Please note that the information on this page is updated as new information is available, and as CDC, state and local public health guidance changes. For the latest information, please check back regularly.
Health and safety on campus
Students and employees on campus are expected to practice personal safety protocols; and, in certain work situations, employees may be required to do so.
Visit the Face Coverings web page for campus requirements.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the inside of your elbow — not with your hands.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer. Scrub with soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use hand sanitizer instead. Hand sanitizing stations may be found at the primary entry points to each campus building.
Employees must wash their hands in the following instances:
- At the beginning and end of each work shift.
- After using the restroom.
- Before and after eating.
- After blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
For more detailed information on effective hand hygiene, view the CDC’s guidance for washing and sanitizing your hands here.
Cleaning and disinfection of surfaces
Employees and supervisors should take steps to reduce the number of common touch points in on-campus facilities. Consider leaving internal doors (other than fire doors and alarmed doors) propped open when possible.
The use of gloves is not required unless you are required to do by your supervisor in order to perform your work duties effectively. (For example, if you work in Dining Services, you may be required to wear gloves to effectively perform your work.) Gloves do not give the wearer immunity, and germs that might be on your gloves can be transferred to other surfaces. To avoid cross-contamination, safely remove gloves immediately after use.
Faculty and staff are expected to use available supplies to clean and disinfect the following:
- Their work space (as defined by the supervisor) at the start and end of each workday or shift.
- If applicable, their university work vehicle at the start and end of each shift (or before and after each use if the vehicle is shared).
- Any tools or equipment, including computer keyboards/mouses, at the start and end of each shift (or after each use if the items are shared).
Mental and emotional well-being
The CDC provides guidance for coping during COVID-19, which includes:
- Take breaks from social media and from watching, reading or listening to news stories if you are feeling overwhelmed or distressed.
- Do what you can to eat healthy foods, exercise, get adequate sleep and find time to unwind.
- Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Find additional CDC resources on coping and daily life during COVID-19 here or contact the National distress hotline: 1-800-985-5990, or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
Resources for faculty and staff
A number of resources are available to assist App State employees:
Mental health and wellness
Confidential counseling is available for faculty and staff free of charge.
App State’s Employee Assistance Program provides resources to help employees address personal and work-life issues. Supplemental, confidential counseling services, work-life solutions, legal support, financial information and expert information online about many topics are provided to faculty and staff at no charge.
App State’s Resiliency Toolkit offers helpful information, including methods for managing stress, emotional regulation, ways to resolve conflict, and more.
Staff and faculty can apply for loans of up to $750 through the Emergency Loan Fund. View full details of this and other employee assistance programs, as well as a link to the online application, on Human Resources’ Employee Relations page.
Work and professional development
The Office of Human Resources’ COVID-19 webpage has return to campus guidance and other information.
Human Resources’ Professional Development opportunities.
For staff and faculty who are concerned about students, App State’s Office of Student Success (OSS) website includes a Quick Referral Guide. This guide outlines resources and explains the referral process and options. Not sure if you should refer? Please do. If nothing else, it lets the student know that you noticed and are concerned.
Wellness resources for students
Counseling and Psychological Services, known as the Counseling Center, offers individual counseling, group counseling, emergency services and more. Visit its Get Started webpage, or call 828-262-3180 to schedule an initial consultation or discuss options.
Find the Counseling Center’s emergency mental health services here.
The Office of the Dean of Students offers support and resources to promote educational and developmental opportunities for student growth and self-responsibility. Find information on case management, off campus student services, parent and family resources, student conduct, legal assistance for students and student veteran services here.
Wellness and Prevention Services serves all students through the promotion of healthy behaviors, risk behavior modification services, and advocacy for campus-wide health policies that facilitate student success and holistic well-being. It offers virtual events, peer education, weekly motivation messages and more.