Dear Thayer Community,
I hope this long weekend—though I imagine unlike any other Memorial Day weekends of the past—provided opportunities for fun and relaxation for you and your loved ones.
As researchers and laboratory staff begin their transition back to campus this week, I want to take a moment to inform all members of the faculty and staff about the current safety measures in place for the well-being of our community. Even as state health officials relax certain restrictions and as on-campus research slowly reopens, it is imperative that when any of us are on campus, we remain vigilant and follow the necessary protocols in place to help protect the health of our colleagues and their families.
To be clear, all faculty and staff who can perform their work remotely should continue to do so. This includes non-research staff members, who should continue to have ongoing discussions with their supervisor about whether or not they need to be on campus.
Face coverings. All members of the Thayer community are now required to wear masks (or appropriate face coverings) in hallways, in all common areas (eg. bathrooms or stairwells), and in any space where a safe physical distance cannot be maintained. If you do not have a mask or forget to bring one to campus, please visit the Instrument Room (MacLean 025) between 7:30am–3:30pm, M–F, to pick one up immediately upon entering our building.
Screening. Please remember that all Dartmouth faculty and staff, including graduate students reporting for research, are required to check temperatures and complete Dartmouth’s online screening tool before each day you plan to be on campus, no matter how short your visit.
Food. If you wish to bring food to campus and do not have a private space, please eat in the Couch Lab in MacLean, and sit one person per table. There will be disinfecting supplies for you to clean your area before and after you eat. We also encourage eating outside when possible. The kitchen and other common dining areas will be closed.
Frequent cleaning. Consistent with new health guidelines, our facilities staff will be cleaning bathrooms, open common spaces, and frequently-touched surfaces, such as stairway railings, every two hours during normal business hours, M–F from 8:00am–6:00pm.
Building key-card access. Please remember that Cummings and MacLean buildings will remain locked 24/7, and are accessible only to faculty, staff, and approved students with their Dartmouth IDs. Be sure to bring your IDs with you.
Alternative work arrangements. Individuals who are scheduled to work on campus, but are concerned about health risks, may request an alternative work arrangement through institutional processes for seeking disability-based accommodations. To discuss such issues further, faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contact the following people, and discussions can remain confidential if requested:
Faculty: Alexis Abramson firstname.lastname@example.org
Staff: Peg DeLucia email@example.com
Students: Holly Wilkinson firstname.lastname@example.org or Ian Baker email@example.com
This coming week will be one of many ongoing transitions for the Thayer and Dartmouth communities as we navigate life into this new normal. I want to acknowledge and thank each and every member of our community for your continuing efforts to ensure that we remain healthy and safe as we balance our mission as a higher education institution with the responsibility to protect the well-being of our broader community. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.