To the extent possible, we are deploying a consistent approach to classrooms across campus.  There may be slight differences in how the below plans are carried out in classrooms maintained by the Schools.

Space and Physical Distancing

Classrooms have been reset to accommodate physical distancing. For physical distancing, a spacing of six feet minimum is maintained between designated seating positions. The designated seating positions have been marked with decals and on posted room layouts, and excess furniture has been removed. To ensure distancing is maintained, classroom layouts should not be adjusted. Instructors are given leeway to move about the front of the class, but are expected to maintain six feet minimum physical distancing from students. 

For “high capacity” classrooms, adequate corridor dimensions have been verified and classroom entries and exits have been designated to minimize congestion.

Please note that any interaction less than 6 ft. must be limited to less than 15 minutes and all individuals involved must wear a mask.  This applies to both instructor-student and student-student close engagement/group work.

Cleaning and Safety

At the entry to each classroom, dispensers for hand sanitizers and sanitizing wipes are being installed. In attempt to minimize disruption to the learning experience, a small supply of disposable masks are available in dispensers located at or around the instructors desk/podium in the event a student arrives at a classroom without proper PPE. 

Instructors and students should wipe down their “area” and items (e.g., desk, table, touchscreen controls, etc.) they will touch upon entering the room.  

The university will implement a campus-wide Integrated Disinfectant Plan based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the American College Health Association, and infectious disease experts at the School of Medicine. With new protocols in place, our cleaning and sanitation activities will increase in frequency and scope for most areas.

Classrooms will be cleaned daily using disinfectants recommended by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for cleaning and sanitization. To supplement these protocols, cleaning and sanitation supplies will be made available to the campus community for use in high-touch areas and frequently shared spaces. 

Entering/Exiting Classrooms

Instructors and students should use hand sanitizer before and after class.

  1. Students should not enter the building in which their class is located more than 10 minutes before class starts.  When and where possible, students arriving to class should use outside waiting areas, such as courtyards prior to the start of class to avoid congregating in close proximity of exiting students.
  2. At select locations, signs will identify classroom doors as “entry only” or “exit only” and should be used accordingly to reduce congestion.  
  3. Students should not enter their classroom until the previous class has vacated. Floor decals have been installed to help with physical distancing and queuing.
  4. Students should obtain a disinfecting wipe from the classroom dispenser on their way into the classroom and disinfect any surfaces they will be touching as soon as they arrive at their seat.  To minimize opportunities for close contact, students arriving early should choose seats furthest from doors/aisles. 
  5. After the instructor dismisses class promptly at :45 or :15 after the hour—students and faculty should not linger in classrooms but should vacate as quickly as possible while maintaining 6 ft. distances.  Instructors should be the last to leave and facilitate an orderly transition and passing between classes.
  6. Students interested in posing a follow up question to the instructor after class must remember to maintain 6 ft. distance whenever possible, and this follow up should happen outside the classroom building to assist in the transition of classroom occupancy.


While in class, the instructor and students must wear a face mask and maintain 6 ft. of distance. 

If a student is in a classroom with no face mask; the instructor should first ask the student to obtain a mask from the supply of extras in the classroom. If the student refuses to wear a mask, the instructor should then ask the student to leave. If the student refuses to leave, the instructor should leave, ending the class, to protect the health and safety of the class as a whole.

Per the university’s masking policy, instructors may use an alternative mask (e.g., face shield) while teaching, if necessary, for instruction of hearing-impaired students.  An alternative mask should only be used when the lecturer’s visual or verbal communication is adversely impacted and/or affects students who rely on seeing the instructor’s mouth when speaking.  The School or Department will determine when alternative masks are necessary when lecturing or providing instruction as stated in the Masking Alternatives for Instruction.

Please note that only the instructor may wear a face shield and everyone else in the room must wear a face mask and be at least 6 feet away while the instructor is wearing the shield.  However, should the instructor want to circulate in the room or otherwise come within 6 ft. of another person, they must change to a face mask.  Again, the mask should be the default.

Teaching Equipment

Instructors will be provided with “teaching kits” for instructors that include removable windscreens for lavalier mics, chalk, markers, and erasers.  See checklist for teaching in pooled classrooms for more information on teaching kits.