Mustangs and families,
We’re a little more than a month away from welcoming you back to the Hilltop for the fall semester. As you prepare to start or resume your studies, we want to give you a good idea of what our campus will look like in light of COVID-19.
Starting today, you’ll receive this newsletter once a week. It will include the latest campus updates, resources and frequently asked questions. Each newsletter will also highlight one specific topic that you’ll want to learn more about before coming to campus. This week’s topic is: In maintaining a healthy campus, what exactly do we mean by enhanced cleaning protocols?
This newsletter will echo information you’ll see in a new Canvas course coming soon that students must take before starting classes this fall, so it’s a great way to get a jump start on what you need to know. Please share with your parents as well so they’ll be able to help you get ready.
Be on the lookout for Mustang Strong each Tuesday, and visit our refreshed COVID-19 website at www.smu.edu/coronavirus.
The Main Idea
SMU has put enhanced cleaning protocols into place that are designed to keep you healthy while on campus.
What This Means in Practice
By the start of the semester, all air filters will be upgraded to the highest-rated filtration level possible for SMU’s air management system.
The new air filters will be able to capture particles between 0.3-1 micron in diameter.
High-touch areas, such as light switches, doorknobs, tabletops, elevator buttons, bathroom surfaces and telephones will be cleaned with greater frequency by the custodial staff, using hospital-grade disinfectants.
You’ll also notice more than 1,600 wall signs, 300 elevator decals, 450 queuing signs and 8,500 assigned-seating stickers around campus to encourage healthy behaviors.
Electrostatic spraying will be used in some buildings for broader disinfection when they are unoccupied, such as on nights or weekends.
FAQ of the Week
What is the cleaning protocol once there's been a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a location?
A custodial crew uses a three-step certified disinfection process to deliver healthy spaces back to the University. This process begins within four to eight hours of the Office of Facilities, Planning and Management receiving information about a known or suspected case of COVID-19, and takes place regardless of whether it’s a weekend or holiday.
In addition to the routine enhanced frequent high-touch cleaning protocol, broad disinfection of the identified and unoccupied areas will take place via electrostatic spraying.Learn more about the three-step process by visiting the FAQ page
COVID-19 Canvas Course Coming Soon
Students, be on the lookout in your Canvas for the COVID-19 training course. This course will provide you with information on COVID-19, what we’re doing to prepare the campus, and what we’re expecting from you. More information is coming soon.