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Reopening for Fall 2020

Health and Safety Expectations for All Community Members

The health, safety and welfare of every member of our community is paramount. Having said that, none of us know the course that COVID-19 will take, and none of us can guarantee a COVID-19-free environment. It would be disingenuous to suggest otherwise.

Nonetheless, working together, we can minimize the risk of COVID-19 infections (or any other spread of disease) at LC. This is a shared responsibility. This means adhering to national, state, and local health guidelines and requirements, and adhering to those measures LC deems safe and appropriate for our campus. Please review the following expectations carefully.

Hand Washing and Health Etiquette

All members of the LC Community are expected to perform appropriate hand hygiene upon their arrival to campus and regularly throughout the day: washing with soap and water for 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-95% alcohol. Show respect for your colleagues: cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow, or a tissue, especially when not wearing a mask. Tissues should be disposed of and hands washed or sanitized immediately. Please review this short video from the World Health Organization about how to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

Face Coverings

Consistent with executive orders from Oregon Governor Kate Brown JD ’85, face coverings are required whenever indoors (other than in private areas of your residence hall or when alone in your own single-occupancy office) and in all areas—indoors or outdoors—where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Face coverings are required in classrooms, meeting rooms and the dining hall. Face coverings can be removed while eating or drinking. Face shields can be used either (a) as a supplement to a face mask; or (b) when a face mask cannot be worn for equity or accessibility reasons.

Any student seeking an accommodation related to this requirement due to a disability must contact Student Support Services. Any employee seeking such an accommodation must contact Human Resources.

The College will provide two reusable cloth face masks to all students, staff and faculty. Please review this short video from the World Health Organization about the proper use of cloth face masks. 

Social distancing

Classrooms will be set up so that students and faculty can maintain a minimum of six feet of social distance between one another. The same will be true in the dining halls, student support buildings, and the student center. Plexiglass barriers are being installed in areas that require them for your protection.


All members of the LC Community are responsible for a daily self-check for COVID-19 symptoms before coming to a campus. Individuals are to stay at their residence if they have COVID-19 symptoms. COVID-19 symptoms are as follows:

  • Primary symptoms of concern: cough, fever or chills, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
  • Note that muscle pain, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion, and runny nose are also symptoms often associated with COVID-19, but are non-specific.
  • Emergency signs and symptoms that require immediate medical attention:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to awaken
    • Bluish lips or face
    • Other severe symptoms
  • Those who have a chronic or baseline cough that has worsened or is not well-controlled with medication should stay at their place of residence.

More information about COVID-19 symptoms can be found on the CDC webpage.

We are considering a self-assessment checklist or phone app to assist with daily self-screening and will share more information as it is available.

Students with the symptoms identified above are expected to immediately self-isolate in their residence, consult with a healthcare provider, and follow the directions of that healthcare provider. This consultation can be provided by the Health Service. Anytime the Health Service is closed, students can access the Nurse Consultation Service at 1-844-915-2069. Students with symptoms will need to follow the COVID-19 Monitoring, Isolation and Quarantine Plan for Lewis & Clark Students, Academic Year 2020-21.

Employees with the symptoms identified above are expected to stay at their residence and may not come to campus. Employees should notify their supervisor and/or HR, should seek medical care and COVID-19 testing from their regular health care provider or public health authority, and are expected to comply with the COVID-19 Monitoring, Isolation and Quarantine Plan for Lewis & Clark Employees, Academic Year 2020-21.

COVID-19 Testing

Given the rapid changes regarding testing, we are still considering the best approach and timing for the testing of our community. We will finalize our plans later in the summer and communicate them to all. We will have more information for students soon on exactly how we will be asking you to fill out the initial health survey, as well as how to self-monitor your overall health while you are here, likely through some kind of checklist or app.

The Oregon Health Authority has launched a website to help Oregonians find COVID testing locations in the state. The website has an English language version, and a Spanish-language version

Public Access to Campus

Per the Governor’s Executive Order, campus spaces and buildings will be closed to the general public until applicable state restrictions are lifted. Libraries and recreation facilities that are ordinarily available to the public will be limited to members of the Lewis & Clark community only. Please review our Interim Policy Regarding Campus Visitors Policy During COVID-19 Pandemic for more detail.


In-person events and gatherings are limited to “mission-critical events” that are approved by the relevant dean or vice president and that can be conducted in a safe manner that complies with all applicable public health requirements. Events must be planned with care to limit potential exposure and spread of COVID-19. Event attendance is limited to those invited to participate in official College business and is not to be open to the general public. For more information, please see our Interim Policy Regarding Events During COVID-19 Pandemic.


Classrooms, residence halls, and dining spaces will be regularly disinfected. The campus cleaning schedule is being updated with enhanced disinfecting protocols, including electrostatic sprayers, and increased frequency in all campus buildings.

HVAC Systems

Major building systems will have controls set to introduce 100% outside air into buildings, air handling system filters will be changed, and air diffusers will be adjusted to not blow directly onto occupants. In buildings without air-handling systems, windows may be opened to reduce recirculation of air and transmission of airborne pathogens. 

Water Fountains

Water fountains on campus will be available for bottle filling only.