Health & Safety Working Groups

Working Group Responsibilities

Health & Safety


  • The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff should be the primary consideration in decision-making about when to reopen a campus and in which modality to do so (fully in-person,hybrid, online). Reasonable accommodations will be considered for members of the campus community who have underlying health conditions.
  • Develop guidelines for appropriate working conditions and communicate these widely regarding accommodations. These are job and office-specific and developed in conjunction with the various office leaders. Ensure appropriate guidance on how the policies and procedures are to be enacted and followed.
  • Determine the responsible party for enforcement of policies and procedures.
  • Under the guidance of the Governor’s Orders, WHO and CDC Guidelines, employees will return to campus at the designated time and in the manner delineated by the Orders. Once these are created, the Vice Presidents are charged with determining the work schedule and methodology for their specific units and creating documents to guide their work. These plans need to be on file with the Health and Safety Committee.
  • Decisions on how to reopen our campus safely should be driven by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, State, and local departments of health.
  • Creation of:
    • A plan for the reopening of the campus
    • A plan for monitoring health conditions to detect infection
    • A plan for containment to prevent the spread of the disease when detected
    • A plan for shutdown in the event it becomes necessary
  • A plan for contact tracing / How to monitor the health of students, faculty, and staff as well as the distribution of face coverings
  • A plan for training, education, and communication of campus changes and new programs.

Membership: Ron Hurley, Rita Oleas, Andre Pearson, Jodi Bailey, Jeff Livingston, Julia Basile, Kathleen Mahoney, Sherry Thomas, Nancy Gomez, Barbara Hildner, Tom Derienzo, William White and Abisola Gallagher.

Academic Affairs


  • Given the need for physical distancing, determine by department and college, what the appropriate instruction model is for the given discipline. Then, considerations need to be taken to ensure social distancing and the safety of students and employees. Plans may include expanding the meeting schedules to include the weekends, etc.
  • Development of hybrid reopening that may phase to online if needed.
  • Develop robust Student Success initiatives using ‘high touch high tech’ methods, ensuring our students have the technology they need.
  • Continuously monitor the retention of students by cohorts and further the development of the usage of EAB.

Membership: Provost Council, Chairs, Senate, Library and AFT

Student Life/External Affairs


  • Develop a fluid model that begins with a hybrid reopening and ensures low density and social distancing principles. The plan should consider the possibility of having to go online by the end of October, should the virus resurface significantly.
  • With a hybrid model, consider the need to reduce the density of residential facilities (no traditional residence halls), dining facilities, meeting rooms, all common areas, events, services, and modification of available / use of other spaces. Develop innovative programming that is inclusive of the use of technology and ensures the engagement of the maximum number of students and visitors. This is a key aspect of a university life outside the classrooms.
  • Consider which programming could only be done “on-campus” under this model
  • Once guidelines are created by the state and city, determine how to handle testing residential students, faculty, and student-facing staff (7 to 14 days after arrival), to ensure against false negatives on the first test – this recommendation may be modified if public health guidance changes.
  • Consider sequencing the return of students to campus.
  • An example would be a rolling move-in period over a few days or weeks so that fewer individuals reenter the campus at one time
  • Create a housing model that maximizes the number of beds within the safety guidelines provided by the health officials and best practices. Explore the use of hotel rooms if needed to meet the demand, using the federal CARES Act funds to assist with the differential.
  • The NCAA (and many professional organizations/conferences) will soon make decisions about varsity sports for the fall. Many extracurricular events (e.g., debating clubs, student newspapers, Model UN) might be pursued virtually or with social distancing. Plan for these scenarios, as well as the enrollment consequences of each.
  • We are utilizing technology to develop robust programming for the community through the arts, athletics, and academic programming. Use the opportunity to connect the speakers, leaders, and performers who will be on campus or presenting. Consider making these open to the public through robust advertising and outreach to the community and our alumni. It’s an opportunity we will not have again using technology. Coordinate the work of academic affairs, student affairs, athletics, arts, and others to maximize the engagement of the community and our alumni.

Membership: Scott James, Jason Kroll, Shawn Tucker, Jose Balda, Ben Rohdin, Kwi Brennan, Stephanie Chaiken, Sherrie Madia, Phyllis Szani, Jodi Bailey and student representatives