Campus Health and Safety

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

IUP, along with all universities in the State System of Higher Education, does not require COVID-19 vaccinations for students or for employees.

An August 12 message from the Pennsylvania State System Board of Governors, Chancellor, Presidents, and Union Leaders encouraged everyone to get vaccinated.

We continue to share on our website Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s recommendation that all college and university students receive a vaccine.

Our announced plans for the fall semester are for classes and events to be held in person; we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice and recommendations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health related to mitigation techniques that are needed to keep our IUP community safe and well.

We will announce any new information on our website and via email to students and employees.

Members of the IUP community are encouraged to consult with their physician on personal health issues, including vaccinations.

Recent Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinations. Information especially relevant to IUP employees and students includes:

Any member of the IUP community who is interested and in need of a vaccination is encouraged to work with their physician to access existing resources available within their respective community.

Locally, Indiana Regional Medical Center offers COVID-19 vaccine appointments to eligible individuals in the community. Visit the IRMC Vaccine website to learn more and schedule your appointment. 

In addition, Walmart is offering free vaccines for eligible members of the community in both Blairsville and Indiana. Visit the Walmart website to schedule your appointment.

The IUP Health Service will provides free COVID-19 vaccines for students; students should pre-register for vaccination by contacting the IUP Health Services online or by telephone, 724-357-2550.

 

Face Coverings

As of August 17, IUP is requiring face coverings/masks in all indoor sites on all campuses and centers.

Masking is not required when individuals are alone in private offices, work spaces, or residence hall rooms.

General Guidance for Addressing the Mask Requirement at IUP

As of August 17, face coverings/masks are required to be worn by all employees, students, and visitors when in buildings owned or leased by Indiana University of Pennsylvania (unless health conditions prevent wearing a mask).  These guidelines are intended to help in the case of individuals who cannot, or will not, follow the IUP masking policy.

Face Coverings/Masks Exemption Information

  • Individuals can receive an exception for the mask requirement from health professionals; this documentation should be provided to University officials who request it.
  • If a student indicates that they cannot wear a mask and that they need a reasonable accommodation to the IUP mask requirement, the student should contact The Department for Disability Access and Advising (D2A2). D2A2 will evaluate and issue an accommodation letter for the student to present on campus, to the University official who requests proof of accommodation, and to IUP Health Services.
  • If the student is not deemed to have a permanent condition but, instead, a short-term medical issue prohibiting the use of masks, the student should be directed to contact IUP Health Services for options.
  •  If an employee indicates to their supervisor that they cannot wear a face covering, they should be referred to the Human Resources office, human-resources@iup.edu or 724-357-2431.

Noncompliance:

If a student causes a disruption or continually refuses to wear a face covering, they should be referred to the Community Standards process. In order to refer a student to the Office of Student Support and Community Standards, this online form should be completed.

If you have difficulty with the form, please contact Adam Jones, Director of Student Support and Community Standards, adjones@iup.edu or 724-357-1254.

If an employee causes a disruption or continually refuses to wear a mask, they should be referred to the Human Resources office, human-resources@iup.edu or 724-357-2431

If a visitor or vendor causes a disruption, please contact University Police at 724-357-2141. 

In general, University Police should only be engaged to respond to criminal conduct, not to enforce the mask requirement or other non-criminal University policy violations. Persons are asked to make every effort to resolve the situation calmly and assertively.

Exposure:

If a student discloses that they suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19, direct the student to the IUP Health Service.  Please note: the student’s disclosure to you does not give you permission to share this information with anyone except the Health Service.

If an employee, visitor, or vendor discloses that they suspect they have been exposed to COVID-19, please encourage them to speak with their healthcare provider about their next steps.

 

Campus Facilities Cleaning and Safety Precautions

  • Keeping IUP facilities as safe and clean as possible to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission remains a priority for IUP.

    IUP continues to follow industry and government best practices for equipment and processes, including the use of state-of-the-art equipment, fast-acting cleaning products, and ongoing training of those employees who are specifically focused on keeping the campus as healthy as possible.

    Specifically, IUP is committed to:

    • Continuous improvement of facility sanitation standards, including ongoing improvements in ventilation systems for improved indoor air quality.
    • Enabling a touch-free environment for building amenities.
    • On-going targeted training for employees.

    Facility Sanitation Standards – Air Quality Measures

    The University currently operates five different variations of UV lighting throughout campus to improve air quality through continuous sanitization. Air quality is further enhanced through installation of fresh HVAC filters and use of HEPA filters in conjunction with UV lighting. HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filters can theoretically remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, mold, bacteria, and any airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns (µm).

    Work completed in preparation for the fall semester includes:

    • Installation of 150 hallway combination UV lights with HEPA Filters
    • Installation of 50 targeted ventilation ductwork UV light assemblies (work is ongoing)
    • Installation of 100 free-standing UV light assemblies
    • Installation of 30 free-standing HEPA filter units
    • Operation of IUP ventilation systems in “occupied mode” 24/7 to create continuous air exchange
    • Implementation of a “negative air” exam room at the IUP Health Center
    • Where possible, percentage of outdoor air during moderate weather is increased
    • All ventilation units set to national American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers standards (ASHRE) for maximum air flow
    • Continuing preventative maintenance of equipment, including installation of all new ventilation unit air handler filters with appropriate Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) ratings, as specified by manufacturer.

    State-of-the-art Sanitation Equipment

    • 71 handheld and 14 backpack electrostatic fogger units for efficient sanitization of indoor spaces
    • 6 Carnegie robotic programable floor scrubbers with UV sanitization capability for consistent round-the-clock floor cleaning and sanitization
    • Transition to newly sourced Centers for Disease Control approved Ecolab anti-viral cleaning products certified for 45-second effectiveness after application
    • Implementation of updated cleaning procedures and staff training to prioritize sanitization of high touch areas over standard cleaning procedures

    Creating a Sanitary, Touch-Free Environment

    • 400 touchless hand sanitization stations in numerous locations in every building
    • 90 touchless temperature kiosks in all academic buildings
    • 75 touchless water fill stations in buildings throughout campus (additional units will be installed during the fall semester)
    • Disposable face mask dispensers installed in buildings throughout campus
    • Installation of plexiglass barriers in high-traffic offices throughout campus
    • More than 8,000 Return to Campus “Safety Kits” have been prepared for distribution to students; kits include re-usable face masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, tissues, and disposable thermometer.
    • Safety Kits have been distributed to classrooms, department offices, and computer labs; Central Stores has secured sanitizer and face masks for distribution as requested by university offices

Safety Kits and Protective Equipment

Students and employees will receive individual Safety Kits when returning to campus for the semester.

The Safety Kits, which include three reusable face coverings/masks and other hygiene items, were distributed to on-campus students during move-in.

Starting August 23, students can pick up Safety Kits at Folger Hall Monday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.; Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 1:00 a.m.

In addition, Central Stores has a strong supply of personal protective equipment and other COVID-19 related safety items.

The list of items and information about ordering additional personal protective equipment is available on the Central Stores site. Each department should delegate one person to collect and submit a reservation for that department’s needs.

Sanitizing Classrooms

To help you feel more comfortable in the classroom, cleaning supplies are available so that you can sanitize your seat and desk. We ask that students and faculty members sanitize their areas when they leave the classroom.

We will continue to follow rigorous cleaning protocols and guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state for common and high traffic areas, such as hallways, elevators, and restrooms, to keep buildings safe. Employees have been trained on these processes.

Parking

Pay-by-space machines are cleaned at the beginning of each day’s shift by parking security officers as part of a daily maintenance check. The Passport Pay-by-Phone app has made no-contact payment available.

IndiGO Bus

IndiGO continues to operate the campus shuttle route according to Centers for Disease Control guidelines, requiring riders to wear masks. All active students with an I-Card will continue to have free IndiGO bus service.

Guidance for IUP Employees

In order to serve our students, IUP employees who have been following instructions to work remotely will be returning to their offices and on-campus assignments by August 16.

High-Risk Employees

Individual employees with health conditions that might place them at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, as defined under CDC guidance, may request a flexible work assignment. Employees wishing to make such a request should follow the process outlined on the Human Resources website.

Preventing COVID-19

(Strategy for Mitigation)

The following are requirements from the CDC for proper hygiene and preventing the spread of COVID-19:

Wash Your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or using the bathroom.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid Close Contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick, even inside your home. If possible, maintain as much distance as practical between the person who is sick and other household members.
  • Put distance (at least six feet) between you and other people outside of your home.

Use Face Coverings

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are urged to follow CDC guidelines recommending masking indoors; fully vaccinated individuals should follow CDC guidelines about masking.

Clean and Disinfect

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.

Thermometers

Thermometers will be provided when required by a discipline for accreditation standards or governing body guidelines.

Communication Plan

IUP uses a digital-first strategy that provides all of our audiences a clear overview of what to expect in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including general guidelines to keep the community safe.

Overall methods of communicating include this website, the MyIUP student portal, electronic newsletters, IUP social media channels, email, videos, printed materials and packets, and campus signage.

We will report confirmed student cases of COVID-19 via our COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard notes if the student is an on-campus or off-campus resident. Dashboard updates for the fall semester will begin August 27.

Information about testing and quarantine procedures are found on the Testing and Positive Cases page.

Student Communication Methods

Students receive regular information and updates through MyIUP, the IUP Mobile app, their IUP email address, electronic newsletters, and IUP social media accounts. Students will also receive an informational flier in their fall 2021 Safety Kits.

Parent Communication Methods

Information and updates will be available via the parent newsletter and this website.

Employee Communication Methods

Employees receive information through the IUP Now electronic newsletter, email, communications from Human Resources, and this website.

Community Collaboration

IUP and Indiana County leadership are collaborating on communication campaigns to promote responsible behavior that protects the health and safety of the entire county and of students’ home communities.

Contingency Communication Plan

If needed, emergency notifications will be sent through the Everbridge system, which includes text messages, phone calls, and emails. If you are not registered for these emergency notifications, you can do so online.

Emergency messages will also be shared on the IUP website (alert banner on the home page, updates to this site, news item), through MyIUP announcements for students, and on IUP social media channels.

If necessary, messages will be sent to additional audiences outside of the campus community, including alumni, friends, and prospective students.

This site will have the most recent and current information.