Campus Scaling-Up Stages

Stages Potential University Activities Required Activities

Essential Operations

  • Campus is open and all essential functions continue.
  • Strict physical distancing and appropriate use of PPE.
  • Tracing of symptomatic students and employees.
  • University remains open and supported by essential functions.
  • Remote working is required for all nonessential faculty and staff.
  • On-campus research restricted to essential and COVID-19 activities only.
  • Instruction is remote/online and all residential and in-person academic programs canceled.
  • Access to all campus buildings restricted.

Stage 1: Low-Risk Activities

Goal: Limited flexibility for scaling up with strict protocols.

  • Strict physical distancing and appropriate use of PPE continues.
  • Aggressive contract tracing of symptomatic students and employees continues.
  • Remote working continues for all nonessential faculty and staff.
  • Restricted and limited research and library activities may resume with space staggering, social distancing and PPE.
  • Instruction remains mostly remote/online.
  • Virtual support team available to answer questions or help manage employee or manager needs.
  • Plans for faculty and staff returning to campus will require approval of dean, department, chair, vice president or senior leader.
  • Faculty and staff returning to campus must review the Scaling Up Guide (pdf).

Stage 2a: Medium-Risk Activities

Goal: Continued flexibility for scaling up with moderate protocols.

  • Strict physical distancing and appropriate use of PPE continues.
  • Aggressive contract tracing of symptomatic students and employees continues.

  • Remote working continues for all nonessential faculty and staff.
  • Additional research activities may resume with space staggering, social distancing and PPE.
  • Instruction remains mostly remote/online.
  • Virtual support team available to answer questions or help manage employee or manager needs.
  • Plans for faculty and staff returning to campus will require approval of dean, department, chair, vice president or senior leader.
  • Faculty and staff returning to campus must review the Scaling Up Guide (pdf).
  • Managers and department leaders should assess the use of continued remote-working arrangements where appropriate.

Stage 2b: Medium-Risk Activities

Goal: Continued flexibility for scaling up with moderate protocols.

  • Containment with rapid testing availability, aggressive contract tracing and isolation/quarantine protocols.
  • Potential for some lessening of social distancing and masking requirements.
  • Remote working continues for many nonessential faculty and staff.
  • Staggered return of faculty and staff, where appropriate.
  • Instruction moves to hybrid of classroom and remote/online.
  • Coordinated relaxing of classroom occupancy limits, residential and dining restrictions.
  • Some transportation options reintroduced.
  • Virtual support team available to answer questions or help manage employee or manager needs.
  • Plans for faculty and staff returning to campus will require approval of dean, department, chair, vice president or senior leader.
  • Faculty and staff returning to campus must review the Scaling Up Guide (pdf).
  • Managers and department leaders should assess the use of continued remote-working arrangements where appropriate.

Stage 3: High-Risk Activities

Goal: Scaling up complete with minimal protocols.

  • Substantial and sustained community immunity.
  • Vaccines and other proven therapeutics available and effective.
  • Classroom instruction with little to no social distancing.
  • Unmodified residential and dining activities.
  • Larger social gatherings resume (sports events, performances).
  • Unrestricted travel resumes.
  • Full transportation options resume.
  • Most faculty and staff return from remote working.
  • Managers and department leaders should assess the use of continued remote working arrangements where appropriate.

Important Considerations