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COVID-19 NUNM Return to Campus Plan

Four core values guided the development of this plan. 

Section 1: Precautions to Discourage the Spread of COVID-19 while on Campus  

Required Actions to Return to Campus

  1. Monitoring and Screening to Reduce Transmission
  2. Suspected or Actual Exposure of COVID-19
  3. Physical Distancing to Reduce Transmission
  4. Disinfection and Hygiene to Reduce Transmission

Section 2: Academic and Operations Plan

  1. Didactic, Tutorials and Lab Classes
  2. Research
  3. Clinical (Lair Hill and Community Health Centers)
  4. Outplacements (Preceptorships, Internships)
  5. Group and Individual Student Global Travel Courses
  6. Computing Recommendations
  7. Co-Curricular Student Activities and Events
  8. Library Services
  9. University Retail Operations (Store, Medicinary, Food Carts)

Section 3: Plan if Wide-Spread Return of COVID-19


COVID-19 NUNM Return to Campus Plan                       

Fall term begins September 14, 2020.

NUNM intends to open in the fall of 2020 with some in-person classes offered on campus. Students are scheduled for hybrid, online, or on-campus classes. The decision to open in a hybrid format was made by the academic leadership team in conjunction with ongoing guidance from the CDC, Oregon Health Authority, (OHA) State of Oregon, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission for Oregon Department of Education (HECC). NUNM is located in Multnomah County, which remains in Phase I as of August 21, 2020. Some employees will continue to work remotely or on campus part-time, depending on the approval of their manager. 

NUNM will re-evaluate the reopening and ongoing operations plan on a regular basis as guidance evolves and to maintain consistency with federal (OSHA, CDC, etc.), state-level (OHA) and local guidance.

In order to open with some in-person classes, the university carefully considered how to accommodate the health needs of our students, faculty and staff—especially those who are at increased risk for the COVID-19 virus. This guide outlines necessary procedures to ensure our safe return to campus. It was developed in a collaboration between the academic leadership, clinical operations, facilities and safety, student life and others. It also adheres to the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Oregon Health Authority, State of Oregon, and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. Our goal is to continue providing our students with an excellent education, while mitigating the potential for transmission of COVID-19. Each of us at NUNM is integral to this plan’s success.

This guide will continue to be revised as information and understanding of COVID-19 evolves and we make decisions regarding the 2020-2021 academic year. In accordance with EEOC guidance, NUNM has appointed one position to spearhead the NUNM Return to Campus Plan –the Chief Academic Officer (Cheryl Miller), as well as one position for compliance to the NUNM Return to Campus Plan – Director of Security (Spencer Brazes). For the purposes of this plan, employees and students will follow the same guidelines.

This plan is divided into three sections. Sections one and two address the necessary precautions to discourage the spread of COVID-19 as the campus begins the transition to returning to on-campus operations. The third section is the necessary response if there is a widespread COVID-19 resurgence requiring us to significantly modify this plan.

Four core values guided the development of this plan.

NUNM uses the values outlined below, in conjunction with State, County, and Federal authorities in devising our return to campus plan.

1. NUNM values our students and employees first and foremost

We appreciate those with whom we live and work. Therefore, we choose to take steps to limit the spread of COVID-19 as an expression of whole-community care.

2. NUNM values the educational experience and opportunities

We are committed to providing an educational experience that provides the best possible opportunities for students to learn and grow. We will not penalize students for absences due to COVID-19 related illnesses.

3. NUNM values our patients, and local and global communities

Annually, we interact with hundreds, if not thousands, of people within our community on a regular basis, including students, faculty, staff and patients. By extension, this means we also “interact” with tens of thousands in the surrounding communities, as well as those communities we visit outside of our own areas. A public health crisis requires a public health response, and we elect to do our part.

4. NUNM values holistic health and wellness

Our mitigation responses aim to reduce the number of active COVID-19 cases in the community, protecting the most vulnerable, and keeping our care providers from being overwhelmed. We will continue to make choices and adopt practices that err on the side of life, health and wellness in mind, body and spirit.

State of Oregon Executive Orders

Multnomah County is in Phase I of the Framework for Reopening a Safe and Strong Oregon. Under the “Instructional Activities” section of the HECC/OHA guidance, it states that in-person classroom instruction is allowable (though with no more than 25 persons) if a county is at Baseline or in Phase I.

Section 1: Precautions to Discourage the Spread of COVID-19 while on Campus

Precautions to reduce the transmission and spread of COVID-19 while on campus requires the diligence of all students and employees, and must include:

  • The use of screening, distancing, and remote work/instruction;
  • A practice of increased hand hygiene and sanitation;
  • The use of face masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) while on campus;
  • Consistent monitoring of health to ensure the well-being of our community;
  • Staying at home if COVID-19 symptoms are experienced; and
  • Continued and expanded innovative work and educational practices, including the use of hybrid and online education, focusing on gradually resuming campus operations to full capacity.

COVID-19 Symptoms:  

  • Primary symptoms of concern: cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • Note that muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion, and runny nose are also symptoms often associated with COVID-19 but are non-specific. More information about COVID-19 symptoms is available from CDC here.
  • Emergency signs and symptoms that require immediate medical attention:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to awaken
    • Bluish lips or face
    • Other severe symptoms
  • Faculty, staff or students who have a chronic or baseline cough that has worsened or is not well-controlled with medication should stay at their place of residence. Those who have other symptoms that are consistent with their chronic or baseline symptoms should not be restricted.

Required Actions to Return to Campus

With precaution in mind, the following actions are to be expected for fall 2020 and beyond. Employees and students may return to campus for work/school when the following criteria are met. NUNM will enforce policies and promulgate signage regarding the importance of staying at home when feeling sick, mandatory mask requirement, physical distancing requirements, and the importance of regular and proper handwashing techniques.

1. Monitoring and Screening to Reduce Transmission

  • All employees and students must sign an attestation regarding their acknowledgement and agreement to participate in a daily self-screening prior to coming to campus or clinic. For students, the attestation and daily screen form is found here. Employees will receive an email link to Neogov from Human Resource. If you have not received this communication, please email Fox McGregor at fmcgregor@nunm.edu.
  • After signing the attestation, daily self-screening for all employees and students is required.
  • Students and employees who enter the NUNM Health Centers, regardless of the reason (including but not limited to work, clinical rotation, etc.) are subject to additional screening upon entry. 

Please monitor the following symptoms each day before coming to campus:

  • I have a fever (A temperature of 100.4 or above means that an individual cannot be on campus. An individual with a temperature of 99.2 or higher but less than 100.3 should monitor their temperature twice a day for a minimum of seven (7) days to determine if the temperature is going up or down.)
  • I have a runny nose or congestion
  • I am experiencing shortness of breath
  • I am experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • I have head or body aches
  • I have a sore throat
  • I have a cough
  • I am experiencing a loss of taste or smell

Anyone experiencing two or more symptoms: immediately notify your manager or faculty member, letting them know that you will not be reporting to work or class as you are not feeling well; AND

  • For Employees –Vice President of Human Resources, Kathy Stanford – kstanford@nunm.edu or 503.552.2009
  • For Students – Dean of Students, Rachael Allen – rallen@nunm.edu or 503.552.1607

Anyone with a known exposure or test positive for COVID-19: immediately notify:

  • Chief Medical Officer (Dr. Jessica Nagelkirk – jnagelkirk@nunm.edu or 503.552.1966)
  • AND
  • For Employees –Vice President of Human Resources, Kathy Stanford – kstanford@nunm.edu or 503.552.2009.
  • For Students – Dean of Students, Rachael Allen – rallen@nunm.edu or 503.552.1607

The CMO is responsible for contacting Multnomah County for contact tracing if there is a positive COVID-19 case.

2. Suspected or Actual Exposure of COVID-19

The Multnomah County Health Department (MCHD) does not recommend notifying the entire campus community every time there is a new positive COVID-19 case. Currently, MCHD’s threshold for publicly communicating an outbreak is five (5) or more cases in a group of 35 or more people, but MCHD is working with the State to clarify what the threshold will be for colleges and universities in the county. As information is released, an update will be shared with the community.

Contact tracing is currently done by the MCHD through the CMO; recording of who enters and exits buildings and spaces on campus will help determine contact tracing needs. Please be patient if you are asked to sign in and out of spaces on campus. MCHD produced this video regarding contract tracing.

There are many possible scenarios in which exposure or potential exposure to COVID-19 may occur. Below are examples as to how a student or employee should respond based on the recommendations for the State of Oregon Department of Education:

Isolation Measures

  • The person should immediately return to their place of residence, or isolate in a designated isolation area until they can safely return to their residence or be transported to a health care facility.
  • The person should seek medical care and COVID-19 testing from their regular health care provider or through the local public health authority. They should follow instructions from their local public health authority regarding isolation.
  • If the person has a positive COVID-19 viral (PCR) test, they should remain at their place of residence for at least 10 days after illness onset and 72 hours after the fever is gone (without use of fever reducing medicine), and other symptoms are improving.
  • If the person has a negative viral test (and if they have multiple tests, all tests are negative), they should remain at their place of residence until 72 hours after the fever is gone (without use of fever reducing medicine), and other symptoms are improving.
  • If the person does not undergo COVID-19 testing, the person should remain at their place of residence until 72 hours after the fever is gone (without use of fever reducing medicine), and other symptoms are improving.
  • Any faculty, staff or student known to have been exposed (e.g., by a household member) to COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days should stay in their place of residence and follow instructions from their local public health authority.
  • If two or more people within the same cohort have a positive COVID-19 viral test within 14 days, they must isolate at home for 10 days after symptoms first appeared and until 24 hours after the fever is resolved (without use of fever-reducing medicine), and other symptoms are improving.
    • A negative viral COVID-19 test is not needed for return to school.
  • If two or more people in different cohorts have a positive COVID-19 viral test within 14 days, they must isolate at home for 10 days after symptoms first appeared and until 24 hours after the fever is resolved (without use of fever-reducing medicine), and other symptoms are improving.
    • A negative viral COVID-19 test is not needed for return to school.
    • If the cases are unrelated but have definite exposure to each other during school day (e.g., not assigned to same cohort, but attend same after-school activity), this may be due to transmission during groups outside of cohorts.
      • Recommend to quarantine if specific groups can be identified. If specific overlapping groups cannot be identified, recommend quarantine of all affected cohorts. 
      • Notify exposed contacts to initiate quarantine period.
  • If household members were not exposed to the person with confirmed positive COVID-19: they may continue school/work attendance as long as exposed family member remains healthy.

2. Physical Distancing to Reduce Transmission

  • Buildings will remain locked, and entry will be by ID key card access only. At this time, campus space and buildings are not open to the general public (exception: the NUNM Lair Hill Health Center). You must wear your NUNM ID at all times while on campus. Lanyards and ID holders are available at the security office.
  • Friends, significant others, children, or special guests will not be allowed to accompany you on campus for the fall term. Family rooms will be closed to children but remain open for lactation purposes. Please clean the space with the provided cleaning solution after use. Inquire with the Financial Aid Office for potential extra funding for daycare needs.
  • Follow directional signage and maintain 6-foot distancing as much as possible.
  • No more than one person may enter an elevator at a time, so please use the stairs whenever possible. If you are using the elevator, wear your mask or face covering, and avoid touching the elevator buttons with your exposed hand/fingers. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol or 70% isopropanol upon departing the elevator.
  • Face masks (as defined by the CDC) covering from the bridge of your nose and to under your chin MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES ON CAMPUS, IN PUBLIC AREAS, AND IN ALL BUILDINGS; and in the following locations: common workspaces, study spaces, public spaces, hallways, stairwells, elevators, classrooms, meeting rooms, restrooms, break rooms, and in the NUNM Health Center.
    • Based on recent face mask research (Fischer, Fischer, Grass, Henrion, Warren, Westman, 2020), droplet transmission through face masks is higher in bandanas and fleece materials. Bandanas or loose face coverings, such as gaiters, do not meet the requirements for face coverings on campus. The research article can be found here: DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abd.
    • Student medical accommodations should be directed to Morgan Chicarelli (mchicarelli@nunm.edu) in the Office of Student Life.
    • Employee medical accommodations should be directed to Kathy Stanford (kstanford@nunm.edu) in the Human Resources Office.
    • You will be reminded or asked to leave campus if found not wearing a mask. Repeat refusal to wear a mask while on campus will be considered a conduct violation.
    • If your mask breaks or gets lost while on campus, please visit the Office of Student Life or Security for a replacement. Masks may also be available at the Store for purchase.
  • Each department is to assess open work environments and institute measures to physically separate and increase distances between employees and other coworkers, students, and other students/and or faculty.
  • Restroom usage should ensure that physical distancing is achieved.
  • Students should avoid remaining on campus except as is necessary to support their learning experiences. NUNM does not have sufficient space to accommodate a large group of students populating campus.
  • Please make an appointment for all administrative offices. Drop-in visits are discouraged.
  • Staggered schedules and phasing in returning to work and school will allow for employees and students to better adhere to strict social distancing requirements. The leadership team will continually update and disperse information about being on campus.
  • Telework and online classes remain an option in some instances and, whenever possible, will be a part of the solution to cope with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Students and employees must observe occupancy limits and avoid crowding in all areas of campus so that 6-foot distancing can be maintained. Seating will be arranged to allow for necessary physical distance. This means some furniture, including pieces with fabric coverings, may be removed and stored until we can return to full capacity. You will see these changes in the student lounge, kitchen and library, as well as in classrooms and labs.
  • If employees or students are eating on campus, a 6-foot distance between others must be maintained.
    • Food and drink consumption (including water) is not allowed in classrooms, restrooms, the library, or when visiting office areas.
    • Eating or drinking on campus is permitted in student and employee kitchens, lounges, study spaces, hallways, and outdoor seating areas. Staff and faculty may eat in their office spaces.
    • Overnight food storage in the student and employee kitchen areas is temporarily suspended. Please pack out what you bring in each day including reusable dishware. Microwaves are to be cleaned by individuals and cleaning spray will be provided.
    • Please observe strict cleaning protocols after consuming in eating areas.

3. Disinfection and Hygiene to Reduce Transmission

  • Custodial crews will continue to clean office, workspaces, classrooms and public spaces developed with CDC guidance in mind. Facilities will increase cleaning frequency as more NUNM community members return to campus.
  • Employees may request cleaning supplies from the Facilities Department to clean their office surfaces.
  • Employees and students must take additional care to wipe down commonly used surfaces after use, including but not limited to classrooms, labs, private workspace, and shared-space locations and/or equipment. EPA-registered disinfectant will be provided.
    • Everyone will play a role in cleaning high-touch areas such as desks, chairs, microwaves, water dispenser knobs, etc. Standardized cleaning solution will be purchased and distributed throughout campus for individuals to sanitize personal high-touch surfaces.
    • Students and faculty are asked to clean their areas and equipment prior to leaving the classroom with the cleaning equipment provided by the university.
    • Classes have been scheduled with breaks between start times to allow the cleaning solution to dry according to manufacturer standards.
    • Be mindful that there is a time duration that the solution needs to sit on a surface in order to be effective, so we ask students not to arrive in classrooms earlier than five (5) minutes before the published start times.
    • Instructions will be posted and included on the bottles in every classroom.
  • In terms of personal hygiene, all community members must frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds including arrival to work or school, before and after classes, before or after breaks, after handling cash or other materials, before and after handling common tools and equipment, before eating, and after using the restroom.
  • Employees and students are encouraged to use the provided alcohol-based hand sanitizers located throughout campus.
  • Employees and students are to avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

Section 2: Academic and Operations Plan

1.  Didactic, Tutorials and Lab Classes

Faculty are excited to welcome you to fall term! Your learning involves so much more than just the mechanics of taking classes, and NUNM remains committed to delivering an outstanding education to each student. Faculty have been working on further developing and updating their courses. As always, our faculty apply sound educational practice and use evidence-based teaching methods so that you receive a creative, rigorous, dynamic education, no matter the delivery modality. Your success is our first priority.

Classroom spaces have been modified to ensure that NUNM is meeting physical distancing requirements while adhering to the reduced maximum capacity stipulations. In our large lecture halls (310, 107 and Radelet), the room has been divided and will only be partially used for classes, allowing for courses to be held using different areas of the space. Face coverings are required.

In the 2020-2021 academic year, all undergraduate and graduate hands-on classes, tutorials and labs will take place in-person whenever possible; supported by Moodle and videoconference technology. Some courses will be taught in a hybrid format, with some classes continuing to meet face-to-face while supported with online learning. Some courses will “flip,” with the professor delivering some material in a classroom and some material (e.g., a lecture or writing assignment) on Moodle; using in-class time for more in-depth application of course material. All on-ground and all synchronous online courses will also be provided in a form that can be accessed by individuals who, due to COVID-19 or other accommodations, cannot participate in the on-ground session.

Tutorial and lab classes that occur in-person will require the use of physical distancing (6-feet apart) whenever possible, and use of PPE to maintain the health of both students and faculty members; and will depend on the proximity and interactions of students and faculty. At all times, the use of face masks is required. In order to enhance our ability to carry out contact tracing, faculty are required to have students sign in for each on-ground class session.

  • For laboratory instruction or demonstration of clinical skills without physical contact:
    • Ensure monitoring and enforcement of physical distancing requirements at all times; and
    • Perform enhanced cleaning before and after each session.
    • Face masks are required.
    • No food or drink is allowed to be consumed in any classroom (including water).
  • For standardized patient simulations, laboratory instruction in close quarters, or practicing clinical skills with physical contact:
    • Required use of face masks, safety eye protection/face shield, and gloves.
    • Perform enhanced cleaning before and after each session.
    • Rooms have been modified to permit students to maintain at least six (6) feet of distance between each other and the instructor(s); and
    • Ensure monitoring and enforcement of physical distancing requirements at all times.

2. Research

NUNM has provided modified space for research offices, labs, and core facilities to ensure appropriate physical distancing, consistent with state and local public health guidelines, and with reduced capacity as/if necessary. Human subjects research is permitted only if six-foot physical distancing can be maintained or can be completed with minimal physical contact while wearing appropriate PPE and/or use of a physical barrier, and with additional limits to protect vulnerable populations.

3. Clinical (Lair Hill and Community Health Centers)

This summer, NUNM was able to allow students to return to the clinic for some in-person visits. This required students, faculty and patients to maintain distancing requirements, engage in daily screenings, trainings, and to wear appropriate PPE equipment. The plan for fall term will follow the same logistics.

Here are the logistics that were required to participate:

  • In-person clinic rotations for students are not mandatory.
    • If for any reason students have elected to not participate in-person, they will participate in each of their assigned shifts in a telemedicine capacity. 
    • If students choose not to participate in face-to-face clinic experiences, NUNM cannot guarantee that students will meet requirements for licensing and accreditation boards. We are working with these entities to optimize safety for our students while still assuring that educational competencies are met.
  • A maximum of three students per rotation will be in the clinic at any one time.
  • Students will do all of their scheduled in-person clinical rotations once every three weeks.
    • If students have three rotations that are identified as in-person shifts, students will do them all in one week and then the next set three weeks later.
  • Priority for in-person shifts were given to graduating students for the summer. Additional shifts for CMR, secondary interns, hydrotherapy interns, and observation students will be added when/if space allows.
  • Students on the rotation, but not in the clinic, will participate in telemedicine visits or other designated online asynchronous activities. This is necessary as our hydrotherapy students will not be participating in telemedicine.
    • Hours and contacts accrued through telemedicine participation are counted toward required totals for the term.
  • A schedule detailing assigned clinical rotations by week was developed.
    • Once assigned, students are required to stay with their assigned cohort to assist with possible contact tracing.
  • PPE and procedure training will be provided through several means, including written and video. 

Prior to starting clinic, all materials posted on the primary clinic orientation Moodle page needed to be reviewed, completed, and passed (at least 80%) of the EPIC quiz.

4. Outplacements (Preceptorships, Internships)

Our external partners (hospitals, clinics, preceptors, etc.) are developing their own plans and policies. These partners control when and how clinical placements will be reintroduced, so students will need to be flexible regarding their clinical placements. NUNM’s faculty are working with those off-campus sites to determine the best ways for students to return to these settings whenever possible. Some clinical learning experiences will be moved onto campus, wherever that is possible. Here are the steps we are following in terms of allowing students to participate in community clinic sites, preceptorships, and global travel opportunities:

  • Provide mandatory instruction on infection control practices and the appropriate use of personal protective equipment (PPE);
  • Strictly adhere to the clinical facility’s infection control protocols;
  • Confirm the clinical facilities have the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for students who are involved in direct patient care within those facilities;
  • Conduct regular symptom monitoring of students;
  • Follow the facility’s occupational health protocols if exposed and/or symptoms develop, including immediate exclusion from all patient care, testing for SARS-CoV-2, and mandatory reporting to; and
  • Perform cleaning and disinfecting per the facility’s protocols. 

5. Group and Individual Student Global Travel Courses

  • Group Global Travel: On June 18, the university announced that all group global travel courses for fall 2020 was suspended based on the US Department of State’s Global Level 4 Health Advisory: Do Not Travel (https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html). Group travel is defined as any travel course (led by NUNM faculty/chaperone) where more than three participants travel together to and within a country under a group-type itinerary.
  • Individual Student Travel: Individualized global travel, which may be permissible before group travel resumes, is defined as an NUNM student arranging individualized travel plans to an IPSL program location (including students enrolled in the IDS and COSA programs). Travel will be evaluated based on the following three principle criteria: 
    • the travel is individualized (non-group);
    • entry into the country is permissible; and
    • a required COVID-19 liability waiver is signed (in addition to the contract of participation).
  • Customized Program Travel: Customized travel is defined as any individually arranged travel plan, like a stand-alone travel term, that can consist of a preceptorship, fieldwork, courses, research, language immersion, etc., to an approved IPSL or university program location abroad.

The university recognizes the challenges of the current pandemic, and adjustments to global travel have been made to provide the flexibility needed to ensure the health and well-being of our students. We are hopeful that the group/travel courses will resume in the winter 2021 term, and will continue to monitor and follow the US Department of State’s recommendations. 

For more information about program specifics and financial aid availability, contact Thomas Morgan at tmorgan@nunm.edu

6. Computing Recommendations

These recommendations are intended to provide minimum specifications for a successful computing experience at NUNM.

Hardware

  • Processor: Intel i5 (equivalent or higher; 5th generation or newer)
  • Memory (RAM): 4 GB minimum; 8 GB or higher recommended

Chromebooks (Chrome OS), iPads (iOS), Android devices, and iPhones may not meet the minimum requirements for all coursework, and it is not recommended to use any of these as a primary device.

Peripherals:

  • Headset with a microphone, or earbuds with a microphone
  • Webcam for video interaction
  • Smartphone for taking photos or recording videos (e.g., online nutrition program)

Software Operating System:

  • Windows 8.1 or above
  • MacOS 10.14 or above

Productivity Tools

  • Office 365
  • Office 2019 (Windows and Mac)

Email and Calendar

  • Outlook Online (Office 365)
  • Outlook 2019 (Windows and Mac)

Video Conferencing/Collaboration

  • Microsoft Teams*
  • Zoom

*Microsoft has yet to resolve overheating/battery draining issues when using the Microsoft Teams app on Macs. We recommend that Mac users utilize the browser-based version of Teams using the Google Chrome browser.

Internet speed

  • 2 Mbps minimum download speed
  • 1 Mbps minimum upload speed

You can test your internet speed at www.speedtest.net. For users who engage in frequent web conferencing or large file transfers, 15 Mbps download or higher and 5 Mbps upload or higher is recommended.

7. Co-Curricular Student Activities and Events

Co-curricular programming is integral to the NUNM experience. We are eager to provide the full slate of campus traditions this fall, as well as new opportunities, but we will utilize some modifications to ensure everyone’s safety.

Major on-campus events such as New Student Orientation and the fall welcome back events will continue in a safer format, which includes online sessions as well as smaller group sizes to allow for physical distancing (if possible). New Student Orientation is occurring in a virtual format, with live synchronous and some asynchronous sessions happening online.

Other university events, student clubs and organizations, and other campus activities will follow similar protocols for smaller group sizes, using virtual resources, and ensuring proper cleaning pre- and post-events.

8. Library Services

While library services have continued uninterrupted throughout the pandemic, the physical library has been closed since March. In September, the library space will reopen with reduced hours and capacity, with modifications in place to support physical distancing. Library users will be asked to sign in and out to assist in contact tracing as needed. Hours will be posted on the website and on the library entrance doors.

  • Furniture has been rearranged to allow for studying while maintaining physical distancing. Study rooms will be available for individual use. The Rare Book Room will be closed until further notice.
  • Consumption of food and drinks will not be allowed in the library.
  • Print materials, including reserves, will circulate with a 72-hour quarantine upon return.
  • The loan period on reserves will change to one week to accommodate altered class schedules.
  • Print materials may also be used in the library without checking out, but they must be returned to the marked “Returns” bin after use and will go into 72-hour quarantine.

9. University Retail Operations (Store, Medicinary, Food Carts)

The Medicinary remains open with a COVID screening done prior to entry, and face masks must be worn.The NUNM Store will be open M-F from 10-2 for food purchases. Only one person at a time may enter the store. Refuel Coffee will be open M-Th from 7:30-11:30. The university is working on plans for food cart operations. More information will be coming soon.

Section 3: Plan if Wide-Spread Return of COVID-19

As NUNM moves to return more students, staff and faculty to campus, the following indicators will be tracked daily to monitor the campus environment. The indicators provide direction to the President’s Cabinet and CMO to determine if and when campus operations may shift in response to the evolving nature of the pandemic. The CMO will keep and disperse regularly updated dashboards of cases within the NUNM community.

An automatic pause for a period of five (5) business days will result in all classes being delivered online, student clinic shifts will not happen in-person, and only essential personnel will be allowed on campus. This pause will allow for further assessment of the infection situation on campus (e.g., Is this a statistical blip or a real trend? Is it evidence of community spread or a localized outbreak?). The CMO, along with the President’s Cabinet, will make an informed decision in coordination with local public health officials to return to campus operations or shift to a virtual environment for the remainder of the term.

Automatic indicators will be monitored daily. An automatic pause in NUNM operations may result if any of the below criteria are reached:

  • Five or more new, unrelated positive COVID-19 cases confirmed through diagnostic testing and identified in a single day in the NUNM student and/or employee population who have been on campus within two days of symptom onset or positive testing; or
  • Over three weeks, a total of symptomatic cases per week is equal to or greater than 5% of the on-campus population (approximately 25 people).