Preparing facilities for your health & protection

Oglethorpe is operating in the yellow phase of the campus protection guide in summer 2021. Masks are still required in most group settings on campus.

Facility Access – Summer 2021

Many buildings on campus are closed for summer, as is standard operating procedure. Classrooms being used to conduct in-person summer courses are open in accordance with the class schedule.

Library (Lowry Hall)

The library is open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. this summer.

Athletic Facilities

Indoor athletic facilities on campus are closed for the summer.

Outdoor tennis courts and the track/turf field are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, and students. 

Other Facilities

Most other buildings are locked, but faculty and staff can gain entry with their keys or Petrel Pass.

Campus Facility Operations 2020-2021

Wastewater Testing

In addition to the baseline COVID-19 testing and recurring testing of the campus population, Oglethorpe will be implementing regular wastewater testing on campus. This will help detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus in residence halls, which will help determine a need for more targeted testing. 

Air Purification Systems

New ionization technology installed in HVAC systems across campus. This air purification system reduces airborne particles and odors and kills viruses and bacteria while rendering viral particles inactive on stagnant surfaces Another advantage of this type of hardware, is that it produces no harmful by-products. All air handling units have also had Merv-13 filters installed.

Other Recommendations and Action

  • All our campus public spaces maintain a 6-ft social distance per CDC standards
  • Signage implemented in various ways to guide individuals in proper social distancing (floor arrows, markers, wall signage, digital signage)
  • Establish maximum occupancy for each public space, classroom and meeting room based on social distancing recommendations and post number at each location
  • Remove appropriate numbers of chairs and desks from all public spaces and classrooms to adhere to social distancing measures
  • Identify locations and add hand-sanitizing stations throughout campus in all public spaces, classrooms and building entries
  • Add “step-n-pull” hardware to all public doors to reduce the need of touching handles and grab-bars
  • Identify locations and add hand-sanitizing wipe stations to areas that require surface touching, including classrooms, study rooms, public computers
  • Strategically add more waste and recycling containers throughout campus to reduce risk of exposure to campus service workers
  • Add consistent signage throughout all campus buildings in locations where opportunities are provided to wash hands, use sanitizing stations, use sanitizing wipes, maintain social distance, and use no-touch door hardware.
  • Addition of plexiglass contact guards in all high contact/transactional areas
  • Modify any existing transactional spaces on campus to limit contact and protect employees (e.g. IT Services Help Desk)
  • Modify access control as necessary for any short-term or long-term building shutdowns
  • Intensify cleaning and disinfection efforts and frequency throughout the campus, prioritizing high touch surfaces based on CDC recommendations (this would include doorknobs/handles, elevators, desks/tables, light switches, sinks, counters, restroom fixtures, etc.)
  • Purchase disinfecting foggers for facilities staff use.  This would increase cleaning efficiency of high-touch surfaces while not sacrificing disinfecting process. This is a CDC approved method for disinfection
  • Continue to update the campus IT infrastructure to handle increase in traffic and ensure data security
  • Recommend that any of our HVAC systems that can, be reprogrammed to maximize outside air intake and reduce reconditioned air
  • Keep heating water systems circulating and maintain temperatures above 140˚F to avoid microbial incursion. (ASHRAE
  • Replacement of traditional flush valves and fixture handles with touch-free automatic sensors in public restrooms throughout campus