Cleaning & Sanitizing
ARAMARK custodial staff will continue to clean and sanitize classrooms, common areas, restrooms and general office spaces at the end of each workday and throughout the day in high traffic areas. Cleaning and disinfecting materials will be made available in classrooms, by request only, in order to allow for awareness trained faculty and staff to clean areas between uses, particularly high touch points.
While Facility Services will continue to clean office and work spaces, additional care should be taken to clean non-public, shared spaces within private office space. Each office area will be provided with Oxivir Tb for regular cleaning throughout the day. To request cleaning solution for your office, employees can create a Facilities Work Order.
Select staff from will be assigned to assist with contact tracing on confirmed cases and confirmed case contacts involving community members. Through prompt contact tracing, it is hoped that any COVID-19 case can be limited as much as possible to avoid community spread. Contact tracing on campus will be done as a supplement to, not a replacement of, Macon County Health Department (MCHD) contact tracing.
In the event of a residential student becoming a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, temporary isolation spaces in Huss House will be utilized. If necessary, these spaces may also be utilized to assist with a campus quarantine of an asymptomatic contact of a confirmed case. It is hoped that asymptomatic quarantined contacts will safely stay in their residential unit with support from Student Affairs.
Students, faculty and staff who are not vaccinated against COVID-19 will be required to test weekly through the Millikin SHIELD Clinic in Dolson Hall. Direct contacts, symptomatic individuals and those needing testing for other reasons may also access the clinic free of charge. Dependents and partners of Millikin students, faculty and staff may also choose to test at the clinic for a nominal charge that is assessed to the employee or student account. To view information regarding how to schedule a COVID-19 test, or testing criteria, click here.
Washing our hands is one of the easiest and most important things we can do to stay healthy and stop the spread of bacteria and viruses. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing or touching your face, or when entering and exiting the workplace. Signs illustrating proper hand washing technique are posted in restrooms.
If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
Hand sanitizer dispensers (100+) have been installed by entrances and other specific locations in all facilities across campus. Liquid hand sanitizer bottles will be placed at locations that receive people, are high traffic and high contact areas.
All persons, whether vaccinated or not, will be required to wear face coverings while indoors on campus. You may wear your own face covering, but it should be worn only for one day and then properly laundered before using again. Face coverings must cover the mouth and nose when being worn. Face coverings which are deemed to be racist, sexist, indecent, illegal, inciting or in any way oppressive in nature will not be permitted. Signage requiring facial coverings for is posted on all facility entrance doors throughout campus.
If face coverings/masks are forgotten or misplaced, students may get a replacement at the University Commons information desk or Public Safety and employees can get a replacement at Human Resources.
Physical & Social Distancing
Since individuals can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to maintain distance when possible. Non-vaccinated persons are expected to continue to stay at least six feet from others at all times, stay out of crowded places and voice mass gatherings and greet individuals without shaking hands.
Social Distance floor markings remain installed in high traffic areas and offices around campus, including the Mail Room, Help Desk, Dining locations, Information desks, etc.
Entering and Exiting
As members of the campus community navigate around campus, extra caution in maintaining social distancing will be needed when entering and exiting buildings. Community members should be respectful of signage, indicating entry/exit only doors and traffic flow indicators. Campus doorways can only accommodate one person passing through at a time. Community members will need to wait patiently, be courteous, and where possible use elbows and automatic door buttons to open doors.
Hours and Access
General Campus Operations:
- - All Primary academic and administrative buildings will be open to campus community members Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- - University Commons will be accessible during dining operations hours. Anticipated hours are are 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and as scheduled/needed for approved events outside these hours.
After Hours Access available with Millikin ID:
- - Shilling Hall Monday-Friday until 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- - ADM-Scovill computer lab 24/7
Additional ID access will be issued as needed, with 24/7 access for students being very limited, requiring approval by the department chair or higher.
Use of Common Spaces
Operations within the University Commons will be nearly normal with only some limited capacity restrictions in place in the identified areas of assembly. Seating in common areas will be returned, with some additional spacing to lower potential density. Community members should avoid extended gatherings in hallways and other common areas and are encouraged to travel outside between buildings instead of passing through buildings to get to other parts of campus. Custodial staff will clean and sanitize all areas at the end of each workday to lower the risk of infection.
Classrooms will be used at full occupancy with seat spacing of three feet to assist with social distancing. Unusable seats will be identified with signage stating the seat is closed.
Millikin Dining will continue to diligently do their part to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff and guests. As the state transitions through Restore Illinois Phases, Millikin Dining will update protocols to align with state and local requirements. Effective August 1, 2021, the dining area's capacity will be slightly reduced to 250 and tables will be placed with about 4' of space around them. It is important to note that we have had positive cases of COVID-19 tied to dining closely with others. Since mask wearing cannot occur during drinking and eating, social distancing and proper air circulation is paramount while dining. When in doubt, dining alone is the best choice.
- - Dining staff will be re-trained on food safety, including sanitization procedures, and will be required to conduct a self-assessment prior to reporting to work.
- - Plexiglass barriers will remain in place.
- - Patron self-swipe machines will continue to be utilized for contactless meal purchase.
- - High traffic areas will be sanitized every 30 minutes during peak periods.
- - Hand sanitizer will be placed at self-serve stations.
Visit the Millikin University athletics website for information on athletic events.
Millikin University is following guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding face masks or coverings and social distancing measures. For in-person events on campus, some spaces will have decreased capacities to assist with social distancing and compliance with IDPH/Macon County Health Department (MCHD) guidelines. Participants will be expected to follow university social distancing and mask requirements while participating in events on campus.
Individuals interesting in scheduling an indoor event should email firstname.lastname@example.org. Student organizations should continue to request event approval through the current online form. We will also be encouraging outdoor events, whenever possible. Outdoor events provide a safer and less restrictive environment. A higher participant limit will be available for outdoor events, and in certain circumstances, we will permit unmasked outdoor gatherings. Outdoor events must be formally requested and approved as well, following all established guidelines.
Visitors will once again be welcomed back to campus with the expectation that they also pre-screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. Visitor guidelines can be found at millikin.edu/visitor-guidelines.
- - All travel via MU vehicle will require department chair/director approval.
- - All vehicles will be operated at normal listed capacities.
- - Bus users will be required to have an occupant list and seating chart on file. This list is to be maintained by the sponsoring department.
Information Technology is preparing for a return to face-to-face instruction with a full review of all classroom technology. Both Microsoft Teams and Zoom will continue to be available for online courses and meetings when needed.