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.
Currently, COVID-19 symptoms include one or more of the following:
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.
- World Health Organization
- Center for Disease Control
- New York State Department of Health
- Erie County Department of Health
- Public Health Ontario Update
New York State COVID-19 Hotline