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Getting Ready for a Safe Return to Campus

Cleaning Our Campus in a Pandemic

Here’s How We’ve Elevated Our Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures

  • Twice daily cleaning and disinfection of high touch areas: hand rails, door knobs, elevator buttons, sinks and faucets, countertops, light switches, vending machines, copiers and phones—using EPA-registered germicides approved by the EPA to kill the COVID-19 virus.


  • Heightened cleaning protocols for our dedicated gathering spaces, such as athletics facilities (specific to each sport), dining, performance and meeting spaces.

  • Electrostatic misting systems will be used to disinfect after cleaning these spaces:

    - Classrooms and labs — daily
    - Recreation Center — daily
    - Student Unions (BLUU and King Family Commons) — daily
    - Library — daily
    - Large common office areas — weekly
    - Selected Athletics areas when in use: locker rooms, team rooms, training and medical areas, weight rooms, etc. — per individually approved protocols


  • Cleaning of individual offices will transition from daily to weekly in order to reduce the chances of close personal contact and allow for more concerted disinfecting effort. Damp or organic disposables and recyclables should now be placed in bins in common areas that will receive daily cleaning service. Disinfectants will be provided to all office occupants for daily self-sanitizing, wiping down surfaces of tables, chairs and equipment in shared spaces. The custodial staff will monitor supplies and restock as needed. Please notify a building manager or custodial staff member if supplies run low. 



    Regarding buildings: should an employee test positive for COVID-19, TCU has established protocol for contact tracing and notification of any potentially affected personnel through the individual's supervisory chain. The standard practice is to close the office of the individual for a minimum of three days since last occupancy to allow any residual virus to die. Once the office can be re-entered it will be disinfected through cleaning and electrostatic misting. If the affected office requires immediate cleaning for operational reasons, an on-call disinfection contractor will immediately decontaminate the area to allow the space to be restored to operation.

  • TCU has placed hand sanitizer stations across campus at every entrance of each floor, near elevators, and in high-concentration areas. Washing hands with soap and water has been determined by CDC to be the most effective way to help thwart the spread of COVID-19 virus contamination, and chemical hand sanitizers—primarily alcohol-based liquids and gels—are a supplement to hand washing when soap and water aren’t readily available.

    We encourage everyone to keep a personal-size bottle of sanitizer with them. Small bottles of Urgent RN hand sanitizer/antibacterial gel have been generously donated by a TCU alumnus and distributed around campus.

 

About COVID-19

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease caused by a new coronavirus. First detected in China, the disease has been found in about 70 locations internationally, including the United States.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and difficulty breathing. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus to the public, public health officials, schools, universities and news outlets.

 

Health & Wellness

Prior to coming to campus, TCU employees should do a self-assessment to determine if they should report to work. Due to the severity and highly infectious nature of COVID-19, employees should stick to the results of this assessment. This self-assessment tool is not meant to take the place of talking with your health care professional or to diagnose or treat conditions.

If you are in an emergency medical situation, call 911 or your local emergency number. This assessment is based on guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Mayo Clinic.

Each member of the TCU community is first and foremost personally  responsible for their health and well-being.  As such they should always use good judgment in any and every activity they undertake. This is a personal responsibility which is assumed of everyone in this community.

All recent and current patients at TCU’s Brown-Lupton Health Center are being screened for travel history information.

One of TCU’s priorities is a clean and safe environment that promotes optimal health for our students. Note that this time of year, infection control efforts to prevent flu and other communicable illnesses are already in place. Other proactive measures to ensure the safety of our campus community include:

  • Implementing increased cleaning protocols, including extra cleaning and disinfecting in high-contact areas
  • Additional clinical staffing in the Brown-Lupton Health Center
  • Campaigns to educate students, faculty and staff on important preventative measures

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use the hand sanitizer, wipes and disinfectant soap offered across campus.

Practice good cough etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing. Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands because subsequent contact with surfaces or other people may spread the infection.

Wash hands or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer often—and always after contact with surfaces touched by others.

Avoid touching the face, eyes, nose, and mouth prior to washing hands thoroughly or using hand sanitizer.

Don’t share drinks or eating utensils. Avoid contact with sick people.

Call your health care professional if you feel sick with fever, cough, or have difficulty breathing; and/or if you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19; and/or you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19.

Your health care professional will work with your state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested.

The Brown-Lupton Health Center is available for residential students. The Health Center’s current hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Phone: 817-257-7940

If the Health Center is closed, there are two urgent care centers close to the TCU campus:

These areas are cleaned and disinfected each workday for most buildings, and on Saturday/Sunday for the buildings used on weekends, such as the Brown-Lupton University Union, Mary Couts Burnett Library and University Recreation Center. Telephone handsets are wiped down daily when offices are cleaned.

Hand sanitizers are in place at most building entrances, including multiple ones at the BLUU, King Family Commons, Mary Couts Burnett Library and University Recreation Center. They are checked daily by custodial staff and refilled if needed. The best way to prevent the spread of disease is by frequent hand-washing and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when coughing or sneezing.

Medical resources for employees and their families covered by TCU Health insurance:

  • 24/7 Nurseline - call 800-581-0353
  • MDLIVE website or call - 888-680-8646 (co-pays may apply)

Mental health resources for employees and their families covered by TCU Health Insurance:

Page Last Updated: July 07, 2020