Campus-Wide Facilities

The COVID-19 Task Force released a Campus Protection Guide that introduced three protection phases for campus operations. Oglethorpe is currently operating under the red phase, with campus being closed with limited exceptions and delivering fully remote instruction.


  • 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