Healthy Vandal Pledge
A longstanding tradition is that Vandals take care of Vandals and we all do our best to look out for the Vandal family. These simple precautions go a long way in reducing the impact of coronavirus on our campuses and in our communities. With everyone engaging in these small actions, we can continue to participate in our vibrant campus culture where we are able to learn, live and grow. Together, we are healthy Vandals.
By signing the Healthy Vandal Pledge I acknowledge that I am familiar with the university’s protocols set forth below, including the mandatory wearing of face coverings in U of I buildings.
1. Daily symptom monitoring
I will conduct daily symptom monitoring before reporting to work or class. The CDC provides an updated list of known symptoms at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html. At this time, known symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If I experience any of these symptoms and they cannot be attributed to a non-infectious health condition, regardless of how mild, I will stay home. I will call my medical provider or my local Idaho Public Health District for assessment of symptoms and possible COVID-19 testing. Additionally, I will stay home if I test positive for COVID-19 or have been potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 and follow quarantine and isolation guidance.
Students: I understand that quarantine and isolation options will be shared with me depending on my living unit. If I live in my own residence off campus, I will need to quarantine or isolate in my own space and work with instructors to complete required coursework and classroom activities.
Employees: I understand that I will be asked to self-isolate if infected with COVID-19 or quarantine if I’ve been exposed to someone who is infected with COVID-19. I will work with Human Resources and my supervisor to determine benefits options and potential work-from-home options.
2. Face coverings
I will follow the university’s face covering requirement, as described below:
A face covering is an item that covers the nose and mouth, including cloth masks, scarves, bandanas or buffs or medical-grade masks. All faculty, staff, students and visitors across all U of I locations must use face coverings whenever in any U of I building, unless one of the following exceptions is met:
- When working alone in an enclosed workspace;
- In an office where 6 feet social distancing can be constantly maintained
- When exercising in a fitness facility, so long as the facility’s safety protocols are otherwise followed;
- When eating in a dining facility, so long as the facility’s safety protocols are otherwise followed;
- Where space can be designed to provide for adequate barriers or consistent social distancing;
Face coverings are required on campus in outdoor settings where 6 feet of physical distancing cannot be maintained.
More information regarding the university’s policy on face coverings is available at the U of I Coronavirus Website.
3. Social distancing
I will follow the below social distancing recommendations:
- In general: Stay at least 6 feet from other people
- Communication: Consider communicating using email, instant message, telephone or other technology rather than face-to-face interactions. The university has a range of available collaboration tools (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.).
- Meetings: Whenever possible, meetings should be held using the extensive range of available collaboration tools (Zoom, Microsoft Teams, telephone, etc.). If a meeting must take place in person to accomplish the purpose of the meeting, it should be in a large room with attendees six feet away from each other and wearing masks. Any in-person meeting should last only as long as necessary to accomplish the task.
- Classrooms and other learning environments: Follow classroom instructions, both written and verbal, and carefully observe directional signs and flow of traffic in hallways and common areas.
4. Handwashing and disinfecting
I understand that handwashing and the cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces are important strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I will follow the related CDC guidance:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks. Workspaces and classroom spaces will not be cleaned between every use. Wipe down your spaces before and after use.
5. Reporting concerns and questions
I will file a VandalCARE Report for all concerns, questions and requests about COVID-19 safety. This includes reporting known and suspected cases of COVID-19. The VandalCARE team will route the concern or inquiry to the appropriate department to ensure students, faculty and staff are able to get the resources and support they need.
I understand the following support resources are also available to me:
Thank you for acknowledging these simple strategies to protect yourself and others and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our communities.