General Risk Reduction Guidelines
To help maintain a healthy campus NDSU is asking all students and employees to do their part by following CDC risk reduction practices below:
- Stay home if you have a cough or fever.
- Students should check their temperature each day before coming to campus and stay home if they have a fever. Normal temperature should be less than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Practice social distancing.
- Wear a face covering.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Limit unnecessary contact, including hugs and handshakes.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
- Disinfect frequently touched objects (phones, remotes, keys, computers, etc.)
- If you think you have been exposed to Covid-19 and are experiencing symptoms
- Students: Call Student Health Service at 701-231-7331 or call your primary care provider.
- Faculty and Staff: Contact your primary care provider.
North Dakota Department of Health Guidance
- North Dakota Department of Health Symptoms, Testing and Care
- North Dakota Department of Health: You’ve Been Exposed, Now What? Fact Sheet
What should I do?
Learn more about what you should do if exposed to COVID-19 (PDF).
Effective on Monday, NDSU will be modifying its guidance to expand the use of face coverings on campus. A copy of the new guideline along with some FAQs can be found here. We are instituting this new guidance to better protect our campus community against the spread of COVID-19. We know this is short notice, so we are expecting campus to fully comply over the course of a few days next week.
We did not take this decision lightly. We relied on public health experts, including the CDC, who have stressed that face coverings are a critical prevention technique. Reflecting the importance of this issue, campuses across the Midwest are implementing similarly stringent policies.
We all want to have a successful Fall semester, and to help make that happen, each of us needs to remember that our personal decisions influence the overall health of the community. Wearing a mask is a small act, but collectively, it can have a huge impact. If we all work together, we can help Protect the Herd.
Students and employees should plan to supply their own face coverings and may wish to have more than one on hand to allow for adequate laundering. Students will receive one cloth face covering in a welcome package at the start of the year.
Follow CDC guidelines on handwashing, respiratory etiquette, as well as social distancing.
Students and employees will be reminded to stay home when sick.
We are exploring the following facility modifications.
- Evaluating Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and controls for improved air quality options
- Adjusting seating arrangements in classrooms
- Installing physical barriers in areas like coffee shops, dining and One Stop
- Distancing reminders will be posted in areas where people wait in lines for services
- Hand sanitizer stations will be located in high traffic public areas in every building. Disinfecting solutions also will be available for students and faculty who want to clean desks, chairs or other surfaces
- Hygiene reminders will be posted throughout campus
- Remote work will continue for employees who need to remain home
- Custodial cleaning and disinfecting will be enhanced for restrooms and classrooms, as well as areas like door handles, elevator controls, water bottle filling stations, hand rails and light switches.