Health and Safety Guidance

In the true Canisius spirit, the college community will work together to stay safe on campus. 

An important part of our strategy is ensuring that people are healthy when they come to school, and modifying our facilities and procedures to mitigate risk. Through rigorous safety protocols and physical alterations to campus facilities, we have created an environment intended to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community. All of us must adhere to some basic safety principles: monitor your health daily, mask wearing, social distancing, frequent handwashing and avoiding large gatherings.  We will ask everyone - students, faculty and staff alike - to acknowledge the Griff Pledge to commit to these new community expectations and practice them on a daily basis.

Monitoring Your Health

Faculty, staff and students will read and attest to the Griff Pledge when they arrive back on campus affirming their commitment to following the guidelines established by the college to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to help protect members of the college community and their families. 

Campus community members will also complete a Daily Health Assessment, which informs a designated team of anyone who may have symptoms or who has been exposed to someone potentially infected.  This also enables the college to take appropriate measures to contain, monitor and track illness.  

Social Distancing Guidelines 


The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) currently recommends that people remain a minimum of six feet apart. Here are some additional steps you can take:

  • Limit non-essential interaction across the campus
  • Increase physical space between you and others
  • Limit gatherings 
  • Use Zoom or alternative meeting tools for person-to-person meetings
  • Avoid physical contact, such as handshakes or fist bumps

Physical distancing of at least six feet of separation will be implemented throughout the campus - in the classrooms and in all other public spaces.  

Signage is prominently placed on floors for queues and at designated entrance and exit points.  Building “flow plans” reduce bi-directional foot traffic within buildings and maximize physical distancing.  Informational signs placed throughout campus remind everyone about the importance of excellent hygiene, symptoms of illness and ways to seek assistance. 

Face Covering Guidelines 


Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others. Keep in mind, a face covering is not a substitute for social distancing. 

The college will provide face coverings (masks or shields) or essential PPE to students, faculty and staff. While indoors, everyone is expected to wear face coverings any time there is more than one person in a given space, especially when it is not possible to maintain a six-foot distance from others. Outside of campus buildings, face coverings must be worn when six feet of separation is not feasible. Exceptions will be made for anyone working alone, being more than six feet from others outdoors and while eating and/or drinking.
Wear face covering while on campus when in the presence of others and in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., common spaces, meeting rooms, classrooms, etc.)
Ensure the face covering fits properly over your nose and under your chin
Wash cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent as directed by the vendor
Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated
Do not use disposable face coverings for more than one day and place them in the trash after use or if they become soiled or damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Hygiene Basics

hand washing
Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Facilities will strive to ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizer supplies are stocked and readily available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
Stay home if you feel sick. That includes staying home from work, school, errands and travel.
If not wearing a face covering, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
If not wearing a face covering and you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands

Symptom Monitoring

Currently, COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following: 

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Testing and Contact Tracing

All colleges and universities in New York are currently working with the state and county health departments on testing resources for students, faculty and staff. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 
The college is also exploring contact tracing technologies, including apps, which provide the ability to trace the contacts of those testing positive for COVID-19 to quickly act to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Cleaning and Disinfection

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting measures will be taken and new hand-sanitizing stations are being placed across campus.  New procedures instituted for waste and recycling receptacles will not only help reduce touch points where germs are easily exchanged but will support campus sustainability efforts to reduce waste.






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