While on Campus

face coverings

When in public, wear a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth.

wash hands

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

6 ft apart

Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from other people.


Face Coverings

With the health and safety of our campus community in mind, students, employees and visitors are required to wear a face covering in all indoor public and shared environments. In the absence of the ability to maintain physical distance, face coverings are required in outdoor spaces as well. 

Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The face covering is not a substitute for physical distancing. A face covering does not have to be worn if individuals are in their private office or vehicles, or while eating. Face coverings should never be used with children younger than 2, anyone with breathing problems, or anyone who cannot remove the face covering on their own.

This directive follows guidance by the CDC, State of Ohio and Ohio Department of Health, and the Wood County Health Department.

All students and employees will be provided one reusable face covering. Members of the community are encouraged to provide their own additional face covering as needed. If those on campus do not have individual access to an appropriate face covering, they may pick-up a disposable unit at various BGSU locations. Additional information on these locations and process is found on the BGSU COVID-19 website.

Face Covering Exemptions

Members of the campus community may seek an exemption from the facial covering requirement by completing the Facial Covering Exemption Request Form.

Student exemption requests will be evaluated by The Office of Accessibility Services.

Faculty/Staff exemption requests will be evaluated by the Office of Human Resources.

  • Where facial coverings in the work setting are prohibited by law or regulation;
  • Where facial coverings are a violation of documented industry standards;
  • Where facial coverings are not advisable for health reasons;
  • Where facial coverings are in violation of the business’ documented safety policies;
  • Where facial coverings are not required when the employee works alone in an assigned work area; or
  • There is a functional (practical) reason for an employee not to wear a facial covering in the workplace.

Meal and Break Times: Eating or Drinking

Face coverings must be worn at all times except while eating or alone in a private room. Taking breaks for meals by necessity involves removing a face covering, and this may pose a risk of transmission of COVID-19 while eating. To minimize the risk of transmission from asymptomatic individuals, any of the following options should be implemented:

  • Take breaks and meals while maintaining physical distancing (about two arm lengths or 6 feet), which is especially crucial when removing a face covering to eat.
  • Avoid prolonged breaks/meals (15 minutes or more) without a face covering in dining facilities and other lunch areas.

Physical Distancing

In order to reduce infection rates and slow the spread of COVID-19, keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools possible at this time. Physical distancing is important for everyone, but especially helps protect people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

A distance of 6 feet from others must be maintained in open spaces. In open spaces, this requires 36 square feet per person. In spaces marked for fire code occupancy, a good rule of thumb is to divide the fire code occupancy in half for the new occupancy limit (per state guidelines) and maintain 6 feet between people.

Please note that this 6-foot rule applies to open spaces between people but does not apply if a barrier is in place. Barriers (being in an enclosed office or room) do suffice for distancing. Thus, members of the campus community can be less than 6 feet apart if an office or room wall, Plexiglas partition or other barrier is between them to effectively stop the spread of droplets.

ODH Physical Distancing map


Elevators have been assessed for physical distancing, and maximum occupancy signage is present at each elevator. Despite the posted occupancy number, if you believe that you cannot enter and ride an elevator without being 6 feet (about two arm lengths) from others on the elevator, please wait for the next elevator or take the stairs.


Restroom sizes vary across campus. Use the 6 feet rule (about two arm lengths) and wait for the ability to maintain appropriate distancing before entering.

The Campus Operations Custodial staff is committed to meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic to contribute to the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. We are using a new line of cleaning supplies along with technologies such as electrostatic cleaning and autonomous vacuums to make our campus as clean as possible.

Enhanced Cleaning Team

In an effort to keep campus safe and clean, Campus Operations has instituted several new enhanced cleaning efforts. One such effort is the Enhanced Cleaning Teams. New teams have been assigned around campus with identified zones and buildings. These teams continually move from building to building, disinfecting high touch areas. Commonly touched surfaces include, but are not limited to, doorknobs, counter tops, handrails, drinking fountains, elevator buttons, and more. These teams also inspect that hygiene products, including disinfectant wipes in classrooms, hand sanitizer dispensers, soap and paper towels, are functioning properly and fully stocked.

Partnered Cleaning

Another enhancement is our partnered cleaning approach. While Campus Operations will continue to lead the efforts in keeping our campus clean, we are providing resources to faculty, staff and students to assist in the ongoing efforts. Partnered cleaning is accomplished through the help of faculty, staff and students utilizing the cleaning products that have been placed around campus in classrooms, offices, department suites and public areas. End users are encouraged to wipe down their desk or work surface before and after uses, proactively clean departmental spaces such as copy areas, lobbies etc. This also extends to using hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available, using the sinks placed around campus, and informing campus operations when product is running low. Together, we can keep campus clean!


In the event an employee is not comfortable with Campus Operations entering their personal space to clean, a door knob or cubical hang tag will be provided. Employees occupying these spaces are provided with disinfectant and are expected to clean and maintain their space. If a “Please do not clean” tag is used and trash needs to be removed, the employee occupying the space will place the container outside the door and Campus Operations personnel will remove the waste and replace the liner. If maintenance is requested or required, Campus Operations maintenance and trades personnel will knock and announce themselves prior to entering the space. 

Students:  To further support keeping our campus safe, please practice the following:

  • Wash hands with soap and water on a regular basis. If you do not have access to water, utilize hand sanitizer. 
  • Clean inside residence hall rooms and high touchpoints like door handles and light switches multiple times a week in accordance with the CDC-recommended cleaning procedures and products.
  • Spray disinfectant into paper towels or cloths, not directly on equipment or surfaces. Spray away from face and avoid eyes.
  • Cleaning products are provided in classrooms, labs, dining halls, residence halls, and meeting rooms so students can do their part to prevent surface transmission of pathogens. When utilizing these spaces, please use the supplies to disinfect before and after each use.


  • Wash hands with soap and water on a regular basis. If you do not have access to water, utilize hand sanitizer. 
  • Hand sanitizer is provided throughout campus. 

Our new protocols include increased frequency of cleaning to keep everyone as safe as possible and we are providing these frequency charts for your information and peace of mind.  

Priority Task COVID-19 Frequency
1 Disinfect all sinks and fixtures Daily
2 Disinfect all toilets, urinals and fixtures Daily
3 Disinfect all showers Daily
4 Re-check and service area Multiple Times Daily
5 Clean drains Daily
6 Disinfect all door and partition handles Daily
7 Empty trash and sanitary receptacles Daily
8 Replace trash liners and fill dispensers Daily
9 Clean all horizontal surfaces Daily
10 Sweep and wet mop (disinfect) floors Daily
11 Clean mirrors Daily
12 Spot clean partitions/graffiti Daily
13 Clean Restrooms with Kivac Twice Weekly
14 Spot clean walls, doors, jams and windows Weekly
15 Wash trash receptacles and sanitary boxes Weekly
16 Dust ceiling and light fixtures Monthly
17 Vacuum supply and return air vents Monthly
Priority Task COVID-19 Frequency
1 Disinfect Room Electrostatic Spray
Twice Weekly
2 Disinfect door handles (inside & out) Multiple Times Daily
3 Dust mop tile floors Daily
4 Empty trash receptacle Daily
5 Straighten and clean furniture Classroom Furniture should not be moved, as it meets capacity and distancing requirements.
6 Clean chalkboards and vacuum chalk trays Daily
7 Spot mop floor and spot vacuum Weekly
8 Dust monitor/tv/overhead projector Monthly
9 Check for burned out lights Daily
10 Empty pencil sharpener Weekly
11 Wash chalk board and chalk try Daily
12 Damp mop floor and vacuum classroom Weekly
13 Wipe all horizontal surfaces, including student desks Daily
14 Wash trash receptacles Monthly
15 Dust light fixtures and clock Monthly
16 Vacuum supply and return air vents Monthly
Priority Task COVID-19 Frequency
1 Clean and disinfect drinking fountain(s) Daily – Fountains will be shut off, refill stations will be on
2 Empty trash receptacle Daily
3 Spot mop floor and spot vacuum Daily
5 Clean (disinfect) elevator (doors, buttons, handrails, etc.) Daily
6 Disinfect flat surfaces, handrails, doorknobs, high touch areas Multiple Times Daily
7 Vacuum mats and auto scrub floors Daily or as needed
8 Sweep/dust mop stairs and landings Daily or as needed
9 Spot clean doors, windows and walls Weekly
10 Clean all horizontal surfaces, windows, doors and walls Weekly
11 Vacuum mats and grids under mats (if any) Quarterly
12 Vacuum all supply and return air vents Quarterly
13 Dust ceiling area and light fixtures Quarterly
Priority Task COVID-19 Frequency
1 Empty trash receptacle Daily
2 Disinfect High touch areas (Doorknobs, handles/handrails, community chairs, etc.) Daily
3 Spot mop floor, spot vacuum & dust mop Daily
4 Dust mop and wet mop entire floor Weekly
5 Wipe down window ledges Weekly
6 Vacuum all carpet or wet more tile floors Weekly
7 Spot clean carpets Monthly
8 Dust ceiling area and light fixtures Monthly
9 Wash trash receptacle Yearly
Priority Task COVID-19 Frequency
1 Disinfect high touch, shared, community spaces. (Handrails, doorknobs, handles, etc) Multiple Times Daily
2 Empty trash receptacle Daily
3 Dust mop floors, vacuum mats As needed
4 Dust all horizontal surfaces Weekly
5 Pick up litter in area/outside Daily
6 Spot mop floors (wet) Daily
7 Disinfect door handles (inside & out) Daily
8 Dust mop and wet mop entire area Daily
9 Vacuum floor grills Monthly
10 Spot clean carpets Monthly
11 Vacuum supply and return air vents Monthly
12 Dust ceiling area and light fixtures Monthly
13 Wash trash receptacle Yearly
14 Snow removal and salting As needed
Priority Task  
1 Clean/Disinfect space. Wipe down flat surfaces Daily
2 Empty trash receptacle Daily
3 Spot mop floor, spot vacuum & dust mop Daily
4 Vacuum all carpet or wet mop tile floors Daily
5 Dust mop and wet mop entire floor Monthly
6 Wipe down window ledges Monthly
7 Spot clean carpets Monthly
8 Vacuum all carpet or wet mop tile floors Monthly
9 Dust ceiling area and light fixtures Monthly
10 Wash trash receptacle Yearly
Priority Task COVID-19 Frequency
1 Disinfect Room & Flat Surfaces Clean Twice Weekly Electrostatic Spray Daily
1 Dust mop tile floors Daily
3 Empty trash receptacle Daily
4 Straighten and clean furniture Daily
6 Vacuum all carpet Daily
7 Dust monitor of TV Daily
12 Wipe all horizontal surfaces Weekly
13 Wash trash receptacles Monthly
14 Dust light fixtures and clock Monthly
15 Vacuum supply and return air vents Monthly

*Electrostatic cleaning scheduled throughout campus frequently, especially in highly populated areas.

BGSU Shuttles

In partnership with Groome Transportation, steps have been taken to increase the health and safety of our ridership, including enhanced cleaning protocols and physical distancing measures. To give passengers more space and provide a safe, healthy travel experience, we have implemented the following changes:

  • Reducing the number of passengers on each shuttle by blocking certain seats to maintain appropriate physical distancing among riders;
  • Loading passengers from the rear of a shuttle, whenever possible, to reduce encounters with the driver and other riders;
  • Allowing for a constant supply of fresh, filtered air coming into the vehicle;
  • Requiring all drivers to wear face coverings;
  • Requiring all passengers to wear face coverings;
  • Providing drivers with gloves and an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
  • Cleaning vehicles at the end of every shift after all passengers have departed;
  • Maintaining a readily-available supply of disinfecting supplies aboard all vehicles; and
  • Disinfecting highly-touched areas including handrails and hard surfaces throughout the day with approved EPA-registered products.

For any additional questions on shuttles, please contact Shuttle Services at 419-372-0236 or

University Vehicles

All members of the campus community who utilize university vehicles, including those rented for university business, are required to take necessary cleaning steps prior to use, during use, and after use. The following changes have been implemented when utilizing a university vehicle:

  • Prior to the use of a vehicle, all high touch point areas should be cleaned with disinfecting supplies (i.e. door handles, steering wheel, center counsel, etc.);
  • A facial covering must be worn if there is more than one occupant in the vehicle; and
  • After the use of a vehicle, all high touch point areas should be cleaned with disinfecting supplies (i.e. door handles, steering wheel, center counsel, etc.).
  • Always spray disinfectant into paper towel or cloth, not directly on equipment or surfaces.
  • When using university vehicles, occupants should adhere to physical distancing guidance by limiting the number of passengers in the vehicle at one time. A good guide for making these decisions would be using half of the approved vehicle occupancy. 
  • Alternative transportation options should be investigated when appropriate, which may include chartering a BGSU shuttle bus or the use of multiple vehicles to adhere to the health and safety guidance.

How to take off and put on gloves and mask