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All Stephens community members are expected to take proactive steps to monitor their personal health, stay home if they are feeling unwell and protect the safety of our entire community. All requirements are subject to modification per new guidance from federal, state and local public health officials, other new information resources, and best practices as they become available.
Our community has adopted and will abide by commonly recognized best practices for reducing COVID-19 transmission. They include:
Every person on the Stephens College campus will be expected to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from other persons at all times.
- On an individual level, each of us is responsible for avoiding physical contact and remaining at least 6 feet apart from others, including in residence halls, classrooms, hallways, laboratories, recreation areas, common spaces, elevators, stairwells and all public settings.
- On a group level, the College will limit group activities to those in which participants can maintain adequate social distance. All campus meetings — including faculty meetings, committee meetings, administrative meetings and student group/club meetings — will occur virtually.
- On an operational/institutional level, the College will reduce available seating to increase distance between chairs, and close community spaces (such as communal kitchens, residence hall lobby gathering areas, lounge areas, etc.) in which social distancing becomes more challenging, and sharing of common surfaces is more likely. The College has established capacity limits in all public spaces and posted signage to report those limitations. Floors have been marked to indicate traffic flow and appropriate distances in areas prone to gathering, such as large classrooms, the ballroom, and Columbia Foyer.
Face coverings are one of the most effective ways to limit virus transmission. The City of Columbia has adopted a face covering regulation that requires all individuals to wear a mask in any public or private space where people congregate with other people not in their immediate household.
Additionally, Stephens College is joining the University of Missouri and Columbia College in requiring all students and employees to wear face coverings in any internal public or shared spaces. That includes:
- When you are going to be in contact with another person, defined as within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer
- When you are inside of any campus building, including elevators, hallways, common spaces, bathrooms, foyers, lobbies and stairwells
- When you are in any public/common spaces outdoors where social distancing is inconsistent or difficult to maintain (walking between classes, over the bridges, etc.)
- Faculty will provide masks for students who come to class without one, but students are expected to supply and maintain their own face coverings
- Instructors will wear masks and/or face shields during all class instruction
- Learn more about how to wear, use and launder face coverings
Hand hygiene and face touching
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and as frequently as possible throughout the day. If soap and water are unavailable, you can use hand sanitizer — which will be available at multiple stations throughout campus and in every public space — that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Carry tissues with you so you can cover your mouth if you cough or sneeze, and then dispose of the tissue and wash your hands. If you don’t have tissues, sneeze or cough into the inside of your elbow.
- Don’t touch your face.
Daily health screenings
- Employees will be required to check in to one of three Health Screening Stations prior to reporting to the workplace to review a Symptom Checklist and have your temperature taken. Stations will be open from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. in the LRW Ballroom and in Davis Art Gallery, and in the Office of Safety and Security from 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday.
- Non-residential students and all visitors will be required to check in daily at one of the checkpoints; residential students will be required to check in with their RA every day to complete the screening.
- Visitors (non-students/faculty/staff) will be required to check in at the Office of Safety and Security prior to entering any other campus building. They will undergo a temperature check and be asked to complete and sign a Health Checklist affirming that they have not experienced symptoms of COVID-19. They’ll receive an acknowledgment of access approval, which will be produced upon request during their time on campus.
- The screening is a self-assessment. The College will not record or save any information. The process is designed to identify those who may have contracted COVID-19 and may be unaware of it during a period of time when they would be contagious.
- Temperature checks will be conducted using touchless thermometers; individual temperatures will not be recorded, but those with temperatures above 100.4 F or who answer "yes" to any of the questions on the Symptoms Checklist will be required to leave campus and to follow all quarantine and/or isolation protocols.
If you answer "yes" to any of the below questions, you need to stay home and call your health provider. Full-time undergraduate students may call the Boone Medical Group-Central at (573) 815-8130.
- Do you have a fever (temperature over 100.4 F) without having taken any fever-reducing medications)? Before you take your temperature:
- Wait 30 minutes after eating, drinking or exercising.
- Wait at least 6 hours after taking medicines that can lower your temperature, such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin.
- Do you have a loss of smell or taste?
- Do you have a cough?
- Do you have muscle aches?
- Do you have a sore throat?
- Do you have shortness of breath?
- Do you have chills?
- Do you have a headache?
- Have you experienced any gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite?
- Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with, been diagnosed with COVID-19, or been placed on quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19?
- Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional or a local public health official?
If advised to be tested for the coronavirus, stay home until results are known.
If your test is negative, follow health care provider advice regarding return to campus activities.
Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:
- Fever greater than 100.4 F (38.0 C) or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Unexplained muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
In the event of a positive test
Do not visit campus or any public areas. Cooperate with contact tracing by public health officials and continue to practice good hygiene while following the advice of your health care provider.
For more information and guidance, visit:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
- Columbia/Boone County Public Health
The rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic requires that we remain both attentive and flexible: As conditions and best practices change, so will our protocols, policies and processes. Please continue to check back here for any revisions or updates.
Last updated Nov. 18, 2020