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Carthage and COVID-19

Campus and Facilities

In order to facilitate a healthy and safe campus environment, the following changes to our campus will be in effect for the Spring 2020 semester.

Campus Buildings

  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed at entrances to all academic buildings and residence halls and near entrances for many classrooms and offices.
  • Many building doors are now marked “Entrance Only” or “Exit Only” to accomplish physical distancing.
  • Interior hallways have been divided for specific directional traffic. Floors will be marked with directional arrows.
  • Seating in every classroom and common area will be arranged and/or marked for physical distancing.
  • Ultraviolet disinfecting lighting has been installed in ventilation systems across campus. Commonly used in hospitals and other public spaces such as buses and airplanes, UV lights are known to kill viruses and bacteria.
  • New signage across campus will remind students, faculty, staff, and visitors about new guidelines and healthy habits.

Campus Drive

In order to accomplish physical distancing as students walk to and from classes and activities, Campus Drive is closed to vehicular traffic between Lentz Hall and the TARC. Only emergency and authorized vehicles will be able to use Campus Drive. Signs will direct traffic. This will allow more room for pedestrians to walk in both directions.

  • Vehicles can still enter and exit campus at all entrances.
  • All parking lots remain open and accessible.
  • Campus Drive will be closed to regular vehicle traffic, just south of the Lentz Hall parking lot and just north of the Campbell Student Union.
  • There will be no vehicle access to Campus Drive from the South Upper/Lower Lot. 
  • The main sidewalk along Campus Drive will be reserved for people walking north.
  • The east driving lane of Campus Drive will become a walkway, reserved for people walking south.

Capacity Management Tool

To provide the campus community with more ways to practice social distancing, Library and Information Services has launched a new capacity management tool. The online tool will let Carthage community members know how busy various locations on campus are based on WiFi data.

Use the Carthage capacity management tool

Locations monitored by the new tool include the Campbell Student Union, the A. F. Siebert Chapel, the Semler Health and Fitness Center, Hedberg Library, The Tower Terrace, and The Caf.

Service Counters & Offices

There are many offices and departments across campus that provide direct service to students, faculty, staff, and the broader community. The following modifications will be put in place to reduce risk of spreading COVID-19:

  • Plexiglass shields have been installed at service counters like the Red Desk, TWC Information Desk, counters in The Caf, the Hedberg Library Help Desk, Student Accounts, Registrar, Health and Counseling Center, and the Center for Faith and Spirituality.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been installed at all building entrances and in many offices.
  • In accordance with the College’s face mask requirement, all office staff will wear face masks in common areas and when providing service to others.
  • Signage on floors and walls will remind people to stay 6 feet apart.