In order to mitigate the possible transmission of COVID-19, we are discouraging students, faculty, and staff from entering campus unless it is essential work that has been arranged and approved by your supervisor or faculty.
In charting a path forward amid the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, KGI is committed to providing students, faculty, and staff with an environment where innovation and collaboration can continue to thrive. The following policies and procedures will serve as a guide.
These efforts will be tightly coordinated to mitigate potential risks and ensure the safety of our campus community and the other communities we serve.
Adherence with the policies and protocols outlined on this website, as well as those from your supervisor/professor/dean, is required for continued access; violation (e.g., blatant disregard for infection prevention measures) may result in the immediate revocation of building access privileges, disciplinary action, and/or other interventions.
This webpage will be updated regularly as we prepare for a full return to campus when it is possible and in compliance with local and state guidelines.
KGI reserves the right to modify these policies at any time in its sole discretion to adapt to changing circumstances and business needs, consistent with its commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace.
You confirm that you have read, understand, and will comply with the KGI COVID-19 policies and procedures, including, without limitation, the Code of Conduct Policy as amended from time to time.
Please be aware that a failure to comply with these policies, including any arrangements put in place under it, will be investigated and may lead to disciplinary action.
If KGI receives a report of students and/or student organizations who are not complying with these measures or otherwise behaving in a way that poses intentional or unintentional health risks to the larger community, these individuals and organizations will be held accountable:
All members of our community can report violations of the Student Honor Code here.
Campus-wide approaches to safety and the practice of physical/social distancing are important as individuals can be without symptoms and still be COVID-19 positive. Individuals who have been authorized to return to campus must conduct symptom monitoring every day before coming to campus. It is your responsibility to comply. It is our shared duty as a community to act responsibly. You must be free of ANY symptoms related to COVID-19 to be on campus.
According to the CDC, symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. These symptoms or combinations of symptoms include:
Individuals with certain conditions may have a higher risk for COVID-19 infection. Those conditions include:
For more information about accommodations:
Automated temperature screening devices are installed at the entrances to the 517 Watson and 535 Watson buildings. In addition to certifying you do not have a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, or chills, and that you are currently not under isolation or quarantine orders, you must scan your KGI ID and have your temperature taken. A sticker will automatically print, clearing you for the day. It is only necessary to take your temperature once in a given day. If your temperature is above 100.4 degrees, building entry is prohibited.
For the 1NIH and 215 York buildings, QR codes are posted at the entrances. You are required to submit a form certifying you do not have a cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, fever, or chills, that you are currently not under isolation or quarantine orders, and that you do not have a fever above 100.4 degrees.
KGI acknowledges that we may need to make special contingency plans for the voluntary return to campus by members of high-risk groups, for example, by allowing members of those groups to continue to work remotely when possible.
Faculty, staff, and students who test positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate at home until they have recovered. To help determine the risk of potential exposure to co-workers and others on campus, Human Resources, Student Health Services, or Public Health officials will conduct a phone interview with the individual who has tested positive. Human Resources or Public Health may contact the supervisor if further contact tracing of the COVID-19 positive individual is needed; however, the actual test result (and any other protected health information) will not be disclosed.
Individuals who have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive person are entered into Human Resources’ symptom monitoring survey that is completed daily. The objective is to inform individuals of known exposures and closely monitor each individual to ensure that any infection signs are addressed early.
Gloves are not necessary for general use and should not replace good hand hygiene. Washing your hands often with soap and water is considered the best practice for common everyday tasks. Please speak with your supervisor to determine if gloves are necessary.
Individuals are not required to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient for non-healthcare environments.
Custodial crews will continue to clean offices, workspaces, classrooms, and public spaces based on protocols developed with CDC guidance in mind, and you should take additional care to wipe down commonly used surfaces after use. It may not be possible for KGI to provide product for personal use, but before you leave any room in which you have been working or eating, it is recommended that you swab down all work or eating areas with EPA-registered disinfectant. This includes a private workspace or any shared-space location or equipment (e.g., computers, A/V and other electrical equipment, copiers, desks and tables, chair arms, light switches, doorknobs, handles, etc.). To the best of your ability, you should clear desk and table surfaces in personal offices and workstations to aid in thorough cleaning. Using a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is also effective after contacting commonly used surfaces.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place or used the restroom; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; and before and after eating. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
For individuals in a private setting and not wearing a face mask, the CDC recommends to always cover their mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing or using the inside of their elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash. Immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
Elevator usage should ensure physical distancing is achieved. Using stairs whenever possible will assist vertical circulation given that elevator capacities may be challenged. If you are using the elevator, wear your face mask and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol upon departing the elevator. Custodial crews will be wiping down elevator buttons more frequently during the day.
Gatherings are not allowed at this time. Changes to gathering size restrictions will be communicated as we ramp up.
If you must take public transportation, wear a face mask before entering the bus or train and avoid touching surfaces with your hands. Upon disembarking, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol as soon as possible and before removing your face mask.
Consider using other transportation options (e.g., walking, biking, driving, or riding by car alone or with household members only) if feasible.
Faculty, staff, and students with parking permits may park on campus in KGI-designated parking lots. If a campus parking permit is needed, please contact Campus Safety. Once you exit your car, please follow face mask guidelines.
Additional criteria for individuals working in on-campus research environments can be found at the KGI ORSP webpage.
Entry to buildings will be regulated and monitored. You will be required to swipe your KGI keycard every time you enter a building. By doing this, we will be able to keep track of those who enter the building in the event that we need to contact trace.
Invited guests are allowed only with explicit permission and are expected to abide by all campus-wide and building-specific protocols including physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and symptom checks prior to entering KGI buildings