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COVID-19 Social Distancing Policy

Approved: 8-17-20

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

To this end, Saginaw Valley State University promotes social distancing* and density reduction through the following efforts:

1) Encouraging the performance of work remotely and other operational process changes whenever feasible, which includes but is not limited to:

  1. Replacing in-person meetings with virtual meetings whenever possible.
  2. Providing student support services virtually, as feasible.
  3. Offering distance learning in addition to in-person classes to help reduce the number of in-person attendees.
  4. Exploring alternatives to lines, including by allowing customers to wait in their cars for a text message or phone call.
  5. Identifying areas where people congregate and change points of entry or schedules as necessary to reduce congestion.

2) Modifying work, learning and other public spaces to keep everyone at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible, which includes but is not limited to:

  1. Providing adequate distance between individuals engaged in experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities (e.g., labs, vocational skill building activities, student activities).
  2. Staggering workspace usage.

3) Modifying the format of campus gatherings, which includes but is not limited to:

  1. Pursuing virtual group events, gatherings, or meetings, if possible, and promoting social distancing of at least 6 feet between people if face-to-face events are held. Group size will be limited based on room capacities established by 6-foot distancing or other applicable guidance to the extent possible.
  2. Pursuing options to convene sporting events and participate in sports activities in ways that reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to players, families, coaches, and communities.
  3. Limiting any non-essential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations as possible – especially with individuals who are not from the local geographic area (e.g., community, town, city, or county).
  4. Limiting seating occupancy in sports and entertainment facilities to the extent necessary to enable patrons not of the same residence to maintain six feet of distance from others (e.g., stagger group seating upon reservation, close off every other row, etc.).
  5. To the extent possible, establishing safe entry and exit procedures for patrons (e.g., stagger arrival times and dismiss groups by row, etc.)

4) Providing physical barriers such as sneeze guards and partitions in transactional areas where it is difficult for individuals to remain 6 feet apart (e.g., cash registers) - and guides including markers on floors to ensure individuals remain at least 6 feet apart.

5) Modifying communal spaces, which will include but is not limited to:

  1. Closing shared spaces such as, game rooms, exercise rooms, and lounges if possible; otherwise, stagger use and restrict the number of people allowed in at one time to ensure everyone can stay at least 6 feet apart, and clean and disinfect between use.
  2. Limiting elevator capacities noted on signage.
  3. Request that individuals refrain from moving furniture in common areas.

For more information on communal spaces in student or faculty housing (e.g., laundry rooms, shared bathrooms and recreation areas) follow CDC’s guidance for Shared or Congregate Housing.

6) Modifying Food Service capabilities, which will include but is not limited to:

  1. Providing grab-and-go or pre-packaged options for meals.
  2. Limiting capacity to no more than 50% of normal seating.
  3. Spacing tables to achieve six feet of separation between parties or groups at different tables.
  4. Requiring patrons to remain seated at their tables, except to enter or exit the premises, to order food, or to use the restroom.
  5. Closing self-serve food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, and drink stations.
  6. Request customers refrain from moving furniture in dining areas.



Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between yourself and other people who do not live with you in your residence or household. Social or physical distancing requires 6 feet of space between people.

Close contact means proximity of less than 6 feet for at least 15 minutes throughout a 24 hour period.



A risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. Even with appropriate safety precautions in place, there is a risk of contracting COVID-19. By entering this campus, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.


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