Guidance for On-Campus Living During the COVID Pandemic

Updated 8/12/22

The circumstances caused by COVID-19 continues to impact on-campus living. The health and well-being of the Truman community is our top priority, which means the following guidelines are in place.

We Are All In This Together: How to Protect Yourself and Others

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Become Vaccinated

  • According to the CDC COVID-19 vaccines are effective at protecting you from getting sick.

Clean your Hands Often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol.  Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes

  • Always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Clean and Disinfect

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily.  This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them:  Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection, then, use a household disinfectant.

What If I Become Ill While I Live on Campus 

  • Take a COVID self-test.
  • Consult with the Student Health Center or a local health care provider.
  • Inform your roommate and suitemate so they can make choices to protect their health and wellness.
  • If you test positive for COVID-19 inform Residence Life staff to assist you in making arrangements for isolating yourself.

Isolation Procedures

  • Residents who test positive will be isolated on campus according to the most current CDC guidance at the time.
  • Arrangements will be made with campus Dining Services to assist in you receiving to-go meals at your living unit.

Quarantine Procedures

  • As recommended by the CDC, instead of quarantining, if you were exposed to COVID-19, you should wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5.

Honor Code

  •  We are all in this together.
  •  What I do impacts you.
  •  What you do impacts me.
  •  What we do impacts all of us.