Return to Campus Plan for Faculty and Staff

Below is an overview of what the University is doing from an environmental standpoint—and what we are asking of you—to keep our faculty and staff safe upon returning to campus. For more detailed information about returning to on-campus work, visit

Building Cleaning and Sanitation

Since February, the University has followed all standard protocols from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for cleaning and disinfecting all University buildings. Additionally, our Facilities Services team has increased the frequency of cleaning surfaces in high-traffic areas.

Our custodial staff are equipped with all necessary protective personal equipment (PPE) required to do their jobs safely and have been instructed not to touch any desktops or papers or personal belongings on faculty or staff members’ desks.

Department heads or their designee may request cleaning supplies for their departmental work areas by completing and submitting EHSS’ request for cleaning supplies form. Available supplies are limited. Please request only what is needed for initial reopening at this time.

Hand Sanitizer Stations

Facilities Services has installed at least one new hand sanitizer station in the main entrance or lobby of each building. The stations are available for everyone’s use and will be refilled as needed. Additional hand sanitizer stations have been ordered and will be installed at additional building entrances and near elevators once received.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Personal Workspace

Frequent cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces are key to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 on campus. Facilities Services works diligently to clean and disinfect each building throughout the University daily and have increased the frequency of cleaning surfaces in high-traffic areas. To supplement their efforts, we ask for your assistance by routinely cleaning and disinfecting your personal work areas and commonly touched surfaces within departments.

  • Personal work areas, including desks, chairs, keyboards and mice, and telephones, should be cleaned and disinfected daily.
  • Frequently touched surfaces in an office environment, including coffee makers, door handles, light switches and faucets, should also be cleaned and disinfected daily or more frequently depending on shared use.
  • Conference room tables and chairs and other shared work surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • Shared office equipment, including touch pads on copiers, phones, and supplies such as staplers and hole punches, should also be cleaned and disinfected before and after each use.
  • Sharing of phones, desks and other office equipment should be avoided whenever possible.

How to clean and disinfect:

  • Select a surface disinfecting product approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in combatting the COVID-19 virus. Disinfectants received from the University’s central COVID-19 supplies have been reviewed and approved for use.
  • Read and follow the use directions and precautionary statements on the disinfectant’s label. Use gloves and eye protection when recommended on the product label.
  • If surfaces are visually dirty, clean with soap and water prior to disinfectant application.
  • Spray or wipe the area with an approved disinfecting product.
  • Adhere to the manufacturer’s recommended contact time for the disinfectant to know how long the surface should remain wet for the disinfectant to be effective.
  • Throw away wipes and cleaning towels after each use.
  • Wash hands after cleaning and disinfecting.
  • For sensitive electronic equipment, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning and disinfecting.  If instructions are not available, use 70% isopropyl alcohol based sprays or wipes.

Installation of Physical Barriers

Proper use of masks or other face coverings and social distancing are your first lines of defense against COVID-19. Departments should use administrative controls, such as changes to work practices, policies or procedures, to keep faculty and staff and visitors/customers separated. When possible:

  • Encourage phone, email or online interactions where feasible instead of in-person interactions.
  • Limit the number of customers/visitors allowed to enter the reception or service area at any one time.
  • Limit the presence of non-essential visitors.
  • Develop self-service alternatives, where feasible.
  • Ensure adequate signage encouraging social distancing.

The installation of plexiglass or other physical barriers is primarily recommended for retail and food service environments. In some instances, it may be approved for reception, intake and service areas where close face-to-face interactions are required. For further information, visit

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Guidance

Updated Guidance on Face Masks and Coverings

Syracuse University requires face masks or face coverings for all students, faculty, staff and visitors while on campus and in the presence of others, and in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. If you have an underlying health condition that precludes you from wearing a mask, you may request a reasonable accommodation through the Office of Equal Opportunity, Inclusion and Resolution Services.

You can wear your own cloth face covering or the masks provided to you upon your return to campus. Cloth face coverings should be washed between each use.

View guidance from the CDC on proper use of masks and cloth face coverings.


Vinyl or nitrile gloves will be provided to faculty and staff in health care settings, research labs, Food Services and Facilities Services as appropriate to help staff safely perform their duties. Per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gloves are not required or recommended for general use to protect against COVID-19. Instead, practice frequent handwashing and use of hand sanitizer.

View guidance from the CDC on how to properly remove gloves after use.