The University has established schedules, practices, and community standards designed to reduce our collective risk of transmitting the virus and to protect the most vulnerable among us. The “baseline safe practices” identified in the following table represent compliance with the constraints required to reduce our collective risk, based on the best available science. Some members of the community may choose to act in ways that lower risk even more or eliminate risk wherever possible.

We acknowledge that these constraints will be challenging for everyone, but they are the minimum that is required to reduce our risk. We also acknowledge that you may choose not to follow these constraints when you are off campus or unobserved. If you are not consistent in your hygiene and distancing practices, you take on greater risk of exposing yourself to the virus and—critically—spreading it to others unknowingly. Some members of our community must be extremely cautious about their exposure because of their own or a loved one’s medical issues. Therefore, if you make noncompliant choices, it is even more crucial that you adhere to the baseline safe practices when in contact with others, who may be at higher risk.

Definitions
Close circle: The small group you interact with regularly outside your residence. This could include your roommate, suitemate(s), a significant other, and one or two close friends.
Core healthy behaviors: Wear a face covering; wash hands and use sanitizer frequently; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; keep a distance of at least six feet from others; and stay home if you feel sick.
Compliance: Practicing the minimum set of behaviors designed to reduce the spread of the virus and to increase safety for the whole community.
Noncompliance: Choosing to engage in behaviors that put you at higher risk of infection and consequently put the most vulnerable at risk if you are asymptomatic or presymptomatic and spreading the virus.

Activity
Increased Risk for You and Others
(Noncompliance)
Baseline Safe Practices
(Compliance)
Even Lower Risk
Minimal/No Risk
Activity
Eating Meals
Increased Risk for You and Others
(Noncompliance)
Eating with others without maintaining six feet of separation; sharing food and drink.
Baseline Safe Practices
(Compliance)
If eating with others, exceed minimum safe distances and/or eat outdoors, wear face coverings to and from the meal location, wash hands both immediately before and immediately after eating.
Even Lower Risk
Eat alone or in spaces with barriers/more than six feet of separation between yourself and those outside your close circle.
Minimal/No Risk
Eat all meals alone in a space you control.
Activity
Attending Class
Increased Risk for You and Others
(Noncompliance)
The University will require compliance when you are in class.
Baseline Safe Practices
(Compliance)
Core Healthy Behaviors, plus:
Bring and use only your own supplies (pen, paper, laptop, etc.). Sit only in designated seats and do not move furniture. Wipe down your desk/table before sitting down.
Even Lower Risk
Minimal/No Risk
Access class remotely (synchronous or asynchronous).
Activity
Attending Events
Increased Risk for You and Others
(Noncompliance)
Not wearing a mask or not maintaining six feet of separation (on campus, you will not be permitted to remain at the event).
Baseline Safe Practices
(Compliance)
Core Healthy Behaviors, plus:
Maintain facial coverings throughout the proceedings.
Even Lower Risk
Exceed safe distancing guidelines, do not touch anyone or anything throughout the event, wash your hands immediately before and after event.
Minimal/No Risk
Avoid in-person events; only access events via remote options.
Activity
Study Groups
Increased Risk for You and Others
(Noncompliance)
Studying in person with others and without masks or six feet of separation.
Baseline Safe Practices
(Compliance)
Keep groups small and amongst people you regularly see and interact with (roommates and suitemates), maintain distancing with those outside your close circle, wear masks at all times.
Even Lower Risk
Do not attend groups with those outside your close circle, exceed distancing guidelines.
Minimal/No Risk
Conduct study groups through video calls or other online collaboration.
Activity
Social Interaction
Increased Risk for You and Others
(Noncompliance)
Shaking hands with/hugging those outside your close circle, interacting in-person with a wide variety of people regularly, not maintaining distance or masking.
Baseline Safe Practices
(Compliance)
Similar to study groups, interact in small groups with masking and distancing if anyone in the group is outside your close circle.
Even Lower Risk
Avoid in-person interaction with those outside your close circle, or wear masks and exceed distancing guidelines when interacting with those outside your circle.
Minimal/No Risk
Limit interaction to those in your close circle or use online modes of communication.
Activity
Intimate Contact
Increased Risk for You and Others
(Noncompliance)
Touching, exchanging bodily fluids with people outside your close circle.
Baseline Safe Practices
(Compliance)
Limit physical interaction/intimate contact to those in your close circle, and limit the amount and frequency as compared to your normal.
Even Lower Risk
Limit intimate contact to a subset of your close circle; avoid touching your face and wash your hands after instances of intimate contact.
Minimal/No Risk
Avoid intimate contact.
Activity
Physical Activity/ Exercise
Increased Risk for You and Others
(Noncompliance)
Working out in groups without following proper distancing and masking protocols, using equipment that has not been sanitized, participating in contact sports, exercising with others in an enclosed space without sufficient airflow or sq. ft./person.
Baseline Safe Practices
(Compliance)
Core Healthy Behaviors, plus:
In group activities, follow all guidelines. Limit group to your close circle. For NCAA athletics, follow all guidelines established by Athletic department.
Even Lower Risk
Only use equipment that has been sanitized immediately prior to use, wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after working out.
Minimal/No Risk
Choose exercise that you can do alone, or while maintaining more than six feet of distancing (due to sweat, heavy breathing), without touching equipment.
Activity
Shopping/ Dining Out
Increased Risk for You and Others
(Noncompliance)
Eating in restaurants or shopping without facial coverings and without maintaining proper distance.
Baseline Safe Practices
(Compliance)
Core Healthy Behaviors, plus:
In dining rooms and shopping venues, maintain facial coverings at all times (except when actually eating), and maintain more than six feet of separation from others. Follow signs that prevent customers from crossing paths or establish traffic flow patterns, if applicable. Wash your hands immediately before entering and after leaving the space.
Even Lower Risk
Avoid dining rooms/restaurants accessed by the public; use drive-through, delivery, or curbside pick-up options.
Minimal/No Risk
Eat all meals alone in a space you control. Use online shopping or curbside pick-up whenever possible.