Is TKU’s campus open for the Fall 2020 semester?
While we hope and pray for successful treatments and vaccines for the COVID-19 virus, the reality is that we will begin the Fall 2020 semester with an ongoing pandemic. In response to this reality, the TKUnited Taskforce on COVID-19 Response was formed and has developed a plan guided by principles of love for neighbor, transparency in communication, and common-sense solutions. This plan outlines five Response Levels to serve as a guiding framework for University activities, course delivery, and operations. See TKUnited Fall 2020 COVID-19 Response Plan for details.
What is the current response level?
You can always view the current Response Level at the top of TKU’s COVID-19 Information webpage. The University plans to open for the Fall 2020 semester at Level 3 (Maximum Reduction).
What is expected of me if I want to come on campus?
When following Response Levels 2, 3 and 4, everyone on campus is expected to follow CDC recommendations including handwashing, social distancing practices, wearing face coverings and self-monitoring symptoms. Everyone is also expected to complete self-screening for symptoms and potential exposure before being permitted on campus. Screening stations are available at the staff and main entrances.
Are we required to wear masks?
Masks are required on TKU’s campus in compliance with state and county orders and in keeping with all response levels that allow for in-person activities (Levels, 2, 3, and 4). See TKUnited Fall 2020 COVID-19 Response Plan for details.
Is PPE (personal protective equipment) provided for anyone on campus?
Disposable gloves and face masks are available around the campus as well as hand sanitizer stations.
How often is the University campus being cleaned/sanitized?
The campus gets cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis. Classrooms will be sanitized between each class meeting.
What is the protocol if someone exhibits symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19?
- Exhibiting of symptoms will be cause to be sent home for both students and staff and they will be encouraged to be tested for COVID-19.
- If someone tests positive, they must report their results immediately. Staff will report to HR and students will report to the Student Success Center.
- The following will then take place:
- Contact tracing will begin.
- Exposure notification will go out to those that came into contact with the individual.
- A notification to the TKU community will be sent out that a positive case has occurred.
- The University campus will be shut down for 5 days to allow for sanitization.