It is recommended that face coverings be kept on your person at all times, even when outdoors, since it is possible that you may come within six feet of another person. Wearing a face covering helps to protect others by containing respiratory droplets when you cough, sneeze or speak. Since individuals can be contagious before the onset of symptoms, you may be contagious and not know it. If you cover your nose and mouth, it can limit the spread of COVID-19. Another good reason to use face coverings is you touch your face less when your face is covered. Touching your face after touching something contaminated with COVID-19 increases your chances of getting sick with COVID-19. Please refer to the Face Coverings FAQ and Knowing the Difference of the Types of Face Coverings for more information.
Most employees will continue to work remotely, but offices that require an on-campus presence must submit their plan for each employee in their office or unit to safely return to work through a new online process using InfoReady.
The InfoReady centralized planning process will enable Facilities, Police, Public Safety, Parking Services, Health Services, remote card access and other campus services to know who is on campus and prepare to deliver support as needed.
Plans should be created at the director, executive director, academic chair, and associate dean level and above and approved by your vice chancellor or dean before submitted to the InfoReady portal. We certainly understand that plans may change throughout the semester and when they do, revised plans should be submitted through the portal.
Department plans should be developed with these criteria in mind:
To submit your plan, visit the InfoReady Portal and click on Campus Re-Entry Request for Departments/Units.
Please assure that all employees for which access is being requested have read and agree to abide by the UML Return to Work guidelines.
Please build in time for university leaders to review your plan and additional time for support services to prepare for your occupancy before setting the date employees in your area will return to campus.
UMass Lowell will conduct weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing of its entire residential student population and select cohorts of commuter students, faculty and staff who frequently interact with others on campus. This step exceeds all current Centers for Disease Control recommendations.
Testing for any students who exhibit symptoms will be available through the Wellness Center. Symptomatic faculty and staff should contact their doctors for testing.
Surveillance testing is conducted among populations who are not showing symptoms in an effort to identify potential cases early and quickly isolate them before the virus can spread. UMass Lowell has partnered with the Broad Institute, a biomedical research center affiliated with MIT and Harvard University.
Students from Non-exempt States: Students coming from or who have travelled to states not on the exempt list in the two weeks prior to arriving on campus:
The role of the university in contact tracing can be characterized as supportive. The statutory responsibilities of local public health are to initiate and lead contact tracing. As a reminder, a close contact is defined as someone who was closer than six feet from you for longer than 15 minutes.
Our role as an organization would be (if requested) to clarify the scope of contact a student or staff member might have had while on campus. Local public health authorities may also contact the University if there are unusual and/or alarming levels of disease requiring more intensive investigations and accompanying interventions. The status of an employee's or student’s health is considered protected health information and will not be shared with the community in a manner that would violate the right to privacy of that community member.
Health Services will be asked to conduct the 14-day symptom assessment review and support the logistics of isolation and quarantine when a positive case is identified in our student population. This will be recorded by Health Services in the manner of other protected health information.