Message from President Jo Allen
In times of crises, we look to our values to help guide us through the uncertainty. The Meredith community is dedicated to a set of seven core values, which serve as the foundation for our programs, our interactions with each other, and our outreach beyond the campus.
Our core values of integrity and responsible citizenship — which call on each of us to uphold the highest standards of truth, personal honor, and ethics — have never been more important as we commit to following requirements regarding face coverings, cleaning, and hygiene outlined in Meredith’s Community Standards.
Adhering to these standards will be imperative to helping to keep ourselves and each other safe during this ongoing global health crisis.
Meredith College is requiring COVID-19 Entrance Testing for the Spring 2021 semester. Learn more about this requirement.
Reporting Known COVID Exposures
For the sake of individuals and the entire Meredith community, students must report their exposure to a known COVID positive or if they have symptoms to Student Health immediately. Reports of student exposures should be made via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Standards Reporting Process For Students: Meredith’s Division of College Programs developed a Student Reporting Process and Outcomes document with extensive guidance on student expectations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employees must report their COVID exposures to the Office of Human Resources at (919) 760-8898 or email@example.com. Pandemic leave has been established for illness or waiting periods to prevent having to use vacation or other sick leave. If a student contacts a faculty or staff member about the students’ own Covid exposure or symptoms, please remind the student to make an official report to Meredith Student Health at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees must report all COVID exposures to the Office of Human Resources at (919) 760-8898 or email@example.com.
Not reporting is a violation of Meredith’s Community Standards.
Guidelines for Face Coverings, Hygiene & Physical Distancing
According to the CDC, COVID-19 is thought to spread mainly through close person-to-person contact. Some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. (Visit the CDC site for more recommendations on how to protect yourself and others.)
In addition to the Community Standards that are communicated by the College, students, faculty, staff, and visitors should also be attentive to local and state regulations and ordinances in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Follow all campus requirements for COVID-19 testing if planning to come to campus.
To help keep our community safe, Meredith requires the use of face coverings for all students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors/contractors when in common or public areas even when you are the only individual in that area. Studies have shown that wearing a face covering greatly reduces the probability of transmitting the virus that causes COVID 19. All individuals should maintain at least a six foot distance, regardless of the use of face coverings
For face coverings to be most effective, they must be used properly. Please review the links that follow to ensure you are using your face covering properly. These links are also available on the campus and HR MyMeredith COVID-19 resource pages. Please refer to them any time you would like a reminder of these important safety guides.
- World Health Organization – “Advice for the public: When and how to use masks”
- Center For Disease Control – “How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings”
Face Covering Requirements and Reminders
- All students and employees are required to wear face coverings in classrooms, common areas, going to and from the dining room, and wherever social distancing is not possible. Our Health Services and HR Directors have approved drinking through a straw with your mask in place while in class.
- Please also help ensure that vendors, guests, interviewees or others with whom you are coordinating a campus visit know that they will be required to wear face coverings while on our campus.
- Face coverings are not substitutes for physical distancing.
- A limited supply of face coverings is available in the Office of Human Resources for employees who do not have access to a face covering. The Meredith College Campus Store also has low cost options available.
- Cloth masks or face coverings should be washed daily. Also, remember to wash hands prior to handling face coverings and avoid touching the front of the mask/face covering when securing it on your face.
- Wash your hands after removing the face mask. When using a mask intermittently in a single day or evening, store it in a paper bag between uses.
- If anyone on campus is not wearing a face covering in a common area, the individual should be reminded to put on a face covering. This reminder may come from anyone on our campus. It’s important that we do this for each other to keep our community safe. Requirements to wear face coverings will be enforced for employees and other community members.
- People taking group photos must wear face coverings and practice physical distancing.
Exceptions to Wearing Face Coverings
A face covering is not required in the following circumstances:
- When exercising outdoors and physically distanced.
- While actively eating or drinking. Eating or drinking while walking is discouraged, especially indoors.
- In cases where a medical condition prevents an individual from safely wearing a face covering. Students with health concerns that may prevent coverings from being worn should consult with Health Services (firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-760-8535).
- While alone or with a roommate in campus residence hall rooms and apartments. or when alone in private offices.
- Students may remove their face coverings while in individual, scheduled, outdoor photo shoots, such as cap and gown portraits, as long as appropriate physical distance is maintained. Photoshoots should be scheduled with the Office of Meredith Events, which can be reached at (919) 760-8533 or email@example.com.
At least six feet of physical distance should be maintained at all times, even during the circumstances listed above when a face covering isn’t required. Individuals should carry a face covering with them at all times while on campus in case unexpected situations arise when six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained.
More resources about masks and face coverings: CDC How to Wear Cloth Face Coverings, WHO’s Advice for the public: When and how to use masks, About Cloth Face Coverings, Wearing Cloth Face Coverings, Washing Cloth Face Coverings, and Making Cloth Face Coverings
- Faculty, staff and students should avoid close personal contact and maintain a minimum of 6 feet apart at all times.
- Adhere to the posted limits on the number of people permitted in campus common areas (such as lobbies and lounge areas) classrooms, meeting rooms, restrooms, and elevators.
- Remain mindful of physical distancing in small spaces such as elevators, stairwells, and restrooms.
- Faculty and staff with individual offices should consider working with office doors closed.
- Eat in locations that allow for physical distancing such as outside, in a private room or office with the door closed.
- Continue using virtual meetings to the extent possible. When in person meetings are necessary, maintain a minimum of 6 feet apart and consider the use of outdoor meeting spaces.
- Engage in frequent hand-washing for at least 20 seconds.
- Use hand sanitizers and wipes frequently.
- Wiping commonly touched surfaces before and after use is recommended.
- Use disposable tissues to cover your mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.
Additional resources on hygiene:
For Employees: What to Do if You’re Sick or Exposed to COVID-19
Meredith employees are asked to self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, or shortness of breath).
Employees who have symptoms should notify the Office of Human Resources, contact their healthcare provider, and use sick leave to stay home. The Office of Human Resources will coordinate with the employee’s supervisor.
Employees with confirmed cases of COVID-19 should follow CDC-recommended steps and should use pandemic leave. Sick leave should be used after pandemic leave ends. Employees should not return to work until the criteria to discontinue home isolation are met, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments.
Employees who are well but who reside with an individual with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 should notify the Office of Human Resources, follow CDC-recommended precautions, stay at home, and use pandemic leave. The Office of Human Resources will coordinate with the employee’s supervisor. After pandemic leave ends, sick leave should be used.