Health and Safety Guidelines
Fayetteville State University is committed to establishing a healthy and safe environment for all students. Online training will be provided to all students and is designed to protect you (the student), your fellow students, and faculty and staff at Fayetteville State University during this global pandemic. As more information becomes available, FSU will adjust its policies, procedures, and training based on guidance per the: American College Health Association (ACHA), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), NC Department of Health & Human Services (NCDHHS), and the World Health Organization (WHO).
COVID-19 Prevention and Response Training applies to ALL students who reside and commute to Fayetteville State University and include all on- and off-campus-related activities conducted under the university name. Student disciplinary actions will be applied to any student(s) found disregarding the training or any established policy(s).
Students will be responsible for
- Following all health and safety guidelines disseminated by the university
- Reporting any unsafe behaviors and conditions to your RA or appropriate authorities
- Completing required COVID-19 training
- Properly wearing, caring for, cleaning, and maintaining your cloth face covering
COVID-19 is a highly infectious respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus. As of May 10, 2020, 214 countries and territories have been confirmed with COVID-19 per the World Health Organization. Most infected people will develop mild to moderate illness and recover without hospitalization. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure Below is a symptoms chart which indicates COVID-19 symptom levels.
- Aches & Pains
- Sore Throat
- Loss of Taste of Smell
- Rash on Skin
- Discoloration of Fingers or Toes
- Difficult Breathing
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Pain
- Chest Pressure
- Loss of Movement
- Dry Cough
If you or anyone you know is showing any of these signs, call 911 immediately!
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
COVID-19 is transmitted through droplets from an infected person (through coughing, sneezing, or speaking) to a non-infected person (enters through eye, nose, or mouth). Transmission can occur through direct contact (close exposure with an infected person) or indirect contact (contaminated surfaces or objects).
Handwashing and Sanitizing
Wash hands frequently, especially:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After handling pet food or pet treats
- After touching garbage
- Wet hands with clean running water and apply soap
- Lather hands by rubbing them together with soap
- Scrub all surfaces of hands (incl. palms, backs, fingers, between fingers, and under nails) for 20 seconds
- Rinse hands under clean, running water
- Dry hands using a clean towel or air dry them
Personal Safety Practices
Understand and apply universal precautions to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Ensure to pre-plan and increase protective measures if you:
- Are indoors and outdoors
- Cannot maintain a physical distance (6 feet minimum)
- Suspect you or a person around you might be sick
Cloth face covers are strongly recommended while indoor and outdoor when you can't maintain a physical distance of 6 feet. They are intended to protect other people in case you are infected. They are not a substitute for social distancing. Wash your cloth face cover regularly per manufacturer's recommendation.
In addition, when selecting or making a cloth face covering, make sure you can breathe through it. Make sure it covers your nose and mouth. Wear it whenever going out in public and wash after each use.
Social/Physical distancing means keeping space between yourself and other people outside your residency. Do this by:
- Staying at least 6 feet (about 2 arms' length) from other people
- Not gathering in groups
- Staying out of crowded places and avoiding mass gatherings
Cough/sneeze etiquette should be utilized to limit the transmission of COVID-19. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, then throw the used tissue in the trash. If no tissues are available, cough or sneeze into your elbow, not your hands.
A cloth face cover should be used while in public to cover coughs and sneezes.
Use Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizer
- Before and after visiting a friend or loved one in a hospital or nursing home
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, and wash with soap and water as soon as it becomes available.
- Apply enough product on hands to cover all surfaces
- Rub hands together and in between fingers until hands feel dry. This should take around 20 seconds.
Glove usage is only necessary when utilizing chemicals to clean/disinfect and when caring for individuals who are sick. Gloves are not necessary when conducting general activities such as running errands, exercising, and studying.
Goggles and face shields are only recommended in environments where there is a potential eye or face hazard (healthcare facilities, science labs, working on machinery, etc.). Goggles and face shields are not necessary when conducting general activities such as running errands, exercising, and studying.
Disinfect frequently touched immobile surfaces, vehicle surfaces, and personal objects , before and after use.
- Immobile surfaces include: tabletops, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
- Vehicle surfaces include: door inner/outer handles, seat belt clips, gear level/shift, hand brake, all levers, buttons, and steering wheel
- Disinfect personal objects: books, phones, keyboards, writing and drawing utensils, water bottles, and sporting equipment
Use appropriate disinfectants such as unexpired household bleach (5% NaOCl2 or an EPA registered disinfectant.Bleach solution can be made by mixing 5 tablespoons (113rd cup of bleach per gallon of water or 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water. Once made, spray contaminated areas and let sit for 10 minutes, then wipe them down. Bleach solution must be used within 24 hours .
For all other disinfectant, make certain they can be used to kill COVID-19. This can be easily done by locating the EPA registration number on the pro duct and searching for it on the EPA list of disinfectants at: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2