With our nation confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rise to the occasion by being responsible for ourselves and each other during these unprecedented times.

Use the information and resources below to help keep yourself and your colleagues safe this academic year.

Staying Safe 101

The first step toward a safe campus is to learn basic facts on how coronavirus spreads and what you can do to protect yourself and others.

Physical Distancing

Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of coronavirus. But there’s more to physical distancing than just staying 6 feet apart.

Read the guidelines (PDF).

Face Coverings and Masks

Ball State is recommending the use of face coverings by all persons when on campus and requiring their use when people are indoors and physical distancing is not practicable.

Wash Your Hands the Right Way

Handwashing is a small effort that can make a big difference. Doing it the right way, though, requires a little bit of time and attention.

Read the guidelines (PDF).

Bus and Shuttle Safety

Protect yourself and slow the spread of coronavirus by taking basic precautions when you use public transportation.

Learn more.

When to Wear Gloves

In most situations, wearing gloves is not necessary. But there are occasions when you need them.

Read the guidelines (PDF).

Disinfecting Surfaces

Maintenance and custodial workers are going the extra mile to keep surfaces disinfected in high-traffic public areas. But we all must join the effort and take responsibility for cleaning and disinfecting our own work and living spaces on campus.

Read Ball State’s procedures (PDF).

Disinfection of Electronic Equipment

Follow our general recommended procedures for cleaning electronic equipment.

Mental Health

Life in a pandemic can take a toll on our mental wellbeing. Know the facts to cope with stressful situations, reduce anxiety, stop rumors, and share accurate information on COVID-19.

Read the CDC suggestions.

Travel Considerations

Traveling outside your own community carries a risk to you and to those who live in your travel destination. Staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others. But if you must travel, know how to do it as safely as possible.

Read the guidelines.

Safety, Disinfection, and Environmental Control

In May, the Ball State Environmental Health and Safety Office developed disinfection guidance materials for all Building Maintenance and Custodial Staff.