Healthy Vandal Pledge
Last Updated: Jan. 19, 2021
A longstanding tradition is that Vandals take care of Vandals and we all do our best to look out for the Vandal family. The following simple precautions go a long way in reducing the impact of coronavirus on our campuses and in our communities. With everyone doing these small actions, we can continue to participate in our vibrant campus culture where we are able to learn, live, and grow. Together, we are healthy Vandals.
By signing the Healthy Vandal Pledge I acknowledge that I am familiar with the university’s protocols set forth below:
1. Daily symptom monitoring
I will conduct daily symptom monitoring before reporting to work or class. The CDC provides an updated list of known symptoms. At this time, known symptoms include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
I will stay home if I experience any of these symptoms and they cannot be attributed to a non-infectious health condition, regardless of how mild. I will call my medical provider or my local Idaho Public Health District for assessment of symptoms and possible COVID-19 testing.
Additionally, I will isolate for the if I test positive with COVID-19 and quarantine if I am exposed to someone with COVID-19 for the required amount of time according to the most current CDC guidelines or specific medical guidance.
Students: I understand that if I live on-campus I should file a VandalCARE report if I test positive or am exposed to someone with COVID-19 and that quarantine and isolation options will be shared with me depending on my living unit. If I live in my own residence off campus, I understand I should also file a VandalCARE report and will need to quarantine or isolate in my own space and work with instructors to complete required coursework and classroom activities.
Employees: I will work with Human Resources and my supervisor to determine benefits options and potential work-from-home options if I have or am exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
2. Face Coverings
The University of Idaho requires all persons, including but not limited to, faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors across all U of I locations to use face coverings whenever in any U of I building or indoor U of I event, unless one or more of the following exceptions is met:
- When working alone in an enclosed workspace, or working inside an office or other enclosed workspace (other than a classroom during a class or during testing) where six feet of physical distancing can be constantly maintained;
- When inside a private on-campus residential unit;
- When eating or drinking in an area designated for eating or drinking (such as in a dining facility or while using a drinking fountain);
- When an individual is under the age of two.
I also understand that form-fitting face masks that completely cover my nose and mouth and that have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric help mitigate the spread of the virus.
3. Handwashing and Disinfecting
I understand that handwashing and the cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces are important strategies to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. I will follow the related CDC guidance:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces regularly. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
- Workspaces and classroom spaces will not be cleaned between every use. Wipe down your spaces before and after use.
4. Reporting Concerns and Questions
I will email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and requests regarding recommended COVID-19 responses, safety supplies and general inquiries.
I will file a VandalCare report through the Dean of Students Office for concerns about an individual with COVID-19 related issues. This includes reporting known and suspected cases of COVID-19. The VandalCare team will route the concern or inquiry to the appropriate department to ensure students, faculty and staff are able to get the resources and support they need.
I understand the following support resources are also available to me:
I acknowledge these expectations and simple strategies to protect myself and others and reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our campuses and in our communities.