Campus-Wide Facilities

Oglethorpe is operating in the orange phase of its Campus Protection Guide in Spring 2021. Campus will be open only to on-campus residents, commuter students attending classes on campus, and authorized personnel. These individuals are known as Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACAs).


  • 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 of traffic and ensure data security
  • Replace current standard (MERV 8) air filters throughout all campus building HVAC systems with ASHRAE recommended MERV-15 air filters to reduce risk of airborne spread
  • Recommend that any of our HVAC systems that can, be reprogrammed to maximize outside air intake and reduce reconditioned air
  • Keep heating water systems circulations 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
  • Explore the feasibility of additional HVAC systems modifications that incorporate UV, Ozone, or carbon-bed technology to clean return air beyond filtering