Reopening Plan

Taylor Together, Again

We look forward to being together in Upland once again. These guidelines are intended to help keep us safe and healthy and to follow current federal, state, and public health guidelines.

Note: The Taylor Together, Again plan is based on CDC guidance for higher education. This is subject to change based on new guidance from the CDC and local health officials.

Social Distancing

Taylor University will comply with all relevant State of Indiana social distancing guidelines.

Masks

Taylor University will comply with all relevant State of Indiana guidelines and require the use of masks.

  • All students, employees, and visitors are required to wear masks, except in the following situations:
    1. When socially distanced outdoors.
    2. Individuals working in a private office, or in socially distanced spaces.
    3. Face-to-face meetings where social distancing can be maintained.
    4. Those with medical conditions where the use of a mask is not advised.
    5. (Students) When on your own residence hall wing/floor.
  • Examples: Face masks are expected during chapel, moving about dining areas and when not eating, at athletic venues and in classrooms.
  • Campus community members will need an ample supply of face masks. Cloth masks should be changed at least daily and cleaned on a regular basis.
  • Temporary (disposable) face masks can be purchased in the Campus Store.

Performing Arts

We are planning to have music and theatre performances. Plans are being developed to follow specialized guidelines for these rehearsals and performances.

Testing and Self Monitoring

  • Students and employees participating in higher-contact activities (e.g., athletics and performing arts) or where social distancing is not possible, will be subject to increased COVID-19 testing.
  • Students and employees should plan on having their own thermometer and are expected to perform daily temperature checks.
  • Students and employees with temperatures over 100.4 should not participate in class, on-campus activities, or come to work.
  • Students and employees will be expected to self-monitor and notify the university if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, or are experiencing symptoms.
  • Provisions have been made to require testing of students and employees who develop symptoms while on campus.

When Illness Occurs

Students and Employees

  • Self-quarantine while you await test results.
  • Isolate if you test positive (until cleared by health officials). We will try to assist those who cannot find a space.
  • Those who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive will need to be tested and quarantine until their results come in.

Students

  • Students needing to isolate will be encouraged to travel home if possible. (Public health guidelines prohibit use of public transportation for an infected person.)
  • We will also try to have on-campus locations available if traveling home is not possible.
  • We anticipate isolating those who may have been in contact with a sick individual in accordance with local and state guidelines.

Classes

  • Students will be expected to wear masks.
  • Physical distancing options include separating desks by 6 feet, moving classes to larger rooms, and alternating in-class and remote participation.
  • We are working on plans to provide video support and recording of classes in order to assist those whose attendance is limited due to self isolation or quarantine.
  • Some faculty may choose to deliver their materials in a new and unique way.

Residence Halls

  • Masks will be expected in Residence Halls unless you are on your own wing or floor.
  • Masks will be expected in main lobbies of Residence Halls.
  • Off-Campus visitors will only be allowed on the floor with special permission by Residence Life staff, but are not allowed to stay overnight.
  • No open houses will occur.

Chapel

  • Student body will be divided into three groups and will rotate between locations.
  • Masks will be required.
  • Social distancing will be expected.
  • Faculty and Staff will be invited to attend virtually or with their assigned group.

Athletics

  • The NAIA resumes operations as of August 15th, 2020.
  • Student athletes will have checks daily as well as be reminded to complete their health self-assesment each day.
  • The Athletic Department will provide additional guidance to student-athletes.

Dining

  • We will not have any self-service locations.
  • Masks will be required in dining areas except while eating.
  • Visitors may have a designated dining section.
  • Students with unique health concerns may have a section that is socially distanced.
  • Various seating arrangements are being evaluated for maximum physical distancing.

Travel

  • The academic calendar has been adjusted to limit travel.
  • Students and employees are asked to limit and document off-campus travel during the semester and self-report.
  • All study abroad programs have been canceled.