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Arizona State University details plans for on-campus operations during fall semester

Posted at 7:25 PM, Aug 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 12:27:43-04

Arizona State University has laid out a plan for on-campus living during the fall 2020 semester.

In the email to students, Provost Mark Searle says students living on-campus during the fall semester must get tested for COVID-19 with a PCR test prior to moving in. The results must be provided to the residential hall at least 48 hours before moving in.

All other students who are returning to campus, but are not living on campus will not be required to get tested.

In the case a student becomes infected with coronavirus, an "isolation space" will be provided a University spokesperson said to the State Press.

"For students who live on campus, isolation space will be available along with a complete suite of health care and food delivery services. While in isolation, students will be able to continue their classes via ASU Sync," stated ASU on their website.

Logistics on how this would be executed have not been clarified. However, the spokesperson says the university will work with the student directly during that time.

Testing will be available for all students and employees who "need" it on all campuses.

"We encourage anyone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 to request a test," stated ASU on their website.

On-campus students will receive a “Community of Care Kit" upon arrival. The kit contains face coverings, a thermometer, hand sanitizer and more items to maintain health and wellness. The 150,000 kits were produced at roughly $9 per kit, a University spokesperson told the State Press. All employees will receive similar kits.

On-campus dining will be moved to takeout only with pre-packaged, disposable utensils, touchless payments, physical distancing, Plexiglas barriers, etc.

ASU has also stated they will "accommodate shared housing spaces and single-room requests." No visitors will be permitted in all residence halls, with the exception of move-in periods.

According to the State Press, off-campus events or social gatherings violating health guidelines will be disciplined under section F-17 of theStudent Code of Conduct.