Safe Campus Initiative

Please visit this site for updates. Last updated October 27, 2020.

A Coe College education centers on the model of residential learning where students live in the community with one another and learning occurs in and out of the classroom. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have developed a robust plan prioritizing the highest quality education based on the facts as we know them today with flexibility to address necessary changes as they arise. We are committed to delivering this experience and recognize the need to do so safely.

The Safe Campus Initiative is a comprehensive plan built on research, benchmarking, industry guidance as well as federal, state and local health information. This initiative was developed in collaboration with our neighbors in the MedQuarter Regional Medical District (MedQ). The MedQ includes more than 500 medical professionals within a 55-square-block area adjacent to Coe’s campus. We will update Coe’s Safe Campus Initiative webpage with any changes to safety measures put in place for the fall.

Student Process for Reporting Symptoms, Close Contact or Positive Test Results


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • All students, employees and visitors are required to wear face coverings in indoor spaces except for private living and work areas and specifically designated areas (e.g. showers and select athletic training areas).
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It is important to put on a mask anytime you leave your private work/room or a designated mask-free space, including walking to another office, break room, restroom, etc.
  • Masks must be worn outdoors when social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Keeping a face covering with you when on campus will ensure it is available when needed.
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The college will provide a face covering or shield for those who need one. These can be requested through Student Life, the Provost’s Office or your supervisor for students, faculty and staff respectively.

  • All physical plant employees have been supplied with appropriate PPE and additional equipment as needed.
  • Acceptable face coverings:
    • Face Covering: A cloth, bandana or other type of textile material that covers a person’s mouth and nose and allows the eyes and upper part of the face to remain visible. It should fit snugly but comfortably against the sides of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction and be free of holes and damage from use or laundering. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day and then must be properly laundered before use again.
    • Face Mask: A disposable medical or surgical grade paper mask or filtering respirator. Given continuing supply shortages, N95 or KN95 masks generally should be reserved for health care providers or essential workers who need to fulfill task-specific OSHA and workplace safety requirements related to respiratory protection. Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.
    • Face Shield: A clear acrylic shield that attaches to the forehead and covers the wearer’s entire face, including the nose and mouth. Because cloth masks provide additional protection when in close contact, a cloth mask is required in addition to a face shield when indoors and extended distancing is not possible.
  • Care and use of face coverings:
    • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering
    • Ensure the face covering fits over the nose and under the chin
    • Avoid touching the front of the face covering
    • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth when removing the face covering
    • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after removing 
Keep face coverings in a paper bag or breathable container when not in use
  • Some people are unable to wear a face covering due to lung or other health-related conditions. Please contact Student Life or Human Resources if you are unable to wear a face covering for these reasons and need an accommodation.

Cleaning and Disinfection Protocol

  • Custodial staff will clean common areas and workspaces based on CDC guidelines for disinfection and OSHA standards.
  • Restrooms are cleaned and disinfected daily. Deep cleaning of these spaces takes place weekly.

  • High touch and public areas are disinfected multiple times per day. This includes lobbies (and furniture), computer labs, door knobs, handrails and more.

  • Disinfecting supplies have been placed in public spaces (including athletic facilities and computer labs), and cleaning is required before and after individual use.
  • When working in offices, building occupants should wipe down commonly used surfaces before and after use with products provided by or approved by physical plant staff. This includes any shared-space locations or equipment (copiers, printers, computers, A/V or other electrical equipment, kitchen appliances, desks, tables, light switches, door knobs, etc.).
  • Ozone purifiers are being used when possible.
  • Disinfectant sprayers are used for electrostatic sanitizing in all residence halls and locker rooms.


Symptom Monitoring and Temperature Protocol

  • Thermometers will be provided in offices and areas where temperature checks are required.
 Students are encouraged to have a thermometer in their room and take their temperature each morning before attending class.
  • Faculty and staff should take their temperature each morning before attending class or reporting to work.

  • Faculty, staff, students and visitors must be free of a fever and any symptoms potentially related to COVID-19 for at least 48 hours to attend class or work.
  • Do not attend class or report to work if you are experiencing symptoms unless you have already consulted a health care provider (e.g. allergy symptoms), and if you develop symptoms during the day, return to your home or room. In this case, faculty will set up reasonable alternative arrangements for student learning.

  • At this time, symptoms include one or more of the following:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

    • Fatigue
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Nausea or vomiting
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Diarrhea
    • New loss of taste or smell
  • Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If you show any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
    • Trouble breathing

    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

    • New confusion

    • Inability to wake or stay awake

    • Bluish lips or face
  • Faculty or staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop symptoms should notify the Provost’s Office or their supervisor, and students should inform Health Services.

*This is not a complete list of all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Handwashing, Hand Sanitizing and Glove Use

  • Physical plant will maintain hand-sanitizer stations inside major building entrances, on each floor of academic classrooms and in high-traffic areas.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer is available to each department. Faculty and staff can request hand sanitizer by submitting a School Dude ticket.
  • Food handling, health care activities and other high-risk areas should use gloves, but according to the CDC, gloves are not necessary for general use and do not replace good hand hygiene. Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent spread.

Social Distancing Guidelines

  • Social distancing plans have been developed for classes, break rooms, events and daily office interactions.
  • Keeping space between people is one of the best tools to avoid exposure to COVID-19 and slowing its spread because people may be able to spread the virus before knowing they are sick. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to protect people who are at high risk for health complications.
  • Faculty, staff, students and visitors should follow these guidelines:
    • Stay at least 6 feet from other people at all times
    • Wear a face covering when leaving individual workspaces, when indoors on campus and when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained outside.
  • Plexiglass shields should be used in spaces frequently visited by others and in lobby spaces. Faculty and staff can request a shield by submitting a School Dude ticket.
  • Face coverings and social distancing will be required between classes. This means faculty will release students in a staggered fashion and allow sufficient time for students to arrive at their next class.
    In restrooms, maintain at least 6 feet of distance between individuals unless a physical barrier exists between stalls. Wash your hands thoroughly afterward. Use a paper towel or tissue to turn off the faucet and open the door.
  • No more than one person may enter an elevator at a time unless an individual needs assistance in the elevator. Use the stairs whenever possible to protect the health of those who must use an elevator. If you are using the elevator, wear your face covering and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after touching the elevator buttons.
  • Social gatherings will be limited to small groups to limit risk of transmission and must be coordinated through Reservations, Student Life, Office of the Provost or Human Resources.
  • Social gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted.

Testing & Treatment Options

Testing and treatment options will be paramount to opening safely and keeping community members healthy. Student Health Services and our wellness director will play a vital role in implementing patient care and isolation best practices in accordance with American College Health Association Guidelines.

  • In partnership with local health care providers, all faculty, staff and students (and families who come to campus) will be screened upon arrival this fall. Safety protocols and procedures will be followed if anyone tests positive.
  • All faculty, staff and students will be tested for COVID-19 prior to classes starting and will not be able to attend class or enter a classroom until a negative result is received.
  • Staff who will work on campus during the fall term must be tested between August 3 and August 7, 2020, and are unable to report to scheduled shifts or office work until a negative test result is received.
  • All athletes will test with their teams at a scheduled time and must receive a negative test result before starting classes and before participating in any contact sport or practice. See athletic protocols for additional screening and symptom monitoring protocols pertaining to athletes.
  • The college will perform random testing each month to ensure containment of the virus, and all community members must comply with the requirement to test in order to work or attend class on campus.
  • The state of Iowa has criteria for symptomatic individuals that will allow testing for community members who believe they may have contracted the virus. If an individual does not meet the criteria for this testing, Health Services may determine it is appropriate to test an individual and it will be provided by the college.
  • Symptom screening, temperature checks and medical treatment will be available to students as needed.
  • We will partner with the MedQ to establish resources specifically for Coe students including telehealth visits, dedicated transition of care and access to hospitals.
  • We will arrange for availability of flu shots to students, faculty and staff and fund those without coverage.
  • Contact-tracing plans will be implemented, as well as isolation and quarantine protocols (including housing). We will provide housing options for quarantine and isolation and connect students to local hospitals for treatment.
  • Over-the-counter medication offerings in the Coe Bookstore will be expanded.
  • Expanded mental health services will be provided for students, faculty and staff who struggle with isolation, change and social distancing. In addition, Coe’s existing telehealth mental health vendor contract will be extended.
  • COVID-19 leave is provided to employees who test positive, are caring for someone who has tested positive or are in isolation due to exposure.

Quarantine and Isolation

Review symptom monitoring, testing and screening protocols for additional information. Faculty, staff or students who are experiencing symptoms as outlined in this document should follow the below protocols.

  • Faculty, staff and students who do not reside on campus should stay home until symptom-free, or until they have contacted a health provider to rule out COVID-19, either by test or another condition (e.g. allergies, other illness, testing negative for COVID-19, etc.).
    • Faculty and staff can work from home where possible and should report absences to the Provost’s Office or a supervisor, and students who will miss class should work with faculty for alternate assignments.
    • Faculty and staff in isolation due to exposure to COVID-19 will not report to work until a negative test has been confirmed or they experience 14 days without symptoms.

  • Students in quarantine on campus should:

    • Separate from other residents as quickly as possible. Individuals with minor symptoms will be asked to self-quarantine. Students with more severe symptoms may be tested for COVID-19 and temporarily relocated to alternate housing.
    • Notify Residence Life if they believe they may have contracted COVID-19.
    • Keep track of symptoms in case they become symptomatic of COVID-19 or worsen over time.

    • Follow care instructions from a healthcare provider. Telehealth consultation is available through local health providers and students may make appointments with Health Services.

    • Notify faculty and supervisors in order to make alternative arrangements for class and work.

    • Get emergency medical care immediately for the following symptoms:
      • Trouble breathing

      • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

      • New confusion

      • Inability to wake or stay awake

      • Bluish lips or face

  • Positive COVID-19 Test and Isolation Procedure:
    • If a faculty or staff member contracts COVID-19, they will inform a Human Resources (HR) staff member and the Provost’s Office or supervisor immediately. HR staff will conduct contact tracing and provide information related to leave and health care options. Faculty and staff will work with a medical professional to care for their health and isolate in their home, and will not return to work until cleared by a qualified health professional. COVID testing and in-patient treatment is covered at no cost on Coe’s health insurance plan. HR will conduct contact tracing and work with the appropriate public health department to ensure anyone who has been exposed is notified of isolation precautions.
    • If a student contracts COVID-19, they should notify Residence Life immediately. Coe will consult with the ill student(s) and with local health officials to determine when, how and where to move ill residents to either temporary housing or recommend going to the hospital for further testing and or treatment. In addition, students will:
      • Be moved to temporary housing locations.
      • Self-isolate in quarantine housing and monitor for symptoms according to the guidance of local health officials.
      • Follow the health directives from the treating health provider and public health agency, to monitor temperature, record symptoms and access emergency medical care if needed.
      • Utilize the private bathroom facilities and other supplies provided in each quarantine room, such as: thermometer, sanitizing wipes, tissues, soap, hand sanitizer and toiletries.
      • Utilize Dining Services delivery options, and will follow instructions regarding accessing basic necessities.
      • When necessary, students who are directly exposed to COVID-19 may be moved into temporary housing for symptom monitoring and isolation.
  • Notification of Health Officials and Contact Tracing: In accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, Coe will notify health officials at Linn County Public Health of faculty, staff and students immediately of any case of COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and FERPA. Coe will work with Linn County Public Health to inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home or in their living quarters and self-monitor for symptoms, and follow CDC guidance if symptoms develop.

Individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 or begin experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should:

  • Isolate from others as quickly as possible and not attend class, activities or work. An individual, or group of individuals thought to be exposed to the virus, will be asked to quarantine in a designated quarantine space or, where appropriate, in their room or apartment.
  • Students who are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 will be required to quarantine by staying at home, separating from others as quickly as possible and monitoring their health for symptoms. Do not come to work, class or other campus activities. If you begin experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please refer to the protocol for isolation.
  • Students should notify the dean of students at 319.399.8843 during business hours. During nonbusiness hours contact campus security at 319.399.8888 to be connected to student life’s on-call staff.
  • Faculty and staff should notify their supervisor, human resources or the provost that they are not coming to work.
  • Contact your health care provider for health advice if needed or utilize the Unity Point COVID-19 line. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 319.558.4858.
  • Arrangements can be made for delivery of dining services and over-the-counter medications. Information will be communicated in the COVID-19 section of My Coe.
  • Keep track of symptoms in case they become symptomatic of COVID-19 or worsen over time.
  • The dean of students will notify the provost and associate dean of student academics. They will follow up with professors so students will be able to stay caught up on their coursework.
  • After completing 14 days of quarantine while remaining symptom free, you may return to campus activities and classes while continuing to follow safety precautions.
  • If a student who lives in Coe housing develops symptoms related to COVID-19 or contracts COVID-19, they should notify residence life immediately. Coe officials will consult with the student and with local health officials to determine when, how and where the infected resident will be housed and provide resources for medical care, if needed. In addition, students will be required to follow the isolation procedures below.
  • Coe officials will periodically contact individual(s) in quarantine/isolation to ensure they have appropriate resources and care.
    • It is expected that students in quarantine will communicate with their family on the status of their health.
    • If an individual fails to communicate with staff after three attempts, emergency contacts will be notified.
  • Students should get emergency medical care by calling 911 immediately for the below symptoms. When possible, notify the operator that symptoms may be related to COVID-19.
    Symptoms include but are not limited to:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion
    • Inability to wake or stay awake
    • Bluish lips or face
      *This list does not include all symptoms requiring immediate medical attention. Please call a medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning. When possible, students also should contact the dean of students or a residence life staff member.

It is important to remember anyone who has close contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after exposure based on the time it takes to develop illness.

Academic Initiatives

Below are the highlights of the academic initiatives, specifically those connected to other components of the Safe Campus Initiative. Final decisions will be made as more information is available. The detailed Academic Safety Plan can be found here and addresses issues such as face coverings, social distancing in educational spaces, classroom guidelines, illness, movement and safety outside of the classroom and student-faculty meetings outside of class.

  • To allow for social distancing, course sections are being added and larger rooms are being used as classroom spaces. In addition, we will reorganize spaces and reduce enrollment in classes.
  • Some online courses and hybrid courses (a portion offered online, a portion in person) will be offered.
  • All faculty and students should take their temperature daily and review the symptoms outlined in the symptom monitoring protocol in this document. Faculty and students should not report to class unless they are fever-free and COVID-19 symptom-free.
  • Some courses or labs will have specific protocols that must be maintained by all participants.
  • Anyone who is not compliant with classroom and lab protocols will be asked to leave the classroom until compliance can be maintained. If a student refuses to follow college guidelines following a request, the faculty member should cancel class and contact the Provost immediately. Refusal to comply with classroom protocols will be deemed “deliberately impeding other students’ work.”
  • The college will provide the PPE listed in the Academic Safety Plan and Cleaning, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Logistics section of this website, as well as space and logistical adjustments.
  • Fall term classes will begin on August 19 and end November 17. Finals will take place November 18-20.

Student Housing

Numerous steps have been taken to create a safe residential environment for all students living on campus. The following guidelines are intended to lower risk of transmission in housing. Specific quarantine and isolation procedures will be communicated to students and other community members residing on campus.

  • A staggered move-in schedule will allow for social distancing and population density control during the move-in process. New-student move-in days will take place August 14-16.
  • Returning students may return to their on-campus housing assignments as early as August 10.
  • In the coming weeks, special move-in dates will be assigned to student leaders, student-athletes, international students and other groups. More information about these dates will be communicated directly to you in the coming weeks.
  • The check-in and move-in processes will be touchless.
  • Building access will be restricted to residents only including essential staff and live-in staff. We will allow parents/friends of residents' choice to assist with move-in on specific move-in days.
  • Residence life staff will provide new rules and ongoing guidelines regarding shared community bathrooms that require residents to only use the bathroom on their floor.
  • COVID-19 prevention supplies will be provided in common areas, such as soap, alcohol-based hand sanitizers that contain at least 60% alcohol, tissues and trash baskets.
  • All students will be required to wear face coverings in common areas. Locations in student housing requiring a face covering include, but are not limited to: hallways, community style bathrooms (except for showers), stairways, elevators, entrances/exits, community kitchens, laundry rooms, lounge spaces, etc.
  • Residence life staff will provide ongoing education including frequent reminders of proper hand hygiene (verbally and through posters and videos), and hand sanitizer will be widely available in common areas.
  • All social programming in residence halls will be restricted in accordance with current social distancing guidance.
  • Lounge and common area spaces in residence halls will be reconfigured and modified for the fall to ensure proper social distancing.
  • Students should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, or eating utensils.
  • Kitchen and bathroom protocols will be shared by Student Life.
  • Coe will provide self-isolation and quarantine spaces. They will have private bathroom facilities and be stocked with a thermometer, sanitizing wipes, tissues, soap, hand sanitizer and toiletries for those who have received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • Students who need specific accommodations related to housing and have health concerns related to COVID-19 are encouraged to reach out to the Dean of Students to plan ahead for the fall.
  • There will be no approved social functions (i.e. registered parties) for the fall 2020 term and foreseeable future.
  • Should students host outside guests or social gatherings with more than 10 people, those individuals will be subject to interim suspensions while the incident(s) are investigated.
  • No outside guests (non-Coe students or staff) will be permitted in the residence halls.
  • Given the need to maintain social distance, the maximum number of people a student can have in their residence hall room, apartment or house is two times the number of residents assigned to that room, apartment or house. Students are not permitted to host other students as overnight guests at this time.
  • Current Coe residents are allowed to visit other Coe residents in dorms, apartments and houses other than their assigned space. For a Kohawk to visit someone in another space, a resident of that building needs to let in the guest. Key card access will remain with residents only. Please be sure to only let in your specific guest and do not prop open doors.

Dining Services

This essential component of the on-campus living experience will include a variety of new initiatives this fall to reduce risk for the entire campus community. The initiatives being implemented in The U and Charlie’s P.U.B. include:

  • Online ordering (using a personal cellphone or computer) has been added for Charlie’s P.U.B. This allows students to easily order meals to go.
  • Pre-order is only for Charlie's P.U.B, but we encourage to-go for all dining services.
  • Operating hours will be expanded, and dining spaces are being adjusted to allow for social distancing. This includes a decreased number of tables and chairs, as well as plexiglass barriers in some seating areas.
  • All stations will be served by staff, decreasing contact across communal serving utensils and other items. Food and beverages will be placed in to-go containers that can be used in The U or taken as a to-go meal. Salad bar and all condiments will be pre-packaged.
  • A new point-of-sale system will eliminate the need for a cashier to handle student ID cards when being scanned. A plexiglass barrier will be installed between the cashier station and patron walkway.
  • 13 hand sanitizer stations are being installed in The U.
  • Marked visual cues will be added to The U to create directional traffic flow in both food preparation and customer areas.
  • Additional staffing will allow for increased cleaning of high-touch spaces and equipment including tables and counters. This cleaning is consistent with COVID-19 food preparation and service guidelines.
  • All service ware will be disposable (either compostable or recyclable).
  • Please limit personal belongings brought into The U for everyone's safety.
  • Detailed protocols for safe food preparation, service and product delivery that are consistent with COVID-19 guidelines will be implemented.
  • Touchless tableware dispensers will be installed.
  • Daily temperature checks will be performed on all employees.
  • Social distancing will be implemented to maintain proper spacing in all cooking and food preparation areas.
  • Face coverings and gloves will be worn by all employees.
  • Uniforms will be worn only on-site and laundered professionally. Staff will change into uniforms upon arrival to their shift.

Public Event and Large Space Protocol

If the public health situation allows for the college to return to hosting vital on-campus events, adjustments such as social distancing and other safety protocols will need to be made to optimize safety. However, we currently do not expect to host large events on campus for the fall and will require social distancing and other safety protocols for any that do occur. Traditional large gatherings may need to take place virtually or be moved to the spring.

  • Coe will require visitor and guest policies that protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff.
  • Coe will register guests/participants and provide contact information for follow-up communication if contact needs arise.
  • Coe will provide appropriate PPE, signs for social distancing, questionnaires and potentially temperature checks for visitors.
  • When possible, Coe will utilize technology for check-in at events and to provide electronic message updates to guests.
  • Coe will make seating changes in larger venues and lobby spaces to accommodate social distancing.
  • Whenever possible, meetings should be conducted virtually. Google Meet is free to every Coe community member, and the college has accounts with Zoom and RingCentral. In-person meetings are subject to the public health guidelines and will require face masks or coverings, should not exceed 50% of the room’s capacity and 6 feet of separation must be maintained for social distancing.
  • Social gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted.

Athletics and Recreation Considerations

The American Rivers Conference has authorized intercollegiate competition in the sports of golf, tennis and cross-country, and the college has prepared protocols that allow student-athletes to participate in sports and club activities.

  • Coe created an athletics and recreation safe campus subcommittee to include athletic trainers, health services representatives, coaches and the athletic director.
  • The following general protocols will be implemented for all athletic and recreation facilities:
    • Arrival process for Coe community members will follow a specific set of guidelines which includes a temperature check, and each person will be required to scan their ID.
    • The southeast entrance to the ARC will be the ONLY designated entrance for students, faculty, staff and visitors to all indoor athletic-related facilities including: ARC, Eby Fieldhouse, Clark Racquet Center, Kohawk Arena and natatorium.
    • Face coverings will be required at all times while moving through the facility, including hallways and restrooms. There will be designated areas to allow members to remove masks while exercising.
    • Signage will be posted with requirements and safety guidelines as they relate to the recreational use of those spaces.
    • Cleaning and sanitizing will be increased in common spaces and high-traffic areas, such as locker rooms and athletic training facilities.
  • Athletic and Recreation Center (ARC) protocols: Weight room, fitness center and gyms:
    • Facilities will be open: Monday - Thursday (6:00 AM - 10:00 PM), Friday (6:00 AM - 8:00 PM),Saturday (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM) and Sunday (12:00 PM - 8:00 PM).
    • Weight training area, cardio bridge, and athletic weight room capacity has been reduced to 50% to accommodate social distancing guidelines.
    • All individuals using the facility are required to clean their equipment prior to and immediately following use.
    • Face coverings are required in all training/exercise areas, unless exercising on cardio equipment, then members must mask immediately upon exiting the machine.
    • All sitting or standing exercises involving dumbbells must maintain social distancing guidelines. Spotters will be allowed if wearing a mask.
  • Outdoor areas protocols: Clark Field, outdoor tennis courts and outdoor track.
    • Face coverings are required whenever social distancing cannot be maintained during all personal/recreational activities.
    • College sponsored sports or activities must be approved and screened using Athletic Department protocols for temperature and symptom checks.
    • Facilities will be open seven days a week and will be opened and closed by Security.
  • The swimming pool will be open from 6:00 AM - 8:00 AM and 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Monday-Friday with the requirement of the following guidelines:
    • Lap lanes will be limited to 1 person per lane and have been reconfigured to appropriate distance of width and proximity for social distancing.
  • In collaboration with the Student Senate and Living Environment Committee, we will modify recreational programming to allow participation within safety guidelines.
  • All student-athletes, in-season and out-of-season, are required to complete a daily self-check health questionnaire via an online form and reporting sheet.
  • Coe will develop individual protocols for each sport to reduce potential transmission for student-athletes, trainers, coaches and others.
  • Personal protective equipment will be provided for athletic health care providers.
  • We will develop and implement spectator protocols including possible prohibition of spectators depending on conditions. Spectator protocols will be communicated in advance of any events with visitors.
  • All trainers, coaches and athletes must adhere to the Coe College Athletic and Recreation participation policies, created with consideration to the NCAA Resocialization of Sport document and the NATA Intercollegiate Council for Sports Medicine guidelines.
  • Modified athletic scheduling to eliminate non-essential travel. Other modifications will be made if necessary.

Employee Workplace Needs

For the safety of the entire Coe community, the following practices are being implemented among faculty and staff.

  • Coe will utilize virtual meetings and remote work as much as possible to create more physical space on campus for social distancing protocols. Google Meet is free to every community member, and the college has accounts with Zoom and RingCentral. In-person meetings are subject to the public health guidelines and will require face masks or coverings, should not exceed 50% of the room’s capacity and 6 feet of separation must be maintained for social distancing.
  • Coe will implement symptom monitoring protocols using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to require faculty and staff to stay home when symptomatic.
  • Coe will provide necessary training and safety protocols to protect faculty, staff and students.
  • Faculty will wipe down any equipment used in the classroom or lab at the end of class. Cleaning materials will be provided, and orders for replacement materials can be placed through School Dude.
  • Additional cleaning products for individual, shared and public spaces can be requested through School Dude.
  • Human Resources will work individually with employees on accommodations if they are unable to serve in their roles either due to health limitations or child care availability.
  • Faculty and staff should eat outside or in their work space if this is reasonable for their work area. Whether eating in a work space or break room, 6 feet of distance must be maintained between individuals. Surfaces should be wiped down prior to touching them or placing food on them. Before and after eating, wash hands thoroughly. Departments with break rooms should remove or rearrange chairs and tables or add visual cues to support social distancing practices. Wipe all surfaces, including table, refrigerator handle, coffee machine, etc., after use in common areas.
  • When working in an open environment, be sure to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from co-workers and as much physical distance as possible. When leaving an individual workspace, all employees must use a face covering in accordance with protocols outlined in this document.
  • Departments should assess open work environments and meeting rooms to physically separate and increase distance between co-workers and visitors, such as:
    • Visual cues such as floor decals or signs to indicate to visitors where they should stand or wait in line.
    • Place one-way directional signage for large open workspaces with multiple through-ways to increase the distance between people moving through the space.
    • Consider designating specific stairways for up or down traffic if building space allows.
    • Discuss communication protocol for visitors who are not wearing a mask.

The MedQ

The MedQ was established in 2010 by the city of Cedar Rapids, and is the only medical district in Iowa. It includes two of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health™, the region’s largest physicians’ clinic and more than two dozen other medical offices, as well as several mental health care facilities, medically related businesses and human services organizations.

MedQ and Coe map