Keeping Our Community Safe
Faculty, staff and students are required to complete the DAILY health screening PRIOR to coming to campus each day. The screening is completed through the secure Office 365 platform, accessed via healthform.webster.edu.
Task Forces Guiding Webster's Pandemic Response
When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, Webster University formed the COVID-19 Task Force to coordinate operational preparation and response throughout its campus network:
- Rick Meyer (chair)
- John Buck
- Ken Creehan
- Vincent C. Flewellen
- Cheryl Fritz
- Kevin Heuser
- Jeanene George
- Rick Gerger
- Nancy Hellerud
- Maggie Laur
- Margie Muthukumaru
- John Pyle
- Rick Rockwell
- Jody Spiess
- Hannah Verity
When Webster moved to remote operations in spring 2020, the Task Force for Transition & Adaptability was formed to coordinate policy and guidance for a safe, phased return to on-campus operations in the fall and continued adaptation during the pandemic.
This Task Force includes three working groups of faculty and staff representing different areas of the university, which collect input from students, faculty and staff and monitor regional data and public health directives to inform and guide safe on-campus operations during the pandemic.
Policies and Guidance for Employees
Every U.S. employee should review the Transition & Adaptability Policy for safe activity on campus. Each employee must also have submitted the Attestation that they have reviewed and will comply with this policy.
It is encouraged that unit leaders and supervisors discuss and develop plans with their department to create shared expectations for each other's health and safety.
Faculty, staff and students are required to complete the DAILY health screening PRIOR to coming to the main campus. The screening is completed through the secure Office 365 platform, accessed via healthform.webster.edu.
- Verification of completed health assessment will be sent to the individual through their Webster University email address noting an approval or a denial to enter campus buildings.
- If approved to come to campus: Supervisors will have responsibility to review an employee’s verification to be on campus for each day. The email should be kept easily accessible to produce when necessary. Employees are able to travel between campus buildings during this time. However, they must first report to their supervisor(s) to report access screening results before reporting to other areas of campus.
- If you are directed NOT to report to campus based on self-report: Follow the directions listed in the email received to provide notification to Human Resources/Supervisor(s).
- DO NOT report to campus if you are feeling ill.
- If you are not able to complete the health assessment online, you are required to report to Public Safety to complete the health screening and/or receive an access status voucher for the day.
- All collected access screening information will be deleted at the end of each day.
- Webster University ID cards are required for building entry, and entry is limited to faculty and staff at this time.
- Visitors are permitted on campus, by appointment, if they are visiting for a business/operations purpose.
- Notification to Public Safety (via firstname.lastname@example.org) is required for a campus visitor that includes date, time and purpose of visit.
- All visitors must report to Public Safety for a health screening. If approved, visitor will receive a physical campus access voucher.
- Face masks or face coverings are required while in campus buildings and while working in a shared workspace.
- Face masks or face coverings may be removed if working alone in an enclosed area with the door closed.
- A face mask or face covering is required in outside areas when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained.
- Wash your hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before putting on a mask, removing a mask, or if you touch the mask while it is on your face.
- If you need to remove and reuse the mask, place it in a plastic or paper bag (not in your purse or backpack), where it will not contaminate other shared surfaces.
- Employees may wear their own CDC compliant face covering to campus.
- If employees do not have access to a face covering, a face covering may be acquired from Public Safety.
- It is recommended that all employees review the CDC guidelines for wearing face masks for information regarding wearing, removing, reusing and washing face coverings.
- All individuals are required to maintain at least a 6-foot (2 meter) social distance from others.
- Social distancing will be maintained in shared spaces on campus (e.g., elevators, conference rooms, kitchens, copy rooms, restrooms, etc.).
- High density, shared work areas have been identified and plexiglass dividers are being installed.
- All meetings are encouraged to take place in an online format.
- Gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited per St. Louis County guidelines.
- Practice frequent handwashing for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or use 60% hand sanitizer after touching shared surfaces and items (e.g., phones, office supplies, copy machine).
- Hand sanitizer will be placed at every building entry/exit area.
- Do not share personal items.
- 4M has implemented deep cleaning protocols throughout the university.
- Employees are required to sanitize and disinfect surfaces following the use of conference and meeting rooms including tabletops, chairs, and any other frequently touched shared surfaces.
Webster has established protocols for managing when a student or employee has COVID-19, is suspected of having COVID-19, or is identified as a Close Contact. These include steps for quarantine/isolation and other safety measures relating to a case:
The full process and instructions are outlined in the above protocols, but in general:
- Commuter students should contact the Student Health Services Department by phone 314-246-7422 or email email@example.com if they have been diagnosed with and/or identified as being a close contact to a person who has COVID-19;
- Residential student should notify Housing and Residential Life staff if they have been diagnosed with and/or identified as being a close contact to a person that has COVID-19. Housing & Residential Life is prepared to execute isolation housing plans for these individuals – including the potential of relocation (based on where they reside), dining service delivery, and other essential items.
- Fully online/remote students: Even if you have not been on a Webster campus, we request that you inform your local campus if you test positive for COVID. St. Louis-area students who are online or fully remote and have not been to campus should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include details about where you had your testing and when. Also, if you have not already done so, we encourage you to notify your instructor of your COVID status.
- Employees should contact Human Resources.