University Operations/Facilities FAQs

I'm returning from abroad. How will I get meals while in quarantine?

Meals will be provided directly to your room if you need to quarantine on campus. Residence Life will allow international students to arrive early (August 1-10).

Has W&L canceled any events or restricted visitors to campus?

The university instituted several policies that took effect March 14, 2020, and remain in effect until further notice:

Starting in June, Washington and Lee is implementing a phased return to the workplace plan that applies to all faculty, staff and administrators. Our priority is the safety and well-being of our campus and surrounding community, and the plan has been designed to promote a gradual and safe return.

We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus and make changes to policies as necessary to protect the health and safety of our community. Decisions regarding future campus events will be communicated on W&L's Coronavirus Response website and via email.

What is being done to prepare the facilities for the return of employees and students?

Cleaning for health has always been the underlying approach to University Facilities custodial services, but additional preventive enhancements will be implemented to meet the health and safety challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and to provide faculty, staff and students with a sanitary and clean environment.

Routine custodial services will be augmented with enhanced cleaning protocols in accordance with the CDC's Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces that includes the following daily activities:

  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces
  • Clean and disinfect plexiglass dividers
  • Clean and disinfect desk tops, table tops and podium tops
  • Empty waste containers of used/discarded personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Electrostatic spraying of all touch surfaces with an EPA-approved one-step disinfectant
  • Electrostatic spraying of custodial equipment to avoid risk of cross contamination

Key enhancements to campus facilities include:

  1. Hand sanitizer dispenser stations will be installed at building entrances and other high-traffic areas. Although hand sanitizer can help prevent the spread of the virus, practicing the CDC's proper hand-washing technique is considered to be more effective.
  2. Protective dividers/barriers have been installed at high personal interaction areas.
  3. Signage will be installed to help communicate important health and safety messages.
  4. Classroom and learning spaces occupancies and furniture have been adjusted to meet physical spacing requirements.
  5. Central HVAC systems will be operated using guidelines issued by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
  6. Provide hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes within facilities for use by faculty, staff and students to keep their classrooms, personal spaces and work surfaces clean. Faculty, staff and students should not bring their own cleaning and disinfecting products to campus as these may present additional safety concerns.

What will the university do if there is a possible case identified among students, faculty and staff on campus?

Should a case be positively identified, appropriate communications as guided by the Virginia Department of Health will occur. The Student Health Center has made plans for isolating sick students if needed. Protocols are in place for cleaning on-campus residences of affected students and workspaces of affected faculty and staff. Administrators will work with faculty, staff and students to make accommodations for extended absences.