuals working in high exposure areas (enclosed shared space, open spaces).

Design + Construction is reviewing all shared spaces to ensure they work with recommended physical distancing. Furniture will be removed or adjusted as needed, signage and markings will be provided, and safety barriers and/or physical distancing will be installed at service counters across campus.

What steps will be taken to ensure bathrooms are safe for public use?

Signage and markings will be provided to keep waiting lines properly distanced and the number of occupants at a level allowing good distancing practices. As noted below, in addition to the standard custodial cleaning protocols, the university has implemented an enhanced cleaning frequency plan to clean and disinfect common areas (reception areas, conference/study/meeting rooms, restrooms/shower/locker rooms, hallways, stairwells, elevators, entranceways and other common areas on a daily basis. High touch points such as entrance handles, handrails, elevator buttons, tables and restroom stall handles/doors/faucets are being cleaned at least twice daily, five days a week.

Who do I contact if I still have more questions?

See below. Please also see the Safe and Healthy Campus – Physical Plant COVID-19 Response Plan.

Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfection Plan

WFF Facility Services and Resident Hall Custodial Services are actively engaged in managing our cleaning efforts and resources. Chartwells, our food service provider has initiated emergency protocols to ensure campus-dining remains accessible and safe. We will continue to monitor and follow recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for preventing the spread of the virus.

Is hand sanitizer available on campus?

Custodial staff are tasked with monitoring soap and hand sanitizer dispensers. The university has many hand sanitizer stations containing alcohol-based hand sanitizer placed throughout campus. These stations are routinely located at building entrances, elevator landings, food service areas and kitchen/break areas throughout campus.

Although hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, practicing the CDC’s proper hand-washing technique is considered more effective.

How Seattle University is cleaning and disinfecting buildings across campus?

Seattle University has well trained and professional custodial staff that is responding to the needs of campus regarding the COVID-19 outbreak on a daily basis. In addition to the standard custodial cleaning protocols, the university has implemented an enhanced cleaning frequency plan to clean and disinfect common areas (reception areas, conference/study/meeting rooms, restrooms/shower/locker rooms, hallways, stairwells, elevators, entranceways and other common areas on a daily basis. High touch points such as entrance handles, handrails, elevator buttons, tables and restroom stall handles/doors/faucets are being cleaned at least twice daily, five days a week.

How can I disinfect my workplace?

While Custodial services will be disinfecting common areas and high touch points daily - staff, faculty and students need to do their part in cleaning (several times per day) more commonly touched surfaces such as lab benches, equipment, desks, phones, remote controls, copiers/printers, computer mice and keyboards to help reduce the threat of disease transmission. The university will supply departments with EPA-registered disinfectants for use against COVID-19. Due to the novel nature of this virus, it may not be listed on product labels at this time. The EPA has an accelerated process in place to allow novel viruses to be added to product labels.

Although the university will provide user friendly products effective against Covid-19, always use cleaning products as recommended on manufacturer labels, which may include wearing disposable gloves where directed.

Wash your hands thoroughly on a routine basis as well as after cleaning. Hand washing should include the use of regular soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds. If soap is not immediately available, use hand sanitizer with 70% alcohol content or greater.

What is the difference between cleaning and disinfecting?

Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities from surfaces. If surfaces are dirty, first clean them using detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection. Cleaning does help kill germs and it lowers their numbers and the risk of spreading infection.

Disinfecting refers to using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. However, disinfecting a surface after cleaning can further lower the risk of spreading infection. SU custodial departments use EPA registered disinfectants, electrostatic disinfecting equipment and microfiber products when doing disinfecting tasks.

What is the recommended practice for disinfecting surfaces?

Seattle University will stock single-use disinfectant wipes for touchpoints within employee workspaces and for use in classrooms/computer labs. First clean dirty surfaces if possible, with a detergent or soap and water, then carefully wipe to evenly distribute the disinfectant. Allow surfaces to air dry and discard used disinfecting wipes into the regular trash.

How frequently should disinfection occur?

Disinfection frequency depends on the amount of activity in the classrooms, labs, and shared office areas. According to the CDC, at the very least, disinfection should occur daily before or at closing for the day. Custodial services are providing stepped-up cleaning of cafeterias, breakrooms, restrooms, and other common areas daily/nightly. Contact your building manager or Facilities for more details regarding custodial services.

What are some recommended daily hygiene practices?

Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose, and mouth) and having close contact with others. Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently. Keep a 6-foot distance from others to reduce potential person-to-person transmission.

Sneeze into your arm to reduce the spread of the virus in respiratory droplets (the common transmission pathway for the virus). While the virus is not thought to transmit effectively through a person’s contact with surfaces, current evidence suggests that novel coronavirus may remain viable for hours to days on surfaces made from a variety of materials. Cleaning of visibly dirty surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 and other viral respiratory illnesses in our working and living spaces.

Do not share your personal phone, pen/pencil/computer mouse with others. If using shared laptops or keyboards, disinfect before each use (take care to prevent liquid from getting inside the computer).

Area of Responsibility for COVID-19 Response

Area of ResponsibilityContactPositionContact E-Mail
General Requirements Robert Schwartz AVP - Facilities schwartr@seattleu.edu

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) & Training Resources

Sheila Lockwood Chemical Hygiene & Biosafety Officer lockwoos@seattleu.edu
Signage Lara Branigan Director, Design + Construction branigal@seattleu.edu
Physical Distancing & Capacity Analysis Lara Branigan Director, Design + Construction branigal@seattleu.edu
Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfection Chuck Nerger Director, Building and Grounds Services, SFF cnerger@seattleu.edu
Building Operations & Access Cal Ihler Director, Facilities Operations and Maintenance ci@seattleu.edu
Leased Properties Colleen Pike Director, Facilities Planning & Real Estate pikec@seattleu.edu
Procurement Steve Mastin Director of Procurement smastin@seattleu.edu