Le Fer Hall in the summer

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students will be allowed in a classroom?

The class sizes are capped at 24 students with an average class size of 12-15. The physical classroom spaces vary across campus to accommodate different class sizes. The Office of the Registrar is working with a taskforce of faculty and staff to reduce seating options and equip classrooms with appropriate numbers of seats to accommodate for social distancing. We have enough of space and rooms to allow for a safe and socially distanced environment for all classrooms.

How do we plan to ensure safety and social distancing in the residence hall?

The College will pre-set the furniture in the rooms to help provide a healthy living environment in the shared space. The custodial staff will clean and disinfect common spaces and frequently touched surfaces several times throughout the day. Through educational training, students will learn appropriate cleaning protocols between those cleanings, as well as for their personal spaces. Students will have access to masks, gloves and disinfectant cleaner. Students are encouraged to practice social distancing throughout the facility. Printed and digital signage will serve as reminders regarding best practices for social distancing and handwashing. In addition to the CDC guidelines, we are also following recommendations from the American College Health Association.

What are the plans for social distancing during athletic practices?

With the guidance from the NCAA/NAIA/USCAA athletic conferences, and Union Health Sports Medicine, we are in the process of developing our return to play activities, which includes athletic practices. We anticipate a final plan will completed in July.

Will all students be tested or will they have access to testing if they feel they need it?

At this time, the SMWC Health Clinic, which is operated by Union Health, is not administering COVID-19 tests. The College is not planning to test employees or students this fall. To guard against the spread of COVID-19, self-monitoring is an important step to help protect the well-being of the College community. Students and employees are asked to monitor their health and seek medical attention if they begin to exhibit symptoms or are exposed to a person who tested positive for the virus. Students who want to be tested for COVID-19 must call the SMWC Health Clinic or their healthcare provider to report their symptoms or their exposure to the virus. They will receive instructions on where to go for testing.

What are the new cleaning protocols?

The College has made a commitment to providing a safe environment. The following measures will be followed as part of the COVID-19 Protocols:

  • Housekeeping will include twice daily cleaning of high traffic and high touch areas.
  • Cleaning of individual offices or work spaces or student rooms will be done on an as-needed basis or by appointment only.
  • Athletic areas including Club ’64 will receive special cleaning protocols.
  • Work spaces may be adjusted in order to keep employees at a safe distance from one another.
  • Self-sanitizing protocols will be implemented in classrooms and for shared spaces.
  • Students, faculty and staff will help clean common places before and after use.
  • Cloth masks will be provided to all students and employees for use as recommended

How will students be notified if they come in contact with someone on campus who tests positive?

If an individual test positive for COVID-19, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is notified. Due to HIPPA laws, the ISDH is responsible for handling contact tracing and notifying individuals who may have come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

SMWC Dining Services

SMWC Dining Services will be prepared to meet the needs of the campus as significant steps are being taken to provide students and employees with the highest possible standards of service and safety. Expanded sanitation behavior and improved take-out and packaging, as well as technology solutions will be instituted as part of the daily operations.

Enhancements to the SMWC Dining Services Program in O’Shaughnessy Dining Hall, The Woods Café and the Oakley Student Center (OSC) are being made in the following ways:

  • Hand sanitizing stations and constant sanitation and cleaning by uniformed staff members
  • Staff wearing appropriate PPE
  • Signage that includes floor decals to reinforce new traffic patterns and social distancing
  • No self-service stations, including beverages – all stations attended by uniformed staff wearing and using appropriate PPE
  • No personal refillable containers to be utilized in the dining room to ensure safety for our staff and guests
  • Adjustments in seating availability, based on local government regulations and seat capacity of the space
  • Meal packaging that is appropriate to the specified menu item, along with wrapped utensils, napkin and portioned condiments, if no available seating
  • In the dining spaces, tables that are cleaned and disinfected after each use and free of any items like salt/pepper shakers or napkin dispensers
  • Traffic patterns that lead from the seating area to the exit with designated instructions along the way for returning dishes or disposing of packaging or waste into marked receptacles

For the full dining protocol, see The Avenue to Reopening Plan.

What to do if you have COVID-19 symptoms

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should call your healthcare provider to assess next steps.

The SMWC Health Services Clinic will be open by appointment only for non-COVID-19 related issues. Visitors to the clinic will be screened upon arrival. Anyone showing COVID-19 symptoms should not go to the SMWC Health Clinic.

If you have a fever above 100.4F/38.0C or you are experiencing a cough or shortness of breath, you should contact one of the following for a health assessment and follow their instructions. You should not go directly to a medical facility until you make a contact:

Employee Forms

We ask that you complete the COVID-19 Weekly Screening Form once a week (typically Monday but your first day to campus) before you arrive on campus or when you have been away from campus for at least two days in a row.

Local and State Resources

Helpful Tips and Information For Staying Healthy