Preparing Our Buildings

Close-up of interior stairway railing

Indoor Air Quality

The College contracted with an engineering consultant to evaluate the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems in buildings across campus and to recommend modifications to improve these systems. Implementation of these recommendations began in July and included the installation of high-efficiency air filters where possible and the rebalancing of air handling units to improve ventilation rates as necessary. The study included the assessment of air flow in individual classrooms, lecture halls, and meeting rooms to either confirm or reduce maximum occupancy limits for each space. Several buildings and spaces on campus (e.g., Banister Hall, Massachusetts Hall, Hubbard Hall) have heat but do not have any mechanical ventilation to speak of. Student access to these buildings will be restricted.

Campus restrooms have been a focus for facilities staff this summer. Hand dryers have been disabled in all restrooms, and exhaust fans have been checked to confirm proper operation. Plumbing systems have been flushed and routinely maintained to prevent risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other bacterial issues from developing.

Cleaning Protocols

In alignment with CDC recommendations, the College will implement enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures. High-traffic areas, classrooms, and restrooms will be targeted for greater frequency cleaning using EPA-registered products for use against the novel coronavirus. Over 250 sanitizing stations will be located across campus.

All classrooms, break-out rooms, and tent facilities designated for first-year writing seminars (FYWS) and student activities use will be cleaned and disinfected by housekeeping before and after each use. The COVID-19 testing center in Morrell Gymnasium will be cleaned periodically throughout the day and then treated with high-powered ultraviolet light at night.

Waste Management in Residence Halls

All student dorm rooms are equipped with trash and recycling bins. Students will be required to empty both the trash and recycling containers from their dorm room into the trash and recycling dumpsters closest to their residence hall (a map with locations of dumpsters will be provided in the residence halls). Due to the potential for increased take-out food options, students interested in composting will be provided with compostable bags that can be dropped into the compost collection bins near the trash and recycling dumpsters. Residence hall restroom trash will be handled by housekeeping staff.


Campus buildings and residence halls have been extensively analyzed to determine the optimal flow and circulation of foot traffic. When you are preparing to enter a building, please be aware of which doors should be used for entrance and which doors are exit-only. Follow any directive pathways in buildings, especially paying attention to stairwells marked as “up” or “down,” and obey capacity limits in elevators as well as in individual rooms.

Sampling of wayfinding signs that will be displayed on campus